What's wrong with the non-retna MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whytwofor, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. whytwofor macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2015
    Hey folks,

    If I don't care about the retna display, why shouldn't I spend less and get the non-retna MacBookPro?

    The buyers guide says do not buy, but I'd like to save a few hundred dollars if I don't care about the retna display.

    What's the downside of saving the money and getting the cheaper MacBookPro? Your guidance would be appreciated.

  2. L T macrumors 6502

    L T

    Feb 24, 2013
    If you don't need the retina display then why not get a MacBook air and upgrade the specs.

    The old MacBook will run slower becuase it has a HDD rather than the new SSD which trust me is enough reason to leave it alone!
  3. Raunien macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2011
    The non-retina MBP is only offered in the 13 inch variety. If you don't need the display, get the air. If you need the power, get a 13 or 15 rMBP.

    The nrMBP doesn't give you worst of both worlds unless the lowest price is the number 1 priority.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The issue is you're spending over a thousand bucks on a chipset that is over 3 years old. While you get ports and expansion, you're paying a premium on a chipset that is old.
  5. nirvanemesis macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2014
    Check out this thread from a few days ago, it'll explain most of it.


    With that said, if you want to save some money, look at the refurbished section. I just checked and it updated with some older models that weren't there last week.
  6. whytwofor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2015
    Thanks for the feedback!

    Aaaahhh! That makes sense. Thank you folks for the help. I think I'll spend the extra dough on rMBP. I didn't realize the chips/hardware was a substantial negative.

  7. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The 13" cMBP was a good computer in 2012. Since then, it has not been updated so its hardware is outdated yet the price hasn't changed significantly.

    I could recommend a 13" cMBP for $799, but not for $1,099. Some $600-700 Windows notebooks have a higher-res screen, better CPU, more RAM, more storage and better graphics.

    If we consider the specs to be equivalent to a $600 Windows laptop, then I think it's fair to pay a $200 premium for OS X and good build quality/trackpad, but paying a $500 premium is kind of ridiculous.

    Both the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro are priced more competitively for the tech they pack.

    Some people are still interested in the 13" cMBP because it's upgradeable and has a disc drive. Given how overpriced it is I don't think the tradeoff is worth it, you'd be better just saving a little more to get an upgraded MBA/rMBP for future-proofness.
  8. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Here the non-r mbp can be had for 800 - 900€.
    It has the cheap RAM and storage upgrade option, a superdrive / optibay, ports and is proven and reliable.
    IMO it's not a bad deal at all.
  9. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012
    dunno about the 'bad deal' part, but i'd love to see it have its internals and display upgraded to whatever is in the 'retina' thing but retaining the same form factor.

    it's dated, that's a fact...
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Old, slow and heavy.

    You can put an SSD in it and more RAM but then it's just old and heavy.
  11. Orr macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2013
    Nothing wrong with the cMBP itself. The problem is with the pricing for a 'new' one. You're paying current $ for yesterday's technology.
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Nothing wrong with it...

    but buy second hand for a 3 year old computer and get it half price...

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