MBA or rMBP?

MacRunner68

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Original poster
Jul 30, 2012
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MBA:
2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz
8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
512GB Flash Storage
Apple USB SuperDrive
Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support
$2,221.95


RMBP:
2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
256GB Flash Storage
Apple USB SuperDrive
Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
$2,287

It's narrowed down between these two... I could consider taking the MBA from 512 flash down to 256 flash for a little $ savings, but otherwise it looks like they're VERY close in price (w/o applecare).

What do you guys think?

>I will be running virtual Windows 7 with parallels
>MS Word/PPT/Excel
>Music/Videos (Streamed/Itunes/DVD)
>Diablo III (Not a hardcore gamer)
>Possibly eventually minor video editing
> Play movies on my tv through HDMI (hence external HDMI adapter for MBA)
>I'm in college and bring my laptop around with me
>I <3 technology

Any and all input/questions would be great!
 

Djlild7hina

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Mar 28, 2009
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Considering your two setups are pretty much the same price I would go with the rMBP :) Unless you are carrying around a lot of textbooks with your mac then I see no reason to go with the MBA + since you love technology I doubt that you can resist that retina screen. Have you seen the retina yet? Maybe checking them both out in person will change your mind.
 

Barna Biro

macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2011
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Zug, Switzerland
It depends on what you're looking to do in Windows 7... in case it's nothing extreme and you will be running only one VM at a time and not 5, then the MBA should be more than enough for your needs ( not sure you need the 512GB SSD... rather stick to the 256GB if money is a concern ). Not sure how well it will run D3 though ( for sure the rMBP runs it waaaay better due to the dedicated GPU ), but it will run it.

All the other points the MBA can surely handle...
Since you're at Uni, you might appreciate the lighter and smaller form of the MBA too.
 

ipodlover77

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Jan 17, 2009
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I hate to be rude but this is actually becoming outrageous.

There are 5 or 6 other threads on the FIRST PAGE asking "air or retina."

I understand everybody has different needs and are individuals but some of the advice in the threads are universal.
 

snow blind

macrumors regular
Mar 3, 2011
248
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I hate to be rude but this is actually becoming outrageous.

There are 5 or 6 other threads on the FIRST PAGE asking "air or retina."

I understand everybody has different needs and are individuals but some of the advice in the threads are universal.
IMHO, you don't need the retina. Period. Very few "need" it. The air will handle all your requirements and then some.
 

Barna Biro

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Sep 25, 2011
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Zug, Switzerland
You don't need the retina. Period.
With that logic, why would he "need" a Mac? Of course he doesn't need a retina, no one really "needs" one ( since everyone was just fine without retina long before it became an option a few months ago ). No one "needs" a MBA air either... What people "need" and "want / like / can afford" are often 2 completely different worlds.
 

snow blind

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Mar 3, 2011
248
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With that logic, why would he "need" a Mac? Of course he doesn't need a retina, no one really "needs" one ( since everyone was just fine without retina long before it became an option a few months ago ). No one "needs" a MBA air either... What people "need" and "want / like / can afford" are often 2 completely different worlds.
Correct. My point exactly. IMHO prefaces my comment and the use of quotation marks implies what you just typed.

What fun is it to come out and tell someone... someone who bombards us with the same "gimme your opinion" threads... exactly, verbatim what you mean?
 

MacRunner68

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 30, 2012
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I never said "need" hahaha, I'm just asking your opinions, whether its worth ordering the rMBP and waiting the 2+ weeks, or ordering the MBA and picking it up in store tomorrow
 

kthomp

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Jun 26, 2012
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I went with the MBA and I love it (particularly the weight and portability). But I'm not looking for any gaming, which may be questionable under the MBA.

Having said that, the $$ I saved not buying the rMBP this year may go toward rMBP 2.0 next year. It is one helluva nice screen.