Which Macbook should I get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lightuser333, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. lightuser333 macrumors newbie

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    So I know I want a macbook, but I don't know which one I should get. Theses are the options that I can get:
    -13" Macbook Air with 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and intel i5 processor.
    -13" Macbook Pro(Retina) with 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and intel i5 processor.
    -13" Macbook Pro(Non-Retina) with 8GB Ram, 500GB HD, and intel i5 processor.

    Here are the things I will use it to do:
    -Programming: Xcode, Java, Python, and Html/CSS/JavaScript
    -Gaming: (Not exactly Heavy Gaming, but not light gaming...) Usually Minecraft, Cod4, Black Ops...
    -Websurfing
    -Homework
    -Other Stuff

    So which macbook do you think I should get?

    P.S. Not a PC because I really like Xcode, and I don't want to risk it with a hackintosh...
     
  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    2 major questions.

    1)How important is portability and battery life?
    2)Will you be using an external display and if not, how important is screen quality?

    If battery life and lightness is important to you, get the Air.
    If decent battery life and a better display is important to you, get the retina pro.
    Don't get the non retina pro.
     
  3. mcarling macrumors 65816

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    Since you're asking the question, the weight of the MacBook Pro is obviously acceptable to you, so get the Retina MacBook Pro. I would never go back to a non-Retina display. Now that I'm used to a Retina display, every non-Retina display I see looks fecal.
     
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    Great advice
     
  5. ToroidalZeus, Oct 18, 2014
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  7. Dsching Suspended

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    Buy a refurb model from 2013. That will give you more storage.
     
  8. Meister Suspended

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    I would strongly discourage anyone to run minecraft on their macbook. Unless you want to fry eggs.

    Don't take the non retina mbp.
    I would look at:
    1. Base 2013 rmbp or mba 1.3/4/128 on a discount (those are the bargain of the century)
    2. 2013 rmbp 2.4/8/256 (I own this one and it's a great bang for the buck!)
     

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