Deciding which MacBook to choose

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nrazzer, May 11, 2014.

  1. Nrazzer macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2014
    Hello guys,
    I am going to buy my first MacBook Pro ever this week. I can't really decide if I should go with the old MBP or the new one with retina display. The reason why I can't decide is because 1. The Retina version only has 128gb ssd while the old one has 500gb HDD. 2. The retina version comes without CD/DVD drive.
    So please help me out on this one, which one would be the best for me, as it is my first MacBook and I just need it for school and when I'm going to a friend's house etc.
  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    What do you need your macbook for?
    What is your budget?
  3. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    128GB is really small. Why don't you personalize your order online? Get a 2.4, 4gb ram, and 256 GB SDD 13" retina.

    If you're a student you get a student discount.
  4. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

    May 11, 2014
    Go refurb if you can.

    Personally, I'd suggest a retina MBP. Even the base model. I went with a refurb 13" and grabbed a 1TB ultra slim external hard drive for the times when I need extra storage. The end result is piles of fast storage with USB 3.0, a cheaper price, and a thinner, lighter, solid state computer that I can worry less about than one with a spinning drive.
  5. Nrazzer thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2014
    I need it for school and casual use at home for movies etc. So it's not like I need a hardcore gaming computer. And my budget is 1650 dollars, which is what a standard MBPr costs in Denmark.
  6. imageWIS macrumors 65816

    Mar 17, 2009
    I disagree, it's better to go for the 8 GB model, which is going to be far more future proof.
  7. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    what programms do you need for school?
  8. Nrazzer thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2014
    I only need the Office pack, maybe some video editing and not much else. I'm going to a business school so that's pretty much all we use.
  9. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Any macbook that is sold today is easily capable of fullfilling your tasks for the foreseeable future.

    Its now just a matter of:
    - do you prefere the retina screen or non retina screen
    - do you prefere the 13" or 11" or 15" screen size
    - how much storage do you need
    - how important is battery life, weight and size too you
    - do you absolutely need a DVD drive for whatever reason

    After you have thought about these things, I recommend looking at all the models in person and get a feel for them.
    Then sleep over it and look at the specs and prices again.

    Enjoy :)

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