Which Macbook Pro to get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RobertGrey, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. RobertGrey macrumors newbie

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    Haven't got a clue which MBP to get! Been working all summer to get some funds together. Got about £1750 to play with but can stretch if necessary. I do a lot of photo editing and video editing on FCP also play a few games and just wondering which MBP is best suited to me. Done some research and at the moment i've got my eyes on the non retina 15" top end at £1799 and just wondering if I should configure it in any way or if anyone thinks that it's worth pushing toward the retina..?
     
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    Only go with the non retina if you use optical media a lot.

    If you're talking upgrades an SSD and a high res screen can be a good start.

    I would, if you can stretch to the retina, for obvious reasons.
     
  3. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    The top end non-retina 15" is the same price as the base 15" retina. Personally, I would go with the retina. You get the retina display, smaller form factor, lighter weight, and 256gb Flash storage.

    It all depends on whether you want to have the ability to upgrade the hard drive and ram in the future and how important the optical drive is to you.
     
  4. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Only if you need the Retina`s additional capabilities; display, audio, standard SSD, faster GPU, greater portability, and can live with BTO for RAM upgrade, SSD, and sadly higher price point.

    As for the standard Unibody, only worthwhile Apple upgrade is HiRes display, if you eyes are ok with it, the rest RAM, HDD, SSD etc you can do your self at a lower cost.

    Personally i would go with the Retina, i have both Late 2011 15" 2.4 i7 (high tier) and a base Mid 2012 2.3 Retina and so far i much prefer the Retina, app`s are updating and the performance is fantastic with Mountain Lion, still some glitches, however the positive by far exceed any negatives.
     
  5. RobertGrey thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I suppose I could just get a Superdrive. Hell I'm gonna go for it. Thanks for the feedback guys!
     
  6. chrisfromalbany macrumors 6502

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    Any idea on the differences in boot time between rMBP and normal MBP?
     
  7. mykelala01 macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean still some glitches? My late 2008 Macbook pro 4 gb of ram is perfectly running Mountain Lion.
     
  8. mohsy90 macrumors 65816

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    Well, the rMBP has flash storage compared to the normal HDD that comes standard on all MBPs. So you can expect a faster boot time.
     
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I think they're referring to the general Retina glitches, not glitches with ML on "older" hardware.
     
  10. chrisfromalbany macrumors 6502

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    yea i kind of knew that much.. i was thinking of time comparison..
     
  11. Jacobwilson99 macrumors member

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    The retina boots in about 13-14 seconds.

    Not sure about the cMBP.
     
  12. Queen6, Jul 26, 2012
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    Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Not all software is 100% compatible with the Retina Mac`s, as yet...
     
  13. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    If you compared a rMBP to a classic MBP with an equal speed SSD they will boot at or near the same speed. They have identical processors and ram.

    If you compare a rMBP to a MBP with a standard mechanical HD the rMPB will of course boot faster.
     
  14. MCAsan, Jul 26, 2012
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    MCAsan macrumors 601

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    I think all current Mac software should be compatible. But not all software is updated for maximum Retina display. There is a difference between compatible and optimized.
     
  15. mykelala01 macrumors 6502

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    oh ok fair enough
     

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