Newbie, Advice needed on first MacBook Purchase

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tdale, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. tdale macrumors 65816

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    Hi all

    Introduced to Apple with iPhone 4, the iPad 1. Upgraded most, now have 5S and iPad Air, wife as my 5 and a new iPad Mini. I inherited a mid 2007 iMac which now has 4GB RAM and Mavericks. Have not used it much, I NEED TO

    18 months ago probably I thought, OK, this is it, I drove to town to buy a rMBP. No stock. One on display wasn't working, a battery issue I was told. Came home, researched, and saw the screen retention issues on LG retina screens, that put me off.

    OK, its now. I still see a few roadblocks, here they are. My intended uses are mainly a coffee table laptop, web, email, etc, although I do download quite a bit so would add an external drive to ease the wear on the SSD. Occasional Handbrake conversions, but if I got a less powerful MBA/P its no issue if any tasks took more time as that wont be frequent.

    1. MBA has a non removable SSD, although it can be removed but the interface is proprietary, so if down the track I wished to upgrade it, or after warranty if it failed, I am stuck. Was keen on a 1.7 MBA

    2. Are the screen retention issues on Retina screens over?

    3. Is it easy enough to buy a refurb 2012 MBP with platter hard drive, and replace the superdrive with SSD, and make SSD bootable? (I can do this in my sleep on a PC, but I wish to migrate FULLY to OSX)

    4. Is Retina really worth it? It doesn't seem that different, unless its my eyes. I could see a difference, but not a great deal.

    5. 13 or 15? I am keen on a 15 but a 13 has a very very similar image size, it is not a lot smaller at all. The smaller screen size seems not to make a great deal of viewing difference.

    6. Are Fusion drives an option on purchase with all models?

    Thoughts anyone? Maybe I just enter my first experience with a model that is not the latest, a refurb, where I can change hard drives, RAM down the track?

    Or wait to see what is released this year?

    Thank you
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    1. ... ? ... Not a question?

    2. No.

    3. Yes, very easy. (migration assistant)

    4. Go see the eye doctor ...?

    5. Up to you. What are you using it for?

    6. No.

    My advice: Retina is nice but with your needs you don't need it.
    Get a base macbook air on sale and safe money and enjoy mobility.

    (Unless you download so much that you need tons of storage. In that case pimp out a cmbp 2012 with two hdds)
     
  3. tdale thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you for your reply

    1. Bad wording, sorry, question was are their options to connect a new SSD to the proprietary MBA June 13 PCIe connector?

    3. I was referring more to hardware, easy enough to replace RAM, HDD, add SSD on say last years MBP?

    What is a cmbp?
     
  4. Meister Suspended

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    Cmbp = non retina mbp 2012

    1. Yes by OWC but its more expensive. Maybe more uograde options will be there in the future.

    3. Cmbp=everything soldered except ram and hdd
    Rmbp=only ssd not soldered
     
  5. tdale thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you again. I feel that as I have issues with potential retina screen, and SSD change/upgrades to a new MBA, and that OSX is my main interest, I may seek a refurb non r MBP or A with a standard hard drive and go from there. I can easily sell and re buy as Apple gear does sell well, so that seems a logical solution for me to test the OSX waters. I can jump deeper easily enough when I want to.

    Cheers
    Tony NZ
     

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