Is retina display worth an MBP change?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tenashus1, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

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    I have presently a mid 2012, 13" MBP loaded with a core i7, 16gb of ram, and a 512gb ssd, and I can choose to open my case to make future changes to the ssd. the computer works fine for my purposes. So, my question is a simple one. Does the lack of a retina display mean that I am truly lacking something absolutely significant in my MBP experience, or is it just a nice thing to have. I don't do any intensive graphic work, or play a lot of games, but I do read a lot on the internet and often look at videos. Opinions?
     
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    In your case, it's just a nice thing to have.

    Unless you're working with photos, graphic design or other visual creative work, a retina display isn't absolutely necessary.

    Don't get me wrong though, I have a retina MacBook Pro, and when I say "nice to have," I do mean nice. If you were to use it and then go back to a regular screen, you will notice the difference.

    BUT, it's not a necessity, particularly for what you describe. If you're not ready to shell out cash on a new Mac, then you can and should stick with what you have.
     
  3. Rockadile macrumors regular

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    Well...I would think that people doing intensive graphic work or video games use an external monitor and the ones using the laptop screen is mostly internet browsing and video like you.

    I will say go retina if you can afford the same specs or better as your current MBP.
     
  4. mcarling macrumors 65816

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    I would never go back to a non-Retina display.
     
  5. Anand953 macrumors regular

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    Well.. It's a "good to have" but not a "must have" for what you. Rest depends on you and your preferences. If you feel you need a retina display at any cost, go for the new one..

    Else your current one is good to go for at least the next 2 years
     
  6. Eithanius macrumors 65816

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    Since you do not do heavy work, that boils down to only if you want the latest and greatest, say the washout and buggy Yosemite...? That's because Yosemite look **** on non-Retina screens. Get a Retina, you're pretty much stuck with Yosemite should you regret and wish to downgrade...

    Otherwise keep it until it dies... Your MBP has far better options and part replacements than a rMBP. I've got a 2010 MBP, gonna rock it until it gives out. Currently on 480GB SSD, maybe gonna plonk in a 2nd SSD via optibay. And 2 weeks ago I just changed the dying battery without Apple's intervention. All this you can't do on a Retina...

    If you are getting a rMBP, let me know so that I can PM you my address and ship it over... :p:p
     
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Now that I've experienced retina, my eyes bleed a little every time I stare at a non-retina display.

    Don't do it.
     
  8. ste1164 macrumors 6502a

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    I replaced my MBA with a rMBP and wanted to go to wipe my old MBA and the screen on the old devices look awful now! I dont think I could go back.
     
  9. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a

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    I second this!
     
  10. Orr macrumors 6502

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  11. roncron macrumors member

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    Same here.

    Switched from Air to rMBP.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    One factor to consider is your eyesight. I personally can't see any difference between the non-retina and retina screens, either on Macs or iPads. I bought the retina MBP because it was the only choice available, considering other factors, but I certainly wouldn't buy a retina model just for the sake of the screen. YMMV
     
  13. Geekbabe macrumors 6502a

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    I have my old MBA sitting next to my new rMBP and could probably never go back to the MBA screen..
     
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    I have a mid-2010 MBPro that has been upgraded with an SSD and is still running fine.

    Even though the retina display looks nice, I see no compelling reason to upgrade --- yet.

    When it IS time, of course I'll get the retina display.
    But until then.... I can get by without it.

    The OP looks to have spent considerable money getting his MBPro to where it is now.
    If he wishes to spend MORE $$$ for a retina -- well, depends on whether he cares about the cash, or not...
     
  15. matrik macrumors newbie

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    I'm a developer so screen real estate is important for me. I upgraded to 2014 rMBP 15" from 2012 MBP 13" and never looked back. It's a big difference when you move from 1280x800 to 1920x1200, but it really depends on your use cases.
     

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