2012 13" vs 2011 15" which one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by willmer, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. willmer macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    After seeing the lackluster improvements to the 13 in MBP, I am now trying to figure out whether I should go with a new 13 in or an old 15. Here's what I'll be doing with my MBP.

    I'm a graduate student in the biological sciences so I will be using the macbook for:
    • Writing
    • Reading Papers
    • Editing Microscope photos with Photoshop
    • Managing large amounts of data with Excel (1000 data points for 10-20 groups)
    • Creating figures and graphs with Illustrator
    I would like to keep it for the rest of my time in graduate school (3-5 years) so I'm sure I'll want to upgrade the memory later when its cheaper and put in a larger SSD when they are also cheaper.

    Since I work for a university, I have access to their tech store which may allow me to purchase a brand new 2011 15 in MBP at a discount (TBD) as they bring in the new 2012 models. I would like to keep my budget under $1500, hopefully nearer to 1200. I currently plan on getting the 2012 13" MBP ($1099) with an added SSD (+$100) and apple care ($249) for a total of $1448. But given the superior CPU in the 2011 15", I am thinking about getting a refurbished or new model.

    If I got the 2011 model, what would be the cost to upgrade the RAM from 4 GB to 8GB and what would be an estimate to put in a SSD (128 or 256 GB)?


    • 2012 13" vs 2011 15" - which one?
    • cost of upgrading 15" ?
  2. ThisIsMe macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2012
    it looks like your not going to be doing any video editing or photo editing. I would say go for new 13" MP or even the MA with the 128 SSD.
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I'd get a 15", solely for the screen space. I have a 13" now but I wish I had saved up a bit more for a 15"

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