Is the new MBA enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Kristers, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Kristers macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys

    Sorry to post up something that has been asked over and over but I'm after some more straight forward (less technical) advice that I haven't been able to find.

    My dilemma is: do I purchase the new MBA 13" i7 / 8gb / 512gb or RMBP i7 / 512

    I don't specifically need a huge battery life nor the retina screen so will consider either to be a bonus in my final decision. My concern is whether the MBA will be able to handle casual video / photo editing - I like photography and would also like to be able to link up some gopro footage but nothing too serious - everything else will be general Internet use.

    Will the new MBA be enough for this or would the RMBP be the better option?

    Thanks!
     
  2. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    What's the price difference? I would wait for the new rMBP we may see a slight price drop.
     
  3. Kristers thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The RMBP is about USD240 more at that configuration. I was waiting till WWDC to see whether there would be a new RMBP but I can't really wait any longer. I am travelling without a laptop so looking to get something asap, thanks
     
  4. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    rMBP, the screen is stunning, you'll appreciate it every day, great for editing photo's too!
     
  5. sick z33 macrumors 6502

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    The Retina display is amazing and I think you would love it more with photo editing. Do it!
     
  6. designs216 macrumors 65816

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    If you had said pro photography, video or retouching, the retina premium would be justifiable. For occasional shade-tree stuff, just get the Air you mentioned.
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    My air from 2011 can do that sort of stuff, just make sure you get a large enough hard drive.

    And personally, I prefer the non-retina non-glassy screen.
     
  8. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    wait it out as Long as u can, then u still have 14 or 30 to return from that point.
     
  9. Kristers thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies! I get the feeling that retina is a "once you go retina, you'll never go back" sort of affair. I think the RMBP may be the better option but I can't help feeling like if I get a RMBP, I will regret not waiting once the haswell version is released.

    I guess the MBA would be a scapegoat for that somehow.. Either way, I am keen to order in the next day or two so I guess I need to bite the bullet and commit to one!
     
  10. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

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    Get rmbp, you won't have to worry. If you can wait a bit, hang on until we see what they do with them.
     
  11. kis macrumors 65816

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    ok, the problem here is: if you go Retina, you'll need to get the 15" version. I just went back from a 13" rMBP (got a defective unit, couldn't exchange it - long story) to a MBA and the latter feels massively faster than the 13" rMBP. If the 15" (which is much faster than the 13" - I also have a 15" rMBP that I use at home as my desktop replacement) is too heavy for you, I'd suggest waiting until a refresh comes out for the smaller version. The current one doesn't pack enough processing power to drive the high-res screen and it shows all over the system.
     
  12. sick z33 macrumors 6502

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    I agree with kis. This really affects gaming on the rMBP on native resolution (if you will playing any games).
     
  13. jmcube macrumors member

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    Does the MBA have enough power to:

    Run a big screen
    Run skype video
    Run ~20 tab browser
    Run pages
    Run keynote
    Run a few other processes...

    all at the same time?

    Thanks,
    Jon
     
  14. Kristers thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all your replies! As appealing as the 15" retina is, as I'm travelling, I want to stick to a 13" unit. Having read up some more and with your advice, I think I will get the new MBA! It doesnt make sense to buy the rMBP so close to an upgrade and the MBA should be good enough for what I need plus I won't be feeling disappointed in a few months when the new rMBP is released. Maybe I can look to upgrade further down the line if I really find it necessary.

    If anyone has any game changing comments, please say now before I pull the trigger!
     
  15. kis macrumors 65816

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    I'd say that shouldn't be a problem

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    I believe you made the right decision - buying a 13" rMBP right now isn't a good investment (unless you find it with a serious discount - and even then you'll be buying a system that is barely strong enough to power its display).
     

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