Hi all :)
I'm have some difficulty deciding which MacBook to purchase. I've been waiting until WWDC so the macs will have the newest processors, but because of the new Retina, I can't decide what to pick.
I'm torn between the 15" MacBook Pro (with customisations) or the baseline Retina MacBook. The customisations I would add to the Pro is an extra 4gb ram, to bring the total up to 8gb, and a hi-res screen.
Here's the pricing in GBP £ with education pricing discounts:
Other Pro: £1560
Now you'd say it's down to personal opinion and how I'd use it. Well I'm not a professional at all. This would be my home computer and I need it to do everything I need. This computer will need to store my data, music, photos etc, and therefore the 500gb HDD seems an advantage. The optical drive seems practical also as I do often use it to burn cd's. However, the retina does seem nice on the new MacBook. But as I said, I'm not a professional user. I might edit photos and create a video, maybe once a month, maximum. These would only be home-videos, not business related or professional. So is the retina needed? I wouldn't mind having it, but this is the only reason why I like the newer MacBook, and this reason alone. This mac will rarely leave the home, maybe once a week, max. So the thinness isn't really any big deal.
So now it's decision time. The MacBook pro with retina, or without? The other MacBook would have a customised hi-res screen, which may support what I need it for. Are the pixels evident? Can you clearly see them like on some computer screens? The retina display does seem nice, but the MacBook without it seems practical. Who knows, I could just buy a separate SDD and add it in the older mac for the speed in a few years time.
It's only £100 difference and that's why I'm so torn. What do you think?
Thank you all for the help in advance.