Anyone going from the 13" to 15"?

Owners of 13" what size are you getting?

  • Staying with the 13"

    Votes: 18 30.0%
  • Upgrading to the 15"

    Votes: 42 70.0%

  • Total voters
    60

james948

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Nov 17, 2004
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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"
 

Time Less

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Jul 29, 2010
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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".
 
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dk808

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May 13, 2015
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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
 

el-John-o

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Nov 29, 2010
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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.
 

FattyMembrane

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Apr 14, 2002
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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.
 

Ender17

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

LizKat

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Aug 5, 2004
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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.
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... ;)
 

el-John-o

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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... ;)
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.
 

NJRonbo

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Jan 10, 2007
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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.
 

Mr Fusion

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May 7, 2007
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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!
 
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MattSeven

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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.
 

el-John-o

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Nov 29, 2010
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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.
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!
 

NJRonbo

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

I am gaining weight....you are losing. :)
 

iizmoo

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Jan 8, 2014
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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.
 

snowboardpunk

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Feb 28, 2013
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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...
 

larmende

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Nov 18, 2011
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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!
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.
 

MacBH928

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May 17, 2008
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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
 

x-evil-x

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Jul 13, 2008
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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.
 

x-evil-x

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