Why would I buy a 13" rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Windows&Apple, Nov 18, 2013.


Which Laptop should I go for?

  1. Yoga Pro 2

    2 vote(s)
  2. Retina MacBook Pro

    42 vote(s)
  1. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013
    Why would I buy a rMBP over a Yoga Pro 2?

    I'm talking about the mid-range rMBP and the Yoga Pro 2. Here are the specs:

    Yoga Pro 2
    4th Generation Intel Core I7-4500U Processor (1.80GHz 1600MHz 4MB)
    Windows 8.1 64
    13.3" QHD+ LED Glossy Multi-touch 3200x1800
    Intel® HD Graphics 4400
    8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
    256GB SSD

    Price: $1299


    MacBook Pro Retina 13"
    2.4Ghz i5 Processor (Haswell)
    13.3" 2560 x 1600
    Iris 5100 GPU
    256GB SSD
    8GB RAM

    Price: $1459 (Student discount)

    If I do the following; which would best suit me?

    • Light video editing
    • Light photo editing
    • Medium Fruity loops (Logic Pro) mixing
    • Light-Medium 3D animation
    • Medium-Heavy browsing
    • Medium word document creations
    • Medium excel use
    • Heavy Sage 50 use.
    • Light development with the Unreal Engine
    • Light-Medium coding; C++, Javascipt.
    • Light-Medium gaming, mainly indie titles

    Thank you
  2. Raffi macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2013
    Good question, buy what you want and stopping asking questions that you already know the answer too.
  3. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013
    I don't know, that's why I asked
  4. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    The Yoga looks amazing in the commercials and the reviews for its battery life are impressive too.
  5. Wishbrah macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Wait, was Windows 8 listed as a pro or a con?

    Also, are you ok with dirtying up your laptop screen with daily touches? If you want it clean, you can't touch it. If you don't touch it, then what's the point of having it?

    I think $200 is worth the Apple ecosystem; but I have an iPhone and a soft spot in my heart for cold, aluminum laptops.
  6. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2013
    It was a pro. I use Windows daily. And I don't mind cleaning my screen, it'll get dirty regardless if you touch it or not, with dust and dirt. A quick polish never hurts.
  7. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
  8. commac, Nov 18, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2013

    commac macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2013
    If you're primarily using it for windows the rMBP probably won't be as good on battery as it is running osx. I also use windows daily at work and chose osx to feel like a break from work :)

    I was considering the same thing but went rMBP same specs you're looking at.
    Pecking at a wobbely laptop screen feels so wrong compared to the elegance of the gesturing on the Apple trackpads.

    Neither one is perfect but I think your preference of OS should make the decision.
  9. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
  10. GoingDark macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2013
    From your list, these are objectively better on a Mac:
    • Light video editing
    • Light photo editing
    • Light-Medium 3D animation

    These are more a matter of opinion, but basically a toss-up between platforms:
    • Medium-Heavy browsing
    • Medium Fruity loops (Logic Pro) mixing
    • Light development with the Unreal Engine
    • Light-Medium coding; C++, Javascipt.
    The second point will could go either way depending on what you prefer - FL Studio isn't available for Mac except in very experimental beta form, and Logic isn't available on PC, and they are VERY different programs, so if you're already comfortable with Fruity Loops, I'd give that point to Windows.

    These are objectively better on PC:
    • Medium word document creations
    • Medium excel use
    • Heavy Sage 50 use.
    • Light-Medium gaming, mainly indie titles
    Sage 50 is Windows-only, and of course MS Office for Windows is more robust than its Mac counterpart. Also, there are few to no Mac-only indie games, but tons of Windows-only indie games.

    Based on your needs I'd save a few hundred dollars and get the Yoga Pro 2. Lenovo's build quality is almost as well-regarded as Apple's, and your usage model tells me you'll be in either Boot Camp or Parallels fairly often.

    Even though I just got my first MacBook today (the exact model you're thinking of getting) and I absolutely love it, I still think Windows 8 is a great platform and I actually do miss the touchscreen. The Mac works for me because I don't need to use any Windows-exclusive (or Windows-preferred) software. If I did, I would buy the Yoga Pro 2 in a heartbeat.
  11. Chatran macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2013
    Why would i buy a computer that cannot run osx?
  12. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
  13. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    If you use apps on both platforms somewhat stuck with a Mac. I looked at the yoga back a few months ago and ended up with a rmpb with parallels. The yoga was nice but had such a huge bezel and I wanted to use osx occasionally.
  14. ~Achilles~ macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2013
  15. agaskew macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    As a laptop, it looks OK if a bit underpowered for my needs.
    As a tablet, it looks dumb - heavy, fat and with keys on the back.

    Wonder just how long the hinges will last...

    You listed the software/applications you need to use which is cool, but not your planned usage modes - do you need a laptop or a tablet or both?

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