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#1 offroadaaron

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 15:35

Okay so I've currently got a 15" MBPr and a 11" MBA and I'll probably end up getting Rid of the MBA over an oversea trip I'm completing soon.

 

Work pays for my laptops every few years and I'm due for one soon (a month or so).

 

I don't want to get a Windows laptop because the trackpads are horrible and I'm always using my laptop on my lap or while I'm carrying my laptop round or in places where there's no room for a mouse.

 

Anyways I like the MBPr for the screen space (resolution) and the 16GB of RAM but the MBA for how compact it is. I carry my laptop around everywhere (everywhere) and I'm leaning towards a MBPr but I'm wondering if it's going too heavy.... I currently lug my 15" MBPr everywhere is and it's massively heavy.

 

1.57 vs 1.35kg hmmmmm.....




#2 Mr.XXIV

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 15:41

Okay so I've currently got a 15" MBPr and a 11" MBA and I'll probably end up getting Rid of the MBA over an oversea trip I'm completing soon.

 

Work pay for my laptops every few years and I'm due for one soon (a month or so).

 

I don't want to get a Windows laptop because the trackpads are horrible and I'm always using my laptop on my lap or while I'm carrying my laptop round or in places where there's no room for mice.

 

Anyways I like the MBPr for the screen space (resolution) and the 16GB of RAM but the MBA for how compact it is. I carry my laptop around everywhere (everywhere) and I'm leaning towards a MBPr but I'm wondering if it's going too heavy.... I currently carry my 15" MBPr everywhere is and it's massively heavy.

 

1.57 vs 1.35kg hmmmmm.....

 

Wouldn't think that a retina would be heavy, but you're lucky about the fact that it's lighter than most Windows laptops in general. But as far as when you can get the Macbook, next month may be the conference for Apple and hopefully they do announce the performance enhancements. So personally, I'd wait til then. But because this is work related, you probably just care about what gets done and any current MPBr can handle your needs. Heck, a 13" may be suitable if weight is a problem.

 

If you're worried about carrying the laptop, I recommend getting a backpack (for example if you haven't already have something to carry it with) meant for carrying books and the Macbook specifically, either at the Apple store or on Amazon (where the same item may hopefully be found for cheaper).

 

http://store.apple.c...ck&fh=36c2+30c7



#3 Unksi

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 15:42

I'd say, after carrying a 17", 3.5kg laptop around for a year... anything that is 15" or smaller and less than 2 kg is good. To take it the other way around, since you are talking about 200 grams of difference, would you really notice the difference? Both laptops are quite light.

 

If I were to choose, I would probably point my attention towards the amount of screen real estate (how much things you can fit into the screen and how much space you need for them to work comfortably) + any difference around the specs that might affect your working (such as having enough RAM).



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Posted 25 August 2014 - 23:51

Retina without question. Why step  backwards in an amazing screen resolution for such a small weight difference.



#5 OP offroadaaron

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Posted 25 August 2014 - 23:57

I'd say, after carrying a 17", 3.5kg laptop around for a year... anything that is 15" or smaller and less than 2 kg is good. To take it the other way around, since you are talking about 200 grams of difference, would you really notice the difference? Both laptops are quite light.

 

Unfortunately I will notice the difference as I will literally be carrying the laptop at certain points for 4-5 hours in my hands. I've been doing this with the 15" and afterwards my arm is numb pretty much.

 

 

Also forgot about having to monitors in the office so Retina will most likely be the go.



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Posted 10 September 2014 - 12:41

Unfortunately I will notice the difference as I will literally be carrying the laptop at certain points for 4-5 hours in my hands. I've been doing this with the 15" and afterwards my arm is numb pretty much.

 

 

Also forgot about having to monitors in the office so Retina will most likely be the go.

Lol you need to work out more. Seriously go for the retina. There is no reason to get an air especially if someone else is paying for it.



#7 OP offroadaaron

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Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:30

Lol you need to work out more. Seriously go for the retina. There is no reason to get an air especially if someone else is paying for it.

 

LOL you try carrying a laptop for 5-7 hours straight in your arms and let me know how you go.



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Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:42

Unfortunately I will notice the difference as I will literally be carrying the laptop at certain points for 4-5 hours in my hands. I've been doing this with the 15" and afterwards my arm is numb pretty much.

 

 

Also forgot about having to monitors in the office so Retina will most likely be the go.

 

You know they invented this thing called "the bag" a while ago which can be carried over the shoulder, right?



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Posted 04 October 2014 - 12:17

I have exactly the same setup as the op - the 15" rMBP for home, and an 11" MBA for work (with an external display).

 

I got the 11" MBA since, after carrying my 15" around for a while (even in a bag) I decided I needed something lighter. I don't notice the air in my bag, but with the MBP my bag feels considerably heavier.

 

The screen on the MBP is nice, but it's a lot of laptop to carry around all day every day. For that reason I'd go for the air.



#10 Mr Nom Nom's

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 01:19

Personally I'd get a MacBook Pro 13" but up the top 13" to 16GB and an i7 CPU for longevity - that is the formula that I'm going for when I upgrade once Broadwell is released and Apple refreshes their line up.



#11 OP offroadaaron

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 09:06

You know they invented this thing called "the bag" a while ago which can be carried over the shoulder, right?

 

Oh thanks for that advice, but how do I put my computer in my bag and work on it at the same time (doing wireless surveying)?

 

I literally need carry my computer while complete wireless surveying, which can anywhere from 2 hours to 7 hours a day.



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 13:18

 

I literally need carry my computer while complete wireless surveying, which can anywhere from 2 hours to 7 hours a day.

 

well then...  the air is better, since the weight of the laptop seems to be the most important to you?



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Posted 05 October 2014 - 14:11

I have the 13" rMBP, and I love it. I have to carry it around a few hours a day as well. It is without question the best laptop I have ever owned.

 

OP: Just out of curiosity, is the wireless surveying app you use available for the iPad? If so, that would be a great solution for you!

 

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#14 OP offroadaaron

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 06:45

OP: Just out of curiosity, is the wireless surveying app you use available for the iPad? If so, that would be a great solution for you!

 

I don't think so and if it is it'll be an extra cost and most-likely a cut down version. I was thinking maybe a Surface Pro 3 and a MBPr but I'm not sure how good the pen's are as it needs to fairly accurate otherwise my work becomes a pain.



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Posted 07 October 2014 - 19:53

Unfortunately I will notice the difference as I will literally be carrying the laptop at certain points for 4-5 hours in my hands. I've been doing this with the 15" and afterwards my arm is numb pretty much.

 

 

Also forgot about having to monitors in the office so Retina will most likely be the go.

 

We've got a MBA at home. Super light. And also a great machine. If you don't need the extra RAM you'll get with a Pro, I'd go for the portability of the Air.