Advice please on MBA/MBP purchase.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by alucard76, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. alucard76, Jun 18, 2014
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    alucard76 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2014
    the best configuration of the newest 13-inch MacBook Air, or the best configuration of the newest 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display?
  2. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    Without any constraints, the best configuration is the maxed-out configuration.
  3. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    Depends on your needs.

    If you absolutely need a maxed out MBA or rMBP, then go for it. On the other hand, those are extremely underpowered computers for the performance benefit of maxing them out. If you do not already have a top of the line desktop from the last 3 years, I can almost guarantee that you do not need a maxed out 13" laptop.

    My recommendation is based upon the assumption that you have a top of the line desktop. Get a MBA if you need a portable, all day solution. Get a rMBP if you are doing heavy photography work while you travel. The main benefit of the rMBP over the MBA is the screen and performance, but if you already have a desktop, the overall performance gap is not noticeable. I don't know what your usage is, so you have to make the final decision.

    TL;DR: Do you have a really nice desktop? If not, buy one before you buy a maxed out 13" laptop. If you do have one, get a MBA for all day usage and get a rMBP for more accurate editing capabilities on the go.

  4. alucard76 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2014
    Thanks for the reply. I don't have a desktop, but I also don't want/need one. I currently have MacBook Pro maxed out from 2011. It's going to my wife. As far as speed and performance, guess the pro will always outdo the Air right. Air wins in portability and battery life?

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