Carrying around a 13 in MBP vs 15 in MBP

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  1. BaseballGuy macrumors newbie

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    I was just wondering how noticeable the difference is. I will be carrying either one around campus in a backpack. 2 days a week I'll have at least two textbooks in my backpack.
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I would opt for the 13" Macbook Air over either one if I was lugging it around all the time :)
     
  3. ixodes macrumors 601

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    The difference is hardly noticeable if you're of average fitness.

    I carry my 15" MBP in a moderately loaded backpack daily, no problem.

    The 15 is only 1.1 lb. more. Easy Peasy :)
     
  4. BaseballGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've thought about the Air, but I'd actually use the disk drive and I don't want to carry around the attachment...
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Well, if you are going to use the optical a lot, then you may prefer the Pro
    I rarely use one, and have the Apple Drive when I do
    Very compact and light weight for when you do need it

    I doubt you will find the difference in the 13" and 15" to be too substantial
    If I were going to get a MBP it would be the 15"
     
  6. Drask macrumors regular

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    I'd say go with your personal preference, weight won't be a that much of a factor since you're already carrying textbooks etc, so one pound won't make that much of a difference, and its just twice a week.

    It's all about what you enjoy more and the type of desk you're given at your campus. I went with the 15" because of the real state, but I picked up a rMBP and a superdrive. I rarely use one so its the best of both worlds, lighter, thinner and more real state screen,
     
  7. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    I have carried both and didn't notice a difference at all. If you want the bigger screen then go for the 15". I find the 15" screen space to be invaluable, I just feel cramped on a 13" screen after using the 15"
     
  8. Textureboy macrumors 6502

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    Even though I'm getting the 15" Retina, I think the 13" pro is a perfect size for carrying. It just feels perfect not too big not too small. The retina is an amazing size for me, because before the Retina I was planning to get the 15" anyway. I wanted the extra power and the speakers.

    If you really want portability then get the Air, but for the Pro 13" is a perfect size :) Maybe wait for the 13" Retina? :O
     
  9. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    With a couple of textbooks in your bag, the weight difference will hardly be noticeable. That said, I'm not sure why you'd take your textbooks to class
     
  10. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Regardless of fitness level, the difference still is noticeable.
     
  11. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Duh...

    I didn't say it wasn't.

    What I _did_ say is from my perspective it's hardly noticeable.

    Fitness level _does_ matter. If one is very active, strong, & fit, carrying an extra few lbs is of no consequence, that's just a fact.

    It's as simple as that. :)
     
  12. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    I've been carrying my rMBP and its not heavy at all. And I have 4 portable hard drives, my headphones, mouse, and power cable. Not bad at all.
     
  13. BaseballGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I would wait for the 13" Retina but I can't afford to. I need a computer in 2 weeks.

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    I'll be a Freshman, I guess I'm just assuming..
     
  14. terraphantm macrumors 68040

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    Ah well - I'm going to be a senior. I don't really know of anyone who brings their textbooks to the lectures, unless the professor specifically requests it (mostly for "flipped" classes). And really, it'd be a distraction. Best is to read the material the night before, take notes during the lectures, and then read again that night while referencing your notes.
     
  15. BaseballGuy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excellent, thanks for the advice.
     
  16. Textureboy macrumors 6502

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    13" Air or Pro would be good :) Go to the apple store and check them out before you make your final decision!
     

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