Which of these two MBPs is better?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jbsmithmac, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. jbsmithmac macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Im looking yo buy a new MPB, however note that I rarely buy the latest models, rather the previous generation or older. So my research tells me that the MD322LL/A is from late 2011 while the MD103LL/A is from mid 2012. But for some reason I keep finding the MD322LL/A costing more (except here, shown below). So which one is better? My primary use is Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS5. I see subtle differences in specs, but would I really notice a difference?

  2. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
  3. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
  4. Rhinoevans macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2012
    Las Vegas, NV
  5. Mr MM macrumors 65816

    Mr MM

    Jun 29, 2011
    depends on what you do, in terms of gpu its going to be a significant upgrade
  6. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Mostly photo editing - Lightroom and Photoshop. No gaming, etc. My understanding that the better GPU is something to look at for fast moving graphics like games, etc?
  7. Freestar007, Nov 23, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2012

    Freestar007 macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2007
    For photo/video use, the biggest thing that you may miss if you go 2011 is USB 3, which will let you buy inexpensive external hard drives and have excellent transfer speeds. The processor/graphics card won't perform that differently for your needs, but the 2012 will run a little cooler on your lap.

    As a photographer myself, I would also recommend the higher-res antiglare screen.

    A refurb 2012 from Apple is an easy way to save - refurbs are like-new or better from Apple. Watch http://www.refurb.me/ for what you want. The antiglare 2012 appears to be the same cost as the 2011 you were loooking at. (edited b/c I had a link to a 2011 model)

    Regardless of laptop, the biggest performance boost will come from a SSD - Samsung 830 is cheap right now - http://www.macmall.com/p/Samsung-Electronics-Portable/Removable-Drives/product~dpno~9009921~pdp.hadgfac. You can also upgrade memory down the road as you see fit.
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    For some $127 difference I would definitely get the newer [MD103LL/A] model. It's faster, has a better GPU, has faster SATA connectivity (6Gbps in both HDD and optical bay), has USB 3.0
  9. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    This is what I've decided to get. Thanks all!!

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