Which MacBook model is right for me (your typical suburban middle-aged dude)?
July 3, 2012 11:19 AM Subscribe
Should I (a regular old computer user) get the Retina MacBook Pro? Or will the regular old MBP be sufficiently futureproof?
posted by AgentRocket to technology (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My family has a four year old iMac that we are ready to replace, and we are going to get a MacBook Pro. We use the computer for average everyday type stuff, like Office applications, internet browsing, Quicken, etc. Our media editing/storage is through iPhoto and iMovie. We stream movies and music from iTunes to our Apple TV. Pretty basic stuff - no Photoshop, or hardcore gaming, or true video editing (outside of a piano recital or two).
We are deciding between the Retina model and the regular model. I don't like to unnecessarily spend money but assume that the budget is not important. In favor of the Retina model: (a) I want this computer to last me at least four years if possible, so the more advanced the better, (b) I am already going to drop over $2K on the thing so what's another few hundred bucks, (c) it is more lightweight I think the HD is more reliable, and (d) all reviews say that it is really really great. In favor of not: (a) the new MBP is sufficiently sophisticated that it should get me through four years no trouble, (b) the Retina display is supposedly gorgeous but I don't do enough high-resolution stuff on the computer to justify the premium, (c) an optical drive is a nice thing to have, particularly for ripping the kids' DVDs for easy travel/streaming, and (d) a few hundred bucks is a lot of money.
Some part of me feels like I'd be stupid to buy anything but the most advanced option if I am not coming back for several years. But some other part of me feels like I'd be stupid to buy the Retina (and give up the DVD drive) if the only real benefit is that it looks prettier. Your advice is much appreciated.