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Bradtay

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Jan 23, 2014
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Hi I'm looking to buy macbook and have my eyes set on either the MacBook Pro 2012 or the lowest spec 2013 retina display macbook as this is only £100 more. Just wondering what are the differences and which one is better to have I know the 2012 MBP has 500gb compared to the the 128gb ssd in the 2013 MBP. Which doesn't bother me that much as won't need to much and can just use an external hardrive if I go over. Just seeing if there are any other differences and which one would be best.
 

Samuelsan2001

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Oct 24, 2013
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Which Macbook??

I would reccomend the new version rMBP, it is much thinner and lighter it has a much better screen, better battery life, ssd speeds and far superior graphics, not to mention better thunderbolt connection and AC wifi.

Now for the cons it is non upgradable, so go for the RAM and HD space you need as these will be pretty much fixed the 2012 MBP has these user changeable. It has no Optical drive so if you still need to use DVDs or CDs you'll need and external one.

I don't see these cons as a deal breaker but I know some do.

I myself have just upgrded from a 2010 MBP (user upgraded to 240gb ssd and 8gb RAM) to a 2013 rMBP 8gb RAM 512gb SSD and the difference is amazing it is unbelievably quiet and cool on top of the great processor and graphics bump.
 

Bradtay

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Jan 23, 2014
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Thanks for the advice wouldnt really use the optical drive and if I did would just use an external drive. So the even the bottom spec retina MBP for £1099 would be better on performance than the 2012 MBP for £999?
 

Bradtay

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Jan 23, 2014
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Yes the haswell one but the bottom spec one which I can afford still has an i5 processor. Just wondering whether the retina MBP would perform better than the June 2012 MBP?
 
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