Purchase Confusion

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CDA, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. CDA macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2014
    Hi everyone.

    I've spend a lot of time reading various threads over the last few days and i'm at quite a loss as to what to do.

    I've just given my 3 year old 11" Air to a family member. It has served me well but I like to update every few years.

    I'm about to start a year course in web development which encompasses a wide range of online technology learning.

    At the same time I'm going to be doing an advanced photoshop course. I will be using photoshop for my online work. I'm not in to photography so won't be editing actual photo's unless it's for learning purposes or the occasional need arrises.

    I planned to buy a 13" Air with 4mb of ram. However, it's now been suggested that 4mb of ram is not enough and I should be getting the Pro Retina 13" with 8mb.

    Once I started looking at the Retina 13" I was drawn to the 15" quad core 8mb.

    I can afford the cost of the 15" 8mb but would rather not spend that much. Also I like the smaller size of the 13".

    I'm rather confused.

    Is the 4mb Air enough for my needs?

    If not, is the Retina 13" 8mb right for me?

    Is the 15" 8mb worth the extra for Quad Core?

    All advice and input is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012

    ................. so go and pick up both of them and try them out for 14 days and see which one stays and which one gets shipped back, that is what i do, i get all the products and try them out and then usually somethings stays in my house.....
  3. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    Unless you are taken by the 15" screen size, I would say the 13" retina MacBook Pro would probably be the sweet spot specifications wise for you.
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    On the apple website, you can custom order a 13 air with 8gb of ram. That should fit your needs without costing too much.
  5. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Seconded. The Air can handle pretty much any design/Photoshop need unless you get into needing to process huge batches of photos.
  6. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    I'd suggest checking out the refurbished store as well for some nice discounts and full warranty.
  7. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2011
    First off I'm assuming you mean GB not MB :p
    For what you've said you'll need it for I think you need to think more about what screen size is preferable to you and what sort of portability you would like. Every machine you've suggested will do what you need it to. If you're going to do a lot of photoshop them maybe aim for 8GB RAM in whichever machine you go for.
  8. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    For heavy duty development work a large screen is nice but it depends on how much portability you need. Some classrooms/labs don't provide a lot of space so the small form factor is helpful. My preference is to size the screen to a comfortable size then use an external monitor where it gets used the most.

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