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JerTheGeek

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So I have an early 2014 MacBook Air 13". I recently used a retina Pro and was impressed by the sharpness, and I am now slightly considering an upgrade to a 13" Pro. I would be getting a refurb, probably a 2013 or 2014 one, (would that be a bad idea to go 3 years back?)
Also, I don't use my Mac too often, I mainly use my iPad Air 2. My main use on my MacBook is storing photos and videos, and other files; and video editing in iMovie for my YouTube channel. I do this twice a month or so and performance is fine for me on the air. So I really don't need the extra performance of the pro, I just like the retina screen.
Would it be worth it in this case?
 

sracer

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Obviously only YOU can determine if it is worth it in your case.

Ask yourself this question, the answer will tell you what your choice is:
"What is the impact of a non-Retina display on your video editing tasks?" If it is significant, then upgrade, if not, don't. :)

edit to add:
I would never go OLDER in my devices.
 
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ChrisA

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Maybe what you really need is a large high quality LCD monitor that you plug into your current Mac. I use FCPX for editing and it works so much better on my 27" iMac than on the small 13" MBP.
 

JerTheGeek

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Maybe what you really need is a large high quality LCD monitor that you plug into your current Mac. I use FCPX for editing and it works so much better on my 27" iMac than on the small 13" MBP.
I do have 21" monitor that I can use, but I usually just stick to using the Air's display. It isn't so much the display when video editing, it's just the display in every day stuff. Retina improves everything. Just don't know if it's worth selling my current one and spending more money to upgrade. It would probably be around $200 or more.
 

sracer

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I do have 21" monitor that I can use, but I usually just stick to using the Air's display. It isn't so much the display when video editing, it's just the display in every day stuff. Retina improves everything. Just don't know if it's worth selling my current one and spending more money to upgrade. It would probably be around $200 or more.
I own an iPad Air 2 and an 11" MBA. Using each at their normal distances from my eyes (MBA is further away than the iPad), I don't find the difference in pixel density to be distracting.

$200 more for an OLDER notebook? I'd rather save the $200 in the hope that Apple produces a retina MBA. But again, that's me.
 

JerTheGeek

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I own an iPad Air 2 and an 11" MBA. Using each at their normal distances from my eyes (MBA is further away than the iPad), I don't find the difference in pixel density to be distracting.

$200 more for an OLDER notebook? I'd rather save the $200 in the hope that Apple produces a retina MBA. But again, that's me.
Good point, it just wouldn't be worth it for me.
 
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