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Ordering a Retina Display 15" MBP but have Some ?? Before I Order

565 Views 23 Replies Latest reply: Nov 23, 2012 1:09 AM by glitchpaw RSS
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    FWIW = For What It's Worth...


    There are thousands of posts here from rMBP owners - but you don't read the ones that are happy with their purchased because most people come here with problems - and that's what this forum is for: solving technical issues that may arise. So, here, you're just going to see complaints from folks for the most part - not real world reviews, but rather real world problems.


    Today is Black Friday - should be a good day to buy!



  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    It depends on which version of Office and PS you have - I know that when I actually purchased Office it came with a disc, but I had already downloaded and installed the fully-functional 'trial' version and simply needed the activation key from the disc sleeve - same with Adobe CS6 Design and Creative Premium - yeah, I have a box and a DVD disc, but I had already downloaded it from Adobe and just bought the 'box' with the disc to have it - no real need for it any longer.


    As most software companies move away from physical media to downloadable files, the need for an optical drive decreases. That said, I still use my optical drive to burn archival discs and have been doing so for over ten years now - so I use mine maybe once every two weeks. I could do without it and simply purchase an external optical drive.


    People really just share their 'bad' experiences here - they're having problems, they come to this forum. For all of those posts about image retention on the Retina display models, there are likely 10,000 people who aren't having any IR or tinting issues. Believe me, if you read the rMBP 'burn-in' posts, people aren't scared to post negative comments at all.


    But sometimes - most of the time probably - people have no problems with their MBPs (such as myself) and will recommend setups similar to their own. You've read in this thread from some rMBP owners who have no problems - they're out there.


    Once the store comes back up, go ahead and get your rMBP and just order an external SuperDrive with it - they're pricier than some third-party optical drives but they're guaranteed to work with your rMBP.


    Good luck,



  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    OK - first - the bold type indicates that you can't use an Ethernet port (because the Retina MBP doesn't have one) but rather have to use an Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter in order to plug in your MBP to an Ethernet router. That's a big minus for me (although I use the Ethernet port on my Apple Thunderbolt Display - not the one on my MBP - primarily).


    You should take a look at this Thunderbolt FAQ - - you can't use the TB port for much other than TB hard drives (I've one coming in January - having budgeted to get it!) and displays (I've the Apple Thunderbolt Display, which acts as a 'dock' as well). The drives are supposed to be super-fast. I can't wait to get mine and retire some of my older FireWire 800 drives.


    If you're going to plug in TB drives to your TB port(s), you need a TB cable (sold separately in most cases - $49). But it's a screaming fast connection and your only limitation is the speed of the spinning platters. The LaCie that I'm getting has two 2 terabyte 72000 rpm disks - the fastest available for the consumer, right now (other than SSDs, but that's a different story).


    Don't know if I answered all your questions - I'm sure that we've done nothing but confuse you about which MBP to get but, as I said in another thread you started, I would, were I you, go for the fastest processor and best GPU in a non-Retina display MBP.


    Good luck,



  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)

    I wouldn't get the Retina - I'd go with the standard 15" with the fastest processor and best GPU that you can order. You can later install more RAM and, if you wish, a SSD to make it as 'speedy' as a Retina model.


    And, yes, I'm running the current OS - 10.8.2 - have been running it since before it was released to the public. Love it. No problems at all.


    My recommendation, again, is above. I just wouldn't take a chance with the Retina display models just yet.



    MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, ATD
  • glitchpaw Calculating status...

    I'm using rMBP 15" late 2012 with 16GB of ram. Luckily I got mine with Samsung display. So far no issue, running eclipse for java and nodejs programming and occasionally playing Diablo III.

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