15 vs. 13 rMBP dilemma

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Breedlove, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Breedlove macrumors regular

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    After coming across a sudden windfall, I am now faced with a dilemma and was hoping to get some advice from you all.

    Here are the two machines that I am now deciding between:

    13" rMBP
    i7-2.8GHz Haswell
    16GB RAM
    512GB SSD

    15" rMBP
    i7-2.3GHz Haswell
    16GB RAM
    512GB SSD
    nVIDIA 750M dGPU

    Here are my intended uses:
    • Light coding (occasional work with VMs), video editing (FCP), photo editing (Lightroom and PS), web design.
    • HEAVY research. I do a lot of multi tasking. I go through tons of PDFs (probably close to 30 open at any given time), Evernote, Word, etc.
    • Music editing (girlfriend is a violinist and I help her with recording and post-production)
    • Occasional gaming session to blow off some steam (used to gaming on a desktop rig but that is now in storage and I do not see myself setting it back up in the foreseeable future).
    • -HD Video


    My Considerations:
    • Cost is not a huge factor as the difference in price between the two machines for me would be ~$230 and I will not be replacing this machine for years to come.
    • Portability is somewhat of a concern to me as I commute with my laptop stowed away on a daily basis. The 13" seems to be the ultimate in portability but I'd have to sacrifice quite a bit to make the switch, coming from a 17" MBP. I've grown used to the size and weight of my 17" and going down to the 15" rMBP is already a huge jump.
    • Screen-size is of utmost importance to me. I do have my computer hooked up to a 25" LCD at home but I spend most of my time at the library. I need the screen real estate to have Preview or Safari open side-by-side with Word or Evernote.

    Which machine should I go with?
     
  2. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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    #2
    15"
     
  3. nathairtras macrumors member

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    If it really is of the utmost importance, get the 15".
     
  4. doubleaa macrumors regular

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    I've ordered the same spec 13" to replace my 2007 15". Already thinking about returning for the same 15" you listed.

    I don't carry my laptop enough to sacrifice power for size. The majority of my use is hooked up to a display. I carry a work Windows machine daily so my MBP rarely leaves the house these days. Also, I'll use this MBP for 5+ years so more power down the road is always a good thing.
     
  5. nathairtras macrumors member

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    You know, that's exactly why I chose the 13". Almost always on my home wifi, so I can have other resources on the network to pick up the slack if my 13" is lacking a few years from now. The size means I can be comfortable in any room of the house.

    Had a 15" PB years ago, loved it until I got a 12" PB to fill in while it was stuck in repair limbo.
     

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