Help me decide...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JesseW6889, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2010
    I need a new laptop computer. I currently have an 11" Air, but my wife is getting that for her business. It's too small for the 8 hours a day I spend on a computer.

    I do web design, graphic design, photography and school work. I also will use it to run businesses on the side. It needs to have enough memory to keep everything I need for the next 4 years (at least). So, I'm thinking in the 256 Gb range.

    Price is most certainly an issue, as is portability and comfort (resolution, size, palm rest, etc.) I like the 13" size, but I feel like 15" might benefit me more in the long run. I just can't figure out what the sweet spot for me is...

    I'm looking at 13" MBP's, 13" MBA's and 15" rMBP's and 15" MBP.

    Additionally... I see they're coming out with a 13" rMBP?
  2. Bauer24 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    Sounds like you want the retina MBP. You'd be ok with the low end 2.3/256GB model.

    From what you've posted anyway, the 13" would be to cramped in screen real estate, and at 15" if you're getting a SSD anyway, the retina is actually a better option than the normal MBP if you don't need a DVD burner.
  3. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Where do you spend most of your time working? If you have a home office that you are set up in much of the time, I strongly recommend an external monitor, or better yet, two. There is little you can do technologically that improves productivity so much.

    The rMBP is certainly a great option, but boy do you pay for it.
  4. jefbond macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Well you do say that price is pretty important. In my opinion (which is what I did), I would go for a 13" MBA. Very portable and light compared to the rest, extremely fast, and you can get the 256GB storage as an option. It definitely won't be too outdated 4 years from now. And a number of the optional upgrades I would think are worth it. 2.0GHz (2.8 turbo boost) i7 vs 1.8 (3.2 turbo boost) i5 and 8GB RAM vs 4GB, both for just $100 each. Plus, if you do Apple's Education Store you'll get $50 off the MBA and 10% off those upgrades.

    Personally, for the portability that you have with this, along with it being more than blazingly fast, I think this would be a great way to go.

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