If you're planning on buying a MacBook Pro, you'll probably notice that there is one lonely non-Retina MacBook Pro left available from the Apple Store. It probably won't be long before the non-Retina MacBook Pro gets discontinued, but there are several reasons why you might want to buy it instead of one of the newer MacBook models. Here are four reasons to buy the non-Retina MacBook Pro.
UPDATE: Apple updated its MacBook Pro line-up on 29 July 2014, giving all of its Retina models a processor boost and giving some of them more base RAM. This update also meant price cuts of up to £200, with the non-Retina MacBook Pro now £899 instead of £999.
It's interesting to see that, despite the update, Apple has decided not to discontinue the non-Retina MacBook Pro. It's clear that the company knows there is some value in the model, which appeals to some consumers for the reasons listed here. In a press release sent out to announce the update, Apple said that the non-Retina MacBook pro is "a very popular system with Windows switchers."
Why to buy the non-Retina MacBook Pro: Price
Our first reason is the obvious one – the non-Retina MacBook Pro is £100 cheaper than the lowest priced Retina MacBook Pro. It's still £899, so not quite as cheap as the MacBook Air, but you'll get much more power from the non-Retina MacBook Pro than you will from the MacBook Air.
In fact, the non-Retina MacBook Pro has more storage space than both the £999 and £1,199 model of the MacBook Pro with Retina display.
See also: MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro
Why to buy the non-Retina MacBook Pro: Optical disc drive
The non-Retina MacBook Pro is actually the last remaining Mac that still sports a built-in optical disc drive. For anyone that uses the disc drive on a daily basis, having one built-in is a real boon, and something many people miss with the new MacBooks.
There are external USB optical disc drives available to buy, such as Apple's £65 SuperDrive, but that's not ideal for all users, particularly as you'll need to lug that around with you if you want to use it while you're out and about or need to carry it to and from work.
Not everyone needs a disc drive, particularly now that we've got the Mac App Store, but for those who really do, the non-Retina MacBook Pro is still worth considering.
Note: Apple has now updated it's MacBooks for 2014, read more here:
Why to buy the non-Retina MacBook Pro: More storage
The non-Retina MacBook Pro comes with a 500GB hard drive. Yes, the Retina MacBook Pro models have the speedier, more reliable and more efficient flash storage, but they're just 128GB or 256GB, unless you opt for the £1,399 model with 512GB flash storage.
For some, the idea of having to store their files in the cloud or on an external drive is less than appealing, so being able to get 500GB of built-in storage at the lower price point is a key selling point for many consumers.
Why to buy the non-Retina MacBook Pro: Repairs and upgrades
If you fancy yourself to be a bit of a tinkerer, the non-Retina MacBook Pro might appeal because it's much easier to upgrade and repair than the Retina Model. You'll be able to upgrade the RAM or hard drive (you could decide to change it to an SSD if you prefer).
It's important to note that the non-Retina MacBook Pro won't be the best choice for everyone. If you can afford to buy it, a build-to-order Retina MacBook Pro with upped storage and RAM is a dream machine, but that's just the problem, it really is expensive.
The Retina MacBook Pro is also much thinner and lighter than the non-Retina model, and of course it sports that stunning Retina display.
However, if one or more of the reasons listed here appeals to you, it's certainly worth investigating the choice further to see whether the non-Retina MacBook Pro will meet your needs.