Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2013 3:36 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
for what you'll be using it for - go with the Retina. It has more processing power to play the games you want to play and is much better when you're doing some video and photo editing.
if you're not in a rush - then wait for the newer ones to come out.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2013 7:47 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
...Should i wait for the refresh in june? Will they refresh in june?...
The Retina Display MacBook Pro was refreshed in February of this year so probably isn't due for another refresh so soon; the MacBook Air was lasted refreshed last June so is more likely due for another refresh.
I'd agree with Bimmer 7 Series - go with the Retina. Once you get used to that display, it'll be hard to settle for anything less.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2013 8:22 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
I do have the lastest Macbook air 13" (8 gig RAM) since 5 months. I use it for pretty much the list you stated plus software dev on XCode and VisuaStudio in a virtual machine.
Don't get me wrong, Macbook air is wonderfull / near perfect machine and you can't really go wrong with it. No mather your decision, if you get a Macbook Air, upgrade to 8 Gig of RAM. Latest OSX take 2 Gig or RAM right at startup and you will easily get RAM at 4 Gig with couple of web browser and others. Don't even hesitate, get the 8 Gig upgrade so you will support next OSX version easily.
As for speed the MBA will not make you feel you are waiting for it. For comparison, my main windows PC is a Quad Core i7 with watercooled overclock to 4.8Ghz, 16 Gig RAM and OCZ Vertex 256 SSD drive. Both (PC and MBA) feel equaly snappy and fun to use. The Macbook Air is powerfull and snappy computer and it will get tasks done in a breeze.
That being said, I ordered a Retina Macbook Pro 15" last week that I will received tomorow. I did it mainly for two things. The retina display and size of the display. Once you tasted that retina panel you simply have hard time getting back.
But if you are on a budget, and didn't get retina addicted, you will NOT be dissapointed with a Macbook Air (8 Gig) . It is such a good balanced Ultrabook. But for a +200$ price point, considering 8 gig ram upgrade on 13" MBA, I would recommed the MBP retina 13" too.
Good luck !
Currently Being ModeratedApr 25, 2013 8:39 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
So if I am not mistaken the current MBA and rMBP 13 inch models have the same Intel HD 4000 graphics card.
The MBA offers: 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor and the rMBP offers: 2.5GHz or 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5; or 2.9GHz or 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. Which is totally neglible.
Bimmer 7 Series usually has really good info on hardware. I believe for the money the the rMBP with that gorgeous screen is the better buy. However in terms of side by side specifications the rMBP bests the MBA by 1.1 GHz. Where the rMBP will really beat up the MBA is in the display.
The base models are about $300 apart. You will get SLIGHT portablity with the MBA over the rMBP but realistically I think you might be happier with the rMBP.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to Macabbo141)
Also, there is some refurbished MBPr at lower price tag than MBA. All come with 1 year warranty.
A friend of mine took one 2 weeks ago, you can't tell its not new.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2013 4:14 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
I am still a little bit on the fence though. Is there a possibility of a retina air?
The price of buying a new retina pro is just too high for me so I am not sure if i should go refurbished or get the air.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 26, 2013 4:35 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
I understand your hesitation, questioned myself a lot too. Today me and my work friend received our MBPr 15". Both of us ordered on monday. Both of us ordered refurbished and as been received flawless. My friend also ordered a refurbished 13" MBPr 1 months ago which was received without any scratch. You get full warranty and if product as scratch or anything you still have a free 14 days return program from Apple.
Now, I upgraded to retina from a MBA and the display is nothing to compare with. It is a crazy screen every other company must get to. Macbook air will eventualy be retina, but it is not sure if it will be now or next year and a what price tag ?. MBA retina would also probably kill MBPr 13" if nothing change in the actual layout.
Personnaly I would highly recommend getting a refurbished MBPr for the price of the Air. Especialy the link I posted earlier. You will save a lot, and get a full warranty product with a really nice retina display. I hate to say it, but my beloved MBA is just beside my MBPr at the moment im keying this reply, and its display look really bad compared to the retina one....
Get the refurbished MBPr 13"... you will save and be happy !
Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2013 6:45 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
Nice to ear that !! Im pretty convinced you will enjoy this laptop a lot. This retina IPS screen is candy and so much better than regular TN panel !!
Once you receive it, try a retention test on the display. Some retina screen are plagued with image retention. There is an unknown percentage of affected display. Don't go paranoid about this problem, like I did. Just make sure yours is not affected by this once you receive it. If it does show retention problem I would suggest to return it under the 14 tryout period of Apple. Other than that it is a keeper !
Use this test with recommended settings:
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 4:42 PM (in response to Attilas)
Okay, thanks for the info and the link. I will try this once I receive the macbook. Just a quick question... Did your refurb rMBP you just got come with mountain lion installed? I was just wondering if it comes with the newest software
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2013 5:25 PM (in response to Macabbo141)
Refurbished computer come with the OS version at release time of the computer.
Since Apple do a complete wipe on the refurbished device you will receive 1.8.2.
I allready purchased 1.8.3 on my Macbook Air so it updated my Pro free of charge. If you never purchased it you will have to.