Difficulty deciding

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  1. vtyler98 macrumors member

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    Hello everyone, I'm debating between getting the 2012 MBA (sold my 2011) or upgrading to the rMBP. I use my computer mainly for typing word documents, managing my iPhoto library, occasional movie editing, web surfing, and take my computer on the go. I like the air better for the $1000 lower price, portability, and good speed. I went to our local Best Buy to check out the rMPB and noticed how much crisper and better the text is. Since I type documents frequently and do a lot of reading/research on my computer, the retina display would be a nice added bonus. The negatives to the rMBP are the higher price and higher weight/larger size. Whether I get the MBA or the rMBP I'll be buying it from Best Buy since I have a reward zone card with them and can get a cheaper price with the education discount matching they offer and $100 off coupon (plus tax free weekend here in NC!). The biggest question is, for my needs and purposes, would the extra $1000 be worth it for the rMBP since I'll be writing a lot of documents and reading frequently on it, plus the 256gb vs 128 storage advantages and double the ram.
     
  2. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

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    Not necessary to double post

    We all saw this post on the MB Air blog.
     
  3. Silmarien macrumors member

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    I didnt see it.

    To the OP: With your needs I would definitely suggest buying the MPA. You dont really have a need for the retina display. Plus if you take it on the go all the time the air is a no brainer.
     
  4. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68000

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    No idea what you are talking about.

    The rMBP will do everything in your workflow much faster, is the speed difference worth the added cost and weight? You decide.
     
  5. vtyler98 thread starter macrumors member

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    Posted it here too so as to get a variety of opinions. The MBA board may give a biased opinion towards it while this one may give a more rMBP perspective so I wanted opinions from both to see what people say. Threads similar to mine people would recommend to post on both boards to get a balanced perspective from each side, so that's what I did. I dont see a problem with it.

    The big advantage of the rMBP for me would be that it would have 256 and 8 for the base models whereas an air of similar specs would be about $1600 less. Plus, I'll be purchasing from Best Buy because I can get it a little cheaper as the manager here works well with matching apple and giving an additional discount. I can get the rMBP for $1990 or the MBA base for $1040.

    The extra ram and ssd space would be nice as would the retina display, the extra crisp text would be a nice bonus since I write word documents for hours a day in my degree and also since I read a lot and the retina display is a little easier on the eyes, for me at least. The negative really is just the big price difference, I don't mind carrying the extra 1.5 pounds around campus.
     
  6. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    End quote.

    Get the MBA - this coming from a MBPR owner.
     
  7. stevelam macrumors 65816

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    you pretty much do nothing on a computer. just get the MBA.
     
  8. vtyler98 thread starter macrumors member

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    So the extra screen resolution and memory wouldn't make a difference to justify the $900 or so price difference? For those who have a rMBP, does the screen resolution boost help when reading text or does it not make much of a difference? Thanks for all of the replies so far.
     
  9. ilgreatluigi macrumors member

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    I agree. All of the work you listed points toward a non professional user. The MBA will probably still be the best computer you have ever owned.
     
  10. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    The air is an amazing machine, and now you can upgrade it to 512GB ssd, 8GB ram and 2GHz cpu for about half the price of the rMBP. I would say for your useage that is the way to go!
     
  11. Dralt macrumors member

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    It's pretty obvious the OP is lusting for the rMBP.
    He came here so that we could help him fight off his demons.
     
  12. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Even with the new form factor of the rMBP I really like the tapered MBA better. The lip is too sharp! I wish they could make a tapered rMBP.
     
  13. Dralt macrumors member

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    lol, I just wish the base model had 8 GB and it'd be the only computer I would recommend.
     
  14. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    You can upgrade it to 8GB. Honestly tho, I had a 2011 MBA with a 1.6GHZ and 4GB ram and it was awesome! Never had a problem with it.
     
  15. Dralt macrumors member

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    I know, but I was talking about 8 GB at the base price.
     
  16. chrisfromalbany macrumors 6502

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    When comparing the MBA with 256 SSD and 8 gig and 13' model.. it didn't make any sense get the MBA compared to rMBP.. If that isn't needed then MBA is good option but if start upgrading alot from base MBA the prices became too close to rMBP..
     
  17. vtyler98 thread starter macrumors member

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    Just as an update, I decided to go with the base 13" Macbook Air which I purchased from Best Buy for $1040 total, it was on sale for $1140 and I had $100 off for being a student plus it was tax free weekend here so total was $1040, and also double reward zone points too.

    My Air has a LG screen and SSD but the screen quality is quite good and is very fast. The biggest difference I've noticed so far is my 2011 MBA would get very loud when the fans kicked in above 3500-4000rpm but this new one is very quiet even on the high fan speeds. It is still audible but nothing like the "jet engine" sound of my old MBA. I plan to get the rMBP in the future but for now I think the Air will do the job, thanks for all of the help and suggestions!
     
  18. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    I was a life long Air buyer. I have had every single Air they have ever made. I actually had the 13 and the 11 at the same time.

    Dumped them all and got the rMBP.

    Go that way, 1000%.
     
  19. vtyler98 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I'll do that next year, I got the air with 4gb of RAM to hold me over until next year when Haswell comes out and a few of the bugs in the rMBP are worked out. Definitely looking forward to a retina display on a mac, I played with the one in Best Buy and it was like a gigantic iPad :)
     
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