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Suggestion on Purchasing the New MacBook Pro

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  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:18 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:


    I am very interested in what people say that have expereince with this machine so could you tell me out of the options what is the best for the 15" MBP retina display?


    Let me know the best display if you think the retina display and SSD are worth it.


    I have the retina 15" with SSD hard drive and would happily recommend it to my friends, there are many in this community who also have this model and are more than happy with it.  Im sure a few may even chime in.


    SSD hard drive is a must for all new computers in my honest opinion.  Many would agree with this also, cost per GB is higher but worth the compromise.



  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:27 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:


    What size SSD did you get?. 


    256GB as I purchased the base model Retina this model gave me the 3 things that I wanted which was the SSD and the Dedicated Graphics and of course the super high resolution screen.


    I recently posted a blog on word press regarding my migration to this macbook, you can read that here:


    and I know people on this community object to me using my macbook for gaming, but here is me gaming on my macbook Need For Speed Most Wanted: on MacB…

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to NObodE)

    sorry if my statement was confusing, the Retina display is 2880x1800 which for me is a super high resolution as I am accustomed to the max resolution of 1920x1080 coming from PC.  I purchased mine instore, as I wanted to have a play with it before I paid for it.


    edit:  PC are not limited to 1920x1080 resolution this limitation was imposed by the LCD monitors that I used on my PC

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:49 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:


    Great game.  I have never played a game before and it looks like I am really missing out. do you only play the games from the PC /Windows partition?


    so what type of display did you get with you MBP retina display?


    Some of my games are available for mac osx natively but I choose the windows versions so they are all in one place.  I can play them thru my parallels VM or using CrossOver while inside OSX but you do suffer some performance loss.


    I got the samsung retina display with my macbook pro.

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 9:57 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:


    I am confused and understand if you are tired of my questions.  Samsung retina display?  Is that a special order or is that who makes Apple's retina displays?  Did it come in either glossy or anti glare or high anti res.  If the Samsung display does not come with the Apple MBP, are you using a seperte monitior?  I am confused and probably just do not know much about the Apple MBP retina display


    The two base retina models of the macbook pro 15" without a build to order:



    2.3ghz vs 2.6ghz i7 Processor

    256GB vs 512GB SSD


    MacBook pro retina 15" are known to be shipped with either an LG retina panel or a Samsung retina panel.

    You have no choice in the matter and this is purely luck.


    There are no options for screens in these models

  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:21 PM (in response to NObodE)

    NObodE wrote:


    i was going by a post ds store left stating the following about the retina display,

    "Yes you can get both a regular glossy 15", a high res glosy and anti-glare and a Retina 15"  I guess I was confused about what he or she was saying.


    The macbook pro 15" (mid 2012) - the ones that you see on the Apple website come in two different forms


    Non-Retina and Retina and then these two forms have two different types which can be sorted out by their processor.  This make for a total of four macbook pro 15" notebook that you can just walk into a store and buy off the shelf.


    1. Non-Retina 2.3ghz (I would not recommend this one so let's ignore it exists)

    2. Non-Retina 2.6ghz

    3. Retina 2.3ghz


    4.Retina 2.6ghz


    (2) Non-Retina 2.6ghz has that (3) Retina 2.3ghz does not:

    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    Thicker base to allow user serviceable ram slots and hard drive bay

    Slightly faster processor ( +0.3 ghz )

    * when Built to Order: has option for 1,680-by-1,050 glossy or anti-glare display that gives you 36 percent more pixels. <-- what ds store said *


    (3) Retina 2.3ghz has that (2) Non-Retina 2.6ghz does not:

    2880x1800 Retina display

    Thinner & lighter build

    Solid State hard drive

    * recommendation by Sidonsoft haha ha haha


    They are Both the same price $$$

    MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • sidonsoft Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)
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    Nov 12, 2012 10:36 PM (in response to NObodE)

    Email, general web browsing, basic website publishing, basic video editiing, basic photo editing

    watching videos and listening to music and syncing things to the iPad or iPhone or my Android tablet.


    and then theres 3D Gaming, looking forward to Black Ops II!! maybe tommorow

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