15'' i7 vs 17" i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ryan Of Seattle, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Ryan Of Seattle macrumors newbie

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    What is the better deal for me?

    I would be using final cut studio and photoshop.

    The 2 Computers



    MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core i7

    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

    $1,869.00

    or

    MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core i5
    Originally released April 2010
    17-inch LED-backlit glossy Hi-Res widescreen display (1920 x 1200 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

    $1,879.00

    Thanks For Any Help
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    The hi-res 17" with an expresscard slot.

    eSata is a wonderful thing.
     
  3. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816

    SPEEDwithJJ

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    Based on the price of those 2 models, I'll also personally go for the 17" MBP.

    By the way, where did you find that 17" MBP for $1,879?
     
  4. EazyWeazy3 macrumors 6502

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  5. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

    JamesGorman

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    There is hardly a difference in processor speed between the i5 and the i7. So in that case, if you want the bigger screen go for the 17". If you need a little bit more portability go for the 15".
     
  6. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

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    As mentioned before i5 vs i7 is insignificant.

    The 17 because the screen will come in handy for FCP editing and it will be more comfortable to work in your UI environment.

    A 15 inch is already not quite ultra portable so since the 13 is not a question I am assuming you care least about portability and even handleability (it's nicest to have a 13 on your stomach while laying in bed) so I would venture to think you would be the type to gO for the 17 inch.

    Yeah it's a big giant slab but it's also a huge viewing space.

    I myself would wait for the new early march refresh and get the 15 inch middle of the road and then eventually get 27inch or 30inch cinema display.

    Portability, power, low compromises.

    Anyway, make a decision based on physical size alone and don't worry about the difference in processors, in this case it is insignificant.
     

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