Anyone going from the 13" to 15"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Time Less, Oct 27, 2016.


Owners of 13" what size are you getting?

  1. Staying with the 13"

    18 vote(s)
  2. Upgrading to the 15"

    42 vote(s)
  1. Time Less, Oct 27, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016

    Time Less macrumors 6502

    Time Less

    Jul 29, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 6.07.10 PM.png I love the portability of the 13" and have gone with that size since forever. Now that the 15" has slimmed down to a good size are people going bigger? I would love to have a dGPU and quad core for once too so I'm kinda torn. Here's a size comparison for those wondering.

    Screen Shot 2016-10-27 at 2.09.32 PM.png View attachment 668520
  2. cjrulli macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2010
    Can you overlay a Mid 2010 13" with a 2016 15"?
  3. Time Less thread starter macrumors 6502

    Time Less

    Jul 29, 2010
    Planet Earth
  4. james948 macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2004
    Damn. This makes it hard. But I suspect I'll go with the 13. But i really want to hold them. Pathetically, I was sort of hoping the new 15 could be veeerrrry close to the size of the 2015 13"
  5. Time Less, Oct 29, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2016

    Time Less thread starter macrumors 6502

    Time Less

    Jul 29, 2010
    Planet Earth
    I changed my mind and staying with the 13" touch bar after spending time with the size in store today. The small footprint and slim size is perfect for me. Even though they didn't have the new 15", the old one wasn't too far off. it felt like a monster in comparison. I will be giving up power but I think I'll be ok and the iris 550 is not too bad either. I'm coming from a 2013 13".
  6. dk808 macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
    I have a mid 2010 13 inch and am upgrading to the 15 inch. Funny thing is my current 13 inch weights half a pound more than the new 15 inch lol. Portability wont be an issue for me and i love the screen real estate of the 15 inch
  7. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    I'm upgrading to the 15. I always said the 13 was the IDEAL form factor; big enough to actually get work done but small enough to be really portable. I still think that's true. But now that the 15 has hit the gym and laid off the snacks for the last couple of generations; it's current slim and trim profile makes it not MUCH bigger than the 15" it's replacing; and not any heavier. And yet, the performance increase is BIG. A much faster quad core CPU, and a dedicated GPU.
  8. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    I'm upgrading from a '13 Air and am about 90% sure I'm going to go with the 15in. Still a larger footprint than my current machine, but not massive, and the extra screen real estate makes it much more appealing. I'm waiting until both new models are in stores so I can get my hands on them in person before making the final call.
  9. Ender17 macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2005
    Thinking about upgrading from a 2013 13" but will probably wait for some sales or discounts. Maybe Black Friday?
  10. LizKat macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I'm budget-busted at the moment but the reduced weight on the 15" inch suggests that would be my next move. I haven't had a 15" primary machine since the G4s so I'll like the extra real estate too. Not sure I'm a fan of the ports and my iPhone is an SE and I loathe dongles, but time moves on so maybe by another iteration the ecosystem will be more in sync on ports and cable connections. Ever the optimist... ;)
  11. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    Yep. It's early adoption. USB-C is far superior. It's an all-in-one port, it's reversible, the list goes on. But, it's not yet ubiquitous in the market. You can get a handful of cables to replace your old USB A cables. For example, a USB-C to Lightning cable for your phone if you plug your phone into your laptop a lot. (I do when traveling occasionally in hotel rooms where outlets are limited. Plug in my laptop and charge iPhone and iPad from the laptop).

    One thing I'm not looking forward to on this generation those is the need for a stack of new dongles. I wish they'd included at least one USB-A port for my old hardware, and perhaps even a miniDP connector ("Thunderbolt 2") to work with the dongles I had already invested in for various A/V connections.

    I've gotta admit though; the symmetrical setup with four identical ports, two on each side; is definitely aesthetically pleasing. It's a good look, for sure.
  12. NJRonbo macrumors 68020

    Jan 10, 2007
    Owned a 17" MBP for years.

    Found it too heavy for travel.

    Downgraded to a 15" MBP in 2014

    Still found it too heavy for travel

    Downgraded to a 13" MBP in 2016

    Perfect for travel

    Bought a 2016 MacBook. Wanted that for travel and the 13" MBP for home use.

    Now that I have a traveling MacBook, I am ready to upgrade to a 15" loaded MBP just for the power specs.
  13. AdonisSMU macrumors 604

    Oct 23, 2010
  14. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    Upgrading from a 13" 2011 MBA to a near top of the line (everything but the SSD, I don't need a lot of storage) 15" MBP. I'm on the road a lot and am willing to sacrifice larger size and weight for more screen real estate.

    My goal in purchasing this machine is to make it last. This Air did great for about 3 years but the last two it's been really dogging it with video and fan noise. I want something that'll power me through 5 years like a champ!
  15. MattSeven macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    I am going from an 11" 2013 i7 Mac Air to the 15" 2016 MBP. I think the 11" is easily the best tech purchase I've ever made in my life. But I am getting into video editing and it just can't handle the heat. I am also wanting to do a lot with Logic Pro, which benefits from the real estate.

    I am forced to use a 15" Toshiba for work and though I hate this machine, I think if I sell the 11" I will get used to the 15" size. But switching from an 11" with MacOs to a 15" running Windows all day is definitely affecting morale.
  16. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    I'm with you on that; but the new 15" MBP is actually going to be lighter than the 2012 13" it's replacing for me.

    That's why I finally jumped in and bought the 15". The performance, yes; but because now it's not much bigger than the 13" (thanks to whittling the bezel) and it's lighter than the old 13"! Woohoo!
  17. NJRonbo macrumors 68020

    Jan 10, 2007
    That's a good position to be in.

    I am gaining are losing. :)
  18. iizmoo macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2014
    Definitely thinking about upping from my current 2013 13" MBA to the 15". I did a case less test, it's roughly the weight of my MBA + iPad Pro, good weight, and only 1" wider, about 2/3" deeper. The big issue I've just realized isn't the base weight, but the case weight. I've always had a case on all my Macbook, looking for the lightest weight full case out there. The sad thing isn't there isn't anything that seem to be good with light weight.
  19. snowboardpunk macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2013
    Went with the 15" but debating if I should get the 13". My 2012 air gets heavy lugging it around school especially cuz I'm in NYC. So much damn walking everywhere...
  20. larmende macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    I am in roughly the same position. The fact that the 15'' isn't that much heavier than the 2011 Air is quite nice. But I will have to check them out in store before putting any kind of money down.
  21. MacBH928 macrumors 68040


    May 17, 2008
    Any one ever upgraded from 13 to 15 and regretted it? Not sure if the extra screen space will be better or not. I used to love the 17 on desktop.

    I am thinking about getting the 15, but there is no low spec model, you have to pay extra for all the bells and whistles
  22. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    Leaving behind my 2011 Macbook pro 13" thats 4.5 pounds for a 15" model. Excited to have a larger screen laptop again i have had 13" ones since 2008 or so. Had a white macbook back then and that apple swapped out for the macbook pro in 2011.
    Half a pound weight savings over my 13" model plus 2" bigger screen and SSD/speed performance upgrades is going to be huge for me.
  23. WRONG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2015
    Principality of Sealand
    I'm not sure I'll buy a MBP, but damn I'm sure I'm done with 13" with no dGPU.
    15" all the wayyy
  24. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    tell us how you really feel.
    Im have withdrawal symptoms not having the waiting for skylake thread open anymore

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