Deciding between rMBP and MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cramazing, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. cramazing macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2012
    :apple:13" MBA 2.0 i7 8GB 256SSD


    :apple:13" MBP w/Retina Display 2.5 i5 8GB 128SSD

    Price for these 2 are practically the same.

    So how much better in term of performance is 1 over the other?
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The performance will be very similar. The i7 in the Air has a slower base speed, but Turbo Boosts to 3.2GHz vs. 3.1GHz for the i5 in the base Pro. I actually had the i7 Air until about 4 weeks ago. I lost it and used my insurance proceeds to get the base rMBP (except upgraded to 256GB). For everything I have run, the two machines have been almost indistinguishable.

    The primary differences are the Retina Display and the extra Thunderbolt and HDMI ports on the rMBP (and of course the added weight of the rMBP to support the larger battery). Otherwise the high end Air and base rMBP are very similar. The Retina Display is 2560x1600, which equates to 1280x800. The 13" Air is 1440x900. However, the Pro also has better color gamut, and in my opinion the screen is significantly better than the one on the Air. In a pinch, you can also emulate 1650x1080 on the rMBP.
  3. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I consider both of those to be extremely portable. With equal pricing I'd pick the rMBP. The difference in weight is 2.96 pounds compared to 3.57. I'd personally choose the nicer display and more ports. Others might mention downsides if they have more experience with both of these. I'm not sure which has better battery life. The rmbp models have huge batteries.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The 13" MBA has slightly better battery life but it's pretty comparable. I had the 11.6" MBA (the rMBP has better battery life than that), so the weight difference for me is pretty noticeable, but it's still very portable, objectively speaking.

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