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I agree, price drops are a good thing. I'm personally not a fan of Apple laptops (although I love my IPad Mini) but my daughter and wife (and other members of my family) love them. I can't fault the build quality or the screen. My issue lies more in the Apple OS than in the actual hardware.

I prefer my Asus ultrabook but I have to say that I would trust dropping a macbook pro and having it survive over doing so with my Asus laptop. Also the backlit keyboard is a great feature that I am lacking.
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I got super excited for this. I'm really happy prices went down 200 on 13 and 250 on 15 retinas, I've been wanting one now 13' is sure buy unless I decide to go for the 15' which I probably will. Hope the 2013 line wont raise the prices agian.

If you’re a student, I'd try and wait for June/July for the better incentives to kick in if you can. I went with the 15'' for the discrete GPU and larger screen. Most of the time I use a tool called gfxStatus to force the integrated GPU to be used when I'm on battery power, and then use he nvidia when it's on a charger.
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I agree, price drops are a good thing. I'm personally not a fan of Apple laptops (although I love my IPad Mini) but my daughter and wife (and other members of my family) love them. I can't fault the build quality or the screen. My issue lies more in the Apple OS than in the actual hardware.

I prefer my Asus ultrabook but I have to say that I would trust dropping a macbook pro and having it survive over doing so with my Asus laptop. Also the backlit keyboard is a great feature that I am lacking.

The iPad Mini is awesome. I got my mom one for her birthday and it is only the 2nd present I've given her where she genuinely loved and enjoyed in my entire history of giving her gifts. 99% of the things I buy her gets returned or exchanged. Clothes? Don't even try. Perfume? Smells bad! Jewelry? Too expensive! Gift cards? Probably re-gifted. I think she gave me back an Amazon gift card I gave her once.... I gave her this iPad Mini and she was using it whenever she had the chance. She was ecstatic that she could fit it in her handbag (while the iPod Touch I got her would fit as well, she complained the screen was too small) and take it wherever she want. I am personally content with my iPad 3rd Generation though. biggrin.gif

As far as the Apple OS issue, why not just put Windows on it?
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The iPad Mini is awesome. I got my mom one for her birthday and it is only the 2nd present I've given her where she genuinely loved and enjoyed in my entire history of giving her gifts. 99% of the things I buy her gets returned or exchanged. Clothes? Don't even try. Perfume? Smells bad! Jewelry? Too expensive! Gift cards? Probably re-gifted. I think she gave me back an Amazon gift card I gave her once.... I gave her this iPad Mini and she was using it whenever she had the chance. She was ecstatic that she could fit it in her handbag (while the iPod Touch I got her would fit as well, she complained the screen was too small) and take it wherever she want. I am personally content with my iPad 3rd Generation though. biggrin.gif

As far as the Apple OS issue, why not just put Windows on it?

putting windows on a macbook kills battery life IF it has an external gpu. because bootcamp does not allow gpu switching
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putting windows on a macbook kills battery life IF it has an external gpu. because bootcamp does not allow gpu switching

That stinks... Good to know that in case I ever want to install Windows.
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Also a few of the BTO options dropped in price I believe. Noticed the 512GB SSD add-on is now $300 (very close to actual pricing) whereas I think it was $500 before. I also think the 16GB RAM upgrade also dropped in price as I thought the high-end model had 8GB as stock, but could have been mistaken.

I know I'll be getting the new 15" Haswell model this summer when it comes out in the next few months, but this is looking nice with my student discount. Been itching for a new MacBook for the past 2 years, but due to unforeseen expenses, its been pushed every time until the next product cycle. My aluminum MacBook is going to be on year 4 in March, performance-wise, it's still runs great with OS X 10.8, but trying to do the tasks I want it to do for school, it doesn't have the power anymore and I also need a bigger screen for picture editing than this 13".
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macbook definately nice no other laptop can match its build quality, there is one in my home but its not mine just sitting idle while all the work is been done on plasticky windows laptop lol
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If you’re a student, I'd try and wait for June/July for the better incentives to kick in if you can. I went with the 15'' for the discrete GPU and larger screen. Most of the time I use a tool called gfxStatus to force the integrated GPU to be used when I'm on battery power, and then use he nvidia when it's on a charger.
Yes, I'm IT student and I would like the larger screen and gpu but I'm a little worried. How did you run it on the HD4000 which supports max 1600p but the mac is 1800p? Also it has to run on the 650m all the time, doesn't it make noise? Even my current HDD in my laptop is pretty disturbing and I cant >almost< hear it
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If you’re a student, I'd try and wait for June/July for the better incentives to kick in if you can. I went with the 15'' for the discrete GPU and larger screen. Most of the time I use a tool called gfxStatus to force the integrated GPU to be used when I'm on battery power, and then use he nvidia when it's on a charger.
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Yes, I'm IT student and I would like the larger screen and gpu but I'm a little worried. How did you run it on the HD4000 which supports max 1600p but the mac is 1800p? Also it has to run on the 650m all the time, doesn't it make noise? Even my current HDD in my laptop is pretty disturbing and I cant >almost< hear it

both windows and osx support 1800p games for macbook pro retina, i don't know why or how. i guess maybe it comes down to software support, that only exist specifically for the rmbp? imo there is no point because the performance loss is not worth it.
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