MBPr to MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by develpt, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. develpt macrumors newbie

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    I bought a refurbished MacBook Pro Retina just before WWDC.

    I'm now considering exchanging for a new maxed out Air with Haswell processor and improved GPU.

    Things I commonly do on my mac..
    • Light video editing.
    • Photoshop/InDesign.
    • Audio editing/recording in Audition.
    • General web browsing
    Should I do it? I'm really on the fence.

    PS: I'm a college student.
     
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Depends on how much you like/need the Retina display, and if you want to trade that for Haswell.
     
  3. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

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    Still not nearly as powerful as the Ivy Bridge quad-core i7. And the Intel 5000 doesn't hold a candle to the discrete 650M. And to top it all off the Air has a terrible low-res screen.

    The things that are advantage for the Air are the weight/smaller form factor and battery life.

    Just because something's "new" doesn't necessarily make it better.
     
  4. Mercmanman macrumors member

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    I had an 11" air, then 13" air core i7 as I found my workload increased online during first year of engineering. After studying for 12 hours a day, I switched to the 13" rMBP. It is faster and the screen is a life saver. The new airs look great, but for only 1/2 a pound, and with a smaller footprint, the rMBP is the perfect device for students.
     
  5. VTECaddict macrumors 6502

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    With all of the media creation and processing, stick with the rMBP. The processing power will come in handy.
     
  6. Tanax macrumors 6502a

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    What if he has the 13" retina? No quad core, no discrete GPU.
     
  7. alphaod macrumors Core

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    If don't care much for the Retina display and you have a 13", then the move is fine I think.

    If you have a 15", then you'll be losing a lot of performance.

    It helps to specify with some specs of what you have right now.
     
  8. wmage macrumors member

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    You're going to hate yourself after going back from Retina to normal display.

    Source: I exchanged rMBP for Air after having the IR issue.
     
  9. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

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    Good point.
     
  10. develpt thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's a 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina.

    128gb storage. 8gb of ram.
    Intel i5 running at 2.5ghz
    Intel 4000 Integrated Graphics.
     
  11. tgi macrumors 65816

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    It's all a matter of which laptop you like more and will suit you better. I personally would keep the retina, but that's me. I like the display. If you value battery life/portability in the Air, then by all means go for that.
     
  12. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Even looking at your list, I'd say go for the Air. Only one post here mentions the phenomenal battery life you're trading for. As a student that might be the one thing to push you off the fence.
     

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