15" i7 vs 17" i5 - Need Purchase Advice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bigdaddyc188, May 26, 2010.

  1. bigdaddyc188 macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2009
    I need some advice, I plan on picking up one of these on Saturday and I am confused on which to get. With student discount they are only $100 apart so the cost isn't an issue. The also seem very similar and I can't really tell much of a difference besides the 2" and different processors.

    - Software Development both Windows and Mac
    - Image Editing / Photoshop
    - Misc nonsense - surfing / office stuff / family stuff
    - Don't really play any games, kids play the sims.

    This will be my first Macbook (I have a 24" iMac)

    Thanks for you help!
  2. Xombie11 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2009
    The 15" i7 will be faster and more portable. If you already have an iMac, the portability factor seems like it would come in handy.
  3. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    Have you performed a search on this topic?

    I do all my editing on my 15" 2.5GHZ with an external monitor. If you are serious about editing, you will have a calibrated external.
  4. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    while the 15" has a better processor you most likely wont see any difference between them in day to day work.
    just comes down to if you want a bit more screen real estate or a bit more mobility
  5. bigdaddyc188 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2009
    I was curious the level of preformance of the i5 compared to i7.

    With only a 100$ difference in the 15" to the 17" its a tough call.

    Also I have never purchased a Macbook I have only owned Dell & HP laptops.
  6. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    You are in for a treat either way...:)
  7. dsprimal macrumors 6502a


    Mar 27, 2010
    core i7 15" :D have fun with your new baby, treat her right.

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