Should You Buy the MacBook Pro with Retina Display?


Apple brought out their next generation MacBook Pro, the first OS X system to go Retina. Between all the pro-Apple love and anti-Apple hate, it gets confusing as to whether or not you should actually purchase one, especially if you’re in the market for a new laptop. You could call this laptop a genius stroke of engineering or simply a pretty face, but ultimately, why should you buy this laptop?

Look at the graphic above. If you can decipher it, you should buy it. If you’re interested in doing high-level video editing/production or high-level photography, it’s a no brainer. Once all the professional apps are updated, and they will be, very little other systems will offer the real estate needed to see exactly what you’re outputting while having access to all the information needed to tweak it endlessly.

What if you’re a gamer? Apple showcased Diablo 3 in their announcement, so obviously, this laptop must be a gaming juggernaut, right? Normally, Macs are good, not great, with gaming. As long as you’re willing to either run Windows under Boot Camp or deal with your laptop’s screen, you can get decent gaming performance out of it. All reviews of the new MacBook Pro point to these same conclusions, so if you want to game, you’re better off waiting for the later Macs to be upgraded to Retina.

For everyone else, from programmers to writers, waiting would be the best thing. Regardless of this wonderful laptop, it is a first generation product, and from now on, they can only improve on it. I’m writing this post on an early-2011 MacBook Pro, and it’s still performing wonderfully for all my tasks. As a budding video editor, I’d love that Retina display, but I’ve got a good two years left out of this baby. In two years, all the Macs will not only be updated to Retina display, but their innards will be just as jaw-dropping as the visible screen.

Should you buy the MacBook Pro? If you’re a Pro, get it now. If not, patience will only help.


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