Am I missing something? Another Which Macbook to Buy Thread

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tgi, May 21, 2013.

  1. tgi, May 21, 2013
    Last edited: May 21, 2013

    tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    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

    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

    2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    128GB Flash Storage
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    Accessory Kit
  2. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    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.
  3. tgi thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    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.
  4. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    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.
  5. jg321 macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2012
    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.

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