I'm about to buy MacBook Pro with Retina Display...help me

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Zheray94, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Zheray94 macrumors newbie

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    Im about to buy a new MacBook, I'm an average user. I'll be doing downloads and playing a lot of music and browsing the web a lot, and occasional school work. What set up is best?
     
  2. Textureboy macrumors 6502

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    If you need space just upgrade the SSD. Unless you don't mind the 256GB and getting an external hard drive
     
  3. ZacT94 macrumors regular

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    It depends on what downloads you'll be doing and how much money you have.
    If you plan on downloading a lot of movies then get a bigger SSD. Good choice on the rMBP though.
     
  4. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Huh?

    If you're just an average user, the rMBP is way overkill.

    But if you insist, base model with upgraded ram.
     
  5. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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  6. aleni macrumors 68020

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    Wow. For your use, I would get the 11" air instead.
     
  7. juanm macrumors 65816

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    Yep. Spec'd up 13" Air, unless you want it for bragging.

    Also, this is a first generation model. It seems to be very good, already, but personally, if I were in the market for one, I'd would wait next generation gpu.
     
  8. noteple macrumors 65816

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    If upgrading from a MacBook, I would go with a 13" Air.
    Great experience. Light, SSD fast, great battery life.
     
  9. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Buy a MBA 13. Use the saved money to get the new iPhone this fall.
     
  10. eas macrumors member

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    Base model. Consider though whether the 256GB HDD is enough for your media. If it isn't, consider whether you'd be ok with moving stuff on and off an external disk as needed, because the cost of upgrading the SSD is pretty steep right now.

    And yeah, how important is a 15" retina display to you right now? If it isn't, a 13" Air would probably be a nice machine for you.
     
  11. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly for a user such as yourself, you will not need a retina macbook. I would recommend an Air or the base 13inch MacBook Pro. You won't be taking full advantage of the retina display, nor the graphics card or CPU. However if you insist... Get the base optionally you could increase the storage space from 256 to 512 or 768 depending on how much files you have currently on your current pc.
     

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