Is a retina MBA a bad investment?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by biteofapple, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. biteofapple macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2013
    I just sold my current computer and was wondering if a MacBook Pro with retina is a bad investment. Should I get the air?? I want to buy it with the back to school promo:confused:
  2. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    It would depend on what tasks will you be using the MBPro or MBAir. If it's just general computing tasks like web browsing, word docs and emails then the MBAir would be fine for your needs.
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    It's a depreciating asset, of course it's a bad investment :p

    I'd wait for the Haswell rMBP's though. What do you plan on using it for?
  4. s15119 macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2010
    Computers are not generally good invests, usually they are worth less each day you own them. If you plan to do some work with them that will make you money, perhaps it's an investment. In that case, buy the most powerful computer that best helps you do the work you need to do. But generally, I wouldn't think of the computer as an investment.
  5. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    The air is excellent for school work as it is light and robust.
  6. throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Unless you are using it to make money, any computer is about the WORST "investment" you can possibly make.

    Very few other items depreciate approximately 80-100% over 3 years.

    beaten like a red headed step-child

    Given the above, the best financial solution is to spend the minimum required to get what you need/will be happy with. Unless you have some fairly specific needs, the MBA 13" will probably cover you quite easily.
  7. TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    Probably not a bad time for 3 shares of AAPL ......... at least better than buying last year :D.

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