1. Let’s just face it. Who really needs a powerful laptop anymore? The iPad took care of that problem didn’t it? I can’t blame you if the retina display on the new 15 inch MacBook Pro has your mouth watering, but it’s simply not practical for most people. Retina displays are the wave of the future. It won’t take long before they’re practically standard. If you’re one of the few who still need a powerful laptop, keep reading.
2. The Retina display is glorious. You can practically hear the angels sing, but is it necessary? Unless you’re a content creator dealing in high resolution images and HD content, where are you going to get the content to show off your gorgeous new display? If you’re just interested in typical laptop use, the retina display won’t really make a difference to you. Mac developers probably aren’t going to rush to create content and application support for one model, especially one that won’t be owned by many people. Most early adopters don’t mind living at the fringe, but do you?
3. If the display is the must have feature for you, consider this. Apple says the new retina display reduces glare by 75 percent when compared to the other glossy MacBook Pro displays. When you use your device on the go, you realize exactly how valuable a non glossy display is when you’re trying to work. If you picked up the regular Macbook Pro sans Retina display you’ll be able to upgrade your unit to a matte screen for 100 percent less glare. This feature isn’t available on the Retina MacBook Pro and the glare will cramp your style.
4. If you’ve decided the Macbook Pro with the Retina Display is your one true love, think about upgrading at the register. You can’t wait around to get more RAM. The new MacBook Pro with Retina display starts at $2,199 and can cost as much as $3,749 with all the bells and whistles. It is awesome that you can install as much as 16GB of RAM! It will cost you an extra $200 though. Ouch! The laptop comes with 8 GB which should be enough for the average user, but this isn’t a device that is intended for the average user. You really can’t get back inside the Retina MacBook Pro once you’ve bought it.
5. If you’re stuck between the regular MacBook Pro and the MacBook Pro with Retina display take a look at the processors. If you want the 300MHz upgrade on the Retina MBP, it’s going to cost another $600! The standard MBP upgrade is not so daunting.
6. If you’ve been an Apple person for years, you’ll know that first-generation technology comes with its share of glitches. MacLife mentions the following products: “The MacBook Air had fan and overheating issues, the PowerBook G4 Titanium suffered from faulty hinges and paint peeling, and G3 iBook users had display and logic board troubles.” If you’re deciding between the standard MacBook Pro and the Retina, this might be another reason to go standard. Those MacBooks are glitch free.
7. There isn’t an optical drive either, so if that matters to you, think about it.
8. There also isn’t a Firewire 800 and Ethernet port and an adapter costs $29. For this sacrifice you do get a Thunderbolt and HDMI port though.
9. Disk Space is going to become important if you’re deciding between a Macbook Pro Retina or the standard MBP. The Retina has an SSD, so you sacrifice speed for space. The about of space is a pretty big deal — 750GB vs. 256GB. You can expand the memory with a SDXC card, but the larger sizes can be expensive.
10. This last point comes from Buster over at Cult of Mac who asked the most real question:
If you’re debating whether or not you should buy the MacBook Pro with Retina display, then ask yourself this question:
I spend most of my computer time:
A) Watching cat videos
B) Sharing cat videos on Facebook
C) Writing about cat videos on my blog
D) Creating cat videos while on an African Safari
If your answer was either A, B, or C, then you probably don’t need a MacBook Pro with Retina display.
No one questions that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is a home run for Apple, but it is important to consider whether or not it’s really the one for you.