Going back to a MBP?

alex.marton

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Hi all,

I have a Macbook Air (Early 2014) but I have been looking at the 13" Retina Macbook Pro. I do photo and video editing (which includes Photoshop and iMovie). Would it be worth it upgrading? The Macbook Air fulfills my needs, but I'd like to have a larger (since I have the 11") and higher quality display. Rarely I play The Sims 4, but I don't really mind what graphics I play it on (I can play it on med. on the MBA with no issues). I have time, so I can wait until the next refresh (hopefully Skylake)! :)

Thanks, Alex
 
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Max(IT)

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Hi all,

I have a Macbook Air (Early 2014) but I have been looking at the 13" Retina Macbook Pro. I do photo and video editing (which includes Photoshop and iMovie). Would it be worth it upgrading? The Macbook Air fulfills my needs, but I'd like to have a larger (since I have the 11") and higher quality display. Rarely I play The Sims 4, but I don't really mind what graphics I play it on (I can play it on med. on the MBA with no issues). I have time, so I can wait until the next refresh (hopefully Skylake)! :)

Thanks, Alex
There is a noticeable speed difference between your MBA and an Early 2015 MBP, when video and photo editing are involved. And the retina display is night and day compared to your MBA.
 
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alex.marton

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Thanks for your replies. It really helps making the right decision! :) I'm hoping to opt for a Skylake MBP (as soon as it comes out lol).
 

businezguy

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Two reasons to go with a MBP: the screen and the awesome trackpad. I know the MB Air has a good trackpad, but the force touch on the MBP is even better. I had the same decision a couple of months ago and went with the MBP. It was the right decision.
 
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I really like the screen real estate of the 15" MBP and the quad core processor will blow the doors off your MBA. I think that would be a great upgrade. The 13" MBP is no slow either, but I think the 15" is where its at :)
 
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alex.marton

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I really like the screen real estate of the 15" MBP and the quad core processor will blow the doors off your MBA. I think that would be a great upgrade. The 13" MBP is no slow either, but I think the 15" is where its at :)
Thanks maflynn! I really like the 15" but the problem is always the price. For $2499 (the one with AMD graphics) I could get a 5K iMac, you see! :) I love the portability of the Macbooks. I used to own a base 2012 13" MBP. I loved it, very much. :)
 

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Thanks maflynn! I really like the 15" but the problem is always the price. For $2499 (the one with AMD graphics) I could get a 5K iMac, you see! :) I love the portability of the Macbooks. I used to own a base 2012 13" MBP. I loved it, very much. :)
I'm in the same exact boat as you.I can't see spending over 2k for the laptop when I can get a 5K iMac for the same or slightly less.
 
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Mike in Kansas

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I was in the same exact position as you two as well, but I went with the MBP instead of the 5k iMac. I did because:
  • I was able to get the 2015 15" MBP that Apple sells for $2499 for $2149 from a local reseller
  • I REALLY wanted an SSD versus a Fusion drive. I tried them out side by side in the Apple store and the new SSDs are noticeably faster than the 2015 iMac 1TB AND 2TB Fusion drive
  • I really wanted to spend time on the couch versus always being at my workstation. Yes, I have an iPad for consumption, but having a full size keyboard with the ability to edit video and photos while sitting on the couch was desirable
  • I travel enough that having a powerful portable computer was desirable
  • Did I say I wanted to get away from sitting at my workstation? I am using this MBP about 2X - 3X more than the iMac that is has replaced. So glad I went portable.
I plan in pairing it with a 4K monitor around Christmas time.
 
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