which 13" MBP - new or old?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bbowens, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. bbowens macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2007
    hi all, I'm helping my sis decide which MB to buy; we've been waiting for the new MBA's, but the 13" MBP may be the way to go, after all. Her primary usage is routing browsing + external display for watching video. So, the screen quality (Retina, etc), is not much of a consideration.

    Is the external display capability much different between the MBA and MBP? Is there any major reason to buy a latest/greatest, or would the previous version of the MBP be a good deal? I'm not finding that big of a difference between the late-2011's vs. mid-2012's for her type of usage, unless I'm missing something.


  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    they would both work. the new ones have usb 3 though
  3. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Women never need powerful computers :p

    I imagine a refurb 2011 MBA would be perfect?
  4. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    2012 version has USB 3.0

    Be sure to get that, USB 3.0 is going to be around for a very long time.
  5. bbowens thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2007
    for me it would, but she just does some minimal flash drive transfers (she's a teacher)


    or cars, rite?:p:p

    I think it's going to come down to which is more suited to the external display. Also, I kinda like the flexibility/cost of the MBP for adding more memory and storage vs the MBA.

    If that's the case, then 2011 vs. 2012 MBP will be the question.

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