What would you do? (MBA vs. rMBP)

rpearlberg

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Would be used for web-surfing, email, pictures, music, watch movies, etc.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-air-latest-model-13-3-display-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/1581949.p?id=1219056465562&skuId=1581949&sellerId

or

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-13-3-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6293168.p?id=1218725802337&skuId=6293168&st=macbook pro 256&cp=1&lp=1

Air would be about $160 cheaper.
Pro has more RAM (8GB vs 4GB).
Pro has retina (uses more power).
Pro footprint is smaller, but Air is lighter.

What would you do??
 
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chibamac

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Would be used for web-surfing, email, pictures, music, watch movies, etc.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-air-latest-model-13-3-display-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/1581949.p?id=1219056465562&skuId=1581949&sellerId

or

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-13-3-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6293168.p?id=1218725802337&skuId=6293168&st=macbook pro 256&cp=1&lp=1

Air would be about $160 cheaper.
Pro has more RAM (8GB vs 4GB).
Pro has retina (uses more power).
Pro footprint is smaller, but Air is lighter.

What would you do??
Pro for the screen.

Chiba
 

kelon111

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Would be used for web-surfing, email, pictures, music, watch movies, etc.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-air-latest-model-13-3-display-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/1581949.p?id=1219056465562&skuId=1581949&sellerId

or

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-13-3-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6293168.p?id=1218725802337&skuId=6293168&st=macbook pro 256&cp=1&lp=1

Air would be about $160 cheaper.
Pro has more RAM (8GB vs 4GB).
Pro has retina (uses more power).
Pro footprint is smaller, but Air is lighter.

What would you do??
Pro has faster integrated GPU , more RAM and a better screen.
The Pro also has HDMI out so you can easily hook it up to a TV or a decent monitor. There are other differences but I'd say the Pro is already worth the price difference just with those differences.
 

capathy21

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Would be used for web-surfing, email, pictures, music, watch movies, etc.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-air-latest-model-13-3-display-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/1581949.p?id=1219056465562&skuId=1581949&sellerId

or

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-13-3-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6293168.p?id=1218725802337&skuId=6293168&st=macbook pro 256&cp=1&lp=1

Air would be about $160 cheaper.
Pro has more RAM (8GB vs 4GB).
Pro has retina (uses more power).
Pro footprint is smaller, but Air is lighter.

What would you do??
Pro. Much better display. Get a hold of a mover's discount coupon and save 10 percent. Are you or anyone close to you a college student?

Edu discount plus a mover's coupon would put you paying 1080 before tax for that rMBP.
 

rpearlberg

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Yes I have the edu and movers. I actually already bought the pro and the air, just can't decide which one to keep.
 

T5BRICK

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I'd keep the pro. I was in a similar situation, comparing the 1.7GHz/8GB/256GB MBA and the 2.4GHz/8GB/256GB rMBP, and after seeing the screen on the rMBP my mind was made up. I haven't bought one yet, but I'm not window shopping MBAs anymore.
 

capathy21

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Jun 16, 2014
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Yes I have the edu and movers. I actually already bought the pro and the air, just can't decide which one to keep.
Well, it can be a tough decision. I started out with the Air and just loved the form factor. However, I could tell from the start that the display just wasn't very good. Once I tried the rMBP, the form factor went out the window. The retina display is so much better to me. There are some who aren't bothered by the Air's mediocre display. If you are one of those people, then the Air may win out for you.

Performance will pretty much be a wash. In the end, I like the footprint and display on the rMBP and to me, that was worth it.
 

kfmfe04

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Jun 19, 2010
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$160 is too small a difference for the lighter weight and longer battery life.

Pay a little more fore a better screen, faster processor, and longer expected lifetime (usage) for the machine.

I intend to buy a 15" rmbp this year to replace my 2009 13" mbp, but if I had a tight budget, I actually think the entry level mid-2014 13" is probably the best value in the macbook lineup right now. I mean a 15" is great, but you can buy two entry-level 13" with retina for that price.

mba used to be a great machine when the price and portability gap between the 13" and the mba were greater. These days, both price and portability have improved for the 13" to a degree that I am sure it's cannibalizing mba sales.
 

addictzz

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$160 is too small a difference for the lighter weight and longer battery life.

Pay a little more fore a better screen, faster processor, and longer expected lifetime (usage) for the machine.

I intend to buy a 15" rmbp this year to replace my 2009 13" mbp, but if I had a tight budget, I actually think the entry level mid-2014 13" is probably the best value in the macbook lineup right now. I mean a 15" is great, but you can buy two entry-level 13" with retina for that price.

mba used to be a great machine when the price and portability gap between the 13" and the mba were greater. These days, both price and portability have improved for the 13" to a degree that I am sure it's cannibalizing mba sales.
Looks like rmbp 13" vs mba 13" competition is won by rMBP 13" again this year. MBA 13" surely has more portability & longer battery life and that sexy tapered design has its charm but it needs to get bigger price drop to gain advantage in competition with rMBP 13".
 

Meister

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pro for the screen.

air for battery/portability.

now decide whats for you
 

5to1

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Would be used for web-surfing, email, pictures, music, watch movies, etc.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-air-latest-model-13-3-display-intel-core-i5-4gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/1581949.p?id=1219056465562&skuId=1581949&sellerId

or

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-13-3-display-8gb-memory-256gb-flash-storage/6293168.p?id=1218725802337&skuId=6293168&st=macbook pro 256&cp=1&lp=1

Air would be about $160 cheaper.
Pro has more RAM (8GB vs 4GB).
Pro has retina (uses more power).
Pro footprint is smaller, but Air is lighter.

What would you do??
I got the rMBP. But what I did isn't really important to you as my requirements are different.

From the things you've listed only pictures & movies would benefit from the extra resolution of the rMBP screen. For web surfing you might find the text and embedded high res images better on the eye. If you use multiple windows side by side the "retina" screen would offer greater desktop real estate also.

But you haven't mentioned how much $160 matters to you. You also haven't mentioned how much you prioritise/require lower weight (the foot print of the 13" air is actually bigger so I havent said portability) and longer battery life. Both of which the Air has an advantage over the rMBP.

I doubt the CPU/GPU/RAM will make sod all difference to you :/
 
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mominsky

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IM a new mac user - had my rMBP for only a week, but a year ago, I had an air that I kept for about 2 weeks - then returned (to amazon)....after going with a pro, i would NEVER go back to an air unless it had the retina. The computer just feels so much more solid, and the screen is just incredible - I have to imagine if you have both, you can put them side by side and REALLY see the difference.

The slight difference in battery life to me was negligible considering I am using the pro as a desktop replacement...and how often are you away from power for that many hours consecutively? the half pound makes no difference to me in carrying it when I do move around...so yea, pro all the way :)
 

Mike P

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I made this choice recently. The screen on the Air is really poor in comparison with the Pro. The slight weight difference isn't worth worrying about and the Pro is actually slightly smaller and, to my mind, slightly more comfortable to use.

The recent price drop and RAM upgrade seals it to my mind - Pro all the way.
 

ToroidalZeus

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I had the same decision to make. After looking at both those models and factoring in the movers discount + student discount, I ended up getting the 15" Feb 2013 Retina off Apple's refurb store. I felt for the mariginal increase in price, it was 100% worth getting a 15" screen, nvidia gpu, etc.
 

Joebrown

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I made this choice recently. The screen on the Air is really poor in comparison with the Pro. The slight weight difference isn't worth worrying about and the Pro is actually slightly smaller and, to my mind, slightly more comfortable to use.

The recent price drop and RAM upgrade seals it to my mind - Pro all the way.
I received my 13" pro today and can second this^. The weight difference is almost nothing, while the pro is thicker it's also got a smaller footprint, battery life isn't bad and the screen is awesome, and with the price so close as it is now I think the pro is the one to go for. I haven't stopped using mine all night! :rolleyes:
 

rpearlberg

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I received my 13" pro today and can second this^. The weight difference is almost nothing, while the pro is thicker it's also got a smaller footprint, battery life isn't bad and the screen is awesome, and with the price so close as it is now I think the pro is the one to go for. I haven't stopped using mine all night! :rolleyes:
Seems like Pro is the way to go. Just to confirm, the one I got is the 2.4 version, not the newest.
 
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anthorumor

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Isn't the pro's footprint actually smaller than the air?
That makes the Pro a much better purchase - that screen - boy it's gorgeous.

I have the 15' and it's still considered portable in my books. So much more power in that one. But I digress.
 

s2mikey

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Many of us were deciding tween the two. The Pro is just an all around better machine in just about every regard. The ONLY reason to get the Air would be if portability and a few hours extra battery life are critical for you. Most people don't fall into that category.

And, it's not like the MBP is a brick or something. Fairly portable itself, IMO.
 

vpro

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MBA for you.

Just those things? then the MBA is just right for you.
 

5to1

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Isn't the pro's footprint actually smaller than the air?
That makes the Pro a much better purchase - that screen - boy it's gorgeous.

I have the 15' and it's still considered portable in my books. So much more power in that one. But I digress.
As per my previous post the rMBP 13 has a smaller footprint. The MBA is thinner and lighter though. Which is more portable depends on your circumstances I guess, but for me footprint trumped the difference in thickness/weight.