Carrying around a 13 in MBP vs 15 in MBP

BaseballGuy

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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.
 

ixodes

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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 :)
 

BaseballGuy

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I would opt for the 13" Macbook Air over either one if I was lugging it around all the time :)
I've thought about the Air, but I'd actually use the disk drive and I don't want to carry around the attachment...
 

MacDawg

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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...
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"
 

Drask

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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,
 

-tWv-

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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"
 

Textureboy

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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
 

terraphantm

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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
 

rockyroad55

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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 :)
Regardless of fitness level, the difference still is noticeable.
 

ixodes

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Regardless of fitness level, the difference still is noticeable.
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. :)
 

BaseballGuy

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

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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
I'll be a Freshman, I guess I'm just assuming..
 

terraphantm

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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..
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.
 

BaseballGuy

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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.
Excellent, thanks for the advice.
 

Textureboy

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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!