13 Inch MacBook Pro vs. 15 Inch MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kate6425, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Kate6425 macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2011
    I am considering buying a 2011 MacBook Pro. I will be a freshman in high school next year and need a good laptop for school. However, I do not know whether I should purchase the 13 inch model or the 15 inch model. The following would be my primary uses for my MacBook Pro:
    -Note taking during school
    -Surfing the web (Facebook, mail, etc.)
    -Microsoft Office/PowerPoint
    -Playing games such as The Sims 3
    -Occassionally GarageBand, iMovie, etc.

    Also portability and money are factors in which model I purchase. But I am used to a 22 inch iMac, so I'm afraid 13 inches will be too small.

    Any input is much appreciated! Thank you!
  2. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    Entry level 13" is all you need and you will love it. :)
  3. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
  4. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    The 13-inch model would be more than sufficient, but if you find it too small the low-end 15-inch (especially if you know someone who can get you a student discount – say, a teacher or college student) is also a good deal.
  5. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    The 13" will be completely sufficient.

    If you're really worried about screen real estate*, want to play more GPU-intensive games, or think you might really get into movie editing, then the 15" might be worth considering.

    *Actually forget that. Just use your iMac as a second monitor.
  6. tsmacman macrumors member

    May 24, 2010
    I am in the exact same situation im gonna be a freshman in highschool next year as well.... i just purchased my 2011 mbp 13" base model. It is more than enough for what u will do with it even if you do get into movie editing, i work with adobe master collection, imovie and garage band on it all at the same time with no problems whatsoever. Go with the 13" for school, its light thin and fast.
  7. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    As far as I know, only the 27" iMac can be used as an external monitor, and not the 22/21.5?
  8. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
  9. FOX160 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    Buy the 13inch base model and buy an external monitor and still have cash
    in your pocket.
  10. RockPortTech macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    South Texas
    I have a 2011 13 inch MacBook Pro and think it is perfect!
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    students need laptops in high schools these days?!:eek:
  12. kyle1320 Suspended


    Apr 23, 2011
    In my own little world
    Hi kate6425, I'm kyle1320. Hah. I'm a freshman, and I find my 13" sufficient for all my needs, which are somewhat similar to yours. It should be just fine, as long as you do not plan on doing much graphics-intensive editing or gaming.
  13. sbbluewater macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011
    The 13" should be fine for you. I only got the base 15" because I needed a little larger screen as I was used to a 22" desktop model. The 15" is bigger and heavier to carry around and I think the 13" is a great machine.
  14. WesCole macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Exactly what I was thinking...we weren't allowed to bring any electronic device to high school when I went (although, that was 10 years ago).
  15. HeatherA macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2009
    The base 13" MPB has been more than sufficient for my daughter. She's a junior in college. I think you'll be just fine as a freshman in HS.

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