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    Default MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    So here's my "dilemma":

    I'm a HUGE Mac fan. Right now I'm using an iPad 3, iPad mini, iPhone 5 (personal cell), iPhone 4S (work cell-provided by work), 2 Apple TVs, AirPort Extreme, 20" iMac and a 13" MacBook Air.

    I like having both the iMac and the MacBook Air, but have found myself lately just utilizing my Air and not using the iMac as much. What would y'all do? Keep the two computers, or sell both of them and get a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display? I've talked myself into and out of each of the options so many times it's not funny.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    I am thinking the same thing... I have a 17" MacBook Pro still and it's working fine. but sluggish at times... Would be nice for a upgrade.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    The retina screen is fabulous. I'd go for it especially since you aren't using the iMac much. And since all the retinas only have SSDs you get that speed advantage as well. The only issue is if you will miss having an optical drive. For myself, I just have a USB DVD drive for those rare times I need one (ripping Disney movies for my kids).
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    I would sell the old ones and get retina. That's the current top of the line and it will be good for you for years to come.


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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    The Retina MBP is a sweet ride...but it comes at a premium. See what you can get for the two computers, and then see what the out-of-pocket cost is... As Karen said, the screen is amazing... a no-brainier if you can handle the sticker shock. (And the 13" model is not a painful to the wallet as the 15" model).
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Best Buy has a 2 day sale on the MacBook Pro line this weekend:

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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fausty82 View Post
    Best Buy has a 2 day sale on the MacBook Pro line this weekend:

    Yeh I also Posted this here someplace...lol and am going this weekend to check it out and play with them. Will post More Monday if I jump on one. Wait they might not like that, If I buy one. Leaning to a 13" or 15".
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarr40 View Post
    Yeh I also Posted this here someplace...lol and am going this weekend to check it out and play with them. Will post More Monday if I jump on one. Wait they might not like that, If I buy one. Leaning to a 13" or 15".
    I remembered reading that, but wasn’t sure what thread... thought I’d mention it here for anyone else thinking of "jumping on one".
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    I'm thinking about it as we'll, I'm just waiting to see the new macs. My 13" pro is 3.5 years old. Not a problem with it. I just want something new. I'm considering selling it as I've upgraded the ram to 8GB and HDisk to 1TB. Should subsidize some of the cost of my new Mac.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    The screen looks great, I would if I could.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    I'm thinking about buying a Retina MacBook Pro too. I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro 13" that just needs to be replaced soon. I need a workhorse for video editing.


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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    I got the Retina Pro, and believe me its WORTH EVERY PENNY.
    I was in the same dilemma as you, and i honestly wasn't planning on wasting any money on Retina display, but it's WAY WAY better than my previous Pro. Its cooler, doesn't have any issues, the keyboard feels better for some reason, the screen resolution is EXCELLENT, the screen is vibrant, and overall its AMAZING.
    Eventhough its slightly costly, its completely worth it.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Coming from an early 2011 MBP to a retina model, i wasn't 100% satisfied...it's a fantastic machine and the screen's picture is just phenomenal, but the computer feels just as heavy (if not more) than my 2011 did, and I miss the cheap upgrades.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Simple answer from me. Yes

    I've been using a Mac Mini and a MacBook Air for the last couple years, and the display on the rMBP alone makes me happy to be using one. Feel like I'm scratching my retinas out when I go back to the MBA!
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    What year are the MacBook Air and iMac?

    I wouldn't sell both to just get the retina MacBook Pro and not have any cash left over. That would be a ripoff to me, id you had a few hundred left over then I would say yeah.

    I love my 13" retina MacBook Pro, the screen is awesome but at the same time it wasn't a lot better than my mid 2012 MacBook Pro but I got a great deal on it so I jumped on it.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    They're late 2011 models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mab4285 View Post
    They're late 2011 models.
    Do you still use the iMac? Or do you use the MacBook Air more?

    What are you trying to get out of them both?

    Only you can decide but honestly I don't think you will be disappointed. The retina MacBook Pro is really nice.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    If the iMac isn't getting much use then I'd say go for it, but if there are others in the house using it, ten you might want to keep it around because you won't want to share the retina MacBook Pro.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Lol. It's just me in my apartment. :-)
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfedude88 View Post
    Do you still use the iMac? Or do you use the MacBook Air more?

    What are you trying to get out of them both?

    Only you can decide but honestly I don't think you will be disappointed. The retina MacBook Pro is really nice.
    I honestly RARELY use the iMac (used more to justify having it than actual use). I'm thinking I can probably get about $800 for each, which with an academic discount (since I work for a University) and selling my Nikon DSLR (which I don't use much either) I can comfortably be in the upper level MBP with Retina cost category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mab4285 View Post
    I honestly RARELY use the iMac (used more to justify having it than actual use). I'm thinking I can probably get about $800 for each, which with an academic discount (since I work for a University) and selling my Nikon DSLR (which I don't use much either) I can comfortably be in the upper level MBP with Retina cost category.
    Yeah then it wouldn't be too bad.

    That discount will be nice. Also I would check with amazon as well. They generally have theirs on sale.

    Good luck and enjoy.
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    I found an open box 13" at best buy for $1175.99. I'm going to check it out when I get into the area where it's at. I'm hoping to be able to get it. I want a better computer than my 4 year old MacBook Pro.


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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    It's retina screen but compromised with a little harddrive and little ability to upgrade. The 13" seems even worse with no video card or quad core. Some of that has to improve first IMO. If I had to buy one i'd grab the 15" one off the apple refurb store online.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    Quote Originally Posted by cardfan View Post
    It's retina screen but compromised with a little harddrive and little ability to upgrade. The 13" seems even worse with no video card or quad core. Some of that has to improve first IMO. If I had to buy one i'd grab the 15" one off the apple refurb store online.
    I wouldn't say the hard drive is compromised. Yes it's smaller than a standard platter based hard drive, but you get the blazing speed of an SSD. And for many people 256GB is more than enough space.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro with Retina: Should I take the plunge?

    True with the capacity to upgrade, but the hard drive really isn't an issue for me. Most of my media is in iTunes with an iTunes match subscription. For documents and files, I've got my own mini network set up at home with an airport extreme with a 750GB HD and a 2TB HD hooked up to it. For other storage, I use dropbox/skydrive, so it's really not an issue. I'm not a video editor or RAW photo editor, so I really don't need a massive hard drive.
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