I'm kind of due for an upgrade and thinking of grabbing a new macbook once I get my tax refund. I haven't really been keeping up with the last couple of revisions though - anything important to know? I know that the RAM and storage space are a total bitch to replace now, and to take the upgrade on that stuff up front at the time of purchase. Other than that though I haven't heard too much about the recent models.
I basically use my computer for web browsing, work, guitar pro, super basic recording (basically plugging iPad amp sims into Reaper) and playing Diablo/XCOM/Civ5, so I don't think I need anything nuts in terms of specs. I wouldn't complain if I could play some slightly more intensive games without my machine sounding like it's prepping for takeoff though.
I guess I'm really just deciding between a 13" with some extra RAM/hard drive space and the base model 15". Are refurbs worth looking into? If there haven't been any major improvements from last generation to the current one I would definitely consider it.
Yeah they always sound like prep for takeoff. If skype flips out, which happens on a weekly basis to at least one person at my work (not one specific person, just randomly one of us will get it) you've got harriers all up in your grill. Take it over 35% cpu use and its airborn.
I love the shit out of mine though. It's a year old retina model. It can play more intensive games decently well actually, just gets noisy.