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

    Jun 21, 2012
    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
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2015

    dyt1983 macrumors 65816

    May 6, 2014
    edit: to remove personally identifying information not relevant to thread.
  3. Failurbydesign macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2011
    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


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    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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