rMBP to rMB Crossovers

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  1. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    I am planning to go from a late 2012 13" rMBP to a 12" rMB. Any one else? Lets here the reasoning as to why.

    As for me, I am planning the move for portability and weight. I would've liked a bigger display but its not a deal breaker for me.
     
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    I posted something like this in the MBA crossover thread, but since this thread is rMBP crossovers and that's actually my facts, here goes.

    I walk about two miles and have a half hour train ride to work every day, with the same coming back home.

    Right now I'm carrying a 13" rMBP and an iPad (was an Air; it got too big and heavy so I changed to an rMini) every day. It's ok, but I notice the weight. And at work I don't need (actually can't use) the USB ports for data exchange. Last week I was experimenting with an 11" MBA instead of the 13" rMBP, which is a weight difference of a little over a pound, and it was very noticeable. I also don't think that the rMB would be challenged by what I do with it while commuting or at work - mostly Word, Excel, Outlook and Safari.

    So, getting rid of almost 1 1/2 pounds of laptop (vs. the 13" rMBP) with no give-up in screen quality or connectivity (in my case) is really no issue at all. The slightly smaller screen might or might not be an issue under some conditions, since I often need to have two documents open at once and the 13.3" screen might be just enough bigger to make a difference - hard to tell without trying it in person.

    The biggest issue is whether I feel like putting $1300 into that dedicated use (and keep the rMBP), or justify the $1300 by selling the rMBP (not inclined to do so - and I do things with the rMBP at home, like photo and video editing, that I'm not sure the rMB is a good candidate for). A secondary issue is whether it's dumb to buy a Gen1 design. The original Air and iPad were innovative but not fully developed (duh). Resale value is probably high enough that I might take that risk.
     
  3. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    That's exactly why I'm going from the 13" rMBP to the rMB. And I have absolutely no hesitations about it. Plus I'll be selling my rMBP, so I'll come out ahead as far as price goes.
     
  4. AdonisSMU thread starter macrumors 603

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    Can you sell it back to Apple?
     
  5. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    No. And even if Apple did offer such a service, you'd get ripped off. eBay is the way to go. Unlike Windows PCs, Macs hold their value incredibly well.
     
  6. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Buying one to compliment my 15" rMBP. Why? I could justify it by saying I want a smaller, more portable laptop for class and work. But the real reason is because it's new and shiny and I truly have a difficult time resisting temptation.
     
  7. AdonisSMU thread starter macrumors 603

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    I was holding out to see what Apple offered up. I wouldve liked a 15" option. Im not a port hungry user. I do like the additional screen real estate though.
     
  8. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Screen real estate is important to me as well. I'm keeping the 15er and just bought a 28" 4K display that I'll plug it into and use as a desktop.
     
  9. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    I've never hooked my 13" rMBP up to a monitor. So I'm used to the 13 inch screen size, and it's my favorite size for laptops. Before that I had the 11-inch Air, which I always thought was too small. But with the new MacBook being 12 inches and having a 16:10 aspect ratio, I think I'll be fine. The screen size shouldn't be a big difference from my rMBP, plus I can always scale resolutions.
     
  10. AdonisSMU thread starter macrumors 603

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    I almost always scale the resolution...even on a 15" machine.
     
  11. Phightinphils macrumors 6502

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    Problem with eBay is that it takes nearly 12% of the sale.
     
  12. happyslayer macrumors 6502a

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    I'll be selling my late 2014 13" rMBP to get the 12" rMB. I was honestly only using the rMBP as a stop-gap until this came out. I was happily surprised that it was announced now and not at WWDC. I want/need that retina screen now that I've used it on the rMBP. But, I want it smaller. For what I do, portability is more important than CPU horsepower. And, I use a dongle with my rMBP at least 2-3 times a week now for gigabit ethernet access, so carrying a dongle for USB-C to USB3 won't be a big deal. Hopefully, they release a single USB-C to Gigabit adapter soon, as I'd rather not have a dongle, plugged into another dongle. Besides, that just sounds weird :eek:
     
  13. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Possibly, though waiting for some benchmarks. Kinda concerned out the CPU, do want to be in the same situation as the first gen MBA, that was crap!
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

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    Not me, my rMBP is a great machine, and does everything I want it too. I think the Core M CPU and iGPU are too underpowered for my needs. I use Vmware, Photoshop and Lightroom. Plus, I'm not a fan of the single port, while my 2012 rMBP doesn't exactly have a wealth of ports, there's enough, including a thunderbolt.
     
  15. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

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    This. I am also anxious to see the Skylake iteration of Core M.
     
  16. Traverse macrumors 603

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    This is what I'm considering, but I'm havering trouble between the new rMB or an iPad Air 3.

    I take my slow and old iPad 3 to class with me and leave my 15" rMBP at home. For grad school, I'm either upgrading the iPad or getting a rMB.

    Do I want to give up the tablet form factor...that is the question...

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    Does that machine double as your casual use device? Or do you use an iPad or something?

    EDIT: you have a 6 Plus right? Is that your casual device?
     

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