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MacBook Pro - Retina or non-Retina for me?

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nharp0386
nharp0386
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I'm most likely getting a new MacBook Pro, but haven't yet decided on Retina or non-Retina. I am currently leaning towards the non-Retina.

I am a college student hoping to get into the Film program, and if I do, I will need a FireWire HDD (all Film students are required to have them), and I understand that only the non-Retina has the FireWire port. I also like the non-Retina's inclusion of an Ethernet port (used to set up wireless routers or in the rare hotels that lack Wi-Fi), audio line-in and line-out ports, and above all else, an optical drive. While I know that there are adapters that can provide the Retina with FireWire, Ethernet, line-in, and line-out connectivity, along with external optical drives, these are extra accessories that I'd have to buy, and would be a bit of a hassle to use (and transport if necessary) instead of having something built in to the laptop.

The Retina, on the other hand, has that amazing display. Unfortunately, I've read that applications that are not Retina-optimized actually look worse on the Retina display. I use many applications that would fall into that category, such as user-created programs and Firefox. I will need to run Windows in Boot Camp, which I've read conflicting reports about the appearance of (though this is prior to Windows 8 support in Boot Camp). The reduction in weight is definitely a plus. The HDMI port is nice, but I don't really see myself using it thanks to Apple TV. I like the stereo microphone system. It has the potential for more memory than the non-Retina (16 GB as opposed to 8 GB), as well as more flash storage (768 GB flash storage as opposed to a 512 GB SSD). The lack of upgradability and more expensive service due to the design is not really an issue; I would just make sure to order the system with excellent specs and purchase AppleCare to avoid the need to pay for potential battery replacements, etc.

I do not have a desktop, so I guess you could say that whatever I get will need to be a desktop replacement, but still portable enough, as I will be taking it with me to class (and elsewhere of course). As a prospective Film student, I will be doing a good deal of video editing (the Film program at my college teaches on Final Cut Pro). Other than that, I will be using it for web browsing, multimedia playback, taking notes in class, homework, and occasionally programming.

Given my usage of the computer, is the display of the Retina model, decrease in size/weight, stereo microphone system, and potentially better specs (more memory and more flash storage) really worth the lack of features that I want (and an increased cost, though that isn't a huge deal)? How much of an issue would I have with applications that aren't Retina-optimized, along with Windows?

Which MacBook Pro is right for me? As I said before, I'm thinking the non-Retina - particularly the 15" model with the antiglare display.

Thanks!

Posted 1 year ago
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hatryst
hatryst
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I haven't used a retina MBP yet, but if you're just listening to the people who say "oh the non-retina apps look so bad, SO BAD!",you should give it a shot. I mean, go to an Apple store, try both, try using a non-retina optimized app on it, and see if it's really bad (reviewers sometimes exaggerate stuff). By looking at your post, I've noticed that the only decision you need to make is retina vs non-retina (all else- storage, ports options, price concerns are okay). And this is something you need to CHECK and SEE to decide which one to get. Good luck!

Posted 1 year ago
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warlock
warlock
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https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4025556?start=15&tstart=0 hatryst is right see for yourself. You might want to read some comments from the Apple forum in this link to.

Posted 1 year ago
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owen123
owen123
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How big is your maximum Budget?

How Much would you like to spend?

Posted 1 year ago
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nharp0386
nharp0386
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Thanks for the replies, everyone!

@owen123: It's actually a Christmas gift from my parents, and I'm not really sure what they're willing to spend, but when I configured the 2 systems, there was only about a $400 difference in price.

Posted 1 year ago
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owen123
owen123
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Okay, Later today I will config some systems, to give you a better idea.

Posted 1 year ago
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nharp0386
nharp0386
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I had the ridiculous Apple price for the 512 GB SSD included in my configuration of the non-Retina. I know it's much cheaper to purchase and install a 3rd-party SSD, but it won't be included with your warranty, and you may have to remove it when you take your machine in to the Apple Store for service (and if the problem has to do with it or any of the files on it, then you're out of luck). Plus, although I don't see it happening with me, if you damage the system while replacing the drive, you void your warranty.

Plus, if I order it with the 512 GB SSD, then I won't have to make 2 different orders to 2 different companies, backup my old drive or make a bootable OS X USB drive, open the laptop and swap the drives, deal with restoring the backup or reinstalling OS X onto the new drive, keep the old drive, etc.

This laptop is a Christmas gift from my parents, so all things cost are up to them. I don't know if the difference between an Apple SSD and a 3rd-party one would be a big deal to them, and they may even prefer to pay extra for the Apple one for the sake of repairs and warranty (even though I've replaced drives in PCs many times before, they may not want me to do it in a brand-new system that I'm unfamiliar with and risk voiding the warranty on the expensive laptop that they bought me).

EDIT: I accidentally reported my own post. o_O

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