I had added a post for your suggestions regarding new retina Macbook about a year ago here here.
My main requirements on Macbook other then java development is photography or to say using photography tools.
I did not purchase it immediately as I wanted to wait for initially for 3-4 months and check if there are any problems in this new retina Macbook .
It has almost been 1 year now and I am still not able to decide about new retina displays as there are still known hardware issues with retina displays.
For example at least 2 of my friends who have rMBP have flickered effect when the are watching movies/youtube/netflix on fullscreen.They actually went to apple stores and had their mac books replaced but still face the same problem.
The apple team told them that this is hardware issue with screens.Other issue is flickered effect when viewing photos using iPhoto software .
So, after almost a year now,even though I would like to purchase rMBP 15", I now have a feeling I would have to settle with MBP 15" (non retina) . This is where the confusion for me is starting.
rMBP is anytime better than normal MBP due to its resolution/retina display and as I do a lot of photography this resolutions matters to me .
But if the hardware problem is still present in rMBP , I would have to think twice before investing $$ in new rMBP.
So I have following options :
1. I have option of waiting for another 1-2 months and hope hardware problems for rMBP would be solved .
2. For the same amount I would pay for 15" rMBP , I can purchase non retina MBP and update RAM/Memory/Graphics card .
I wanted suggestions from our Ranchers who have recently brought rMBP 15". Are there any problems with video viewing /iPhoto software ?
Would it be better and wait till rMBP new lines are launched or hardware updated are fixed ?
Also, refurbished Macbooks are available on Apple. Have anyone of you purchased from here and if yes what are pro/cons of purchasing refurbished Macbooks.Recently I came across this website MacMall which has perky discount on Macbook Pro lines . Have anyone of you purchased macbook from this website site?
I apologize for writing such a long thread , but I want expert suggestions from all of our fellow Ranchers. Please let me know your valuable suggestions .
Thank you very much Bear , as usual for your very useful insight
Bear also a small suggestion needed from you . As refurbished Macbook cannot be customized , and in case I decide to go for normal Macbook is following customized configuration enough for photography/video editing along with running java/j2ee environment and eclipse IDE with WebSphere server ?
15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
8GB (2 x 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
750GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
Most folks doing serious photography work find a laptop's screen to be too small. The alternative is easy: get an external display. You can get a very nice 23" monitor for very little. Its great to use Aperture or Lightroom with the controls and tools on your laptop's screen with the photo on a great big monitor.
I picked up a ViewSonic that can rotate from landscape to portrait, which is great for photos.
My boss works on an Apple Air with a huge 30" Cinema display. Very nice.