Need advice: MacBook or MacBook Pro 13" ?

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The moment has arrived: my old good MBP 15", a late 2011 with 8 Gb and an SSD, is ready to be replaced.
I want a Retina display, and I don't need a 15" screen anymore, since portability is more desirable than screen estate.
The duty I'm going to throw at my new notebook will be quite light: office, Mail, a lot of Safari browsing and video watching, streaming from the net and from downloaded files (VLC my favorite player).
So I'm very debated: the old good MacBook Pro 13", more powerful and versatile, or the glamorous MacBook ?
Computational power between the twos is very different, but I don't really need so much power.
I'm a little bit worried about watching videos (and I mean movies also) on the MacBook: it is a fanless cooled notebook after all.
I know, you can't have the right answer for me, but any advice is more than appreciated.
 

newellj

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I bought and for 13 days used the heck out of a rMB. Overall, I loved it. My uses include MS Office apps for large professional documents, Photoshop Lightroom for editing a huge library of raw files, and general email/net browsing.

I found the rMB a very good performer in all respects, and I loved the ultra thin and light physical profile.

I was OK with the single port. If you look at the adapter you'll need to charge and connect external devices as a hub, you may realize that it's really not an issue.

What drove me nuts was the keyboard. I really thought I'd get used to the short travel, and I really didn't. That is a totally personal consideration.

Short version: unless you work on immense files that need extended heavy use of the CPU or you are a hard core gamer, I would definitely not rule the rMB out. In the end, though, I went back to a 13" rMBP.

YMMV, obviously.
 
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Surely not a gamer, but what about movies ?
Is the MacBook overheating?
 

T5BRICK

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Either one will work for your stated usage. I ended up going with the rMBP because I didn't like the rMB keyboard and I wanted the extra ports that the Pro offered.
 

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today I decided to buy the rMBP 13", base model (120 Gb SSD / 8 Gb).
I was very attracted by the new MacBook, for sure, but the lack of USB ports worried me.
Next time maybe, in about 3-4 years.
 

marshallbedsaul

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um the new macbook just look cool, and is simplified for light use. From the reviews and videos, if you are gonna stream video and web browse lightly ok. But if your gonna go a little further and try this for 7+ hours(no charge) opt for the extra power of the pro. I can easily get all day office use out of my pro, that includes pandora, youtube, netflix, amazon, chrome, w.e youtube videos I can get in. I test drove the macbook, and failed me at the 5.30 hour mark with my normal use. Keeping in mind same use, I can make it a full shift at work with my 2008 macbook 2.4 ghz still, with a new battery.
 

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There is also the unavoidable Gen 1 issue. I came out where you did, though I opted for more storage.
i was debated regarding the storage, but I had a definite budget and I had to choose between more storage or Applecare+.
I choose the Applecare because, for a reason or another, Im always going around with a couple of external HDD in my bag, so internal storage mainly is for apps, while documents/movies are in the external HDDs.
 

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i was debated regarding the storage, but I had a definite budget and I had to choose between more storage or Applecare+.
I choose the Applecare because, for a reason or another, Im always going around with a couple of external HDD in my bag, so internal storage mainly is for apps, while documents/movies are in the external HDDs.
Applecare can be bought anytime in the first year, you could have bought the bigger SSD and got the applecare when you had some extra cash.
 

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Applecare can be bought anytime in the first year, you could have bought the bigger SSD and got the applecare when you had some extra cash.
Need to change the iPhone and the iPad in the next months, so i had to consider the budget right now.
I don't have any remorse, since I'm going to take an external hdd with me nevertheless....
 

Samuelsan2001

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Need to change the iPhone and the iPad in the next months, so i had to consider the budget right now.
I don't have any remorse, since I'm going to take an external hdd with me nevertheless....
Ahhh got to hate those first world problems eh???
 

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The moment has arrived: my old good MBP 15", a late 2011 with 8 Gb and an SSD, is ready to be replaced.
I want a Retina display, and I don't need a 15" screen anymore, since portability is more desirable than screen estate.
The duty I'm going to throw at my new notebook will be quite light: office, Mail, a lot of Safari browsing and video watching, streaming from the net and from downloaded files (VLC my favorite player).
So I'm very debated: the old good MacBook Pro 13", more powerful and versatile, or the glamorous MacBook ?
Computational power between the twos is very different, but I don't really need so much power.
I'm a little bit worried about watching videos (and I mean movies also) on the MacBook: it is a fanless cooled notebook after all.
I know, you can't have the right answer for me, but any advice is more than appreciated.
The MacBook is junk. Apple is taking the p!ss with it only having one port. I wouldn't waste my money on such junk.
 
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