2017 Macbook Pro 13" vs 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Adamantoise, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    1. ($1999) 2017 13" Macbook Pro, Touch Bar, 3.1GHz i5 2 Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus 650
    2. ($2399) 2017 15" Macbook Pro, Touch Bar, 2.8GHz i7 4 Core, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 555

    I never make these posts, as I almost always know what I want. However, I currently own a 2012 15" Macbook Pro and so computers have come a long way. I prefer the smaller size of the 13" but the bigger screen of the 15". I'm hooked up to an external monitor 90% of the time anyway.

    Here's what I do in order of importance:

    League of Legends: My 2012 plays this okay right now, I do get frame rate drops sometimes, I can live with the same level of performance (Intel Iris Plus 650 is on par with Nvidia GT 650M apparently), but more performance is always better. (this is the only game I play on my computer, it might change in the future however).

    Web Browsing: Reddit, Netflix, and miscellaneous forums.

    Lightroom/Iridient Developer: I don't shoot like I used to, I've kinda lost interest in photography, but I get those moments where I go on a spree and pick it up again.

    My work finally supplied me with 32GB mobile workstations, so I really really doubt I will be using this for MATLAB unless I'm being forced to work on vacation.

    I can afford the 15", but don't want to pay $2399 for a computer.
  2. Yellowtillybird macrumors newbie


    Aug 22, 2013
  3. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    Best Buy is having a sale on the 2016 15" MacBook Pro for $2199 right now. If you have a .edu account you can get another $100 off of that price with the student coupon. I bought one a month back and I really love it though I paid $100 more for mine. I actually had a 13" nTB Pro before I bought this one and the smaller size is nice but honestly this computer is pretty small for being 15" and having quad core processors and a dedicated GPU is very nice.
  4. windows4ever macrumors member


    Aug 14, 2011
    I'd go for the 15" as well. Quad core and the video card plus the larger screen are worth the extra $400. At these lofty levels, $400 is not much of a difference.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    "I can afford the 15", but don't want to pay $2399 for a computer."

    I feel the same way. I could buy the most expensive MacBook Pro available without blinking, but I just don't see that as being as wise expenditure of my money… ;)

    If you "prefer" the 13", get that and use it with your external display.
    If the display -is not- already 4k, you might consider taking the money you saved (from not buying the 15"), and put that towards a nice 4k monitor...
  6. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Given your usage and alternative resources, I would spend the least amount I could. Get a 13" and hook it up to the external display and keyboard. Not even sure about the 16GB of memory. More of a nice to have for the workload you describe.
  7. Adamantoise thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Honestly, it's so weird. I've been using my 2012 Macbook Pro almost everyday now for almost 5 years. I know deep down I will be fine with the 13" even with 8GB of RAM ... But why do I feel like I need to have the 15"?

    I will honestly sit on this for a while, my 2012 is still working after all.
  8. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    If you have a mobile workstation, and you already have a quad core 15-inch MBP, IMO this gives you major flexibility towards the 13-inch in that you could remote into either of those two systems if you need more powerful processing. For certain applications, I will use my SP3 or MBPr13 to remote into my MBPr15 for that very purpose. This also partly swayed me towards buying a 13 with the base specs (at the time, which were 2.0/8/256) - further, I was able to find that base model on sale for less than half the price of the 15-inch you are considering, which also influenced my decision.

    I don't know much about gaming, but if you went with a base MBP13, compared to the higher spec 13 or the 15, perhaps you would have enough left over to pick up a decent gaming rig from Craigslist (or even one of the mini PC's oriented towards gaming), if that is an option that is of interest?
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    So don't. Adorama has the late 2016 15" 2.5Ghz/Radeon 450 model for $2025 after AppleInsider coupon. That is the shipped price unless you live in NY or NJ.

    If you have to have the 2017 they have it for $2225 shipped.

    Also if you go thought one of the cash back sites you can eek out another 1-2% in cash back.

    Just bought my iMac from them. Great deals and fast shipping. (I've also bought a good bit of camera equipment from them).
  10. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Does Adorama allow returns of opened computers?
    --- Post Merged, Jul 7, 2017 ---
    Found the answer. No.

    Following items cannot be returned once opened

    Software, Film, Paper, DVDs, Bulbs, flash tubes, Batteries, Ink cartridges, Notebooks, Netbooks, Tablets, iPads and Computers, Memory cards, any item which has been removed from its "blister-pack".

  11. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Computers are non-returnable, so yes, make sure you buy the machine you know you want, not the one you think you want. Now if you are talking about a DOA machine you'd have to direct that at them. Fortunately, my iMac came in perfect. Their customer service has online chat.
  12. malikkamran macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2016
  13. jrasero macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    Seems like the 13" would be fine for you. I think the 15" is great if you need the quad core and the dedicated graphics but from what it seems you have a work station for that. I got the 2017 13" NTB i7 16GB and performance wise it is awesome (lots of streaming, Excel, Chrome tabs).

    The only thing I really envy about the 15" is the Touch ID and the larger 15" which would have come in handy when doing spread sheets or viewing multiple streams, BUT would it have been worth the extra hundreds of dollars and less battery? For me no. Down the line I will probably get an external monitor for at home use, but for now the 13" portability has been awesome, not that the 15" is some ultra large computer or anything.

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