MacBook air 13 + iPad Air or retina MacBook Pro 13

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MilleDav01, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. MilleDav01 macrumors member

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    I have the option to choose as a " you got into vet school" computer from my mother. I can either choose to get a base 13 mba + maybe an iPad Air (would spend my own money to upgrade to air 2 as an exchange once I get it) or I can get a base retina MacBook Pro 13.

    I think I'm leaning towards the mbp because I think I want to get a surface 3 (not pro) to bring to class to annotate on PDF and PowerPoint slides as it would not be my primary computer I would just get the base atom + 2GB ram when I do + the pen, no keyboard, so I could in theory leave my "heavy" MacBook Pro at home.

    It's going to be used for the basics, plus very light video editing. I prefer the screen of the mbp. I just sold my Mba 2013 to offset the cost for her a bit. While I love the mba I love the retina screens.

    Any opinions?
     
  2. dyt1983, Apr 14, 2015
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  3. Failurbydesign macrumors regular

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    Check out the certified refurbished apple page and compare refurbished rMBP with the base new one. I love my rMBP, it's really only used for web/music/photos. Sure I could have kept my MacBook air, but this runs much smoother and I can honestly say the fans hardly ever kick up.

    When I bought mine B&H photo had the 2013 model with 8gb ram and 256 ssd for 1000 BRAND NEW! I had to jump on that! Keep an eye out for deals!
     
  4. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502

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    rMBP + S3 for classes looks like it would be a nice setup.

    I wish the Surface line had been around when I was in college. I had one of those HPs that the screen rotated around so you could write on it. It sucked. Worst of all it was required at enrollment time, but after a month or two it suddenly wasn't required..
     

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