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Old Feb 21st, 2014, 04:18 PM   #11
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Well, that's it Paddy. I need space more than anything. But my other side would not mind some speed. But i'm using a 2009 MacBook Pro and want to spend as little as possible on it as I'd have to justify keeping it, and my back would not allow it!

I'm setting my sights on maybe going 13" Air loaded up. I'm running 1920 across right now, and don't think I can do anything below 1440. BUT i could be tempted to go 13 MBP, the one right before the rMBP. BUT that resolution of 1280... ARGH.... I also feel that I need more than 8G of ram (Creative Cloud and basic coding), but I'm not sure i want to lay out $2k+ for a lap seeing that I have to order all upfront. Which is also why I'm trying to not spend to much on this lap.... I just hate carrying this 17". Seriously. But it's still working sorta well. So can't be all that mad....
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Old Feb 21st, 2014, 09:05 PM   #12
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I don't think you'd find an Air ideal for CC apps - mostly because of the screen. Fully loaded with a 1.7GHz processor, 512GB drive, 8GB of RAM and you're looking at $1849 before tax.

It weighs just half a pound less than the top of the line 13" i5 Retina MBP, which is also $1849 with the same amount of RAM and same SSD, similar Geekbench scores to the Air and a MUCH better screen. And you can upgrade the RAM to 16GB with the MBP for another $200, which you cannot do with the Air.

There is a lovely 13" in the refurb store right now for a cool $400 off the full price:

Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display - Apple Store (Canada)

The i7 is less than 5% faster than the i5; for most of us, the 1TB flash drive and the 16GB of RAM are the more useful upgrades.

Having owned a Retina since last summer, I'd never willingly go back to one of the older displays. Of course, this is making me want a better monitor for the Mac Pro too...
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Old Feb 27th, 2014, 04:35 AM   #13
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that's some good advice there Pads. Sounds like i'll just need to just stash the cash slowly but surely. And the funny thing is that when the new 13 rMBP came out, I was rooting for it on a size level since it was ever so slightly heavier than the Air and better specs.

These new configs have me doing circles. But it's a tough call having come from the old Mac ways of being able to config things ourselves.
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