New macbook pro Md101 or 13" retina?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hansol123, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. hansol123 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    Hi im a student that is looking for his first macbook.

    i have been lokking at the retina macbook pro but have some doubts about it since i heard many have issuses with the LG screens.
    also the price for the basic retina is massive :O
    is the retina screen alone worth the extra cash?

    im planning on using it for office/pages and some gaming.

    and will the boot up time match the retina if i replace the HDD with a SSD?

    fast replays are great since im planning on buying tomorrow :D
  2. xShane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2012
    United States
    Boot up time will most likely be impacted based on your storage (HDD vs SSD) and not matter on Retina vs. non-Retina.

    I wouldn't worry about getting a screen issue. If you do, you should be eligible for a replacement under AppleCare.

    I believe a 13" rMBP would make a great student laptop. That being said, I wouldn't expect too much gaming performance out of a 13" (as they don't have a dedicated graphics card, whereas a 15" will). It ultimately depends on the game, though. The Intel integrated graphics can handle some games decent well.
  3. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    If gaming is a big priority for you, you should really rule out all 13 inch Macs. Either the cMBP 15'' or rMBP 15'' will handle games significantly better than any of the 13 inch laptops Apple makes. Now, if you'll be doing very casual gaming and not frequently (WOW every few days or whatever) then I think the 13'' rMBP would be best for you. I'd say for the average consumer, it's the best laptop Apple makes, as 13'' has become the 'norm' for most users now and everyone can appreciate the screen.

    Oh, and as the person above mentioned, don't worry about getting Samsung/LG. If you have image retention, Apple will replace it for free. So don't get too caught up because you have a full year to notice it and get it replaced, and 3 years if you get Applecare.
  4. hansol123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    first priority of course is school work and such. but will i notice any big difference between the two?

    i think il go for the Rmbp but not sure if the 15" is worth the extra cash?

    my biggest concern is the booting times and the overall speed of machine starting up app like pages/word and so on.

    that is one of the main reasons i want to leave windows.
  5. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    The solid state drive will remedy this or you can bypass the boot process by simply closing the lid and allow the machine to sleep.

    If these are your biggest concerns you must still be using Windows 95 on a Pentium machine.
  6. Rocketpaul macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2012
    I would say that the 15 inch is better value for money (quad core, 15 inch screen, dedicated graphics). generally people opt for the 13 because of its portability and the fact it is still cheaper than the 15.
  7. hansol123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2013
    well that is an option.

    your close, its a low end win 8 pc with a intel pentium b960 processor and a intel hd grapichs 2000.

    on to the next question.

    intel hd graphics 4000 vs the nvidia gt 650m in the 15" how big a difference is there between the two?


    im using a 15" now and im quite pleased about the size of the screen.

    but yes there's the prize difference between the 13" and the 15".

    as you mentioned the 15" has quad core and dedicated graphics.

    but as a regular user will i notice the difference?

    just to mention i watch a great deal of movies and tv shows on the pc so theres another reason for the 15"?

    and how is it with airplay on the retina?
    i have a apple tv i use to stream to my tv. but can i also stream music from spotify without using airfoil on a mac?
  8. Rocketpaul macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2012
    I believe that the dedicated graphic only needs to kick in when you want do quite graphic intense tasks such as gaming and video(in that case the 15inch would be far superior). For normal tasks such as watching movies you wont notice a difference in performance when compared to the 13inch. As for airplay, I haven't used it so i cannot comment.

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