Retina or No Retina Macbook Pro - Purchasing Help

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  1. patdowd08, Jun 17, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2012

    patdowd08 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2009
    Hello All,

    I am looking to purchase a Macbook Pro and I need assistance. I have been reading the threads and I am concerned, not sure what to buy. I would love the retina display, but I also want a large amount of harddrive space. I am not sure if I can justify the extra $1000 basically to get a 700+ SSD. I am just out of college and this is a graduation present, so my parents are helping me. Should I foot a larger part of the bill and go with the Retina system maxed out?

    Lastly, how will windows look on the new machine through bootcamp, and will there be any visual issues with videogames? (Not just for videogames, some personal video editing and photo editing for advertisements for a family business. )

    Please help!
  2. Rizzm macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2012
    It's only up to you if you can justify the huge premium for Apple's pre-installed SSD.

    Your options are the legacy Pro, or cheaper Retina with external drive if you want to save money.
  3. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Personally, I don't ever need to carry around over 256GB of data around with me. Settle for either the 256Gb or 512GB and get a cheap external hard drive. Like the above post said, it's all up to you.
  4. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Unless you absolutely have to have that much onboard storage, I would go with the 256GB SSD and an external drive.

    The benefits of booting and running apps off of an SSD will outweigh the storage constraints for most people.
  6. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    The only usage case you mentioned is games under windows. Please don't waste your parents money.
  7. FreudianSlap macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2012
    Get the normal MacBook Pro but have the hi-res screen put in for $100?(1680x1050 resolution)

    Anyone know if the finder bar is possible to reasonably see on the new retina MBPs, its hard enough on a 15" MBP with a hi-res display and with there being no way to change it's size (that i'm aware of) it must be uber-tiny...

    Also the standard MBP is more upgradeable if you wish to do so in the future.
  8. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    The Retina Macbook Pro has UI scaling, just like on the Retina iOS devices.

    The default setting makes everything the same physical size as the old 1440x900 display, just sharper and more detailed.

    There are also settings that make things the same physical size as the 1680x1050 high-res option, and 1920x1200 (same "real estate" as old 17" MBP).

    This video review covers some of the options:
  9. tamvly macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2007
    Coolness factor: go with the Retina.

    But for my money, I just ordered a 2.3 GHz 15" with non-glare screen. I'll use the extra cash to max out the RAM. Then I'll move the Intel SSD from my current 13" MBP. An extra pound or so means nothing to me.

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