Getting a MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ionman64, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. ionman64 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
    OK folks this is my first thread
    so i've been considering getting my first macbook having used windows since the very beginning
    i'm a college student studying abroad, flying 2-3 times at least between 2 cities a year
    i need the thing to be light and portable
    i will be doing some browsing, matlab, some programming, occasion music production and quite a bit of photo editing, probably some gaming
    i want the machine to last a few years
    I will get an external monitor some the computer would be plugged in at least half the time hopefully

    i've been looking at the 13" MBA and cMBP

    For the mba i can do i5/8gb/256ssd

    For the cmbp i can get a the base i5 model and configue it myself with 16gb ram and probably ssd some time later

    My concern is the mba heating up with cpu intensive stuffs
    However the cmbp might be a bit too heavy? would the i7 dual core be more suitable?

    thanks guys
  2. kittencounter macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2013
    why not 13" retina or even 15" retina. They are not that heavy. You want some gaming, photo editing and music production with the Air?
  3. redsoxaa macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2013
    I think you should look into the 13" retina. It's slimmed down and easy to travel with. What is your time frame for buying? I would hold off at all costs till the first of August in case new models are announced at the end of July.
  4. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    traveling 2 or 3 times? Go with 13" MBA no question asked. :apple:
  5. ionman64 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
    Guys 15" is too big
    well the thing about retina is i kinda want 16gb ram if im getting a pro and i don't like only having 128gb of storage

    would the air work well as my only computer?
  6. jread macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Depends. It is not as powerful as the 13" rMBP. I had a Haswell i7 MBA, and now an Ivy Bridge i7 13" rMBP. The rMBP is noticeably more powerful, despite the HD4000 GPU.

    More importantly, spend some time with a MBA and make sure you can tolerate the display, because compared to a modern display, it's crap. And compared to a retina display, it's a steaming pile of elephant diarrhea.
  7. 8080532 Suspended

    Apr 7, 2013
    What ever you buy, cMBP/rMBP get the 15" with a dedicated GPU, you'll regret not having it when you get around to playing games and editing photos.

    Yeah they can be big, but you don't want to have the feeling of making a mistake.
  8. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
    I suggest for 15 rMBP... maybe from refurbished is okay
    you got better performance even compare with haswell in air :D
  9. ionman64 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013

    Guys now I feel like getting a refurb 15", whether classic or retina
    The thing is I don't feel like needing the best quad core cpu, but I do feel like 16gb of ram

    However there ain't no 1st gen retina 2.3GHz i7 with 16gb, only 8gb

    How does 8gb feel like in real life? would that be sufficient?
  10. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    If you're not running VMs then 8GB is plenty for most people today. It's also what I would consider a reasonable minimum for OSX today, so it doesn't leave a a lot of headroom.

    IMO Apple shouldn't be offering less than 6GB on any of its machines, OSX just needs more than that these days.

  11. 8080532 Suspended

    Apr 7, 2013
    It is fine, i never went beyond 4 gb with VM
  12. JennyC macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2013
    I have a Macbook Pro without retina, and I think the display is really great. Am I naive or something? I upgraded from an antiquated 2009 Macbook so obviously this new screen is way better than that one so it must just feel like it's the most beautiful display I've seen.

    Because you do photo editing and other activities I would think you might find the 15" with retina to be more convenient. I have the 13" and I wish I had gotten the 15" and I don't even need it for anything special. I still think the 15" size would be easy traveling with.
  13. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    Nope. It is a great display. The retina display is extraordinarily nice, but the regular uMBP display is still quite good.

  14. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
  15. ionman64 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
    alright guys i've ordered a refurb 15" retina 2.3/8/256
    really excited now, delivery should be tomorrow!
    thanks for the advice guys, it's really helpful!!:)
  16. scbond macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2010
    Nottingham, UK
  17. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
    welcome to retina club :D
    btw, dont worry about ghosting, just enjoy it :D
    ghosting is like "ghost", they (ghost) alreay in the world, but we dont need to find them.

    I have 15 retina with LG screen, all fine and normal :D
  18. ionman64 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2013
    buddy i got a samsung display LSN !!
    And the battery cycle counts 0!
    loving the bastard :)

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