Best Main Machine For Me?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by boombox15, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. boombox15 macrumors regular

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    #1
    I am on the fence about buying a laptop. There isn't much of a price difference between the two of them. I don't do anything professional, and the only ports I use are the USB port and the headphone port. I mostly just use the internet, iTunes Music, Email, and photo editing within the photos app. This will be the only computer that I have and it will be one that I keep for 1-2 years. I also want it to be portable since I travel at least once a month on a train or a plane.

    My choices are:

    1.3/8/512GB MacBook Space Gray $1749
    2.9/8/512GB 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro $1799

    Thoughts?
     
  2. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    if you don't carry it around. then MBP by a mile

    if you are like me (only use it on my lap or take it on the go almost daily), then MBr
     
  3. junkw macrumors regular

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  5. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, you don't get the 'retina' screen but apart from that?
    See speedtests below, the i7 Air sits right in the middle between the Pro and the 12" retina.
    But it is much cheaper, has better battery life and plenty of useful ports. And it is hardly any thicker than the new Macbook that has been developed with so much effort....


    13" Air from link above:
    Introduction Date: June 10, 2013 Discontinued Date: April 29, 2014
    Processors: 1 (2 Cores) Architecture: 64-Bit
    Geekbench 2 (32): 7097 Geekbench 2 (64): 8145
    Geekbench 3 (32): 2870 Geekbench 3 (32): 5490
    Geekbench 3 (64): 3149 Geekbench 3 (64): 6152

    13" Pro that OP wants to buy:
    Geekbench 2 (32): 8480 Geekbench 2 (64): 9632
    Geekbench 3 (32): 3093 Geekbench 3 (32): 6446
    Geekbench 3 (64): 3415 Geekbench 3 (64): 7259

    1.3 retina Macbook 12"

    Geekbench 2 (32): 6350 Geekbench 2 (64): 7071
    Geekbench 3 (32): 2163 Geekbench 3 (32): 4348
    Geekbench 3 (64): 2416 Geekbench 3 (64): 4990
     

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