Another 13" vs 15" question with a twist

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  1. AlexeyProkhin macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I fell in love with my friends' macbook and have decided that I simply must have one. I am torn between two models:
    1. MacBook Pro 13 Retina MGX82: i5 2.4, 8Gb ram, 256Gb storage.
    2. MacBook Pro 15 Retina MGXA2: i7 2.2, 16Gb ram, 256Gb storage.
    The macbook will be used for development. I mostly do C++ right now, but I am looking into android development, so this is probably going to change in a near future. The portability is not very important, but still required, every once in a while I spend some time at my parents' and want to take my development machine there. I also have a 24" monitor which, I image, would come very handy to do serious work.
    I was going to buy 15 inch model next week because of the screen size and the additional 8Gb of memory. Unfortunately, I am a little bit late and the prices just skyrocketed by 30% (!) due to ruble devaluation basically over night. But I managed to request a delivery of 13 inch model for the old price (~1400$). It is a very good price, considering the model costs 1900$ in russian mac store since, well, yesterday or so. (Tell me about it, the apple products are extremely costly in Russia)
    So, once again, I need to answer the question: is it really worth it to pay more for 15 inch model? One of the local resellers can deliver it for ~2100$. This is really a lot for me and I was on the fence about buying it even when it would have cost me 300$ less.
     
  2. 0x100 macrumors regular

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    Personally I would get the one I could afford, or wait untill the price lowers.
     
  3. ilikewhey macrumors 6502

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    if you are not moving it on a day to day basis, get the 15, the extra window space is quite noticeable
     
  4. Zerka macrumors member

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    Get whatever your budget allows. If you'll only be doing slight travelling, I'd go for the 15" because you'll definitely benefit from the extra screen real estate while developing. I didn't choose the 13" because, while it's easily portable, the screen is too small and I'd rather have i7 qaud-core rather than i5 dual-core.
     
  5. Meister Suspended

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    He is using an external screen.

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    I did choose the 13" because I prefere the portability and I do not need a quadcore.
     
  6. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    Had the 13 inch but sold it for the 15 inch for my eyes mainly. Like the better real estate and I got it for $1,799.00 sale at PeachMac that matched the price from Best Buy. Same system you are looking at.
     
  7. aoaaron macrumors 6502

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    15''

    For me its a combination of wanting a bigger screen and because I'm paying so much, I'd rather have a quad core laptop with a 16GB of RAM than pay a lot for more modest specs and graphics.
     
  8. AlexeyProkhin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys for your answers.

    I think I will stick to 13" model for my first mac mostly for the price reason. I just could not justify spending 2100$ on a notebook at the moment.

    Yes, this is a great price. Unfortunately, I just missed my window of opportunity.

    I almost never play. I use my desktop for programming, watching movies, listing to music and browsing. I could use the 16Gb though as one of opensource projects I contribute to requires a lot of memory to compile.

    Yes, that is exactly my reasons why I consider 15". However, the two addtional cores are not that important for me, because the only heavy task I do is compilation. The ssd speed usually has more impact on it than processor power and the flash drives are great no matter what I choose.

    What do you mainly use it for?
     
  9. badger91 macrumors regular

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    My vote is for the 15" inch. I used a 13 for 7 years then got the 15 retina and will never go back.

    You just missed a sale at best buy on the 15" base MB pro retina. I bought a 13" on Monday then returned it on Wednesday upon hearing about the sale. I ended up paying roughly $1,479 which was an amazing deal. I saw B&H Photo still has it on sale.
     
  10. boast macrumors 65816

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    Im not sure if BB ships to russia, lol.


    Yeah the 15" would of been better, but if you need something now I dont think you would be disappointed with that 13". How does it work over there with returns? Could you try it out for a bit and see if it fits your needs?
     
  11. AlexeyProkhin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I doubt I can return it. But I used 13" for a little bit and liked it (not so sure how I would feel if I would have to use it every day)
     

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