Dilemma: rMB 12" or MBP 13" ?

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  1. Theozz, Jun 10, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2015

    Theozz macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2015
    Here's another dilemma between rMB and rMBP 13" :D

    I'm a student (for at least 2 years in the future), so during most of the day, I won't be home and it will be a work use.
    Here are my typical use at the University with my Mac:
    - Office 2011 (Word) - One (sometimes two) windows opened
    - PDF

    When I'm home, it's my work use and:
    - Safari/Chrome Canary - it depends but up to 10 tabs
    - VLC - Well obviously only one windows opened (720p or 1080p)
    - iTunes

    I already have a 2012 13" MBP (i7, 2.9) and it's really heavy-weight. I need portability and light-weight (but whatever MB I choose, it will be lighter) but I don't know if I need a good processor power.

    If I listened my heart, it would be a SG MB (because the keyboard, the form-factor and the screen, the color) but if I listen my head then it's more complicated: One day I'm telling myself rMB will be more than enough for my use and the day after it's the other way around....

    I need your help Macrumorers (is that even a name?) ! :D

    EDIT: And obviously, there is this Skylake thing that bothers me. If it's a good year, it will be released as predicted... so new v.2 MB in October/November?
  2. keviig macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2012
    The rMB is actually quite capable and will have no problems with the type of use you're describing.
    I have the 1.1 myself and it has impressed me so far. Especially with El Capitan!
    I would not expect a skylake rMB before Q1 2016.
  3. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    13" Retina MacBook Pro, it`s more versatile, has plenty of reserves, and will serve you better as a single system. By far Apple`s most balanced portable. The rMB is fantastic at what it does, equally if your usage falls outside of it`s performance envelope the user experience will be disappointing at best. Concur Q1 2016 for Gen-2 rMB.

    FWIW I own both rMB & rMBP`s


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