Am I missing something? Another Which Macbook to Buy Thread

tgi

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Comparing current MBA and rMBP models I'm looking at 13 inch for both.

MBA = $1,399
rMBP = $1,499

Other than more portability, 2 x hard drive space, and saving $100. Are there any other advantages to getting the MBA?

Configuration Summary from Apple.com

MBA
1.8GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz
4GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
256GB Flash Storage
Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide

rMBP
2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
128GB Flash Storage
Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
Accessory Kit
 
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dan1eln1el5en

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with that config I would get the Air, more space.

The rMBP have a better screen, but same graphics, same-non-upgradeability (I would go for the 15" since it's better graphics, not avaiable on the 13")

The air is a very nice and fast machine.
 

tgi

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with that config I would get the Air, more space.

The rMBP have a better screen, but same graphics, same-non-upgradeability (I would go for the 15" since it's better graphics, not avaiable on the 13")

The air is a very nice and fast machine.
Thanks for your input. I am still torn because I just found out that the pro has an HDMI port. Big plus for my needs.
 

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Thanks for your input. I am still torn because I just found out that the pro has an HDMI port. Big plus for my needs.
The great things about the rMBP include:
  • Two Thunderbolt ports
  • HDMI port
  • Retina screen and high screen space
  • 2.5 GHz Processor vs. 1.8 in the Air
  • 768 of vRAM vs 512 in the Air
  • 8 GB RAM standard
  • Better cooling
  • ETC

The price is a bit steep, but you get so much more with only .6 lbs more.
 

jg321

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The great things about the rMBP include:[...]
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The price is a bit steep, but you get so much more with only .6 lbs more.
I'd agree with this. If I were buying now, it'd be the 13" Retina. I'd probably want the 256GB storage though as well. While this all adds up, it should last a good few years.