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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by allio-nicholas, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. allio-nicholas macrumors newbie

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    Hi Apple People!
    I'm gonna change my old Macbook Pro 13-inch mid 2009, 2,26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3; basically my new Macbook will be a Macbook Retina but I'm not sure about which configuration:

    13-inch Retina
    3.0GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM

    or

    15-inch Retina
    2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz

    or

    15-inch Retina
    2.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz


    Mainly I have to choose what type of processor it's better because there are no differences in terms of price; i'm also comfortable with a 13-inch so i don't know if I really need a 15-inch notebook..

    What's your opinion?
    Let me know! :D

    Thanks! ;)
    Nicholas
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If you aren't a power user, even the mid-range 2.6/8/256 config of the 13" rMBP will suit you fine.
     
  3. chaofahn macrumors member

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    Given that you've previously been working with a 13", I'd stick with the first option. Besides, not only is it more portable, the battery life is better than the 15".
     
  4. Suture macrumors 6502a

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    I'd do the 13" -- if you're fine with the size, no need to carry around anything bigger.
     
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Depends on usage. Are you video editing? The 13" gets very good battery life even when editing in Logic Pro X.
     
  6. allio-nicholas thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm a software developer, so I will be able to run VMs and emulators (and also make some renders a couple of time);
    I used to video editing but just with iMovie, nothing so complicated;
     
  7. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    If you think you'll be taking it with often then go for the 13". If not, the base 15" is excellent for what you plan to use it for.
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    For running VMs alone, the 15" would be suitable for you because of the quad core processor. And for the rendering, the GT 750M can help greatly as well, but it depends on how often you render.
     
  9. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    You may not need the 15, but if you're not moving around a lot with your machine, you'll be much happier with 1. Extra screen real estate, 2. faster processor and 3. Larger hard disk. Go for the 15, you'll find you are more productive.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    If you're happy with the 13" model, stick with it and get the 13" rMBP.
     
  11. bmwx12 macrumors newbie

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    Plus the 13" 256GB and 8GB of RAM is the perfect sweet spot in price on the refurb site.
     
  12. iKrivetko macrumors 6502a

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    Developing software and running vms is more fun with a larger screen and an extra pair of cores in my book.
     

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