Deciding between two models

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hornmann, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. hornmann macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
    The university I teach at gives us free laptops to use and they're replaced every three years. This is the year for new ones and those of us that are Mac people have two models to pick from:

    MacBook Pro w/Retina display, 2.6 dual core, i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage, no internal DVD or network jack, USB network adapter, VGA adapter, 3.5 lbs., 13” screen

    Apple MacBook Pro, 2.9 GHz i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, no internal DVD or network port, USB network adapter, VGA adapter, ~4.5 pounds, 13” screen

    Most of my colleagues are planning to get the i7 with 500 GB hard drive but I'm thinking the flash drive and Retina display model is a better choice, despite the slightly slower processor. Any input would be appreciated.
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I'd go with the first option, because:

    1. i7 is a very minuscule improvement if it's a dual core system.
    2. The flash will prove to be far faster
    3. The retina display is far better.
  3. MacMandy macrumors 6502


    Nov 13, 2006
    Manchester, UK
  4. robertojorge macrumors regular


    May 6, 2014
    I would also opt for the first option as mentioned. Specially the SSD and Retina will give you a far better experience.

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