My dilemma

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Yurieff, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Yurieff macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014
    Hello, folks!

    I am in for replacing my old dying Acer 2012 notebook for an Apple machine. My budget is no bigger than €1200 so I automatically headed over to the refurbished section. Besides casual web browsing I will be using the machine for:
    - Basic iOS development
    - Composing and producing music (Ableton Live + a few plugins running simultaneously)
    - Light photo editing + creating simple banners (Photoshop / Lightroom)

    As I am a huge pixel lover and I cannot live without IPS panel I was pretty sure the 13 Retina Pro is the notebook to go with. So I visited an Apple reseller store and played with both Pro and Air. The 1280x800 scaling was way too small for me so I changed it to 1440x900 and 1600x1050 and it started stuttering everywhere in simple webpages. Keep in mind that it was the 2012 retina with 4 RAM running Yosemite. Will I be able to run 1440x900 absolutely smoothly? Honestly I don't like the idea of spending so much money on a machine that will have such a big flaws. Other thing that I've noticed is that the Air display has a pretty accurate color reproduction despite the viewing angles and lower resolution which was a nice surprise.

    My laptops to choose from are:

    Refurbished 13,3" MacBook Air with 1,7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
    Mid 2013 Model
    8 GB Memory
    256 GB Solid State Drive
    Intel HD Graphics 5000

    Refurbished 13,3" MacBook Pro Retina with 2,6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5
    Mid 2014 Model
    8 GB Memory
    256 GB Solid State Drive
    Intel HD Graphics 5100

    In interested in hearing your opinion.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you want an IPS display, then I think that will cross off the MBA from your list.

    I also think the rMBP is a better all around computer then the MBA, it uses faster processors, GPU. I'd recommend option 2
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The rMBP has a far better CPU and GPU, plus display compared to the Air.

    Once you go retina, you'll never go back.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    The Air is a TN panel....

    ... it is a good one but still TN and still only 1440 x 900 pixels, that puts the air out of the running for you in my book.

    To be honest until a retina Air comes out the 13 inch rMBP is the best choice for price, power, connectivity and screen in the line up.

    I have the 2013 version and I love it.

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