How much the screen in RMBP is worth and opinions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by keramidas, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. keramidas macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    Hi to all,

    As I am waiting for my 2.6/16/512 RMBP to arrive (scheduled for July 4), I have started having second thoughts about the money that Apple charges for the laptop (and of course I already agreed to pay - but that is what second thoughts is all about).

    So, with me living in Canada, things are like this.

    Retina Pro 2.6/16/512GB with sales tax came out at about CDN$3422

    As I spent the last 11 days waiting for the laptop and started becoming more financially conscious I thought about this:

    MBP non-Retina Mid-2012:

    High end: 2.6Ghz, Hi-Res Antiglare (must for me) comes out at CDN$2631
    That comes with 750 5400rpm.
    Prices for Samsung 830 256GB right now here are CDN$300 (sales tax included).

    So total $2931.

    So for $500 less you:

    lose Retina, 512-256 = 256 flash and 16-8=8 GB RAM, of course form factor
    gain 750GB extra storage, (maybe some piece of mind due to tried design)

    Then I thought about all the fuss of carrying an external with me (the 750GB). Turns out the Data Doubler from OWC is about 70-80.

    So let's say CDN$3000.

    So for 3000 you get a non-Retina with 8GB, 256 same flash (samsung 830), second drive 750GB, no optical drive, tried design, same CPU, same GPU

    extra 430 buys me Retina, 8 more ram, 256 more flash but less 750 second drive bringing my total to 512 instead of 1TB, new design.

    I am tempted to cancelling my Retina and getting the other one, saving 430 in the process and of course not having to wait more than 2-3 days rather than another two weeks.

    Any thoughts on this ?
  2. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    If you consider anti-glare a must, I say go with the regular MBP.
  3. keramidas thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    do you think the retina is way too glossy ?
  4. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    I don't mind gloss, I don't even notice gloss unless I'm outside. So I'm probably not the one to ask. My work computer is anti-glare, my personal computer (prior to rMBP) is super glossy, the rMBP is less glossy than my old personal computer.

    If you aren't sure, then I'd say go try one in the store before deciding but for those that are in the 'must have anti-glare' camp, it seems that their comments have indicated that they find the screen glossy. I don't, many others haven't, but you might.
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Determine your priorities and you'll have your answer. This isn't a one-size-fits-all matter.
  6. keramidas thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    Pretty obvious but thanx
  7. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    for about an extra $165ish couldn't you just upgrade it to 16GB of ram too?

    If you don't mind all the extra work in trying to install and use 2 drives... you don't mind the display not being as good... go for it. I used 2 drives in an older macbook Pro for a few years, and I really dislike it. I just get 1 big drive and do all my main stuff from that one drive, and find everything much easier.
  8. keramidas thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2012
    In fact you can go to 16gb nowadays for less than $100

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