I'm torn: new MB vs MBP

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  1. noobinator macrumors 601

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    I'm a pretty light user and use a $200 Asus laptop now (x205ta).

    I mainly use the laptop for:
    Netflix
    Sling TV
    MS Office
    Light photo editing in Lightroom

    My current laptop even stutters when watching Netflix and doing nothing else. When I do two things at once forget it. I know the new MB should blow this thing away since my machine only has 2gb ram.

    I am just worried it would stutter if watching video and doing something else. I think the MBP might be overkill but I'd consider it if things would run much smoother. I don't take my laptop with me many places but I love technology and having the newest technology. The new form factor and space gray color are awesome to me.

    What do you all think? Should I get the new MB or MBP. Just how much more powerful is the MBP? And would I actually notice or utilize any of the extra power?
     
  2. fisherking macrumors 601

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    april 10, the new macbook will be in the stores. go. try it. see how it feels... then read actual reviews, check the benchmarks.

    once it's actually available, we'll all know more. right now, there's way too much whining, speculation, guesses, and reviews-in-advance of real-world usage on this forum...
     
  3. Queen6, Mar 24, 2015
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    As your under no time crunch, it`s better to wait for the reviews to roll in once the new MacBook is released. The very nature of Intel`s core M, OS X combined with a completely new Mac hardware make predictions unpredictable at best, myself included.

    If your usage dictates Adobe`s Flash player this may be the "bottleneck" for you, certainly something the 13" MBPr will easily deal with. If you require an all round strong performing Notebook I solidly recommend the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display you won't be disappointed. If you require an ultra portable business machine the new MacBook may well fit your need.

    In short I would wait until end April, then you will have enough information to make a definitive decision.

    Q-6
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    This is sensible advice

    I would also add that you can easily do that workload on an ipad TBH.

    The rMB should find it no trouble at all....

    We can only wait and see though.
     
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    How does one watch video and doing something else on a small laptop, do you have the video on a tiny window on a corner?

    Anywhoo, make sure "stutter" is not buffering. Buffering means you have an Internet bottleneck.

    Either MB or MBP will blow away your Atom, at almost 10x cost.
     
  6. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

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    The MacBook will probably be great for what you want to use it for.
    Just wait until we get closer to the release date and there will be tons of reviews.
     
  7. jemesouviens macrumors member

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    You should know that Office is pretty rubbish on macs unless you intend to use parallels or similar to run windows in a VM (or god forbid boot camp).

    Just something to keep in mind if you're a power user.

    All the other stuff you could do very well on almost any decent laptop, but if you're determined to go for bling get the macbook!
     
  8. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    I have MS Office 11 on my Mac (OS X) and I think it actually is pretty good.
     
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    Me too, well I did have, now I have 2015 and it's even better.
     
  10. jemesouviens macrumors member

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  12. jemesouviens macrumors member

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    ha I hear you..

    Seriously the only reason I keep windows around is Excel, it sucks to have it polluting my SSD.
     
  13. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    LOL! Very true. I can just feel the bloat-ware creeping in with the updates.
     
  14. cinealta macrumors 6502

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    The entry level 13" MBP is the same price as the rMP but has a much better CPU, 1+ inch bigger screen, more ports (future flexibility) and arguably a better keyboard (more travel). It may be overkill but it's the same price. If you don't need ultra-portability it may be better to err on the side of more capability than less.
     
  15. gregvet macrumors regular

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    It also has only half the internal storage tho. Bringing the ssd in the rMBP to the same size (256Gb) makes the rMBP significantly more expensive than the rMB.

    While I get the argument, the specs that are variable need to be comparable in both. Storage capacity is a big decision for most buyers and I don't know many people who would be happy with 126Gb.
     
  16. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Same here, don't use Outlook, the rest is perfect for my usage, will have a look at Office 2016 at some point, and see if it offers any signifiant improvements.

    Q-6
     
  17. newellj macrumors 601

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    Agree. The interface difference vs. Windows is a little annoying if you use both daily, but the functionality is very good.
     
  18. noobinator thread starter macrumors 601

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    I could do it on an iPad but I want a laptop. I enjoy the extra screen real estate even if it's only a couple inches and prefer the design of the laptop over connecting a keyboard to an iPad and not being able to use a mouse/trackpad.

    I let things run in the background (YouTube/Sling) while I surf the net or work in office. It's nice background noise.

    It is stuttering, not buffering on my current laptop. I know the difference. My internet speed is 100mb down.

    Yeah it isn't the greatest on Mac but luckily I'm doing pretty simple things.
     
  19. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Just pointing out

    That the rMB has more than enough power for what you want.
     
  20. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

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    The rMBP has a larger display, much better CPU/GPU and ports for the same price. Its a no brainer.
     
  21. noobinator thread starter macrumors 601

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    I would counter with its heavier, smaller hard drive for that price, is thicker, only available in one color, and has moving parts (fan).

    Thus my conundrum.
     
  22. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Another ex cathedra statement w/o any basis.
     
  23. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I think you have your answer. Do you wish to pay for power and flexibility or for thin and lightweight? The MacBook should have no issue whatsoever handling the load you will put on it.
     
  24. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

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    Do you walk long distances? Like miles every day schlepping around gear? I doubt it. Is that whopping 1.5 pounds difference really going to break your poor arms and back? Your willing to buy a laptop gimped with only one port but your concerned about HD space? Id assume you do everything in the cloud if you are willing to deal with only one port, HD space shouldn't really matter. Colors? lol. Sounds like you want a toy rather than a productive machine for work. Get the rMB then.
     
  25. noobinator thread starter macrumors 601

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    Thanks, I've decided to buy the "toy".
     

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