rMBP i5/8/256 or Air i7/8/256

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yourtoys7, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    rMBP i5/8/256 or Air i7/8/256 (cheaper cause refurb.) 150. or so.
    Which would you choose and why?
  2. Freyqq, Nov 12, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2013

    Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    rmbp. i5 of a 28 watt processor is faster than an i7 15 watt processor. Also, faster graphics and retina screen. Finally, extra ports.
  3. aiyaaabatt macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2013
    seriously - you didn't mention the retina screen?
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Added. It's a great feature, but keep in mind that you are rendering 4x the pixels, so it will slow things down a bit.
  5. Zodiac.mj macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Had exactly that specs in Air, great piece of hardware. It won't be slower in day to day usage, it will just throttle for longer max CPU/GPU usage (video encoding for example). Overall it's a bit faster in some cases due to non retina res. But rMBP screen is magic, on the other hand.
  6. Shubbeh macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2013
    Get the Air if you want the longer battery life, otherwise get the rMBP.
  7. Merode macrumors 6502


    Nov 5, 2013
    Warszawa, Poland
    It all depends on what you value most and what are you going to do with your laptop..
  8. channelinspire macrumors member


    Jun 23, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I made that exact decision a few weeks back. That version of the Air wasn't int he refurb store so the Air was actually more than the mid rMBP. I've had two 11" Airs and really liked them but I went to an apple store and saw a retina screen. That made it a no brainer. More power and a better screen for the same money. I only lost a little battery life and .5lbs. Not enough to justify an air to me.
  9. yourtoys7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    I had 11' and loved it, have 13 rMBP now and there is something that I'm kind of 2cond guessing myself. I just ordered the Air from refurb. store and wanted anyones opinion. Sometimes people bring up points you haven't thought of...
    I'll the Air this friday, will see how they stack up :confused:
  10. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    It's all about the screen. That should seal the deal.
  11. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    I had a Haswell MBA 13" on order in July - cancelled the order and decided to wait for the rMBP. Really glad I did - the retina screen in itself is worth going for the rMBP > MBP. I run at 1440x900 which is the same resolution as the MBA, and everything is super sharp compared to the MBA - I had a 2010 13" MBA for 3 years, and there's really nothing I miss about its form factor/etc.

    As others said - unless you need ultimate battery life (I'd get the 1.3 MBA over 1.7 for that too), go with the 13" rMBP. You won't be disappointed.
  12. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    I have the i5/8/256 rMBP. It really is a great machine at a great price!
  13. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    theres literally no reason to get an air vs a 13in haswell. with the decrease in size and weight the macbook air actually has a BIGGER footprint (its tapered edge goes out farther than the pro...)

    the air is going to soon be canceled out. it feels so flimsy compared to the pro 13 and its not using an under clocked UVL chip lol
  14. Orr macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2013
    This. There is literally no other logical reason left to choose the Air with the recently lowered price points of the 13" rMBP (that severely undercut current Air pricing) aside from budget constraints. And that only applies to the baseline stock Air models.
  15. Candlelight macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2011
    New Zealand

    Respectfully, I can't see why anyone would pick an Air over an rMBP. It's more powerful, got more ports and better screen. The only thing the Air gives you is better battery life. The rMBP is also lighter than previous versions so a few grams more couldn't hurt. :)
  16. Kevclark1985 macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2013
    I had same question when looking to get my first macbook.

    I decided pretty quickly that the Air was not worth it. The rMBP is small and light enough to carry around, the screen is much much better, the extra ports are handy (especially HDMI), it has a more premium feel to it.

    I agree that the only reason to get the Air is if you really must have the extra few hours of battery life, I tend to think this would be a vast minority of people. The air would prob be great for businesses where people are travelling all day everyday to clients and only need office applications and long battery life (then it's perfect as it will last 12-15hrs), but for most other people the rMBP wins hands down.

    The price point for the mid range 13" rMBP I think makes it a no brainer, that's what I got and I love it.
  17. yourtoys7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    Well, today came my Air, putting them side by side, and :D. Air doesn't even stand a chance. In the store its hard to tell, but at home, side by side its unbelievable.
    rMBP looks smaller, feels little heavier, the screen is very, very sharp and mach brighter at max on both. Typing on Air is little more comfortable, the sharp edge on the Pro' hurts you hands just a little.
    Air is going back to apple and I won't even consider air at all, 13" rMBP is amazing machine.

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