Help~ ASAP~ must buy now. MBPr(1249.99) or MBA[(8gb) 999.99]

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mac456, Nov 28, 2014.

  1. mac456 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    So it's Black Friday and Best Buy(Canada) has two deals

    MBPr base(2.6/8gb/128gb) = $1249.99 cdn

    MBA upgraded Ram(1.4/8gb/128gb) = $999.99

    My main use is for school, browsing, maybe AutoCAD.
    Would the MBA be sufficient(8gb ram)? It is lighter, better BattLife.
    Only $250, would it be better to get the retina?

    Which is more future proof? Better Bang for Buck?

    Thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I like the rMBP over the MBA, because you get a better CPU, GPU and of course the retina screen.

    I will say that you may find the 128GB a bit confining, depending on your usge habits.
     
  3. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Get the rMBP. Better machine, worth the difference.
     
  4. mac456 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thats what I was thinking. Would an external harddrive be okay?
     
  5. lparsons21 macrumors 6502

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    In my setup at home I have the MBPr w/128Gb SSD. And that is fine for daily use for all my data.



    For data that is too big, like my iTunes library and photos, I have them on a USB connected drive hooked to my Time Machine. I found that I don't need all of that except at home, so it works just fine.



    But if you need more storage away from home, then a portable external HD should do just as well.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    That's work able depending on how you use it, and whether you're willing to lug it around along with your laptop.
     
  7. superliu macrumors member

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    LOL just had to made the same decision as you, and i went with rMBP - because of the Retina screen.
     
  8. mac456 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the help. I ended up with the MBPr and a 2TB passbook. *Also 4yr Geeksquad warranty.

    Seeing money was not an issue(in terms of the two choices) I went with the Pro. Through I think the Air would of been enough.

    This is actually my first Mac and can't wait to start exploring it.

    *Is there a difference btw Applecare and Geeksquad?
     

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