Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LaurentBeuk, Jul 17, 2015.



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  1. LaurentBeuk macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2015
    This question is all about speed. I want a notebook who does everything that i want instantly. My only question is will i notice the difference of the RAM and CPU's between these with my use?
    My use: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, google chrome, netflix, downloading a song, ...
    The notebooks to choose from:
    1. MB 12 inch entry: 1,1 GHz processor with the 8 GB RAM
    2. MBA 13 inch entry: 1,6 GHz processor with the 4 GB RAM
    3. MBP 13 inch entry: 2,7 GHz processor with the 8 GB RAM

    Also, is there a difference in the SSD in these notebooks? I mean read/write speeds.
  2. pjfan macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Columbus OH
    Seems like the rMB would be just as good as the MBP for your needs. Someone else will have to verify if their is an SSD speed difference between the machines (maybe a link to benchmarks), but from my understanding, the MB has slower SSD read/write speeds. The MBA and rMBPs have blazing fast SSDs....

    If I were you, I would go with the most comfortable machine of the bunch... The retina helps prevent eye fatigue for me, and I'm serious about mobility so it would be the rMB.
  3. smallcoffee macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2014
    North America
    Then clearly you get the MBP
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Retina MacBook Pro, absolutely no question.

    Better CPU. Better GPU. More RAM and quicker RAM than MBA. Retina Display. New Force Touch trackpad like the MacBook. More ports. Better battery life than the Retina MacBook.

    rMB is the least powerful of all and only has one port, which is also used for charging. No MagLock (which I hate).

    In conclusion the only thing you get with the rMB is a little more portability, though it's not like the Retina MacBook Pro is particularly cumbersome. It's still about as thin as a USB port. Gorgeous piece of tech.

    Read/write speeds on the Retina MacBook Pro are stupidly quick. 1.4GB/s write, 1.8GB/s read. Flash chips on the MacBooks also work in parallel so you'll get even quicker speeds the higher the storage.
  5. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    There is absolutely nothing that this poster is doing that will benefit from the extra power or disk speed found in the Pro. So why carry around that extra weight, heat, and noise all the time for no gain? The rMB is considerably more usable in casual settings like the couch, bed, on the airplane, etc than the Pro.

    If you want portability, get the rMB. If you want extra power in the tank, don't move the computer around that much, and tend to work at one fixed spot, especially a table or desk, then get the Pro.
  6. LaurentBeuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2015
    I see nobody even mentions the air. I agree since the screen is not retina.
    I'm just worried that the processor of the rMB won't keep up. If i am downloading a song, watching netflix and writing a paper at the same time lets say.

    And how is the keyboard of the rMB?
  7. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I don't mention the Air because I think it's outdated at the moment. The screen and lack of Force Touch are big minuses.

    The MacBook will have no problem with the above workload. The only place where the processor limitations really become apparent are when the processor is stressed for long periods of time. None of those activities really stress the processor, so no problem.

    The keyboard is something everyone will have to make up their own mind on. I quite like it, and have found that I'm every bit as fast on it as on any of my other keyboards.
  8. LaurentBeuk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2015
    It's a damn hard choice... Certainly because I think next year will be a great year for macbooks...
    Cheaper and faster macbook, lighter and usb c for pro, better screen and force touch for air, ...

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