It's been a while since I've had a laptop and the time has come to pull the trigger. I usually buy far more than what I need to stave off obsolescence as long as possible and looking at what's being offered now, it seems that should be pretty easy to do (I can't believe how far things have come since my Powerbook 140!)

I had my heart set on the 13 inch MBP with retina display and configured it as a BTO as follows:
2.8GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage

I went for the bump in speed, maxed out the ram (holy cow-- 16 gigs?) a TB of flash storage.

When I went to my local Apple Store, an associate told me that I should consider the 15 inch retina instead, explaining to me that it was a far better value due to the fact that it has a quad core i7 instead of a dual. He also pointed out that it is less than a pound more than it's smaller sibling. He figured the the 15 incher was a no brainer over the 13.

So I configured a BTO as follows:
2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
with 2GB GDDR5 memory

This is the thing: I have a pretty robust 2011 iMac for heavy lifting (crunching video etc). The purpose of the laptop will be for business on the road (which will require a lot of photoshop on the fly) as well as a lot of couch computing (web stuff). The truth is-- I probably don't need that much power for this machine but I'm so stuck in the mindset that I need to buy as much as I can afford (which is what we long time Mac users always needed to do as technology improved at such exponential rates). It doesn't need to be the baddest Mac on the block, but I don't want it to feel like a dog either after having become used to a 3.4 i7 operating apps that reside on a solid state drive.

I searched the web to see what apps were optimized for quad core processing and could find none.

I guess all I've written her may be distilled down to one simple question: Does a quad i7 make that much of a difference in day to days tasks?

I know there's a lot for ranting and rambling going on here-- so thanks for sifting though it all!

Edited by Jashue (01/31/14 07:52 PM)