13" or 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sareece, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. sareece macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2010
    OK I'm going to buy my first mac, a mac pro. I've been a lurker for a while & I've finally decided to take the plunge (Financially). My question is, do I loose that my by going with a 13" or is a 15" really that much better. I will use it mainly for work so it's going to be a daily carry.

    What do most carry?

    Will I miss out if I keep holding out for the new ones or do I look for a good deal now?

    Thanks for everyones help.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Mac Pros are desktops and you can attach whatever display you want. If you're talking about the notebook, it's a MacBook Pro. There are dozens of threads on this, if you search.

    Which size MacBook Pro should I buy
    Which Apple notebook should I buy?
  4. sareece thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2010
    sorry, yes I was refering to the macbook pro.
  5. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    It's really a function of preference and price - you can snag a refurb 13" for $999 with a printer; you can spend twice that on a 15". If you need the real estate, go bigger. If lighter is more important, go smaller.
  6. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    Hi, i recently got a 13" one and all i can say is that the screen is pretty big, at the store the 13" model looks way smaller than at home, in your hands or your lap, it's actually as wide as a 4:3 17" monitor i have, and it's better to carry around than a 15" but if you don't travel and you rather need a mobile desktop, you can get 15" or 17" models, you'd feel the difference too, however i even feel my 13" a bit heavy,(2KG) so the 15" should be some 25% heavyer
  7. sareece thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2010
    Do I still hold out for the new ones, whenever that will be? will they be that much better?
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    I vote for the 15".

    Having used all three sizes (13", 15", 17") and especially just exchanged my 13" uMBP for a 15" one, the 15" is perfect!!

    I walk around campus for 7+ hours a day and the 13" feels almost the same as the 15", both very light. But the reason I chose the 15" was due to the matte screen option that it provided (very important to me as there are reflections everywhere on campus, even inside classrooms with very bright fluorescent lights) and the screen realestate, which is big enough for everything!

    I felt the 13" was like more of a toy than a real notebook on your lap. The screen was so small that I had to look further down on it, which gave me a cramp in my neck.

    Also I felt using the 13" screen in dual monitor mode with my 24" LED ACD at home was too small. The 13" was so puny that I just used it in closed shell mode and half the time I felt that the screen was going to waste.

    Now with the 15", its big enough to have webpages opened to view or anything else from a distance next to the 24" screen.

    The 15" brings the perfect mobility, screen realestate, GPU (if you need it for the extra power, it sure runs my 24" LED ACD ALOT better than the 13" with its weak 9400m gt, such as expose and spaces being sluggish) and feels like a real notebook.
  9. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    I would go 13" unless you are getting a 15" with dedicated graphics.
  10. molala macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Cambridge, UK
    Hold out unless you really need the laptop now. Even if the new ones won't be that much better, when they come out the current ones will be much cheaper.
  11. bob5820 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2006
    35°0′36″N 80°40′45″W (35.0
    I'm going to disagree with those who said that you need dedicated graphics with the 15" MBP, but my usage may be different then theirs. I went with the 15" because the 13" is just a bit to small for Lightroom and photoshop. I not gaming on the MBP nor am I connecting a second display so the 9400 meets my needs pretty well. Before I made my choice I ran across a lot of threads with people who said they almost never use the dedicated graphics though that may change if Apple incorporates nVidia's Optimus technology in the next MBP update. The money I saved over the cost of a slightly faster CPU and the dedicated GPU are going towards an SSD.

    As to waiting for the next rev no one knows for sure but I'd be willing to bet that only the 17" and higher end 15" will have either the i5 and i7, I think the 13" and lower end 15" are likely to stick with the core duo with a speed bump. There is also the issue of Apple rev 1 products to take into consideration. Apple has had its share of issues with first rev stuff before, though I never had any issues with my rev 1 MacBook and only one issue (which was fixed under Apple Care) with my rev 1 MacPro.
  12. vong macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    i second this. when i first saw the 13" i thought man that is pathetic. so small, i wanted a 15" myself. but went to my university and rented out a 13" unibody macbook and man my mind was BLOWN awayy.
  13. CJS7070 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I'm quite happy with the portability of my 13" MBP, the 15" looks pretty good compared to this, but I like being able to easily take this one with me.
  14. katanne macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2010
    i would really choose the 15".. so that bit will be accessible for you as well..=)
  15. Maverick713 macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2009
    Houston, TX
    I've been torn as well

    I have been debating with myself and looking at the different threads, and now as I sit here waiting i'm fairly certain that I will go with the 15. I'm a developer and I want to use this to learn and develop apps for the iphone and ipad. so hopefully when my tax refun comes in the revision will be out and I will be good to go.
  16. kbuck1984 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
    I don't think they will leave a Core duo in the 13". With a starting price at $1200 it would be foolish to leave a chip like that in there, when competition is offering i5's for $600-$700.
  17. flutist macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2010
    I was trying to decide the same thing and went to the store to look at both. I decided I'll get a 13" because right now i need portability. I have a 15" HP Pavilion and I really wanted a large screen to watch movies and other things, but it's heavy and a beast to carry around. I'm going to go with 13" because I travel a lot and want something I can slip into a shoulder tote.
  18. crobbins macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2006
    I personally love the 15 inch. I've owned a MacBook Air and two 15 inch MacBook Pros. When I briefly left the MacBook Pro line and had just an Air, the 13 inch screened bothered me all the time. While I loved the weight, I felt like I shouldn't complaining about two pounds.

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