iPP or rMB as Consumption/Entertainment Device

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Maukey, Dec 25, 2015.

  1. Maukey macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2010
    I recently purchased a rMB 1.2 w/ 512GB SSD to use as a personal entertainment device. I love everything about this laptop. It has been great from the moment I opened it. However, for Christmas I purchased my son an iPad Air 2. In fooling around with the Air 2 today, it started making me second guess my decision to go with the rMB and here's why:

    1) My uses for the rMB have been strictly Web Browsing, Viewing Articles, YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Using Torrents to make digital copies of some of the Bluray Movies I own for viewing on the go, Airplaying MP4 and MKV Videos to my ATV 4 w/ Air Video HD, and light Excel/Word use. All of this is doable on the iPP, and in my brief experience with the Air 2 today, it seems it would be more immersive.

    2) Playing w/ the Air 2 reminded me of how convenient the iPads are as pick up and play devices. Being able to just pick it up and use it in many positions is so convenient. I also like that because it's just a screen I can use it closer to my face than the rMB. Just seems like a better couch potato device.

    3) I paid $1419 for the rMB. If I got the iPP, I would get the LTE model for $1079 and just a cheap smart case off Amazon as I don't really need a KB or Pencil. So in that I would save money.

    4) A better ability to play games on the iPP

    I currently have a Windows laptop my company provides me for work, so my personal device is strictly for entertainment. My only other devices are my iPhone 5s and Apple TV 4. I'm really torn on what to do. I feel that the iPP would probably be a better, more immersive entertainment device. However, I love the flexibility of the rMB and the ability to do real work if anything ever changes in my usage needs. What would you do in my situation?

    Thanks in Advance
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    All 4 points you presented were arguing for the iPP. I think you already knew which one is better for yourself. You were just looking for assurances. Yes, I absolutely agree since my iPP gets a lot more uses than my MBA too.
  3. Angler macrumors regular

    Mar 26, 2011
  4. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    I have spent a good deal of time with an iPP, and I bought my wife a MacBook for Christmas. Having spent a couple of hours with the rMB, it strikes me as more a toy than a serious machine. Were I in your situation, I'd opt for the iPP as well.
  5. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    My fav is tossup.

    My iPad Air 2 for its featherweight portability.

    My iPP for its larger display when watching movies.

    My MBr for the times when I'm multitasking email & entertainment.

    Although I have the OEM iPP keyboard and pencil, it's dreadfully slow compared to the fast comfortable MBr keyboard.

    Having all three suits me ideally :D
  6. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    For purely entertainment purposes I'd go for the iPad pro. There is no point getting a laptop as loosely as the term can be applied to the MacBook if all you are going to do is watch videos and play games.
  7. Maukey thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2010
    That's what I was thinking. I guess I'm just nervous that I'll get the iPad Pro and down the road will regret giving up the rMB. That's why I'm also considering keeping the rMB and maybe just adding a iPad Mini 4 down the road. Tough decision!
  8. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    IPP is top of the line ipad. rMB is bottom of the barrel slowest Macbook. Down the road, you'd probably regret the bottom choice.
  9. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    For consumption, definitely the iPad pro. Though for #1, you won't be able to torrent on the iPad (without a jailbreak).
  10. paulmeyers42 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2014
    #4, playing games, is probably another reason to go with the iPP. The iOS game market is huge compared to the Mac game market. Granted, the games are more casual in nature but there's just a much bigger selection and variety to choose from. The only games I play on my iMac are Windows games in boot camp or Parallels.
  11. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    When I was in this situation, I decided on both.

    Of course, the $999 sale on rMB and $735 open box iPP price helped - but I find them handy for different things.

    Why not keep the rMB and get an iPad Air 2? Do you really need the storage on the 512 GB version?

    I would get the 256gb version and an air 2 while it's on sale. Bhphotovideo often has the rMB base model on sale, and Best Buy price matches them.

    But if you're set on only one - i would much rather have my rMB,,but it sounds like the iPad Pro is exactly what you're looking for..
  12. Maukey thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2010
    Actually you can Torrent on an iPad w/o jailbreaking. I tested it on my son's Air 2 which is the main reason I'm even considering swapping my rMB for the iPad.
  13. Nychot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2011
  14. Maukey thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2010
    My wife already has a Chromebook. Although I think it's a decent device, it's not what I'm looking for. Thanks for the suggestion anyway

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