Anyone regretting buying a cMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by F1 Fan, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. F1 Fan macrumors regular

    F1 Fan

    Apr 18, 2012
    There was a thread a while ago asking if anyone was regreting buying a rMBP and wishing they'd gone for a cMBP instead. The answer was an overwhelming "No".

    Just wondering whether those of you who chose the cMBP over the retina are regretting it?
  2. MacKid macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2003
    The rMBP, like all first-generation Retina devices, seems to have that "Once you use it you can't go back" effect. I didn't try one in the store before I bought it, and I was very close to just going with a maxed out cMBP, even stooping so low as to choose the 1TB HDD.

    So glad I didn't make that mistake. But if I had, I wouldn't have known what I was missing, coming from a mid-2009.
  3. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    People who went for the Classic did so for a very specific reason: upgradeability. There's no questioning the appeal of having some control over the components in your computer.

    The lack of any real difference in price and the appeal of an IPS display (not even as much the resolution, fantastic though it is) drove me in the other direction, but I can certainly see an argument for the Classic.
  4. Hetalia macrumors member


    Dec 4, 2012
    Yeah it's nice having the option to upgrade. I chose the Classic because 1. I didn't have the extra cash for a retina model 2. I wanted to be able to upgrade and 3. I really didn't need a retina I mean it would be nice. But my cmbp does what I need it to. I <3 my Mac.
  5. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    No regrets so far. Upgraded the RAM already, thinking about when/how to upgrade the HD in the semi-distant future. I have a monitor I can hook it up to for a better experience if need be.

    Basically, all my computers eventually end up coming close to maxing out the HD. I didn't think I could get a rMBP with reasonable space for under $3K. Sorry, I"m not spending $3K on a computer.
  6. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    I regret buying a rMBP XD. SHOULD HAVE WAITED FOR REV2!

    Maybe I'm overly sensitive or something but when I'm on the intel gpu browsing gives me headaches. And you can take advantage of the higher "resolution modes" without taking tremendous performance hits.
  7. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    Is the graphics issue that serious?
  8. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I bought mine before the retina came out but would not replace it with one because I like the ability to upgrade.
  9. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    I needed a quad core before onboard Ethernet, Firewire, and Disc got phased out completely. Was looking as though this will be the last chance. So I upgraded to 16GB Memory and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD. It is really fast. Faster than trying to push all those pixels with same HW. Pretty happy but would have liked an IPS 15" at 1680x1050 native.
  10. TechZeke, Feb 26, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013

    TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    +1 Nice display and cool form factor, but for my needs the cMBP was far better choice.

    Agreed, an IPS display that isn't pushing to so many pixels would have been nice. I've used the rMBP, and even at the "Best for Retina" setting, it still isn't as smooth as my cMBP. When scaling, the performance was even worse. While it's a nice gimmick, it taxes the hardware for no reason, especially when the retina display scales to show lower resolutions anyway.(So basically, I get the same damn screen real estate of a cMBP, only it looks prettier)

    Not to mention, for the price, the 16GB RAM and get 768 GB worth of storage would cost me a fortune on the rMBP.(I don't care if it's an SSD, I need space. Also, don't tell me about external drives, because I live a dorm with a small-a$$ desk and don't have the space for it)

    P.S. If there is anything I learned from my expierence with my iPad Gen 1, never by first gen Apple Tech. 2 People who I personally know with rMBPs both had screen issues.
  11. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Nope, not in the least. I recently bought a 2012 MBP, i7, 16GB RAM and a 512GB Samsung 830 SSD and I love the thing. All I was looking for in a laptop was a 15" screen, at least 8GB RAM and at least a 256GB SSD. Well I found this one in our own Marketplace at a reasonable price.

    (Note about the Marketplace: Before you can access the Marketplace forum, you need a minimum post count of 250, as displayed in your User Profile, and you must have been a MacRumors member for at least 180 days (about 6 months). )

    Retina or not, wasn't a big deal to me. I can easily live without it.
  12. buysp, Feb 26, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013

    buysp macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    If my Samsung 840 Pro SSD install goes without a hitch (no OSX FW) i'll be very happy with my classic 2012 13" MBP purchase. I have already upgraded the RAM from 4GB to 8GB without any problems.
  13. NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    Not at all. I'm not interested until rMBP's are 100% free of UI jank. If that happens with Haswell I'll get make the jump then, but I'm expecting to have to wait until Broadwell. Buying first-gen never pays off.
  14. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Bingo. I have big-assed external monitors to do serious "visual" work on.
  15. gmikesell macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2009
    I love my cMBP

    I started with a 13" rMBP and after some time realized that I really wanted that larger display offered by the 15". I didn't have the cash for the 15" rMBP but found a great open box buy at Best Buy for a 15" cMBP about a week or two ago. I put 8gb Crucial RAM in it and am looking forward to putting an SSD drive in eventually. I figure I can get a hi-res monitor later if resolution ever really bothers me. As things are now though, I'm not having any complaints with my 900 resolution display and I love not having any issues with Safari browser scrolling like I did with the rMBP I exchanged.

    I am really hoping that Apple relaxes about upgradability in the next release though as I'm imagining I'm going to want to replace this in a few years and it's going to be a bummer to be forced to buy the machine with it upgraded before prices have a chance to come down or I have to wait even longer to save up the money to buy the thing future proofed up front.
  16. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    I'm doing very well with my 13" cMBP 2012 i7. I love it and have no regrets.
  17. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
    You only need to wait until they code the OS properly.

    I wonder does anyone regret making their decision at all?
  18. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Always tough as most people don't sit and stew in regret for too long. They just make a decision, sell, and get what they really want. Do it now while you still have re-sell value, right? If I regretted my decision I'd get a retina. Most people that have them also probably have some form of disposable income or credit. People usually are not stuck for too long when they were already in the market for a $3000.00 computer. My 2 cents on the lack of able posters.
  19. xShane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2012
    United States
    I have absolutely no regrets (so far) of my 15" cMBP.
  20. droidbook macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2013
    I went for the regular cMBP and love it, no I dont regret not getting the Retina at all.... I have used it and actually prefer my cMBP and I love the screen, plus I can upgrade it and have a dvd drive which was important for me to use for my photography dvd slideshows. Plus all the ports on my cMBP was important for me I feel that I am getting more for my money with what I choose. If I really want a ssd drive and can alway upgrade to that later, i have already upgraded the ram myself to 16gb.
  21. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    My cMBP rocks! No regrets! I paid less than 50% of retail for it! That really helps with regret.
  22. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    None at all what so ever. You can't upgrade a retina. Thats a huge problem for me. I put a better SSD for 200 dollars that costed 300+ to get from Apple. I also upgraded the RAM and probably will do more in the future.

    I have a plan in a few month to do the optical drive SSD switch with another 840 Pro, and I will RAID 0 it. This means probably close to a 1000 read/write. It makes me happy to know I will be able to do this.

    I can live without the screen.

    It's a shame Apple went the route of soldered parts. I know it was (maybe) necessary for making it slimmer, but it really sucks.
  23. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    I've played around with a co-workers 15" cMBP and 13" cMBP. They just feel old and dated, almost like the pre-unibody MBP did.
  24. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2009
    Blainville, Province of Quebec
    I bought the cMBP with 8g of ram, 750G HDD and HD anti-glare screen and it cost me 2 329,00 $ plus taxes, here's the exact cfg:

    PROCESSOR 065-0786 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
    MEMORY 065-0788 8 GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM -2x4GB
    HARD DRIVE 065-0791 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400
    OPTICAL DRIVE 065-0797 8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
    DISPLAY 065-0801 MBP 15" HR Antiglare WS Dspl

    Then for christmas I gave my wife a MBA. Wow, flash memory! So I upgraded my cMBP with a 512MB SSD from OWC and 16 GB ram from OWC, Well I bought a few other things as well and the bill was around 1K and I had to pay 300$ duty taxes so in total: 1300$.

    cMBP + upgrades total: 2 543,88 $ + 1300$ = 3843,88$

    now look: a RMBP:

    2.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB Flash Storage
    Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    Accessory Kit

    Plus a super drive

    2778,00 plus taxes in Canada (15,5% or so) 3210,26$

    By the way, I rarely use the dvd drive.

    So IMO, it is better to buy the rMBP and max it out. But I'm an IT consultant and sometimes the glare would be an issue for me so I don't regret my purchase and when I'm home ( wich is my office too) I always plug it into my 2009 27 inches iMac that I use as an external screen.

    Don't get me wrong, I love my cMBP, it is powerful and all but still, going back I would probably buy a maxed out rMBP. There are some complaints here from users who has had trouble with them but most people don't have any issue. But man, the SSD is a must!

    Hope it helps!
  25. LatinaC09 macrumors regular


    Dec 30, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Definitely no regrets!! I have the base model 13" cMBP. Best computer I've ever owned. I upgraded the Ram and put in an SSD....and after all that I can still upgrade again if I want/need to. I just love that about the computer. :D

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