2015 MBP retina 13" vs MBA 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MaximeL09, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. MaximeL09, Mar 14, 2015
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    MaximeL09 macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    Hello to the community,

    I'm Maxime, from Belgium. I've been using a Sony Vaio VPCSB for 4 years and I want to move for an Apple machine.

    I'd like to have your opinion about my dilema: should I choose the new 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display or the 13-inch Macbook Air.

    2015 13-inch Macbook Pro Retina configuration:
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    2.7GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
    Eur. 1649

    (+) Retina display, new trackpad, power
    (-) Weight (?), design

    2015 13-inch Macbook Air configuration:
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    2.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
    8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
    Eur. 1599

    (+) Weight, design, autonomy
    (-) No Retina display, no new trackpad -> soon outdated?

    Prices are similar (MBP is a bit more expensive, but not significantly).

    I use mainly my machine to run applications like Excel, Word and accounting softwares (Sage BOB50, SAP ERP). I also use it of course for web browsing, downloading, music listenning and films watching. Sometimes Photoshop, and maybe games if I have the time (but not at all the primary aim) :).

    I take my machine to the University to take notes, and I like to use it in my sofa, on my knees :p.

    This will be my single machine, I don't have any desktop machine.
    I'll have to install Windows 8 on it.
    I don't want a machine that will be outdated in 1 year, if possible :rolleyes:.

    So, which one should I choose?

    Thank you in advance for your advice,

  2. 0983275 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2013
    For the tasks you're doing, Air will be enough, it's also slightly ligher and lasts longer on a full charge.

    But Pro will be more powerful, has significantly better screen, faster RAM (which in turn further improves the performance of the iGPU).

    I'd go with Pro, going by your wording, it's cheaper than Air?
  3. MaximeL09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    MBP is a bit more expensive :) ($50/Eur.50).
  4. 0983275 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2013
    I'd still go with rMBP.

    Excel and Photoshop with the extra screen estate is so much better.
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Neither will be outdated in a year.

    That being said, go MBP. That screen is so worth it.
  6. chaoscarrot macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Not even a close race IMO, go with the MBP. The airs are just plain not a good deal right now, specs wise.

    Plus, apparently the overall footprint of the MBP is actually less than the MBA (though the MBP still weighs more of course)
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Im also debating between a new MBA and the rMBP. The retina screen is not a deal maker for me. But going 16GB and 1TB SSD is definitely calling my name. I wonder how much will the extra girth and weight matter? On paper it is a very small difference, and I can't quite get a sense of the rMBP at the store. I've been using an MBA for years now and have all sorts of cool cases. Hate to have to get rid of those.

  8. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    I used my 2010 MBA for 3+ years before switching to the rMBP 13" last year. I don't miss the MBA form factor at all, but the screen even though you think you don't need it, will change your mind over time. I run it scaled at 1440x900 equivalent to the MBA, and its just so much sharper.

    Switch. You know you want to! ;)
  9. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I just bought a new Saddleback leather sleeve for my yet-to-be-bought rMBP. I want one. I know it. I'm just trying to rationalize it. I don't NEED it. I just want it.... :p
  10. MaximeL09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    Thanks for your advice!
    So I will take the rMBP :)
  11. Thares macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2011
    Dresden, Germany
    I had the both devices during my time at the university. I switched from an Air to the Retina for the screen. Personally, the Air's screen is a no go for me. I find it ridiculous that Apple is still shipping this age-old display.

    On the other hand, I prefer the Air's weight and feel. As a student, you'd check out the local Apple on Campus program. Almost every university has it here in Germany.
  12. MaximeL09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    Thanks for your advice :).
    I also prefer the thin design of the Air, but as you said, it's a bit outdated :(. Air with Retina would have been perfect...
    Concerning Campus program, this computer will in fact be purchased as a professional expense (thank you dad), so I'll save the VAT on it.
  13. MaximeL09 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2015
    Do you think that it worth sth to select the 2.9 Ghz instead of 2.7 Ghz; or to move from 8 Go to 16 Go?
  14. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    16GB would be more worth it, but given your needs, 8GB will be sufficient.
  15. numberfour macrumors regular


    Jan 27, 2015
    No point in processor upgrade. Either save your money and spend it on something else, or do the ram upgrade
  16. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I wonder if 256G is enough storage for having Windows in a partition and still have room for your OS X stuff.
  17. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    It is. I had a 50GB Windows partition and a 200GB OSX Partition. I then moved to 512GB and kept the 50GB partition, but then went strictly VM, got rid of the partition. Now I am going 1TB. I have a lot of VMs....

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