Buying my first Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lKeithStone, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. lKeithStone macrumors member

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    I've been looking at buying a Mac for the last couple weeks and have been going back and forth on what I should get. :confused:

    I've been really drawn towards the new Macbook Air's with the recent processor/graphic updates. My only problem is they don't have the retina screen option. I'm also worried they might not have enough power for whatever I decide using it for in the future.

    I'm a Web Developer/Graphic Designer - I will be using the Adobe Creative Suite and possibly parallels, along with other basic surfing.

    With my work discount I can get a 13" Macbook Air for $1,456.00, with this setup:
    1.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    HD 5000

    Or should I go with a refurbished 2012 model for $1600 with these specs:
    Originally released June 2012
    15.4-inch Retina display
    2.3GHz Quad-core Intel i7
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage
    720p FaceTime HD Camera
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory

    I know the new Macbook Pro's are supposed to be coming out this fall and I'm thinking about waiting, but the max I'm willing to spend is $1600 - so I'm not sure what I will be able to get into for that price range.

    What would you do in my situation?

    Thanks!
     
  2. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    This is easy, it just depends on what you want.

    Air:
    Battery Life
    Newer Tech
    Mobility

    Retina:
    Power
    Retina display

    What is more important to you? Done.
     
  3. lKeithStone thread starter macrumors member

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    Well that is easy to answer, all of it is important.

    I guess maybe I should have asked -

    What would give me the most bang for my buck while also providing me enough power to do Web Dev/Graphic work?

    Is there a major difference when working with graphics between the retina and non-retina?
     
  4. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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    The retina display will give you more screen real-estate which may be nice for Web Dev/Graphic work.
     
  5. jonnymo5 macrumors 6502

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    Get the Pro, You get a much better CPU, graphics chip, and screen.

    I have that model MBP with 16GB Ram and it is quite a powerful laptop. The Air is a very capable machine as well but if you are working with ACS you are getting outside of the Air's sweet spot. If you get the MBP I think you will be happy with it for years.
     
  6. macNwindow macrumors member

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    get the 15" rmbp mid 2012 .... its at a great price vs what i paid for (~2400 w/ AC & tax).

    more power & larger screen....
     
  7. Badrottie Suspended

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    Go for Haswell based 13" MBA. you will love long battery life when you are doing a lot of web developing at cafe or coffee shop. :apple:
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    If you work with multiple complex filters and a lot of layers, the dual core in the Air will hold you back while rendering, whereas the quad-core in the rMBP will just scream past it.

    Screen resolution is nice on the rMBP, it allows you go get more real estate, but if you do any color-critical work, you're going to want to work on a properly calibrated external screen anyway, so that doesn't matter as much in my opinion.
     

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