Help Choosing the right macbook
Hello guys. i just reacently sold my 15inch classic 2012, it was very bulky and i do not DJ or produce music on it anymore. Focusing more on my college work (international business major) i decided to get a more portable macbook. but im faced with a couple of issues. first off going from 15 to 13 i might miss the screen estate as i still make flyers in photoshop and do some ableton live work.
The refurb 15inch 2012 retina (ive never had retina models remmeber my 15' classic was first macbook) can be had for 1450 on amazon, craiglist offerings and even 1599 on the apple refurb store.
my buddy has a maxed out feb 2013 ivy bridge model 13'. its got an i7, 8gb ram, 526 ssd. hes selling it to me for 1500. i jumped on this deal because he had 3 years of applecare. going to apple however revelaed his mom had canceled the policy so now im really just wondering if i should get option 3. however i saw the battery only had 4 charge cycles... its honestly brand new
option 3 is the mid grade haswell model. its only i5, 8gb ram and 256 ssd. with my friend's model i was going to dual boot windows and play a little league of legends (dota like game). but the battery life and extra sleekness of the october 2013 model is enticing. with 256gb ssd however i dont think i would be able to dual-boot . the good thing is with EDU pricing it can be had for $1399.
so as you can see i have boiled down to 3 options. i can get a workhorse 15in thats not too carry friendly ( i have to lug it around campus to library on trains ect) a maxed out 13in from the feb 2013 ivy bridge, or a mid range haswell. can anyone help me out here im going crazy lol. do you think black friday will have very good deals? are all these in retrospect even upgrades to me classic 15? the harddrive at 5400rpm was painfully slow i cant wait to experiance ssd and retina display... thank you all for your time.