13 or 15" Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Toimia, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. Toimia macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,


    Recently I've been looking at purchasing a Macbook Pro for iPhone game development. As well as Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop and general browsing. I'm currently stuck between getting a 13" or the 15". The 13" has a 2.7Ghz i7 dual-core with intergrated Intel HD 3000 graphics compared to the 15" which has a 2.0Ghz quad-core, but a 256MB ATI 6490M.

    If the dual-core/intergrated graphics is more than sufficient to handle them programs without bottlenecking/crashing, surely the extra .7ghz would make it the better purchase?(Let alone over 500 quid cheaper).


    Thanks,

    - Toimia :cool:
     
  2. kjmff5 macrumors regular

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    Well first off, I don't think there has been much of a performance difference from the i5 and i7 on the 13". There is some definite gain going from the 13" to the 15" though. So if you were considering the 13" I would urge to go the i5 route. You could save that money for a SSD or RAM or something like that.

    What about screen size? Have you used a 13" or a 15" screen? Some people find that the 13" is just too small...so maybe a 15" with HiRes or something for you if that's the case.

    Hopefully I'm not confusing you even more as to what to get.
     
  3. Toimia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response!

    I went into the Apple store yesterday and had a look, unfortunately the only applications available were like Safari and itunes. Which seems fine, but for programming/photoshop, I'm not sure it may be large enough. I probably won't be doing as much heavy activity on the go, but I just don't want it to bottleneck/crash any intense applications since it's a dual core.

    Thanks,

    - Toimia
     

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