MBPr to MacBook Air?

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

  1. develpt macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2013
    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

    Sep 8, 2009
    Depends on how much you like/need the Retina display, and if you want to trade that for Haswell.
  3. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2013
    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

    Nov 24, 2012
    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

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

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    What if he has the 13" retina? No quad core, no discrete GPU.
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    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

    Jun 14, 2012
    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.
  9. swerve147 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2013
    Good point.
  10. develpt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2013
    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


    Aug 29, 2012
    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

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    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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