1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Hi, I'm getting my first macbook, but I don't know which one to get.

    I will be using it mainly for school work and I just want a powerful and fast laptop and of course getting a lot out f my money. I'm kind of considering getting the pro non-retina 13", but are the retina 13" faster? And do both of them have an SSD? And what upgrades should I get?

    If I just give an example of the upgrades, which will be better and worth the money?:

    Macbook pro 13":
    2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM 2x4GB
    128GB Solid State Drive

    OR

    Macbook pro with Retina-display:
    2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM

    Please let me know if I even need these upgrades and which I just upgrade/downgrade

    I hope some of you can help me choose the right one :-)
    04-21-2014 10:07 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    If it were me, I'd go with the non-retina display version. You're getting more. Yes, the retina display looks gorgeous, but how many laptops have you worked on that didn't have a retina display but was more than sufficient?
    04-21-2014 10:19 AM
  3. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    The "problem" with the non retina MBP is that they were not updated last year with Haswell processors so they are still running 2012 processors. However for the vast majority of tasks that will still be fine and the non-retina MBP has the advantage of user upgradeable hard drive and ram.
    04-21-2014 10:40 AM
  4. pudmol's Avatar
    Would it be worth it to buy a macbook now, or would it be better to wait and see if anything better comes up soon?
    04-21-2014 10:59 AM
  5. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I'm a big fan of buying tech when you need it. There's always something better over the horizon. As for MBPs specifically, my guess is that the non retina ones will not get any upgrades and may be discontinued. The Airs were last updated at WWDC in June last year and there are rumors that the Airs may get a retina screen. The rMBP was last updated in Oct so it probably won't have any updates for a while.
    04-21-2014 12:22 PM
  6. pudmol's Avatar
    What's the difference between the 128 GB SSD in the non-retina and the flash drive in the retina?


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    04-21-2014 07:04 PM

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