is macbook pro 13' a poor buy at this time

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by boateng, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. boateng macrumors 6502

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    I was looking to buy a macbook pro 13 for college but i was a reading a forum and came across this....

    the current MBP 13" is a poor buy is because it's vastly overpriced considering it has a bog standard resolution display (which has a LOT of glare), a slow 5400 RPM hard disk and it doesn't represent a good enough improvement over the 2011 model. I expect sales of this model to shoot down rapidly once the Retina is released.


    is it true?
     
  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    It's true of you believe it.

    The 2012 has better, faster components.

    HD4000 vs HD3000
    USB3 vs USB2
    Ivy Bridge vs Sandy Bridge
    1600MHz ram vs 1333MHz

    Even the 15" models have slow 5400rpm drives. Add a SSD to it and it will scream.
     
  3. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, the way you ask its more like a statement than a question.

    Value is a matter of opinion.

    My personal opinion is that the macbook air is a better deal than the macbook pro 13" model because...

    1. SSD > HDD
    2. Higher resolution
    3. More portable

    The only benefit your getting with the macbook pro 13" is upgradeability and a built in dvd drive. But an external drive is relatively cheap and the App store, macbook air and retina mbp proves that Apple is moving away from disk drives anyway.
     
  4. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    It won't shoot down because of the functionality and price point. Still remains a very popular computer for first time mac users and college students.
     
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    If you have no desire to upgrade to an SSD and more RAM in the 13" MBP, then yes its a better deal.

    The color gamut and viewing angles are better on the MBP than the Air even though the Air has a higher resolution.

    I really do hate the resolution on the 13" MBPs though...
     
  6. stuaz macrumors 6502

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    If the 13" will be a poor buy when the 13" retina comes out - what does that make a the 15" non retina now.... ?

    I have a 13" 2009 as well as a RMBP - and am glad I went for the bigger screen than wait for a 13". I think if I wanted a 13" I would go for the Air.
     
  7. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The thing is i dont like the air.

    It is too thing and i prefer a laptop rather than a on the go thing which the air is. I plan to upgrade my ram

    Is the screen resolution that bad on the mac book pro>

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    Hmmm this will be my 1st mac

    I am just cautious as this will cost me £860. I have saved for ages so i want to make certain that i am making the right choice.
     
  8. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    It's not that bad. If you don't like it, return it.
     
  9. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That doest spark me with confidence!

    Return it to get what?
     
  10. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

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    I've been back and fourth on this issue too. The only thing really keeping me from buying a new 13" MBP is the screen resolution. It's certainly usable, but it does feel a bit cramped to me. It also feels dated, with many comparable PC laptops that have higher screen resolutions, and I've been using a MacBook with this same resolution for 6 years now. What I don't really like about the MBA is the small sized SSD. Another option is to get an external monitor with the MBP.

    I've recently realized that a used 2011 15" MBP can be bought for around the same price as a new 13" MBP or MBA (around $1200 USD). If you don't mind a 15" and buying used, you should consider this too. You'll have a higher resolution screen, and overall it is much more powerful with a quad-core i7 and discrete graphics card. For the same price, it sounds like a better buy, as long as you don't mind the extra size and weight.
     
  11. brand macrumors 601

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    Something else. We don't know what your wants, needs, and likes are.
     
  12. sammyvine macrumors regular

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    The thing is i don't need an i7.

    I don't do any graphics work or music production. It's just to keep me going during college for word documents, listening to music, and that sort of stuff really. It seems mad spending over 1k on a laptop where i won't most of its features. The only thing i will do is upgrade to 8gb ram if i was to get the 13' macbook pro.
    Also the 15' may be a bit too big to carry around.

    That said it has got me thinking about the screen resolution!:eek:
     
  13. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    If thats the case, the base 13" is plenty dude.
     
  14. maxwelltech macrumors 6502

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    In my opinion, the base model 13 MBP is a poor buy: for the same price you can get a MacBook Air with a SSD in it. The high-end 13 is totally different though: you get a much faster processor, more memory by default, and you can install a fast SSD while keeping the 750GB hard drive for media, storage etc, all for a price lower than the slower high-end MacBook Air.
    That is what I am about to buy at first, but later I realized that it does not have USB 3.0 which is a deal breaker for me (USB 3.0 is slightly faster than FW800, and it is much less expensive than FW800 or Thunderbolt).

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    The MacBook Air will be even better for you. You can configure 8GB of RAM on the MacBook Air, and it has got higher screen-res as well.
     
  15. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    True but for more money.
     
  16. chriscl macrumors 6502

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    If those are all your needs, then the 13" MBP will be fine.

    For word processing and similar "Office" tasks, you'll rarely notice the difference between a 1280 pixel wide screen and a 1440 pixel wide screen.

    I recently bought a new 13" MBP, my previous Mac was a late-2007 15" MBP (that had a 1440 pixel screen) I really haven't had any issues getting used to the smaller screen, for office use and iTunes, it's fine.

    The other thing of course is that an MBP comes by default with a 500GB hard disk. The same-price MBA has a much smaller SSD. That might be relevant if you have a large music/films library (as having all your library on the internal hard disk means you can take it with you without messing around with external hard drives).
     
  17. sammyvine macrumors regular

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    Whats an ssd?
    Can't you put one on a macbook pro 13?
     
  18. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah i hope so!

    Plus i am a student and dont have money to be splashing around!
     
  19. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    Google is your friend. And yes you can put one in a macbook pro.


    As far as the topic goes, I personally think a 13" MBP is a bad buy. Either get the MBA or wait for the 13" retina.
     
  20. boateng thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The macbook pro retina will be too expensive for me

    I don't think i will get a macbook pro 13 now since everybody thinks its a bad buy
     
  21. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    Then get a 13" MBA.
     
  22. sofianito macrumors 65816

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    So, what will you get? :D. Don't take advices here literally, it all depends on your daily usage and needs...

    What's your budget?
     
  23. sammyvine macrumors regular

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    Well i have saved enough for a macbook pro 13 which is £860 on educational discount.

    If i wanted to get the macbook retina, i will have to buy it next year as i will have to save even more!
     
  24. sofianito macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, but you won't be able to get the 13" retina...

    You can only get actual 13" MBP or MBA... It is worth to check out the refurbished section too.
     
  25. xAgustinx macrumors regular

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    I have read that the MacBook air is an Ipad with keyboard; so, don't belive everything you read, buy whatever you need and enjoy.

    All the MacBooks are excellent, and you can choose from many options.
     

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