Help deciding for a new Mac

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  1. braindamage-89, Oct 18, 2015
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    braindamage-89 macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2015
    Hello guys,

    I have a cMBP 15inch 2011 and because of the screen and the hard drive i want to replace it with something faster and more portable. And certainly something that will last me for at least 4 years.

    I mainly use my mac for extended typing and reading, browsing, viewing youtube, movies and rarely for lightroom 5.

    I am considering the MB retina but i am concerned with the screen size. When i study i always have two pages documents open side by side and i noticed in my recent visit at the apple store that you are not able to do that on a MB unless you use the "more space" setting for the display resolution.

    Furthermore, i am concerned that the move from 15inch to 12inch will be too radical but on the other hand my other choice is the 13inch RMBP which only an inch larger. Is that inch really noticeable ? Does it make a difference when watching movies or typing and studying?

    Lastly the MB does not seem that its able to last for 4 years mainly due to the 8gb but its very thin and light. On the RMBP at least you can upgrade the ram to 16gb and be more "future proof" or help the system run smoother in the near future.

    Final note: I dont mind about the lack of ports, at all i never use them anyway. Also i like the new keyboard on MB :p

    Thank you for you help!!!
  2. SteveJUAE macrumors 68030


    Aug 14, 2015
    Land of Smiles
    The 13MBP spec wise seems better value for money and is closer to your current footprint than the rMB

    However given your normal usage (outside viewing preferences) the rMB is capable.

    Unless there is some amazing drain on resources from future OS releases or you start using some software that is far more demanding I don't see 16gb being future proofing.

    If you max out a MBP to "future proof it" for 4 years, it's not much different to buying middle of the range and upgrading after 2 or 3 years providing you get a reasonable 2nd hand price for your old one. IMO this option has too many +points over trying to stretch-out a laptop for 4 years.

  3. braindamage-89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2015
    Am saying this because my current laptop has served me for 4.5 years.
    Is the 1inch difference between 12inch and 13inch noticeable? Thats the most important thing for me.
    Apple does not have them side by side and i cannot make a comparison :SSSS

    Thanx for your answer!!
  4. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Both the rMB and the 13" rMBP are more than capable of your expected workloads - reading, browsing, YouTube, Netflix etc.

    The rMB's main attraction is its portability - and Apple sure makes you pay for that. If you don't foresee taking your machine on the road all the time, the 13" rMBP is a better buy since it has more "future proof" internals for not much of a price difference with the rMB.
  5. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2015
    Lightness and retina make the rmb worth the price. I paid $1149 brand new, no tax, free shipping for a base gold. It does everything i need and do. Its quick, the kb and screen are great, the trackpad is nothing special. I actually like the original tp on my 2014 base 11" mba, and the bluetooth tp i use with my desktop mac mini. I think the rmb is a real jewel of a laptop. It's also going to come down in price, and have more capabilities soon, i'm sure. But i'm happy with the 1st gen.
  6. braindamage-89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2015
    Thank you all for your replies. Do you think there is much difference between a 12inch screen and 13inch? Is it much larger?
  7. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Well that is entirely subjective. In my opinion, its not much of a difference. However, you will surely find folks on these forums who will howl in disapproval for even half an inch difference. If you stay near an Apple store, I would recommend going over there and check out the various screen sizes yourself.
  8. braindamage-89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2015
    I went to the apple store but they do not have them on the same table, so i can't compare them
  9. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    Well you gotta do the best you can. It's not like the forums will give you that perfect side-by-side comparison?

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