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develpt

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Jun 16, 2013
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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.
 

PDFierro

macrumors 68040
Sep 8, 2009
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Depends on how much you like/need the Retina display, and if you want to trade that for Haswell.
 

swerve147

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Jan 12, 2013
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I'm now considering exchanging for a new maxed out Air with Haswell processor and improved GPU.

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.
 

Mercmanman

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Nov 24, 2012
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Canada
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.

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.
 

VTECaddict

macrumors 6502
Sep 15, 2008
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With all of the media creation and processing, stick with the rMBP. The processing power will come in handy.
 

Tanax

macrumors 65816
Jun 15, 2011
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Stockholm, Sweden
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.

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

alphaod

macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
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NYC
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.
 

wmage

macrumors member
Jun 14, 2012
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San Francisco
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.
 

develpt

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 16, 2013
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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.
 

tgi

macrumors 65816
Aug 29, 2012
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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.
 

Krazy Bill

macrumors 68030
Dec 21, 2011
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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.

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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