13" vs. 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alittleloving, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. alittleloving macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2009
    Which do you prefer? I think Im going to get the 13 inch.. Does anyone find the 13" inch to be too small?
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    While iThink that both are too small, I have two thoughts:
    A. Go to the Apple Store and see for yourself
    B. mroogle
  3. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    I'm wrestling with this decision, myself. I've always had 15" MBPs but for the next upgrade I'm pondering making the move to the 13". The only part that gives a moment's pause is that the screen resolution really is sort of small. 800 vertical pixels is pretty tiny. Then again, we've got a few MacBook Airs at the office and I don't mind using them, and that's the same resolution.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I live near 4 Apple retail stores. I visit them frequently. I just bought the 13" MBP. Each time I visit the Apple stores I never regret my purchase. The 15" is too big for ME to carry. I emphasized "ME" because those are MY needs.

    It's not going to do the OP any good asking us if we feel the 13" is too small or if the 15" is too big. He needs to see for himself and make that decision. TBH, we can't make the decision for you nor is our opinion going to help. It's ultimately up to you.
  5. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    I have a 13" macbook, and I can confidently say that the 15" would have been too big for my traveling needs.
  6. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    If you think the 13in Macbook Pro is small, you can always buy an external monitor.
  7. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    it really depends on what you want to do on it
  8. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I like the 13".

    But I think your best bet is to go to an Apple store and see which one feels the best for you.
  9. Disavowed macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    I, too, visited my local Apple store more times than I care to admit or the employees wanted to see me without buying something. I went 15" because my gut said so. FOR ME, it's bigger screen and a lousy pound heavier made it easy for me. I needed the landscape and felt it was worth the trade off of weight and slightly larger profile. That said, I am still amazed at how thin this thing is and how easy it is to lug around (the house, till I got my SLEEVE; but that is another post). :eek:
  10. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I like both equally well, since I have owned both Mac 13" and 15" notebooks. I need a discrete graphic card and less squinting. Obviously, the 15" does that better than a 13".
  11. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    I think there are a couple threads on this, but the 15 inch is nicer from a real estate perspective. You will like the screen size and in my opinion it is more of a professional machine. Plus you have better processor options, graphics, etc.
  12. scho047 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2008
    i used to have macbook pro 15' for the last 2 years.. but have found it to be too big to carry it around... and i use it for architecture stuff...
    and bought macbook pro 13 couple of weeks ago.. and oh boy.. i love it! :D and its perfect...
  13. w00tini macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2008
    there's just something personal about the 13" to me. it feels like carrying a large magazine around. for my needs, i'm a traveling business professional, the smaller footprint is great. i used to have an Air but having to pull out the USB burner to burn media for clients was a bit of a pain. so when the early 2009 aluminum books in 13" came out, i jumped on them.

    the only thing i'm jealous of in the 15's is the 9600 nvidia card.. that's pretty schwing!
  14. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    See my sig.

    Me and the missus was passing by an Apple store over the weekend
    and they had all 3 models in the window, biggest to smallest, I asked my missus hey what do you think of that one (pointing to the 15") she replied "why are you showing me that? you have it already" I said, I do yes but the smaller one to the right.. she couldnt believe it...

    She said that using it at home it feels so comfortable and the 13" screen doesnt feel or look so tiny like it does in the window display lined up next to the 15" and 17". I guess thats a good thing right?
  15. Achiever macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2008
    I have a 15" and love the size. I got my mother a 13" and every time I use it to upgrade her software/troubleshoot, I really miss that extra couple of inches of screen. For me, I wouldn't do less than a 15".

    But as a previous poster said, that's just ME and fits my needs and tastes. You really should see them live and decide whether the extra real estate is worth the extra cabbage for YOU.
  16. gilkisson macrumors 65816


    I love my white 13" MB. Does almost all I need it to do. I connect to desktop monitors, works well.

    Having said that, I just ordered a 15" MBP. Wife inherits trusty ol' MB. Why? Well, the 13" is just fine 95% of the time, but my eyes are not what I think they used to be, if I remember correctly... I look forward to a bit more performance, more storage, and a better screen with far better graphics.

    Bottom line, bigger laptop is like a sidearm -- you don't need it until you REALLY need it. Your needs must dictate your choice. Go to the :apple: Store or even Best Buy and play until you feel good about it. Good luck!
  17. mainomega macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    I think it really depends what you will use the notebook for.

    We started using 17 "desktop replacements" first with the HP ZD7000s and HP ZD8000s after that we moved to the 17" MBPs. We mainly use it just with adobe apps and couldn't imagine anything smaller than 17. On the other hand one of our sales guys just needs to access our sales program/email/reports/web and uses a 15" and would love to switch to a 13" because he travels a lot and doesn't need a huge screen. As soon as he can afford it he'll be buying the 13" mbp.
  18. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Understatement of the week! :)

    Exactly! OP, until you tell us what you'll be using it for, no one can really advise you.
  19. Nerdowl macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Anything would be bigger than this eee pc's 9" Screen... but my current main computer is a 13" Macbook and I saw no reason when I ordered my Pro to go up a screen size. It is plenty big enough and as I have a weak knee, I'd like the lighter model for portability reasons too.

    But it's all completely on taste. I could probably cope with a 15" but there's no way I'd want a 17" for a laptop I actually move. Maybe as a desktop replacement, but otherwise no. :)
  20. WeedKiller87 macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2009
    East Brunswick, NJ
    I was using a 15.4" widescreen Sony Vaio laptop for about 4 years. It is a Pentium 4, so it is not very portable and it weighs about 8 pounds. And you can't forget the power brick. That thing is huge. :eek: It looks just like this...


    I just got a 13" MBP and I feel the screen size is perfect. I had no issues going to a smaller screen and I like the 13" better. At 4.5 pounds, its very easy to carry around, especially in a sleeve. If I have to take my Vaio anywhere, which is rare, I use a bulky laptop bag and it is such a hassle to lug around.

    Anyways, back to your question, you really have to see them for yourself. And if you feel you need the extra size, by all means go for it! I hope you find your perfect machine! :)
  21. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I have both a 15 and 13 MBP and my pic would be a 13 MBP. It's the perfect size.
  22. applusr macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2009
    I bought the 13" model....and for the sleeve I will order the booq taipan skin -brown- (hope this is a smart choice!)
  23. zw-gator macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    13" hooked up to an external monitor at home. Done.

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