Right, so you’ve saved your pennies and now you’re ready to spend them on this year’s object of desire? But which one will suit you best? Gizmodo takes you through a few options.
2012 MacBook Pro Retina Buyer’s Guide
A memory-stuffed MacBook Air will be enough for most people, and it’s worth remembering that even if you order a new MacBook Pro Retina right now it’ll take a month to get to you…..so what to do?
As Gizmodo explains, if you’re the average Joe who isn’t rendering or doing any high-end editing, a MacBook Air with the dual core Ivy Bridge chip and 8GB of RAM will probably do you just fine. What you need (rather than want) is a bit more power behind your Diablo 3 runs with the discrete Nvidia video card, all wrapped up in that amazing retina screen.
So….. Get the 2.3GHz 16GB RAM 256GB SSD model at $2,400.
Why? SSD is a precious, AKA expensive, commodity now, but it’s also becoming less relevant as Cloud storage becomes more important. Google Drive, Dropbox and Skydrive are all helping to take the load off your hard drive, and these facilities work nicely with mobile internet solutions like tethering LTE phones and 4G dongles. If you’re looking for storage you’d be just as well advised to put them on a USB 3.0 7200RPM external hard drive. Spinning drives are, believe it or not, faster than SSDs for mass media storage.
As for the RAM? It’s soldered into this MacBook, so once you’ve made your mind up….. The jump from 8GB to 16GB is a mere $200, and it’s the RAM that you can feel the benefits of on a day-to-day basis. So go for it.
If, on the other hand, you’re a professional MacBook user who isn’t too fussed about the optical drive (NBD) or the Ethernet port (you might want to think carefully about this, though), then you might as well go all out on the 2.7GHz 16GB RAM SSD model. Apple’s price mark-ups on configurations have been quite hefty in the past, but now they’re much more in line with the market standards. It’s $500 to bump up to 768GB internal storage, which is par for the course, but the $250 leap in price for a 0.1GHz boost to 2.7GHz, which will sting you for a total of $3,500, might not be worth it.