New MacBook Retina vs MBA for casual everyday use

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by 212rikanmofo, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    I was holding off on getting the 13" MBA for the new Retina MacBook, but now it looks like I'm unsure of which route to go with. I already have a 27" iMac at home that I use for everything. My main decision to get a laptop was for portability. I will be using the laptop for the typical/casual stuff, such as surfing internet, facebook, email, youtube, imessage, facetime, google hangouts, skype, etc. With some occasional graphic design work using photoshop/illustrator/indesign, and iWork, MS Office, and photo editing work as well. Will the new Retina MacBook work well for this compared to the MBA?

    I'm not familiar with the new Intel Core M chips and Intel HD 5300 vs the i5/i7 and Intel HD 6000 in the MBA. Overall, which one will perform better and if so, will it be a much noticeable difference? I really like the retina screen and size and looks of the new MacBook, and that's my number reason to get it, for portability.

    Would like to hear your thoughts and opinions for those of you who face a similar situation as me and can't decide on which to get.
  2. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502


    Mar 29, 2013
    B.F., KS
    MBA is more powerful and has a better camera. since you say you use Skype/FaceTime/Google hangouts that might be a big deal for you.
  3. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    I would hold off if possible. While the rMB has some very slick features, it has some real trade-offs, and we know nothing about how it will really perform in the wild. It's a first gen product. It could be brilliant, or have some serious flaws. Only time will tell.
  4. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Meh, I really like it, but I view it as a more competent iPad replacement.
  5. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Nobody knows. Wait until it comes out and the first reviews.
  6. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    None of the software you run makes any noteworthy demands on the GPU. Never mind the difference between Intel HD 5300 and 6000 or whatever, you'd be happy with Intel integrated graphics from 5 years ago.

    Improvements to the GPU are basically only useful if you play 3-D video games or do GPGPU scientific computing (in which case you wouldn't be doing it on a MacBook) or if you want to connect to a 4K monitor or something.
  7. soulreaver99 macrumors 68030


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    Don't even bother with reviews... Engadget, CNET, The Verge will all give it Editor's Choice ratings no matter what. Try it out yourself once it's on display at the Apple Store.

Share This Page

6 March 9, 2015