13" (SSD) vs 15" i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by owais12, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. owais12 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2010
    Which one is best to go for, the i5 2.4ghz or 2.4ghz 13" with a 128gb SSD.

    the apple ssd isnt too overcharged either and its a great toshiba one.

    Im just wondering, is not having the i5 still going to make a big difference?

    Also, i will watch movies, so where does the sound come out fron on the 13"?
  2. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
    Well the sound is no better on the 15". There is literally no bass.
  3. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    that's not true,
    they have subwoofers now.

    so there literally is a bass.
    i'm just not sure of how good it is.

    the sound on the 13" i think is quieter, though.
    comes out from under the keyboard.

    and the whole core 2 duo to i5 thing has been beaten to death.
    depends on your needs, but the 13" is a great laptop and will probably do everything you need it to without problem.
  4. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
    Ok I shouldn't have said literally, but it's still terrible.
  5. owais12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2010
    well i have a 15" currently, but the sound is ok, i have the late 08 model.

    I want the 13" as my battery is crappy, my warranty is over and i want a ssd.
    So im thinking it would be easier to sell and get a new one.

    Its just i dont have so much so its between the 13" and a 15" with i5

    all i do is use the internet, watch films, use itunes and thats it.
  6. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
    If that's all you do then the i5 would be overkill. Go with the 13".
  7. Squuiid macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    I disagree, you can always add the SSD later, the i5 will futureproof your laptop far more than an SSD and doing what you do, the better CPU (which can't be changed) is a far better option than the drive.
  8. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2009
    13 w/ SSD will be waaaay better for you.
  9. bhattsan macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2010
    13 inch with ssd (intel x25-m) is what I went with and it's awesome :D. Much faster than the 250 gb it came with.
  10. c.sandberg macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2010
    I have the 13 (2010) with the 128 gig apple SSD.

    Use it as my primary comp, mostly for web/msn/spotify/movies etc but also for video editing (premiere pro).

    If you can live with the smaller screen I think you should go for the 13 inch, it has sick boot-up time with the SSD and is really snappy.

    Couldn't be happier, only "problem" I'm having is that it runs a bit hot when watching flash movies. Also the battery don't really last 10h, more like 7 (only safari, pages and screen at 50%, no bluetooth), if it's like that for everyone or because of the SSD I don't know.
  11. Azathoth macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2009
    I went from a 1.66GHz C2D Windows 7 machine, to 2.4GHz i5 MBP, and really didn't notice much of an improvement (sure it was a bit faster, but much less than 3 years of technology and OS X hype would lead one to expect) .

    Then I put in a 160GB X25. The snappiness of the machine and the almost complete silence (the CPU fan at 2000rpm is pretty much inaudible - the HDD is much louder). This machine suddenly feels like the future...

    The HDD/SSD makes much more difference than C2D / i5 for anything other than CPU intensive apps.
  12. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Again, you have to look at usage. At this point the OP would get zero benefit from the i5, so no, the CPU is not at all a better option than the SSD. For internet, movies and iTunes, a late model G4 would work fine, because none of those are in any way CPU intensive tasks. The SSD would give you a far faster feel overall.

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