Is a Macbook Pro Retina Display worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Swishax3, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Swishax3 macrumors newbie

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    I have a Macbook Air 11" (2011: 1.6GHz, 128 SSD, 4GB RAM) and an iMac 27" (2010: 2.93GHz i7, 2 TB HDD, 4 GB RAM). Should I consider selling these two to upgrade to something more in the middle of the two? I am a high school photo student for the most part and sometimes work with high res video. Other than that my computer usage is pretty casual and I have no need for a CD Drive. Is it worth selling both of these computers for the retina Macbook Pro? Should I wait until they refresh the retina next year maybe? Any thoughts or advice would be nice seeing how a MBP Retina isn't cheap. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If you're happy or even just satisfied with your current setup there's no reason to switch.
     
  3. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    You have fairly recent products, the specs of which are more than enough for what you do. I wouldn't give up two items to get your hands on a rMBP. Instead, wait till Apple releases a 13" retina will be a cheaper option than the current 15".
     
  4. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

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    Your iMac is more than enough. Your in high school bud and ave two really nice computers. You don't need to upgrade yet.
     
  5. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    The moment you start using a rMBP the rest of your computers will look like junk. (Says he having used one for the afternoon and accidentally going back to 30" 2560x1600 display...):)
     
  6. Fortimir macrumors 6502a

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    Uh, yeah. This. High School student and you've got two killer machines. Don't sweat the rMBP.
     
  7. Swishax3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the quick responses guys, that helps a lot.
     
  8. daleski75 macrumors 68000

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    Yes it's worth it but it doesn't mean you need it ;)
     
  9. starney macrumors member

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    if your a gadget enthusiastic or pro photographer plus got sufficient cashes it's really worth it.
     
  10. zerotiu macrumors regular

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    It's a no no for me. You have recent products. Just dave your money until you need to replace your MBA. Not to replace them both.
     
  11. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    No doubt he has parents that can afford these luxuries. I've seen kids on YouTube I'd swear were 11-13 years old with many Apple computers and devices.
     
  12. Sahee macrumors regular

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    It's not worth it... you will see no difference in Display-Quality compared to a full-HD 15'inch when you are about an arm length away from the Display. It's simple math compared with biology (human eyes). Every difference is most likely only placebo.

    Its the same with Full-HD TV's. I do have a 51inch TV for example, normally I would see pixels everywhere cause it only carry's a panel with 1920 × 1080 Resolution (Full-HD), but as long as I do not stand right before my TV the Picture looks very crisp, when I am ~3meter away from it it looks like I am watching throughout a window.

    The Retina-Macbook actually even looks blurry compared to a Full-HD Panel.
     
  13. dmax35 macrumors 6502

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    Who's to say he did'nt pay for it himself, my 12yr old daughter made almost 20K last year working for a local sign company laying out graphics and freelances putting together elctronic scrapbooks for family of thier photo/videos She knows more about photoshop and video editing software than most professionals.
     
  14. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    BS. I see a difference in character clarity between my 13.1" laptop's 1080p panel and the Retina Pro's panel.
     
  15. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Be extremely proud - She's one of a kind.
     
  16. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

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    That is of course not true. If that is the case then she makes way more money than me. I don't think a 12 year old makes more money than me. I am busting my ass of everyday and I only get like $1000 a month from which I need to pay rent, food and other necessities.
     
  17. dmax35 macrumors 6502

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    Thank you, me and my wife are very proud.
     
  18. Swishax3 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, my parents didn't pay for either of the products. I just got lucky on ebay with good deals and used money I had made to pay for both computers.
     
  19. colour macrumors regular

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    Yes.

    The very smart thing about the pricing is that if you opt for a 15 inch MBP and do some upgrades you end up paying the same if not more so you may as well opt for the retina and new 2012 macbook design/technology for the same price.

    Today was the first day I actually played with one and compared the models @ an apple store and they are extremely powerful, I don't know how I could buy a non retina 15 inch they are heavy and to big compared to the other macbooks.
     
  20. Randomoneh macrumors regular

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    As TheMacBookPro said - BS.

    It's obvious you have no idea what are you talking about. And please, for the love of God, don't even start with apparent-size-of-pixel-smaller-than-1-arcminute talk. It's ultra-easy to kill that theory.
     
  21. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Bested by a 12 yrd smarts doesn't it :D

    But in a way you are correct. Technically, the parents legally control the money so in a sense they don't.
     
  22. Sahee macrumors regular

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    Well... I've you are accustomed with Low-Res Displays like the Macbook 13inch or Macbook Air 13inch... than the Retina-Screen will blow your head off. I personally never use something beyond Full-HD (...surprisingly the Macbook-Retina is the first Mac with Full-HD support) and if you compare Full-HD Resolution on a 15inch screen with Retina-Resolution on a 15inch screen then you will not notice a difference when you are more than an arm length away from the display.
     
  23. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    I'm actually accustomed to the 13.1" 1080p panel on my VAIO Z series and I still see a difference in quality. Sorry.

    Not sure what you're on about with the rMBP being the first Mac with FHD support... the 21.5" iMacs and 17" Pro have had FHD panels for a while now.
     
  24. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    For photo work, I think having a well-calibrated, big screen is more advantageous than a little screen with high pixel density unless you have space issues or are on the go a lot.
     
  25. Pagga macrumors 6502

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    For me the screen has always been the big issue with laptops (that and battery time). This is the first I´ve seen that can be compared to the best stationary screens. The screen is my work place, and it has just seen a major upgrade. Totally worth it.
     

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