How many ppl converted from MBA to MBP

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  1. chrisfromalbany macrumors 6502

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    I know I did, I came from a late 2010 MBA 13' with 128 SSD and 2 gig memory. I got point where the 2 gig wasn't enough for anything and 128 drive was maxed out. So when it became time to upgrade I looked at MBA with 256 or 512 and 8 gig memory. Then looked at the rMBP wouldn't see why not go with that with price difference. :cool:
     
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  3. chrisfromalbany thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well I was using a MBA not I am using a MBP.. I guess convert or upgraded to works for that definition.
     
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    I replaced my Mac Pro and 11" MBA for my rMBP. Not really converted...more like converged...since I loved both of those machines. But this one does the same thing as both of them combined in one machine!
     
  5. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    I don't see in any way how a macbook air and a retina macbook pro are comparable. The price difference is also considerable.
     
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    considering the rMBP is the same thickness and only a lb heavier than the 13" MBA it is easy to compare them. Price is not an issue with some people.
     
  7. urkel macrumors 68030

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    I'm in the process of replacing my 2012 MBA 13" with a 2011 MBP 13". The main reasons are Price and Upgradeability. I got a cheap 2011 MBP 13" from Amazon Warehouse and added a 128GB Crucial M4, got media bay kit and replaced optical drive with the 500GB HDD and upgraded to 8GB Memory for under $1000.

    I don't necessarily feel its an upgrade or downgrade and I will miss the Air but the $500 I saved does give me flexibility when deciding what to buy next year when Retina goes across the entire MacBook line.
     
  8. chrisfromalbany thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well if are actually compare price MBA 13' with 2.0Ghz processor, 8 gig ram, 256 SSD the price quickly becomes $1700.. so that why when looking at getting an upgraded MBA or a rMBP they are comparable.

    And I didn't really compare the 13' MBP because like the SSD drive and like how small and light the MBA was.. so the natural step up was the rMBP.

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    Another part was I was using the MBA to much like a real computer when really it lacked the horsepower/storage/memory of real computer. the rMBP is more of a all in one computer but close in form factor.
     
  9. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    13" MBA
    2GHz dual-core
    8GB Ram
    512GB SSD
    $2199

    15" rMBP
    2.3GHz quad-core
    8GB ram
    256GB SSD
    $2199

    easily comparible ;)
     
  10. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    Price aside

    display
    The macbook air is a 13" 1440 by 900 resolution
    The rMBP is a 15" 2880-by-1800 resolution

    That's twice the resolution on a bigger display.

    Storage
    The macbook air offers 128, 256 or 512 gb of flash storage
    The rMBP offers 256, 512, 768 gb of flash storage

    Notice how you can't get a 128gb drive in the rMBP or a 768 gb drive in the MBA

    CPU
    MBA 2.0 GHz core i7 Dual core with turbo boost to 3.2 GHz.
    rMBP 2.3 GHz core i7 Quad-core with turbo boost to 3.3 Ghz
    Dual-core vs. Quad-core

    Memory
    MBA Standard is 4gb Max is 8gb
    rMBP Standard is 8 gb Max is 16gb

    Size and weight
    MBA
    Height: 0.3-1.7 cm (0.11-0.68 inch)
    Width: 32.5 cm (12.8 inches)
    Depth: 22.7 cm (8.94 inches)
    Weight: 1.35 kg (2.96 pounds)

    rMBP
    Height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)
    Width: 14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
    Depth: 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
    Weight: 4.46 pounds (2.02 kg)

    The rMBP is 1.5 pound heavier then the 13" MBA
    Graphics
    MBA Integrated Intel HD 4000
    rMBP Integrated Intel HD 4000 + Nvidia GeForce GT650M 1gb

    Integrated graphics vs. discrete graphics is completely different.

    This highlights the biggest differences. These machines are in no way comparable. Users who buy a 13" macbook air do not have the same needs as those who buy a rMBP.
     
  11. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Well, I had an 11 inch MacBook Air and now I have a retina MacBook Pro. Explain that.
     
  12. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    Your needs have changed or you had more disposable income.
     
  13. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    nope...same needs, same income. Just decided I wanted a portable workstation instead of a desktop and laptop. Both computers were amazing and I love them both...just prefer them both in one unit.
     
  14. chrisfromalbany thread starter macrumors 6502

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    agree..

    not sure how others can't think of this as deluxe version of a MBA.. I seen reviews saying it more MBA tech then MBP tech.

    I wouldn't say my needs changed it was a preferred to use the MBA over the base MS workstation. So now I can do most of my work on my rMBP instead of splitting time between MBA and full workstation. I had a habit of just over taxing my MBA because just didn't need start up my desktop. You get spoiled with instant on functionality.
     
  15. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502

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    i have a 2012 11in air and a rmbp and i use them for very different things. i dont think its a comparison or an upgrade. just different machines to fit different situations.
     
  16. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    My point exactly in stating my previous post.
     
  17. chrisfromalbany thread starter macrumors 6502

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    got to be honest since gotten the rMBP I haven't turned the MBA besides get things off of it and thinking selling on eBay...

    so like a said I converted from MBA->rMBP
     
  18. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502

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    for me, sitting on the couch, traveling, pooping, or laying bed i would rather have the mba. when im doing heavy gaming or photo/video work i sit at a desk and work off my rmbp or iMac.
     
  19. MacRunner68 macrumors newbie

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    This is where I'm stuck now... I love both machines for sure but do I want to wait 2+ weeks to ship for the rMBP?
     
  20. pgiguere1, Aug 2, 2012
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    Same here.

    Last year I went with the maxed 11" (i7/4GB/256GB). It cost me around 1700$ if I remember correctly. I may have gotten more BTO options if they were available (8GB RAM, faster processor).

    My needs or budget weren't really different. I wanted a high-density screen, SSD, portability, and didn't care about a DVD drive or Ethernet port.

    The 13" MBP didn't bring me any significant advantage over the MBA and would have been much bulkier and not any less expensive if I had to add SSD.

    I could have considered a 15" MBP with high-res display and install 256GB of SSD myself but it would have been near 3000$, and it would have been pretty heavy for features that I see as obsolete.

    Now the rMBP makes more sense to me, it's cheaper ($2000 with student rebate) than last year's cMBP (if you had to add 256GB of SSD and hi-res option) and it's more portable.

    The shift from 11" to 15" may seem weird but I chose the 11" MBA over the 13" since it had the same specs if a smaller package. I would have applied the same logic again if a 13" rMBP with exactly the same processor, RAM and graphics card as the 15" rMBP was available.
     
  21. rlantagne21 macrumors newbie

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    Had been using a 2011 13" MBA 256gb as my primary computer since it was released last year. Sold it and bought the 2012 13" MBA 256gb (wanted USB 3.0, use FaceTime a lot, and SATA 3 drive for increased overall performance) when it was released in June. Had been using it for the past month and I kept wondering if I made the right choice, or if I should have purchased the retina display.

    I use my laptop every day for work (Sales Supervisor at Best Buy and do some real estate work here and there on the side), and being my primary computer, I started to see the benefit of the larger screen, increased overall performance for anything and everything, but still being portable.

    Long story short, I swapped out my air and bought the base model Retina MB Pro and I couldn't be happier. The screen is absolutely amazing, blazingly fast, and the battery life is phenomenal.

    Coming from someone who swore by the 13" Air, I am very satisfied with my upgrade to the rMBP, and definitely feel comfortable that spending the extra money was worth every penny.
     

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