Retina mba vs retina mbp

Samtb

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Would you get a retina mba instead of a retina mbp? Why if so?
 

CausticSoda

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MBA because it is lighter and caters for my low-power needs. Others may, of course, need more power. With respect, that makes it a pointless question if you are hoping it will help you decide which to get.
 

Samtb

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Well, you know the rmbp is going to be more stable. rmba at this point i think would have way to many issues.
You think it would have issues? Wouldn't a retina mba retail at almost the same price as a low end retina Mbp?
 

motrek

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Well, you know the rmbp is going to be more stable. rmba at this point i think would have way to many issues.
I bought the 11" 2010 MBA redesign as soon as it came out.

It worked great for 4 years and probably still works great but I sold it last year.

I also bought the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5S as soon as they came out and they worked great too.

I would not be concerned about buying one of these products ASAP.
 

Cicatrix

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I bought the 11" 2010 MBA redesign as soon as it came out.

It worked great for 4 years and probably still works great but I sold it last year.

I also bought the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5S as soon as they came out and they worked great too.

I would not be concerned about buying one of these products ASAP.
Maybe I should have worded that differently. What I mean is if your concerns are about having a stable machine the rmbp is proven. Since the rmba doesn't even exist, yet to the public anyway its not proven. All the speculated new features of the rmba is heaps of new ground. I am sure it will be spectacular. I like taking risks on. $!1+ like this, and will be buying the rmba day one unless the 24th is rumored true in which case I'm picking up an 11".
 

David58117

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I chose the 13" MBPr.

Intended to get a MBA but the size wasn't too different, and retina seemed great. Plus the ports are nice..
 

pasadena

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If I were going to buy a 13" laptop, I would go with the rMBP. The price difference is not that much ($200 for the 256Gb), and the specs - all of them - are much better. Footprint and weight are too close for them to outweight that.

Now, the rMBA will probably have the same footprint as the 11", and that would make the balance turn in favor of the rMBA.

That's only because weight and footprint are more important to me - the laptop is my secondary computer, and my usage is only web browsing, web development when I'm not home, and office stuff. So I don't need power, and the 11" MBA's mobility is unbeatable.
 

Samtb

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Is there much difference in portability at all between the current 13 inch mba and 13 inch mbp? I looked at both in a store recently and for some reason the mbp looked smaller than the mba but that might have just been an optical illusion.
 
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PDFierro

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I have the 13" rMBP. I'm considering switching to the new 12-inch MBA, but only if it has everything I want. So I'll have to wait and see.

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Is there much difference in portability at all between the current 13 inch mba and 13 inch mbp? I looked at both in a store recently and for some reason the mbp looked smaller than the mba but that might have just been an optical illusion.
Not really. The 13-inch rMBP is actually narrower. And there is a small difference in weight. And especially at the current price points, you get far more value with the rMBP.

This is probably why Apple isn't going to be offering a 13" rMBA, way too similar.
 

newellj

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Is there much difference in portability at all between the current 13 inch mba and 13 inch mbp? I looked at both in a store recently and for some reason the mbp looked smaller than the mba but that might have just been an optical illusion.
The physical dimensions are a little different. The MBA is a little thinner at the front, about the same at the back. The rMBP is a little "shorter" (front to back edge, 8.62" vs. 8.94" for the MBA) but weighs a little more. I had a 13" MBA, traded for a 13" rMBP and find them physically basically interchangeable, and I say that as a non-car commuter (walk/train) who carries the laptop 5 days a week.
 
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Natzoo

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Would never get a rmba because i want a powerful laptop, and this is most likely apples chrome book but way better. So if you are going to use this to browse the web, watch youtube this is the machine. But if you want to do more like gaming i recommend the rMBP
 

gpspad

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I may be a hold out from my pc days, but I like the extra ports. Gives me options, can't see myself to a laptop with limited ports.
 

motrek

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I may be a hold out from my pc days, but I like the extra ports. Gives me options, can't see myself to a laptop with limited ports.
Whatever laptop you have now, it has limited ports. It can't possibly have every port ever made for everything.