Which MacBook Retina should you buy?

7 thoughts on “Which MacBook Retina should you buy?”

  1. It’s not about “who you ask”, it’s about “what you do”. If you are going to hack code, you might need an editor, debugger, web page all up at once. The 15″ Retina in scaled/high res mode (screw the retina nonsense) is the way to go. When you are done hacking and just surfing and dealing with email then drop back into retina mode.

    1. That is a fair point @mark. Since I edit multiple documents at the same time it is very helpful and useful to me. I love that I can browse and email or make notes at the same time.

  2. Does the 13″ suffer from the same image retention problems the 15″ did? I returned two of those before giving up and getting a 13″ Air. And get this… I use it primarily to develop software. It’s a whole lot easier to travel with, that’s for sure.

  3. I went from a 2011 – 17″ MBP to the 15″ Retina, and I love it. No ghosting, and the 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD means no compromises. I have enough disk space to setup a 100GB bootcamp partition for gaming (X-Com, Far Cry 3, Dishonored, all run great), plus a 64GB windows 8 install in Parallels with lots of space left for a ton of apps and data, without having to constantly prune files.

    The quad-core processor is great for converting movies and TV shows for my iPad / home server.

    I miss the extra USB port though. One USB for my external keyboard and one for the time machine backup drive, and I’m stuck with no ports for another external drive or USB sticks. There must be space to stick in a couple of more USB ports Apple!

    MKS

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