Do 13" owners wish they'd gone with 15"?

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  1. emilioestevez Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
  2. osnola ibax macrumors member

    osnola ibax

    Jul 17, 2014
    It's bigger, heavier, a lot more expensive and overpowered for many users
  3. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    Pros and Cons of the 15" MBP from my perspective:

    * It's physically bigger.
    * It's heavier.
    * It costs more.
    * It runs hotter, especially with the dGPU going.

    * It has an extra couple of CPU cores which would be handy occasionally when I don't have access to my desktop machine.
    * It would be marginally more damaging if I had to use it as a weapon, although it might be harder to swing than the 13".

    Nope, pretty sure I made the right choice going with a 13".
  4. hopegrad macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2011
    It all comes down to the use in my opinion. I now have a 15" after owning a 13". The screen resolution is enough of an improvement to recommend the 15. Also, the amount of video editing I do as the proud father of a newborn makes the 15 a necessity.
  5. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    Lol better in every way? Perhaps spec wise but it's NOT better in every way possible. The 15 is about a pound more than the 13 inch and battery life is quoted about an hour less? Plus less portable. I guess I made your fact false already.

    Plus the 15 is about $800 dollars more which isn't better for my wallet.
  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - And not even in all specs. 13" uses faster 1866 MHz RAM, while 15" is still on 1600 MHz. 13" has slighter higher PPI on the screen as well.

    Weird thread...
  7. Howard2k macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2016
    Went for the 13 because of the compromise of speed and portability. Still works just the same.
  8. ColdShadow macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2013
    not at all.
    actually you are so wrong in every way..
    15 inch it's bulkier heavier.
    13 inch definitely better.
  9. Kate. macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2009
  10. ajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2013
    I thought about it once or twice, but i'm happy with my 13" rMBP. It's lightweight and easy to carry from class to class when moving around in college.
  11. TitanicManDC macrumors member


    Jun 11, 2015
    I am very happy with my top of the line 13 inch rMBP. I had a 15 inch, and it was just too large and bulky to use as a portable machine for me. What I would really love is a rMBP in a MacBook Air body.
  12. xoAnna, May 21, 2016
    Last edited: May 21, 2016

    xoAnna macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Planet Earth…
    No, I have a mid-2012 13" MBP and the size is perfect for my needs. Not too big and definitely not too small. For some things like intense photo editing or better sound quality a larger version may be more ideal but for me (I use LR and watch videos all the time on it) , its perfect. I hope I can get 13" when I'm due for a new Mac again. IMHO, the 15" is a bit large (especially for travel purposes, which I do a lot of as its part of my job) and the 13" battery seems to last longer.
    Each to his/her own, however! My SO loves his 15" and is happy with the size, by the way.
  13. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    My main laptop is a 2015 15" MBPr. Fully optioned, it was worth waiting for. For general work I bought an off the shelf 13" MBPr at my local Apple Store. These are just different enough to satisfy my needs, doing so in stellar fashion. I have bought loads of new Apple laptops over the years, they've been terrific.
  14. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I was going to point out the various ways that the 13" rMBP is better than the 15" model, but several people already beat me to it.

    Did you have a point to this thread or was it just a thinly veiled attempt to troll?
  15. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    I would probably of bought the 15 inch if it wasn't for the fact it costs $1,999.99. I don't want to spend $2,000 on a laptop which is already overkill for what I need. I am using this for school which is just note taking and to watch videos on which is worth getting the Retina display over the 13 inch Air. Looking back I was right in buying the 13 inch because of the portability and big enough for my needs.
    --- Post Merged, May 21, 2016 ---

    Lol I don't think so.... His comments from what I have seen is always on the extreme fanboish side of Apple to the point where it is annoying. Surprised he didn't make a thread claiming how it is a fact OS X is superior to Windows an Linux....
  16. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'm happy with my 2010 MacBook Pro 13".

    If I need more screenspace, I use my Mac Mini desktop with a 27" display.

    If I get another MacBook Pro it will be 13", as well.
  17. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    If you have an external mouse/kb and monitor, and the speed is adequate for you needs, then there is no downside to getting a 13". That being said, I went for the 15" because I wanted the better GPU and CPU.
  18. ChrisLTD macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2013
    Bought a 15" and wish I had a 13". It's bigger to carry around, and I rarely use the built in screen, so a smaller one wouldn't be a big problem.
  19. Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Getting a new 15" when they upgrade it.
    Personally the little change in wait/size do not affect my choice.
    I rather have the extra power
  20. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    No way. 15 inch is to big for all the traveling I do.. I also felt like a well spec'd out 13 inch was better and more affordable then a 15 at the time. When it comes to the iMac however, I would totally get the 27 inch over the 21.
  21. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    I can't think of any way the 15" rMBP would be better for me.
    I certainly picked the right size device. Never wanted and still don't want the 15".
  22. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    I did 18 months ago. Had the 13 inch and turned it back to the "Simply Mac" store for the 15 inch. 13 was bad for my eyes was the main reason. The store also gave me a 4 year warranty as well. :D 3 years from Apple and 1 year extra from "Simply Mac" store.
  23. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    Bought a 15 and lugged it for a year.
    Not better in every way for me.
    Swapped for 13.
    I need external monitor anyway.
  24. alphadog808 macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2015
    i had a 13. switched to mac from windows using 15" all my life with windows laptops. while the 13" had all the power i needed i couldn't stand the smaller screen so got the 15" instead
  25. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    No siree. My Mac is my portable keyboarded device, 13 is nice 'n handy, fine 'n dandy.

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