13 vs 15 inch Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by desiterp, May 23, 2010.

  1. desiterp macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    I am planning to buy my FIRST Macbook Pro(13 or 15 inch). My primary use will be software development. Along with the development environment (IDE), I need to have one virtual machine running in the background most of the time.

    My current HP 17" laptop with Core 2 Duo (2 gigs of RAM) somehow just manages this task. I have to walk in the university and the 17" makes me suffer a lot. I need a powerful but portable laptop.

    I am very much confused between 13" with C2D and 15" with i5

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    get the 13" with more ram and ssd. obviously 13" is the most portable, in which that's what your looking for, and with those updated configs you will have a tiny but beastly machine! good luck.
     
  3. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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    If you need the power go ahead and go for the 15" inch. You're already used to a 17" so a 15" should be a good balance of portability and power. That's how I ended up with a 15".
     
  4. PygmySurfer macrumors 6502

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    I'd go with the 15" - you'll have a higher resolution display, much better for coding. Plus, it's got more power, which will be useful if you've got the VM running all the time.
     
  5. Tom71 macrumors regular

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    I'd also suggest a 15in for coding. And get the HR one.
     
  6. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    Go with the 15", It's a really portable machine, I carry it all day and it's great.
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    If I were you I'd get a 13" MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM, and a SSD. With those specs, your MacBook Pro will scream:D A lot of people say that a 13" screen is too small, but once you get used to it its fine. The battery life is good, and you shouldn't need a massive screen for software development.

    *You can also get a 24" Apple display, in case you do need a big screen once in a while. It would also be nice to watch movies or play games on if the need arises. I'm going to get a 24" Apple display for my 13" MacBook Pro when I can:D
     

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