rMBP 2013 or MBA 2013

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  1. Andyrew12, Sep 11, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2013

    Andyrew12 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,
    I'm currently a student at a German high school and I want to buy a MacBook for this school year.

    I want to use the MacBook for developing Mac software, writing LaTeX documents and playing some games like Minecraft and Battlefield 3 or Skyrim via Bootcamp. Because we don't have HDMI or WiFi in our school I would need a Thunderbolt to VGA and a Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter.

    I have a 1650€ budget, and I have access to the educational discount in Germany.

    Should I wait until Apple refreshes the rMBP or should I get a 2013 MBA?
     
  2. chrisrosemusic1 macrumors 6502a

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    For Gaming you should be looking at a minimum of a rMBP 15" or 15" MBP. The Air will not game, and the 13" rMBP will not game either - the integrated Intel GPU just isn't capable I'm afraid.
     
  3. streetskooler macrumors member

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    i would def go with the rmbp. I have one and my wife has the 2013 air. Only go with the air if you value portability among all else. If you game a lot then the rmbp is really a no brainer
     
  4. deskhomeloo macrumors newbie

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    yes, Only go with the air if you value portability among all else. If you game a lot then the rmbp is really a no brainer[​IMG]
     
  5. MajkJaro macrumors member

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    Was thinking about the same. I bought the rMBP13.
     
  6. aiyaaabatt macrumors 6502

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    except the 2013 macbook air beats the current 13'' rMBP in gaming.

    You should have gotten the 15'' rMBP if you wanted to game, as the 13'' rmbp won't hardly play games at all.
     
  7. fotuwe macrumors member

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    The MBA2013 is - right now - the better choice.

    Faster SSD
    Longer battery Life
    Less weight
    Cheaper
    Amazing performance



    On the rMBP you get... The Display ;)
     
  8. Andyrew12 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, I bought myself a refurbished 15" rMBP from 2012.
    It should arrive tomorrow.
     

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