8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2012 12:25 PM by Mini-Mac
BRODYlovesPEETS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm in my last year of college and have decided I need (want) a new MacBook. I have an older 15" MBP that only works when plugged in, a Dell Mini 9, and a 2010 iMac.  Planning on selling the three and getting either a 13" MBA, 13" MBP or have considered splurging for the 15" MBPR.  I've looked and looked and really don't know what would be best and be the best bang for my buck.  This would be my only computer and I would want to keep it for several years at least.  If I got the 13" MBP I would remove the disc drive and install a SSD to increase the speed but keep the storage of the HDD.  I have a decent music collection (40+ GB), do some work with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop occasionally, but mostly do basic stuff like word, excel, web browsing etc, travel a decent amount, and would most likely get an extra display for more serious work while at home.  I know this question gets asked a lot so I appreciate any responses for help.

  • 1. Re: Can't decide between MBA, MBP, or MBPR
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    Oh, I am so gonna get so chewed for this, but...

     

    Unless you're in Liberal Arts, Management or such should you consider the 13" model. If you ever need to do heavy graphics lifting with it, like we do in Engineering, it will fall flat on its face. That being said, consider that the top of the line 15" non-Retina costs the same as the smallest Retina, packs a bigger punch in speed and disk space, has lots more ports and IS UPGRADEABLE!

     

    Also if your current MBP can't live without its power brick cause the battery is kaput, check prices at PowerBookMedic.com or IFixIt.com for a non-Apple-branded replacement. Will greatly enhance the saleability and asking price on it.

  • 3. Re: Can't decide between MBA, MBP, or MBPR
    Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

    Ordered (7/16/2012) the 2012 15.4" Macbook Pro (NON retina)

     

    With:

     

    2.6GHz i7 CPU

    1GB GPU

    HR Antiglare Wide Screen

    750GB 7200 RPM HDD  (installed Crucial M4 256GB SSD with a fresh install of Mountian Lion)

     

    I really wanted the rMBP but just could not see the real value of the Retina display when the (HR) 1680 X1050 is really ideal for me.  I also have the late 2011 Macbook Air that has 1440 X 900 resolution, it's not antiglare and not glossy either.  I also have a 2006 Black Macbook with 1280 X 800 and it's not antiglare and not glossy.  If the rMBP offered a antiglare display I'd probably still be deciding (took 3 weeks already).

     

    The thoughts that keep me on the fence between the 15" rMBP and 15" MBP was "I need to buy the future and not invest in the past".  For sure the rMBP is the future.

     

    Since I made the decision Im glad I did (15" MBP Antiglare WS).

     

    my Pros/Cons list

     

                             rMBP          MBP

     

    Speed                   X                X     (tie, adding SSD)  (Im getting 285 Write & 502 Read)

    Expansion                              X     (increase RAM and HDD or SSD)

    Weight                  X                      ( rMBP about a pound lighter, not impressed)

    Generation                             X     (decided long ago to NOT buy 1st generation anything, if possible)

    Repairability                           X     (replace battery on MBP and other parts, but not the rMBP, yet)

    Resale                  X                       (not sure here but makes since, new beats old)

    Antiglare                                X     (no contest)

    Cost                     X                       (my configuration was about $320 more than the retina) 

    Ports                                      X     (FW800, Gigabit Ethernet, DVD/CD drive, have HDMI adaper)

    Value                                     X     ( rMBP display would be a waste of money for me)

     

    BTW, my GeekBenck score is 12096

  • 4. Re: Can't decide between MBA, MBP, or MBPR
    BRODYlovesPEETS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I do like the fact that both the 13 and 15 MBP are upgradable even though I didn't upgrade my last MBP.  Trying to decide if I prefer the portability of the smaller 13" MBA/MBP or the better performance of the 15" MBP with the addition of size and weight.  I think I'll just part out the old MBP because the battery is dead, screen has a black bar on it, case has a dent...more money to fix it than I think I'd get out of it but thanks for the suggestion!

  • 5. Re: Can't decide between MBA, MBP, or MBPR
    BRODYlovesPEETS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the link Sig, I have seen that and I'm still not sure haha.

  • 6. Re: Can't decide between MBA, MBP, or MBPR
    BRODYlovesPEETS Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mini-Mac, what are you using your MBP for?  I'm trying to decide if I need so much power at the cost of additional weight and size (would be taking this computer with me everywhere).  That GeekBench score is crazy!  Not sure if I want to spend $500-$1000 more than I had originally budgeted for this new laptop but at the same time might be nice to spend a little extra to get a computer that should last me longer than maybe the 13" Air or Pro.  I had hoped to spend around $1600 which is why the 13" Air or Pro appealed to me and the have a good size.  Do you think that either of the 13s would be able to handle light Illustrator use?  (Some people seem to have no troubles and others say otherwise)  Whats your average battery life on a charge with your 15" setup?

  • 7. Re: Can't decide between MBA, MBP, or MBPR
    Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

    BRODYlovesPEETS wrote:

     

    Mini-Mac, what are you using your MBP for?  I'm trying to decide if I need so much power at the cost of additional weight and size (would be taking this computer with me everywhere).  That GeekBench score is crazy!  Not sure if I want to spend $500-$1000 more than I had originally budgeted for this new laptop but at the same time might be nice to spend a little extra to get a computer that should last me longer than maybe the 13" Air or Pro.  I had hoped to spend around $1600 which is why the 13" Air or Pro appealed to me and the have a good size.  Do you think that either of the 13s would be able to handle light Illustrator use?  (Some people seem to have no troubles and others say otherwise)  Whats your average battery life on a charge with your 15" setup?

    Mainly for video/photo editing, but use it for everything from browsing the web to watching movies.

     

    A less powerfull computer is is something I could get away with for sure (already have the 2011 13.3" Air).

     

    However I decided this time around to get a toy laptop with all the bells and whislesA laptop that will last until a later generation comes along that's at least twice as fast (benchmark 24000 or above) and that will be a number of years from now.

     

    If you decide to get the 15" Pro, do your self a favor and get the High Resoulation Antiglare Widescreen added. As you obtain more funds you can get a SSD replacement for the HDD.  The SSD will take you to places like no other upgrade you can do (I highly recommend the Crucial M4 SSD at least 256GB's).

     

    Not sure about battery life because I haven't had my new Pro long enough, but I was browsing the web on battery for around 2 hours the other day and I still had 71% left with FULL brightness.....pretty good.

     

    IMO. the 2012 Macbook Air 13.3" i7 processor, 8GB's of RAM and 256GB SSD and you'd have no problem with illustrator. I have the 2011 Air 13.3" with 4GB's of RAM and 256GB SSD.  I have no problems editing video or photos but about a third (1/3 or so) as fast as my new 2012 Pro doing it. 

  • 8. Re: Can't decide between MBA, MBP, or MBPR
    Mini-Mac Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

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    My latest score (7-31-2012)