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The 13" or the 15" rMBP?

  • 13"

    Votes: 16 57.1%
  • 15"

    Votes: 12 42.9%

  • Total voters


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 7, 2011
New York
While I intend to wait until Apple releases its new rMBPs (crossing my fingers for before September), I would like to know which form factor is better for college.

I intend on studying Computer Science and Economics.

I don't intend on doing any intense video editing. I may play a few low-power video games occasionally, such as Minecraft.

If anyone has any experience with either of these two form factors and would like to provide his or her opinion, that would be great!

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macrumors regular
Nov 28, 2011
I study computer science and I have been using the 13'' retina Macbook Pro for a few months now. The portability is amazing. I would not go back to a 15 inch laptop after using this.


macrumors 68040
Feb 6, 2009
I would say get the 13" and then if you really need it you can get a nice external monitor for a couple hundred dollars for working at your desk.

The smaller footprint is handy for using in your lap or on the fold-out desks that are often used in lecture halls, plus every bit of weight you can save in your backpack every day is a big help.


macrumors 6502
Mar 10, 2013
13. I don't think air is good for you, maybe only if you need longer stamina, but who stays at school for more than 7 hours? however if you plan to buy it keep in mind to get 8 giga ram... mine pro was sloooow and often out of memory when it was 4....I don't know but sunday when I tried air at best buy it didn't give me the feeling of a pro computer.... i don't like the shape, but maybe I'm wrong :D

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macrumors 6502a
Jan 7, 2012
If you are playing intensive games like Minecraft I would recommend getting a gaming PC such as the ones offered by Alienware or MSI, a desktop MIGHT be necessary depending on if you want to have your render distance set to far as opposed to tiny.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 12, 2008
You can play Minecraft just fine on a half-decade old MacBook; my brother does this every day.

The 13" Retina is great. I have one now (I had the Haswell 13" Air), having the extra screen real estate at 1680 x 1050 really comes in handy in a pinch.
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