Why I bought my rmbp 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by WangSamurai, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. WangSamurai macrumors newbie

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    *Disclaimer* This post is about why I picked what I picked. That decision was based on what I plan to use it for, so this won't apply to everyone.

    First off, I would like to thank everyone who has posted on the countless "Which one should I get" threads. Your input was most helpful when it came time for me to get my macbook!

    I was stuck between getting either a fully loaded mba 13" or the rmbp 13". I plan on using the machine for some xcode development, general day to day use (web surfing, e-mail, etc..) and I don't plan on playing any games because I have a custom Windows box for that. I went with the 2.5ghz, 8gb ram, and 128gb ssd. I didn't go with the 256 because I can just get a 128gb SDXC card for around $100 if I run into space issues.

    The reasons I went with the rmbp:
    • The CPU is much better
    • Text is so much clearer
    • If I ever want to sell it in the future, I'm sure the rmbp will sell better than a non-retina mba (coming in the next refresh?).
    • The screen :)
    I was originally planing on waiting for Haswell but after doing some reading it looks like that won't be coming until mid-late Q3 and I've been waiting since December. I just got the rmbp today and I can say without a doubt that I made the right choice. The first thing I did was install 10.8.3 and I haven't had a single issue with lag. Side note* I've noticed that a lot of the people complaining about lag never really indicate what kind of a load the system is under. I'm not saying there wasn't/isn't a problem with the lag, I just have a feeling that some of the complaints might be from having 12 tabs open while listening to music and trying to edit 1080p video;)
     
  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Good choice! Now that the price has been lowered on the 13" is far more reasonable and logical.
     
  3. Applefanboy8153 macrumors regular

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    No retina MacBook Air next year as the current rmbp 13 is already ultra portable and also the processor on the MBA would be insufficient to drive all those pixels. I don't think apple is ready to sacrifice their next gen pro and introduce a rmba. The MacBook pro is for prosumers who want power and versatility whereas the MBA is aimed as consumers looking for an ultra portable machine for computing on the go. I hope that the next MBA will have a full 1080p screen, a better processor and 4G LTE.
     
  4. WangSamurai thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Exactly! Actually, I got pretty lucky when it came to buying my rmbp. I was seriously on my way out the door to go to the Apple store and pick one up when I thought "maybe I should check the refurbished store online". I went online and sure enough there it was, the exact specs I wanted and $230 less. In my 2 months of research and checking the refurbished store I hadn't seen a 13" rmbp pop up. I figured it was a sign and I bought it right then with no questions asked.:)
     
  5. rrm998 macrumors regular

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    Welcome to another happy Retina owner! And you got a good deal. I was lucky to find a very good price on my 15" on ebay -- people sometimes create poor ads that don't draw any bids (except mine). So I know the feeling.

    Like others, I don't think there will be a Retina MBA until Apple can clearly differentiate the MBA and MBP lines with the display being same.
     
  6. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    The rMBP might be overkill but with the recent price drop I don't understand why anybody would go with the MBA. For about $200 more you get a beefed up machine with a decent CPU and it weighs in at only 1/2 pound more.

    You chose wisely. :)
     

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