Urgent help with MacBook pro ! Which one!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lympero, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. lympero macrumors 6502a

    lympero

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    Hi
    Im in the market for a new laptop for me and my wife. Usage will be mostly at home but we don't have extra space for another monitor etc so it has to be a laptop.
    I need it for eclipse and web design and my wife for photo editing and of course the basic web usage.
    There are two choices .
    1. 2012 MacBook air 13.3 basic model with 8gb Ram. (price 1450€)
    2. 2011 MacBook pro 15.4 with 500gb HDD ati 6750 with 4gb Ram. (price 1699€)

    I know that for MacBook pro I would need a ssd plus 8gb ram so add to the MacBook pro around 200€ and also it lacks usb3.

    Both models have the same resolution but I have heard that MacBook pro has better colors.
    Any help will be appreciated.
     
  2. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    If you're using it for home and won't be transporting it much, then don't get the air. Stick with the 15" MBP, you'll get better screen real estate, faster processor and option to upgrade ram and hard drive if need be.

    Or, get the retina model, only another 100 more. It will be much faster, better display for web design and more portable than the 15" MBP.
     
  3. lympero thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    rMbPro costs 2450
     
  4. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    Oh sorry, I mistook it for the british pound. rMBP is $1799 GBP.. i would still advise you to go with the 15" MBP then.
     
  5. FastEddiebags macrumors 6502

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    15" is the way to go. Its powerful enough to be a desktop replacement but portable enough to be convenient.
     
  6. lympero thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    even if its already 1 year old model?
     
  7. MRiOS macrumors regular

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    Unless you're working on very large projects on it, either would work. As others have said, if screen real estate is important than the 15" is the logical choice. If storage might be an issue, I'd recommend going with the 15" since you could feasibly replace the disk drive with another HDD if space is needed in the future.
     
  8. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    I'd really try to get this years base model 15". You can upgrade the RAM and put in an SSD drive later if funds aren't available today. I just bought the crucial M4 for $399 and it's even cheaper today.

    Why the 2012? USB 3.0, 1600mhz RAM, faster CPU, better graphics.

    If you get the Air, you won't be able to upgrade. It's like buying an iPhone or iPad...your stuck with it until you upgrade.
     
  9. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    Can you list the specs of the 15", i don't know whether you are referring to the Feb. or Oct 2011 release. Either way, they both can be upgraded with ram and SSD at a relatively cheap cost. How much is the 2012 base 15"?


    On another note. is the base Air model really 1450 euros = $1822!!! It's only $1199 here in the U.S. Man, I feel bad for you. At 1699 euro you could purchase the retina MBP here.
     
  10. lympero thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah European prices are really ****ed up...UK apple store sells the rMbpro for 1800£ - 2800$ and German apple store for 2280€ -2860$.
    Here in Greece we have 23% VAT so the cost goes even higher to 2449€-3000$.


    The 2012 15inch base model costs 2049€

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    Which model is it?


    Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512MB Graphics, 15.4" LED-Backlit Glossy Display 1400 x 900 Native Resolution, Slot-Loading SuperDrive, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, FaceTime HD Camera, Built-in Microphone, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (64-bit)
     
  11. InlawBiker macrumors 6502

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    That's the same one I just bought, it will arrive in a few days. That's the late 2011 base model. For doing what you want, yes it will be fantasic. It's also easy to upgrade whenever you wish. I've already ordered an SSD and more RAM.
     
  12. Zwikker macrumors regular

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    Doesn't matter, early and late 2011 i7 processors are very powerful.


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    I ordered the one with same specs + 1gb vram. It's a real powerhouse and saves real good amount of money when you go refurb.
     
  13. lympero thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So I just bought the late 2011 mbp 15 inch (2.2 i7 quad, hd6750 512 VRAM) for 350€ less than the 2012 cmbp base. I hope i did the right choice.
    One last question. Can the hd3000 handle without hiccups/lag the basic web scrolling/surfing?
     

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