1. vegas2014's Avatar
    I would like to buy the 13'' MacBook Pro with Retina Display base model (128 gb ssd\8GB ram) and i want to hear some advice about it!

    right now i have a mid-2011 iMac 2,5 GHz with 12 GB of ram, the retina macbook would be a good replacement (mostly in terms of ram) or should i buy a more equipped version?

    12-25-2015 06:46 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    1. Are you considering the MacBook Pro because of portability?
    2. Do you need more than the iMac you currently have?
    3. The MacBook Pro you mentioned should be more than sufficient, in my opinion, but if you can get 16 GBs of RAM, that would be even better.
    12-25-2015 12:03 PM
  3. Algus's Avatar
    I think you will be disappointed by the storage space in the 128 GB model. It is very slim and you will fill it up fast. Apps for OS X are much larger than apps for iOS. If you're interested in storing media locally, HD video and audio take up a ton of space as well.

    Depending on what you do with your computer, a new Pro will probably seem faster than an older iMac thanks to the flash memory used in the MacBooks. Storage space is a lot smaller but load times are very quick. It's unlikely you'll miss the extra 4 GB of RAM but if you frequently multi-task or use memory intense apps (Logic Pro with lots of plugins, virtual machines, etc.) you may notice the MacBook not keeping up the way the iMac can under heavy load.

    If your iMac is a quad-core CPU, you are potentially giving up significant CPU performance (Quad-Core Sandy Bridge still compares favorably to dual-core Broadwell). Again though, it depends on what you are doing. Basic tasks (office work, web browsing, media) require so little CPU power that a dual-core is just as useful as a quad-core CPU.
    12-25-2015 02:04 PM
  4. Channan's Avatar
    If you realize you need more storage after you go with the 128GB model, you can always go with something like the Nifty MiniDrive (below is a link to another brand for $25) and a 128GB microSD card for about $50 to store media on without something sticking out from the side of your computer.

    12-25-2015 09:10 PM

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