Should I buy Air 11" + 10" iPad or rMBP 13"

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  1. iRight macrumors newbie

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    I have no other computer. At home I have 40" Sony TV to which I could connect my MacBook, but the air has no HDMI.

    I will use my apple devices mainly for my uni.


    Should I buy Haswell Air 11" + iPad 5 or Haswell rMBP 13"? (I will wait for the release)

    The resale value of rMBP really sucks, and Air 11" keeps its value. (I want to upgrade my iDevices every year).

    What do you think? Thanks for help.
     
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    Why would you need 2 ultra portable devices like an ipad and an 11" air?

    Maybe an iPad and a desktop would be better?

    You say you use it for uni...is that mostly word processing?
     
  3. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Well the first option is 21 inches of screen, so clearly better.
     
  4. iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, for word processing both laptops are great, but you know, the air is much cheaper and for the price difference I can get the iPad which would be used mainly for media consumption.
     
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    But why get both?

    You can consume media just fine on a Macbook Air...
     
  6. iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sitting on a couch or lying in my bed and using an ipad seems to be much more pleasant.

    I think I would use the macbooks mainly for work/uni, only sometimes for mixing some music.
     
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    It's not like using a Macbook Air is unpleasant though!

    Maybe get the Macbook Air first, use it and then decide if you need extra things like an ipad...
     
  8. iRight, Jul 18, 2013
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    iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, wouldn't it be too small to use it at home? I mean 11" is not a big screen :D and the air lacks HDMI and retina. I'm not even thinking about taking air 13" because then I would definitely take the rMBP 13".
     
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I have a feeling that neverhadanewton is going to come to your house and kill you if you get an iPad.
     
  10. iRight, Jul 18, 2013
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    iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hahaha well, I'll be prepared :D

    I need more opinions, help me out guys!
     
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  12. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    I run my rMBP and iPad through Apple TV in order to connect to my TV, so you don't need HDMI. My wife and I looked at the Air, but the screen display is awful. I know a lot of people think it's dandy/good enough/fine, but let's be honest: it stinks. After looking at the 13" rMBP, the decision was quite easy.

    A laptop in bed is not ideal......
     
  13. iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for you reply. Your opinion makes me think about:

    rMBP 13" + iPad 5

    or

    rMBP 13" + (hopefully) retina iPad mini

    Now the question is: which option is better for uni/travel/home?
     
  14. falconeight Guest

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    Get the rMBP but wait for the generation after the next and pray you don't die before it comes out.
     
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    Ideal solution maybe (funds and timings permitting).

    haswell rMBP 13" and retina iPad mini (assuming such a thing will exist in the near future).

    Their you go...I'm not totally against iPads ;)
     
  16. iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hehe well, the iPad mini is and will stay 7,9" and the iPhone will soon get 4,5" or 5" (iPhone 6). Thus, I'm not sure if the iPad 5 wouldn't be a better choice.
     
  17. laurasaur25 macrumors member

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    In college I had a Dell and an iPad (I graduated last year). I would say to get the retina and an iPad mini or even older iPad. Personally it seemed like most people brought either an iPad with keyboard case or a Mac to class. The iPad is extremely valuable to load PDF's to because it saves you from having to print all those pages. Obviously classes will vary but it's probably safe to say that at some point there will be a class expecting you to print hundreds of pages. I wouldn't personally want to study PDF's on a laptop because it just doesn't seem similar enough to a book and an iPad mimics pages better with the ability to highlight easily. So from what I've seen and my preferences going through school, I would go with whatever options allows you to get some sort of iPad. Then you can use that for studying/reading and maybe note-taking and then use the rMBP for writing papers. There's no way I would have wanted to write a paper on my iPad.

    However, if you're concerned with resale value it doesn't seem as if iPads hold value very well at all. I'm still going along on my iPad 2 just fine, especially if you're only using it for school-related stuff.
     
  18. hbksabhi macrumors regular

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    I am a owner of ipad mini
    And planning on buying Macbook air 13 as i dont have a PC at all for like 3 weeks and iPad has been a wonderful companion ... But pc is a requirement . So getting a 13 macbook air as i dont see much value in rMBP and i can see text fine on my Mini and macbook air fine . Retina for me is no necessity.

    And after i get Macbook air i may sell my mini as i cant much use after that .
     
  19. iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But on the other hand, rMBP 13" + iPad look quite expensive. Is it worth to buy it for uni/travel/home? Wouldn't it be better to get an Air + an iPad? But, again, lack of retina and hdmi is pain.
     
  20. hbksabhi macrumors regular

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    Why no air 13inch plus iPad 5

    Normal computing on the air and ultraportable plus super sharp retina on ipad

    Imo retina on ipad is worth more and u read the smaller text easily ...
    I have ipad mini and prefer to use landscape mode as text is better ...
     
  21. iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for help everyone.

    I decided I will get the Haswell rMBP 13" and upgrade it every year. However, I'm not sure if I need an iPad.
     
  22. laurasaur25 macrumors member

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    Just get whichever computer you think you'd want regardless of the ipad then go to school for a month or two and decide if you would need the ipad. It's hard to predict what you want especially if its your first year and the computer is the bigger purchase.
     
  23. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    get the air, forget about the ipad obviously you don't need it if you would forgo it in order to get the retina. Buy a thunderbolt to HDMI adaptor to run your air on your TV as you did before
     
  24. adiddas125 macrumors member

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    The 11" air is more than plenty for your needs. No need for an iPad.

    I've used an 11" air while surfing in bed. It works just fine and does more than what an ipad does.

    Buy a thunderbolt --> HDMI converter and you are set.

    Hell I even use my 2009 MBP in bed. Its not as bad as you think!
     
  25. iRight thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would take the Air but the screen resolution is really low.

    If there only was 11" rMBP...
     

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