13 vs. 15 rMBP?

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Which rMBP?

Poll closed Dec 27, 2013.
  1. 15 Inch

    30 vote(s)
    60.0%
  2. 13 Inch

    20 vote(s)
    40.0%
  1. Windows&Apple macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    I'm going to get a rMBP soon and I have two options:

    • 2.3Ghz 15" with 750M, 512GB SSD
    • 2.4Ghz 13" with Iris and 256GB SSD


    So, the high-end 15 inch with no processor upgrade, or the mid-tier 13 inch with no upgrade.

    My needs are listed below:

    • Light-medium 3D animation (3Ds Max, Maya)
    • Light-medium photo editing (Photoshop)
    • Light-medium video editing (Premiere later, but iMovie at first)
    • Light-medium programming (C++, Javascript)
    • Medium-heavy word processing (Note taking in class)
    • Medium-heavy Windows use (For accounting software that is only on Windows)
    • Light-medium gaming (I would love to game, the only reason I don't do it is because I can't on my current machine. I mainly play indie titles, I'm not always into the newer stuff, but games like Bioshock and Saints Row, etc.)

    Thank you :)
     
  2. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    How's your budget?
    Is portability of importance to you?
    Is the size of the screen important to you?
     
  3. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    13 or 15 is fine, I prefer both sizes. I'll be taking it to school almost everyday, so yes, but I don't mind carrying either, both are light. And budget is up to $2500, but I'd rather spend less if it fits my needs.
     
  4. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    Lol, that doesn't help. If I'm honest, I like the 13 inch because it's really compact. But I like the 15 inch because it's powerful.
     
  5. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Well it's all about power vs. portability. But the 13-inch would definitely be powerful enough for you.
     
  6. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do have a plan to build a custom PC with Skylake or Broadwell if it looks good. I will go all out on that, so it should be able to handle my gaming needs. And I got a PS3 for the time being.

    The 13-inch wouldn't have a problem with 3D animation? I don't wanna put down $1500 on a machine that'll have trouble later on.
     
  7. rMBP2013 macrumors member

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    My recommendation would be 15" especially if you can afford it.

    You'll love the extra screen size, plus 15" is extremely powerful.

    No brainer if you can afford the extra money, as the upgrade to 15" is worth it.
     
  8. macred macrumors regular

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    Initially I couldn't decide without using them, so I bought both. After two weeks of experience, for both work and personal, I chose the 15". The larger screen suits my needs the best.

    My upgrade choice is to buy a new one every two years or so, after approx ten models, this one has been one of the best Macs I've owned.
     
  9. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    Agreed. Especially for 3D animation.
     
  10. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    If you want to spend less, why not a refurb of Ivy Bridge which is more than sufficient for your needs/usage.

    Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7 with Retina Display: http://store.apple.com/us/product/G...z-dual-core-intel-core-i7-with-retina-display

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display: http://store.apple.com/us/product/G...-23ghz-quad-core-intel-i7-with-retina-display

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display: http://store.apple.com/us/product/F...-23ghz-quad-core-intel-i7-with-retina-display
     
  11. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    OK, so which is most important to you; compactness, or power?
     
  12. Windows&Apple thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's a tough question, I need both. But the 15" isn't that big either. I think I'll go pick up a 2.3 15 with a comfy bag.
     

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