$1499 13" MBP or $1799 15"????

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by laurenjeanbean, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. laurenjeanbean macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2010
    hi everyone!

    i am looking at buying my first mac for college and i will mostly be doing basic word processing, surfing the internet, dealing with music, and manipulating pictures.

    i'm not really sure what to do - this will be my sole machine throughout college and i'm not sure which one to buy.

    are the speeds between the two that different?

    thank you in advance! :)
  2. man02195 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    Since you don't have high end processing requirements, you'd be fine with the $1,199 mbp 13. The $1,499 mbp 13 isn't really worth the added price. ymmv
  3. typerlover macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2006
    $1099 13" would be even better, with student discount. Does everything the $1499 13" does, just as well too. Save the money. The speeds aren't that different.
  4. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    im in the same spot you are. the lowest end 15" is too expensive...and the 13" has the intel core 2 duo only :(

    i'm gna get the lowest 13" then get 8gb and ssd :eek:
  5. laurenjeanbean thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 7, 2010
    nice! that's a good plan.

    i just feel like buying the C2D will be a waste, since i'll be keeping this computer for about 5 years. i've waited so long for the "updated" MBP's, so i feel like getting the 13" is selling myself short! hmm...
  6. man02195 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    yes, but for what you said you needed, you don't need more than the c2d now. the i5 15 would give you more room to grow, and 2x the hd space, but it's $600 more. (both would be less with education discount).
  7. newmacboyoutube macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Ontario, Canada

    If you want it for 2 years or so.. MacBook Pro 13

    More than 2 years... MacBook Pro 15

    Up to 4 years... MacBook Pro 15 or 17 with Core i7
  8. kristiano macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    I'm using the lower end 13" with a 320GB HDD. Love it.
  9. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    God, you sound like a very uninformed car salesman.
  10. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Get the low end 13" MBP. Put the extra cash away as "upgrade" money. If you feel you need something more powerfull in a couple years you'll be able to sell your MBP for $400-500. Add the $400-600 you saved this go around and you'll have enough for a new entry level iWhatever that will kill today's i7 MBP.

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