macbook pro vs macbook pro with retina display

Shall I buy the 13" Macbook Pro or the equivalent with Retina Display.

I need it mainly for Microsoft Office, email and general internet search. Some iTunes uploading.

What are the pros and cons?

2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Either one has more than enough power on the hardware end to suit your needs, since MS office and web browsing are not very intensive tasks. I have both, and here is a collection of my random thoughts on the matter:

    Main advantages of retina over standard:
    1) Better screen (obviously)
    2) More RAM (when comparing base models)
    3) Solid state drive: very fast startup times for OS and applications
    4) Lighter and more portable: the retina model is about a pound lighter than the standard, and actually has a smaller footprint than the air. Very portable

    Main advantages of standard over retina:
    1) A lot cheaper
    2) It has a CD drive (This isn't important to me, but some people seem to need it)
    3) Bigger hard drive: the SSD on the retina is a lot faster than a standard hard drive, but can hold much less data (unless you have the money to upgrade the SSD size, which is a $200-900 upgrade at the apple store. If you don't mind carrying around an external drive, then this point is moot.
    4) Upgradable RAM: I do not believe you can install more RAM on the retina model, but you can on the standard.

    I actually installed an SSD on my standard macbook pro and upped the RAM to 8GB, and it is still cheaper than the retina base model. This is always an option to consider if the screen resolution isn't too important for you.

    I will conclude by saying this: I love my retina display, but there is an interesting thing I have noticed. You don't mind standard displays until you have owned a retina, and owning a retina makes you like standard displays less. If a retina display isn't too important to you, you can save a lot of money buying the standard. If the speed of the SSD and portability are important to you, then the retina will be a great purchase.

    As is often the case with these questions, which model you should buy really comes down to your budget and what is most important to you. If you have the time, go to an apple store and play with both.


    • Answered by Mitchell C from Corvallis
    • Oct 16, 2013
  • Here's the specs:

    CPU For MacBook Pro: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
    CPU For MacBook Pro Retina: 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    GPU For MacBook Pro: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    GPU For MacBook Pro Retina: Intel Iris Graphics
    RAM For MacBook Pro: 4GB (Base)
    RAM For MacBook Pro Retina: 8GB (Base)
    Storage For MacBook Pro: 500GB Hard Disc Drive @ 5400 rpm.
    Storage For MacBook Pro Retina: 128GB Solid State Drive (Base)
    Display For MacBook Pro: 1280 x 800 16:10 aspect ratio @ 110 PPI

    • Answered by Ryan F from Larkspur
    • Apr 10, 2015