rMBP 13 buying advice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by woczlf, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. woczlf macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2014

    I'm starting my first year of university soon and looking for a new laptop. Because I want something durable, well manufactured and possibly without tons of software issues, I decided that it's time to try mac after 20 years with windows. I think MBA would be perfect for me, because I'm doing journalism degree and working as journalist, but I really don't want to pay so much for device with so bad screen. That means I'm looking at rMBP 13 right now, but have a few questions. I'm a little bit worried about its weight and battery life when you use computer normaly - few browser tabs, playing music, writing in word... I'm going to carry it with me every day too. I think that rMBP 13 has enough power for my usage and I actually love the fact, that there is more horsepower for editing video or something like that. You never know what's going to occure and I don't believe that possible rMBA would be able to offer so much power as Pro, especially with its weight, size and retina.

    And finally, do you think it's ok to buy mac with current processor and don't wait for broadwell models? I'm asking because I would like to have it for let's say 3 years and I'm a little bit woried about resale value with only dualcore model.

    Every insight is appreciated!
  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Yes the current 13 is perfect for your needs. Even the base model Air would be more than enough for 3 plus years but as you said, the screen on the rMBP is that much better and worth getting.
  3. Evil Beejeebers macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    Broadwell will be dual core as well certainly in the small laptops, I doubt it will be fan-less as I know how hot microprocessors get. mobile core i5 and i7 are hyper-threaded which means they behave like quad cores when they need to. In general use Dual core>quad core>hex core.

    I am going to be getting a rMBP as I need both thunderbolt ports most people probably don't. I really wanted the Air as I would have preferred the battery life.

    I don't think you need to worry about the processor as far as resale value goes people seem to buy any old mac on ebay for far more than they should. I would also suggest stick with 8GB of ram as most apps are pretty memory efficient these days.

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