Does the decrease in weight between the non-rMBP & rMBP make a sig. difference?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wineandcarbs, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. wineandcarbs macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    In your opinion, especially if you've gone from an older, non-retina MBP to the rMBP, does the difference in weight (approx 1.something lbs IIRC) make a significant difference?

    I commute by car, however I carry my laptop to work a lot and once I am in the building I often have to carry the laptop from room to room, floor to floor (as opposed to just from car to office).

    Did you find the change in weight that significant?
  2. Ed Miliband macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2014
    I went from a 17" MBP to a 13" MBA and I noticed a difference in weight
  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    I switched from a 3 pound Asus Vivobook to my 4.5 pound 2011 MBP. I don't notice the difference at all.
  4. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    Well the difference between the 15" and 13" rMBP is only 1 pound, and everyone here seems to think the difference in portability is a fairly large one so I would assume so.
  5. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    Went from 15" 2012 cMBP to 15" late 2013 rMBP. The weight difference is huge. Weight-wise it's essentially going from a 15"cMBP to a 13" cMBP.

    According to specs, if you are going from a 13" cMBP, to a 15" rMBP, you won't see a difference at all.
  6. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I have both a 13" cMBP and a 13" rMBP. I don't notice the difference on a day to day basis, but now that I think about it, my backpack doesn't seem to be as weighed down as it used to. The thinness of the rMBP also makes a difference for me. It's a great computer!
  7. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    For the 15", it is very noticeable when you are holding it. However, in a backpack you won't notice much of a difference.
  8. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    For the 15" I felt like you notice it the first few times but than it fades. In the long run you adjust to either weight without really feeling any difference. It is still heavy. It is a bit lighter but still has the similar feel in weight.
    The difference is definitely there in direct comparison but not really noticable in everyday use after you adjust, IMO
  9. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Thanks all! This was really helpful. I made the mistake of not specifying the specific models I was referring to (both 13" in my case). The replies were still really useful though. Most appreciated :)
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Having used both a regular and Retina 13" MacBook Pro extensively, I have to say I definitely notice the difference between the two computers. For starters, the newer one is thinner and has a smaller footprint. On paper this may not seem like much, but when you hold it in your hand having a smaller computer will give you the perception that the computer is lighter.

    Of course the computer is actually lighter, so combine with the feeling in your mind that the computer is lighter (due to the smaller size), there is a substantial difference in heft.

    Short version: On paper it looks very close, but in reality you'll notice the difference especially if you're used to the older one.
  11. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Thanks all! Anyone know if the older MBP charger works with the rMBP?
  12. jdogg836 macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2010
  13. littlepud macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2012
    It makes a HUGE difference. The 13" cMBP is heavier than the 15" rMBP.
  14. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Even a pound or two can make a big difference when carrying it around all day from office to office and floor to floor, especially if you use the stairs. The added weight can help you burn more calories and increase muscle size.
  15. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
  16. anarti macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2012
    13 retina is 1.5kg, and 15 retina is 2kg. There is a difference, noticeable.
    I've put a speck case on my 13 retina and that added extra 0.3kg onto it. I can even feel the difference between macbook with and without the speck case.

    of course 13" is much more portable, but I used to carry my 15" around the airports etc and because it is onlu 2kgs it wasn't that much of a hassle, apart from the larger footprint.
  17. FluJunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2007
    Yes. I went from a 15" "classic" MBP to the 15" rMBP, and it's night and day.
  18. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    I notice the difference between a cMBP and a rMBP. I went from a 13 MBA to my new 13 rMBP and there is some difference. However, whenever I compare my rMBP to my wife's 13 cMBP it is a significant difference.
  19. wineandcarbs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Thanks so much everyone! I think I'm going with a new rMBP. Good to know that it will lighten my load, literally!


    Thanks, this was really helpful because part of me has been thinking, 'Should I just go with the MBA so I have something even lighter?' Even though I prefer the rMBP generally. So it's good to know that going from cMBP to rMBP is a big difference, but that rMBP vs MBA isn't significant enough that I'd need to go to that.

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