Buying options (Retina MBP or Air & TB Display)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by insertfun, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. insertfun macrumors newbie

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    Hey,

    Long time lurker, first time poster! Just in need of a few opinions if im honest.

    Currently have a late 2008 13" MBP and this year I was adamant to get the newest machine. But i'm now doubting myself.

    I do a lot of design work, both print and web, and I actually do most of it on a 24" iMac purely because I prefer the screen real estate. I don't use my 13" MBP to its full potential because of this.

    I was going to grab a new retina MBP, but now i'm wondering if it'd be better grabbing a 13" Air and hooking it up to a thunderbolt display for when i'm at home. These could both come with me when I eventually move out too, so I wouldn't be stuck with just a notebook. Trying to think ahead thats all.

    What would you guys do in my shoes? and side question, would an Air handle CS well enough?

    Thanks in advance.

    EDIT: Also, I know these seem like a different kettle of fish in regards to power etc, but the reason for a retina would purely be because it's the newest thing out, and not because I need to extra power.
     
  2. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    MBA + TBD.

    If you need more power, a regular 15" MBP will do the trick.
     
  3. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    13" Air runs Creative Suite fine. I'd get that along with the TBD, especially if you're used to the screen real estate of a 24" iMac.
     
  4. insertfun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. I don't use much else besides creative suite anyway, and I don't think the retina will benefit what I do anyway.

    I'll have to have a think now!
     
  5. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure how much of a hurry you're in, but it might be worth waiting for an updated TBD (USB 3.0.. Perhaps Retina even?). But who knows when it will be updated.
     
  6. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816

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    Why anyone would recommend the last generation 15" Pro over the Retina is just beyond me.
     
  7. insertfun thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry for the bump, and I know it's been done to death, but still in two minds! :p

    The retina photoshop update can't come soon enough, gotta see it!
     
  8. PeopleTheseDays macrumors regular

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    Props for admitting why you'd get the rMBP.

    I'd suggest the 13 inch Air because it's just a great computer to use anywhere because of the portability, and you do have the iMac for the heavy lifting, may not even need a TBD actually.
     

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