MacBook pro 15

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by aasssos01, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. aasssos01 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2012
    I am going to buy my first Mac ^^ .Is it a good time to buy a MacBook pro 15 non- retina?or buy other.....

    I usually use it for gaming and surfing the net

    And would 4 gb ram enough?:confused:
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's a fine time to buy, although notebooks aren't great gaming machines in general.
  3. Southernboyj macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2012
    Mobile, AL
    Honestly, I find it extremely hard to recommend the 15" MBP to anyway since for just a little more, you get a much better machine (rMBP)

    As Anandtech wrote in his massive review of the cMBP

    "And when you think about it in those terms, you see where the normal 2012 MBP is flawed - it’s a design that’s rooted in the past, a four year old design with a one year stay of execution. That normally wouldn’t be a problem, but with the future being sold alongside it, it becomes a much more difficult sell. Especially when you consider this: if you were to buy the base 15” MBP and upgrade to a 256GB Samsung 830 SSD and 8GB memory (bringing it to spec-parity with the base rMBP), you’d be approximately $100 shy of the rMBP pricing. That’s $100 for a smaller, lighter notebook that’s just as fast and has a *significantly* better display. If you’re eligible for student discount, that difference is actually zero, because the rMBP has a greater student discount than the base MBP15. The rMBP is pretty pricey, but when you think about it, it’s a pretty good deal.

    There are only a few legitimate reasons I can think of to skip the rMBP and get the MBP15, with the most reasonable of them being that you’re very fundamentally opposed to the soldered memory and custom SSD form factor. Another is if you’re highly dependent on a DVD drive and Ethernet and don’t want to pay for or carry around an external SuperDrive or GigE adapter. Or, you have a hard-set $1800 budget and simply don’t care about an SSD, extra memory, or having a good screen (or plan to upgrade them later).

    But here’s my take – the 2012 MBP is a great notebook and a very solid portable system. I just don’t want one. For my money, I’ll either save some and get a discounted 2011 MBP15 or spend a bit more to step up to the Retina. And maybe this is telling, but as soon as I was done with the benchmarking and the major part of the writing for this review, I stopped using the MBP and picked up a base Retina. It’s the future, simple as that."

    Read the full review here.
  4. aasssos01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2012
    Thank you very much and I will give sufficient consideration to your suggestion this night :)


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