Anyone switch from a 15" MBP to 13"

Patrick_2001

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Have had a 15" MBP now for a month or so, and although I do like it and the power, not the lack of portability.. wondering if I would regret the move to a 13"? (2019)? Has anyone else done this? experiences?
The apple store has not been all that helpful either to be honest...... love the quickness of the 15", but I don't do anything that fancy, just MS office, photos, etc... and love the larger screen, but not always lugging it around..... Oh the joys! Curious to see if anyone else has been in similar spot?

cheers!
 

kp98077

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hmmm, tough one... don't think at end of day you can go too wrong with either TBH. especially if 2019.....
 

kp98077

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Yeah agreed. For you sounds like not a huge difference. However you would be giving up that screen size
 

StuKatz1

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Speaking strictly a switching screen size, I went from many 15s down to a 13 and will never look back, especially if the 13 gets 32 gig ram.

Love the smaller size and I am connected to a great monitor when working at a desk.
 
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Patrick_2001

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Speaking strictly a switching screen size, I went from many 15s down to a 13 and will never look back, especially if the 13 gets 32 gig ram.

Love the smaller size and I am connected to a great monitor when working at a desk.
yes, I would think 8 or 16 ram would be fine for most? but agreed smaller size would be nice for those cafes, or planes and airports.....
 

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I’m about to move back down to a 13 in a couple of days myself. I love my 15. It’s a great machine. That said, I feel that 1 extra pound in my bag on a daily basis. It is not comfortable to work with as a “lap”top. I’ll miss my current machine that’s been very good to me but I know I’m making the right decision.
 

kp98077

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I’m about to move back down to a 13 in a couple of days myself. I love my 15. It’s a great machine. That said, I feel that 1 extra pound in my bag on a daily basis. It is not comfortable to work with as a “lap”top. I’ll miss my current machine that’s been very good to me but I know I’m making the right decision.
Is yours a 2019 I assume ? Kinda in a similar spot. But just love the 15! BUT Lap wise and couch it’s rough -
 

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Depends on your screen needs. I usually get 15" units and have tried a few 13". But each time after I get a couple of windows open the 13" feels too small. In fact, if they do come out with a 16" in the fall I might trade my 15" for it.
 

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yes, I would think 8 or 16 ram would be fine for most? but agreed smaller size would be nice for those cafes, or planes and airports.....
32 gb ram is a definitely something to consider when buying a laptop in 2019 that you are hoping to keep for several years for pro audio use. Only a couple years ago, 8 was sufficient, and now it isn’t, so who knows.
 

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My problem with the 13"TB is the lack of GPU power due to the iGPU on 4k displays(maybe 2020 models will be different with the new Gen11 iGPUs).. everything just becomes choppy and starts to heat up all over the place
 

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I do no graphics, but a lot of computation and database work and the 13 is great from a portability point of view and is easier on the plane.
 
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cyb3rdud3

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I went from an 2018 15" i9 32GB 1TB to a 2019 13" i7 16GB 1TB a few days ago. And I love it. As per my other thread, the machine actually feels faster, it is lighter, and fits in smaller bags.

I connect at my home office to an ultra wide 34" LG screen, and in the office to a 4K 27" normal form factor. No issues whatsoever.

A very capable machine. Only regret I had was not doing it sooner :)
 
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Have had a 15" MBP now for a month or so, and although I do like it and the power, not the lack of portability.. wondering if I would regret the move to a 13"? (2019)? Has anyone else done this? experiences?
The apple store has not been all that helpful either to be honest...... love the quickness of the 15", but I don't do anything that fancy, just MS office, photos, etc... and love the larger screen, but not always lugging it around..... Oh the joys! Curious to see if anyone else has been in similar spot?

cheers!
Keep the 15 laptop, add a 12.9 iPad for portability. With the work you described an iPad alone would likely work well. Using the iPad in sidecar would be added benefit.
 

Spankey

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Is yours a 2019 I assume ? Kinda in a similar spot. But just love the 15! BUT Lap wise and couch it’s rough -
No mine is a 2017. Actually getting a really good trade in price from Apple which makes it easier for me. It will be an upgrade in most respects and I connect to an external monitor daily so the larger screen is really not gaining me much.
 
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Patrick_2001

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No mine is a 2017. Actually getting a really good trade in price from Apple which makes it easier for me. It will be an upgrade in most respects and I connect to an external monitor daily so the larger screen is really not gaining me much.
what type of RAM are you getting?
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I do no graphics, but a lot of computation and database work and the 13 is great from a portability point of view and is easier on the plane.
yeah I do a lot of data, view images and the like... and then there is some travel :)
 

kp98077

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I went from an 2018 15" i9 32GB 1TB to a 2019 13" i7 16GB 1TB a few days ago. And I love it. As per my other thread, the machine actually feels faster, it is lighter, and fits in smaller bags.

I connect at my home office to an ultra wide 34" LG screen, and in the office to a 4K 27" normal form factor. No issues whatsoever.

A very capable machine. Only regret I had was not doing it sooner :)
What are the Geekbench numbers on that 13" i7? curious versus the 13" i5...thx
 

Patrick_2001

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was at apple today, looked at the 13" models they are pretty nice, really don't think I'd be giving up all that much, sure some power... but gaining lots of portability!!
 
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