Need to decide in one week

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tomerco, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Tomerco macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Hi all,
    so i'm living outside of the us, and where i live macs prices are doubled.
    i have got a friend who's coming for a visit from the u.s. in one week and he can grab me a macbook pro/air.
    the original plan was that he will come in late October and ill get the new haswell rmbp.

    so my dilemma is this:
    1. I'm going to college for a computer science degree in October and i need a
    laptop, i also use adobe cs 6 for app design, and web design.

    2. I don't like the air's screen i think its pixelated and the colors aren't right,
    in the other hand i don't want to suffer from IR or UI lags on the current
    13" retina rmbp

    3. My budget is around 1600$, i'm really into the retina but i payed a visit
    to the local apple reseller and the UI lag was horrible.

    i really need a solid advice here, its going to be my main computer for the next 3-4 years therefor i need the best bang for my buck.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    What do you mean the MBA's screen looks pixelated? Its a normal laptop display.

    IT seems you're unhappy with both models and neither one will really satisfy your needs. I have a 15" rMBP so I cannot comment on the performance of the 13" because I have a discrete GPU.

    I personally really like the 13" MBA and think its a fantastic machine, but I'm not the one that will be looking at it all day, you will and if you're unhappy with it now, you probably won't change your mind in the future
  3. wmage macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    San Francisco
    Get refurb 15" Retina for $1.600 plus tax. That's the best deal right now. Don't worry about the screen lag, it's not that bad and it will only get better with software updates.
  4. Autrement macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    If you're using CS6 intensively and working on computer science, the rMBP is really what you need... the air is snappy and is a great browsing/word processing machine, but it might not stand up to the kind of things you throw at it, especially a couple years down the road. Plus you seem to care about the retina display.

    The only problem is your budget is too small to get anything but the baseline 13" rMBP.... (which is, quite frankly underpowered for the price in this generation- sorry you can't wait for Haswell), and don't forget that in the USA you have to add sales tax on top of the sticker price, depending on where your friend buys it. For a deal, your friend might have better luck through a 3rd party retailer ( than through the Apple Store, unless he can somehow wrangle the education discount in America with a foreign student card, which I doubt.

    Since I'm assuming Mac resale prices are higher in your country corresponding to the fact that sticker prices are doubled, why not get the rMBP, use it for a while to see how it does, and save your money like crazy until you have a higher budget in a 1-2 years, then sell it and get whatever sweet machine is out then.
  5. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    I also strongly recommend the refurbished baseline 15" rMBP. It is a solid machine, and for the price of $1599 + tax it's a steal. I recently purchased one, and is has been amazing thus far.

    Plus, if you could stretch your budget for the added tax the refurbished 15" you can easily scale the screen up and down so that you could view more content on it at once. I feel like this would be ideal for someone who is going to school to pursue a degree in computer science (e.g. being able to code with 2+ windows fully open on the screen at once or just writing assignments).

    Here's the link:

    They also have the 15" cMBP for $1449 + tax, so that is also an option I feel as the screen is still better than the air, and it would be user upgradeable for you in case you wanted to add in an SSD or more RAM later during school:
  6. zipur macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    EBAY get a 15 retina, don't worry about haswell.
  7. Tomerco thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2013
    I assume i can get the extra cash for the tax.
    Im concerned about geting a screen with IR,
    The warranty here is given by a premium reseller and i dont know how they are with this kind of things...
  8. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    It's hard to give advice when you don't even like either model. I suggest going for the 15" refurb rMBP as well.

    Most bang for your budget.
  9. sholzer macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2013
    another +1 for refurb 15" perfect for your price level

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