Wondering if someone can provide some feedback on the MacBook Pro 2012 13 inch i5 2.5ghz 500gb 4gb ram MD101/LLA? I recently purchased one of these laptops from Best Buy for $1,049 on a bit of an impulse buy cause it was on sale for $50 off. It has remained in my studio, unopened for 4 days now. I am kind of second guessing my purchase.....
I have always wanted a MBP but so far I have been content to use my IPad for mobile production. I have a I7 Mac Mini 500 gb ssd and 16gb ram in my studio, so MBP won't be my primary computer. I plan to use the MBP as a Traktor rig as well as working on projects on the couch, backyard etc...maybe record some guitar tracks too.
I am now considering taking this MBP back to Best Buy in favour of a refurb 2012 15 inch i7 2.3. This will cost me $1449, around $400 more than the 13 inch.
Typically my projects hover around 30 tracks, I use very few VSTs but a lot of Live's built in FX & instruments I run Reason 7 and Korg Legacy plugins.... 32bit. And I would like option to run Rewire as well and may buy a copy of logic x to mess with.
I already plan on upgrading the 500gb drive in either MBP to a 256 Samsung EVO ssd(cost me $149 on sale) and 16gb RAM which will increase performance on either machine. I already know that 4gb ram and 5400 RPM drives will not cut it
I guess what I'm saying is will the 15 inch i7 be worth the extra $400 over the 13 inch i5 in terms of performance?
I don't want to drop extra $$$ if I don't need to but I defiantly don't want to buy a machine that's going to bottom out on me in a few months. The 15 inch i7 has same chip as my i7 Mac Mini, which is great performance wise.
Anyone have experience with the 13 inch 2012 i5 2.5 w upgraded ssd and 16 gb ram?
FYI...I have no interest in a Retina model, I don't want to drop $2000 and I need firewire, ethernet, ability to upgrade.....