Which "budget" 256 GB Retina MacBook Pro to get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dmk1974, Oct 27, 2013.

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Which "budget" 256gb Retina MacBook Pro to get?

  1. $1215 - 2013 (early) rMBP 13" ME662LL/A

    1 vote(s)
    2.3%
  2. $1400 - 2013 (late) rMBP 13" ME865LL/A

    29 vote(s)
    65.9%
  3. $1530 - 2013 (early) rMBP 15" ME664LL/A

    14 vote(s)
    31.8%
  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    #1
    I know I put up a lot of polls and comparisons, but all of your responses are very helpful. After showing my brother (who is a teacher) my new 13" rMBP that I am evaluating, he's tempted as well. I have a Mac Mini for storing all of my media files in the household, but he would like to get an upgraded 256gb version.

    Comparing some of the retina options with 256 GB storage (which all come with 8 GB RAM as well), which option would seem the be the best choice for roughly $1500 or less?

    2013 (early) rMBP 13" ME662LL/A
    • $1214.99 Best Buy (Open Box)
    • i5 2.6 GHz Ivy Bridge
    • Intel HD 4000 Graphics

    2013 (late) rMBP 13" ME865LL/A
    • $1399.00 Apple (w/his teacher discount) [$185 more than ME662LL/A]
    • i5 2.4 GHz Haswell
    • Intel Iris Graphics

    2013 (early) rMBP 15" ME664LL/A
    • $1529.99 Best Buy (Open Box) [$130 more than ME865LL/A]
    • i7 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Ivy Bridge
    • Intel HD 4000 + GeForce GT 650M Graphics

    What do you guys think? His use will mainly be web browsing, playing videos and music, very light gaming, and Microsoft Office apps. Thanks!
     
  2. Meister Suspended

    Meister

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    with his use, y doesn't he get an mba or iPad air?
     
  3. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    That one is only 128 GB though (I actually compared it in a different thread). But for this poll/thread, it's just for internal storage.

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    MBA is a good laptop too, but like me, he really likes the retina display.
     
  4. dmk1974, Oct 27, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013

    dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No love yet for the early 2013 13". Seems like the best "value", but then again, maybe not? While not part of this poll, that early 2013 13" rMBP is only $15 more than what my brother can get the late 2013 13" base rMBP for (only $1199 because of his teacher discount). For about the exact same price, the early 2013 gives 2x the RAM and 2x the storage space, but the tradeoff is the HD 4000/Ivy Bridge/battery life.

    I sure wish BB had one of their 10% off open-box coupons going right now! ;)
     
  5. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Another question: Does anyone have the BlackMagic DiskSpeedTest results for the 2012 retina 256 GB drive vs the 2013 retina 256 GB drive? I had read that the 256 GB drives are faster than the 128 GB drives, but wasn't sure how much more the 256 GB was from 2012 to 2013.

    On my 2013 Haswell MBA and 2013 Haswell rMBP, both are 128 GB and get about 300 write and 700 read.
     
  6. iWeekend, Oct 28, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2013

    iWeekend macrumors regular

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    Personally, my new late 2013 13" 256 drive is hitting 670/730 on Blackmagic this morning.
     
  7. dmk1974, Oct 28, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2013

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    The late-2013? Wow, that's a great write speed!
     
  8. dmk1974, Oct 28, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013

    dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Any other SSD speedtest results out there? Especially for the early-2013 version. Thanks!
     
  9. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Anyone? Looks like that early-2013 13" finally got a vote!
     
  10. rMBP2013 macrumors member

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    From my research, the larger the SSD the faster it will be.
     
  11. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

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    In terms of what will be usable for longer, the 15" option wins hands down. Yes, it does have a slightly shorter battery life, and costs a touch more. But quad core and dedicated graphics will blow the 13" versions out of the water.
     
  12. Gonzo3333, Oct 29, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013

    Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a

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    Here is a BlackMagic Disk Speed test. I have a 2.6Ghz / 256GB / 16GB ram 2012 rMBP.

    For some reason I am unable to upload the file. They are all below the maximum file size. Oh well.

    Anyway the write speed is 403.7 MB/s and the read is 451.9 MB/s. I am using the 5GB test.
     

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  13. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Not sure if this data would translate similarly to the first 2 listed in this poll (since they are the 13" versions), but here's some battery data that I recorded using the late-2012 8/128 version as well as the late-2013 4/128 model. These are my actual use test results, both using Mavericks, and the conditions described below.

    Settings:
    Battery Health App
    Chrome: AdBlock, FlashBlock, Lastpass
    Chrome, Mail, iMessage, Dropbox
    12/2 dots screen/kb brightness, BT off

    Late-2012 rMBP 13" 8/128 (Mavericks 10.9)

    1440x900 retina resolution (same lag noticed vs 2013 rMBP)
    40min/13.4% used 4:58 pace
    1680x1050 retina resolution (much more lag noticed vs 2013 rMBP)
    104min/37.5% used 4:37 pace
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    1440x900 non-retina resolution (using QuickRes)
    31min/8.1% used 6:22 pace
    1680x1050 non-retina resolution (using QuickRes)
    94min/25.1% used 6:14 pace

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    Late-2013 rMBP 13" 4/128 (Mavericks 10.9)

    1440x900 retina resolution
    228min/55.3% used 6:52 pace
    1680x1050 retina resolution
    322min/82.7% used 6:29 pace
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    1440x900 non-retina resolution (using QuickRes)
    144min/29.1% used 8:14 pace
    1680x1050 non-retina resolution (using QuickRes)
    34min/6.3% used 8:59 pace
    1920x1200 non-retina resolution (using QuickRes)
    237min/45.6% used 8:39 pace
     

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