Help...Air or rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by hulfordp, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. hulfordp macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2010
    I will be using it for photo editing in aperture and photoshop CS5. I only edit around 15 weddings a year. It will mainly be used for sermon writing, light imovie editing, email, web, calendar. I currently use a 2010 macbook pro, so having a DVD burner is not need with a new machine. Thoughts, thanks
  2. filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2011
    Do you have a budget?
    Do you want portability?
    Do you care about screen size?

    Either one has plenty of power for what you do.
  3. hulfordp thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2010
    Budget - around $2000
    Portability - IMPORTANT
    Currently using a 13 inch, with a 23 inch external monitor.

    With $2000 limit I can max out an air or get a basic rMBP. I also am eligible for an eduction discount.
  4. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    after a few years of Airs, I just bought a 15" rMBPro.
    absolutely love it and don't regret the change at all.
    not only is is clear and fast, but still just a snip over 2kg
    here is Aus they're 2279 with Edu discount - worth every penny

    +1 for rMBP ;)
  5. tiwizard, Sep 14, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012

    tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    Because you say portability is important (in all caps), I'd have to suggest the Air 13" 100%. The rMBP, while lighter, is still a 15 inch laptop. When you put that down on a table (such as an airplane seat back tray), its size really shows. On the other hand, the MBA (13 inch and 11 inch) both can be very powerful and can drive an external display with no issues, and are extremely light.

    I have a short comparison on Macbook Tips.
  6. cedwhatev macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2011
    11" Air 8GB with 256GB. Portability and super awesomeness lol. :D

    ... and money to spare to buy a sleeve and some AppleCare.
  7. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    OP, with the info you gave in post #3, I would go with the Air.
  8. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    11" Air maxed out if portability is priority #1, power #2.
  9. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Portability = Air

    Budget $2000, just get a 13 Air max it out
  10. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    If performance is adequate for your needs on your 2010 MB Pro, then a 2012 Air will blow it away.

    Of course the Retina even more so, but I wanted to dispel any apprehensions you might have about the Air not being up to the job.
  11. mertyz macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2011
    Definitely go with 13" MBA. It is both a powerful machine and highly portable. Best of both worlds. I believe 13" is the sweet spot for notebooks. Large enough to work on, small enough to carry easily.
  12. fleawannabe macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2011
    I would go with the maxed out MBA 13". You are more likely to get a more solid unit right now with the MBA over the rMBP.
  13. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    You can't look at them in a store?

    Laptop magazine has a comparison between the screens of the Air and the Retina side by side. You can see the pixilation on the Air's screen in the video.
  14. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    The Best Buy right by my house has both the MBA and the rMBP. While the rMBP has a nicer screen, the MBA has a pretty good display as well.
  15. hulfordp thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2010
    Yeah I have a Apple Store near my place and every time I go in I feel like they are trying to sell my the rMBP. The display is amazing, but the portability of the Air is amazing. To bad no 13in rMBP announced, bet 2 months after I get an Air it will be
  16. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    You're shooting weddings. This means cameras, flashes, computers, cf cards, possibly strobes with stands, grips, brackets, backup body, different lenses, etc. No one in this thread has given a response with any thought put into it, and you aren't helping, as you haven't given any indication of what makes your current machine inadequate. Without knowing that, how does anyone know what to suggest? If the 2010 is a 15" i7, the Air will be around the same speed, maybe a bit faster on the maxed one. The maxed Air is still less powerful than the base rMBP by a fair margin if you're processing out a bunch of images on the fly. I have no idea if you're downloading to the internal drive, or whether you're doing this on location. If you're mass processing images later, the rMBP will finish faster. In terms of color reproduction and viewing angles, the Air's display is pretty bad. The rMBP is decent in that regard. It's not perfect. It's decent. It's exceptional for a notebook, and possibly better than a number of budget desktop displays. The smoothness from the resolution is excellent, although some applications may not be "retina ready" as in they don't scale well. CS5 will never receive this. CS6 has it scheduled, but you'd need to upgrade to CS6 to maintain further upgrade eligibility anyway as Adobe cancelled the up to 3 versions back policy they used to have.

    In terms of weight, you're sweating a little over a pound. It makes a difference if you apply the same thing to several pieces of gear. If you're talking about one piece on its own, it shouldn't be a big deal. If you're dealing with a 15" now, the rMBP is still more compact. You haven't given any indication what size you currently use, and you should have done so if you expected any kind of decent response as opposed to random commentary. In terms of the Air, I'm not sure the upgrades offer great returns. Typically I'd just suggest the Air to save money. If you're going to spend the same amount either way, I'd rarely suggest it.
  17. hulfordp thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2010
    I went back to the Mac Store and looked at both of them again. I think I'm going to go with the rMBP. Has the same HD space, 256gig, as my current macbook pro. The 15 inch screen is really nice, specially when editing photos. The portability is still there for me seeing I don't take it to shots, but I take it too and from the church office. Now the choice is 8gig or 16gig RAM. I'm probably going to stick with 8gig, nothing is going to require 16gig in the next 5 years or so. Anyway it will be a huge upgrade from a 13inch Macbook Pro 2.4 Core2Duo, 8gigs, 256 with integrated video card

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