Do Any of my Fellow rMBP 13" Buyers Wish They Went with the rMBP 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Monkey, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. The Monkey macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    Price drops and speed bumps notwithstanding, do any of you rMBP 13 buyers wish you had gone with the rMBP 15?
  2. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    Nope, I knew what I was getting, no interest in lugging around a 15" laptop. It was between a 2012 11" Air and the 13" rMBP. Could have saved myself about $700 if I went with the 11", so that stil bugs me a little but I love the rMBP. :)
  3. airmaxx28 macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2013
    Nope, i love my 13 in rMBP it does everything i need it to with no problem. The 15 rMBP in is nice and may be a better value but its just too big to carry around. 13 inches is the sweet spot imo.
  4. The Monkey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    Good points. I also realize that my true love for this machine will be realized when I travel more. Every laptop I've ever had, I've wished were smaller. This one finally seems to be right in the sweet spot. And given that it is not a desktop replacement for me, I can deal with the underspecs.
  5. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Have you talked yourself out of regretting it yet? :D

    My 13" is a desktop replacement. I just use a big-assed external monitor when deskbound. It's also a very powerful ultra-light portable.

    15" is too freaking big for my tastes.

    Also tak solace in the fact that 13" is the most popular MBP size.
  6. The Monkey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    Lol, for now. :)
  7. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Not at all. The 15" was $500 more than my 13" rMBP ($700 after today) and I didn't want to pay for specs that I would rarely take advantage of, if ever.

    The 13" is so much easier to carry around and handles everything I throw at it with ease.

    Now I just need a new Thunderbolt Display for the times I'm at my desk and all will be right with the world.
  8. DayVe3000 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2012
    Yes and No . . .

    Would love the 15-inch, but wasnt prepared to pay out that much on a machine.

    I often look at the at the 15-inch spec and 'want'. However If you pay no attention to spec and just use the machine - the 13-inch does everything I've asked of it.

    I think alot of people over look it because of how the spec compares to its bigger brother. I guess the bigger price gap will reflect that much better now.

    my only real criticism is the fact I cant run the thing in 'best for retina' - The effective 1280x800 desktop just isnt big enough for me. I'd have just gotten away if it'd been 1440x900 like the 15-inch.
  9. ncrypt macrumors regular

    May 16, 2012
    What's wrong with scaling it to 1440x900?
  10. The Monkey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    I agree re the 1280 x 800. Sometimes it doesn't give enough real estate. But I've found that scaling has been working quite well. Still, I also would prefer that best for retina give more real estate as the default without any scaling and potential performance hit, etc.
  11. will0407 macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2006
    Not at all, while the 15" is obviously better spec wise, the size of the 13" is perfect for me. I had a 15" retina for a while but switched to an air. I've now just got the new 13" retina and wouldn't switch to a 15" as it just feels to big IMO
  12. zuckuss00 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2012
    If I was in the market for a rMBP I'd definitely go with the 15" because of the overall specs and performance and it's a better value. I chose cMBP 13" over the new 13" rMBP because I felt it was underwhelming and just too expensive for what you were getting.

    ...also, the 15" rMBP is not that much larger than the 13" rMBP.
  13. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I don't need 13" MBP when I have an iPad 2. I want 15" rMBP because I don't plan to lug around too much. :apple:
  14. 1member1 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2012
    15 is too big for me so i took the 13. i'm very happy with it.

    13 is for 13 tasks 15 is for 15 tasks. just choose what's better for you
  15. trigonometry macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    South Carolina
    I think I do. Price wasn't an issue at the time (now it is though) but it's so big and I hate the placement of the speakers along the sides of the keyboard. Still I long for its performance and power. In fact I need it now that I have gotten some low budget editing jobs. I wish Apple could figure out a way to put quad-core CPU's and dedicated graphics cards in the 13" form factor. I've been thinking about putting an ad on CL barter, my 13" retina and iPhone 5 for a 15" retina.
  16. kycophpd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2009
    Louisville, Kentucky

    That's what she said.
  17. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I just ordered my 13" yesterday so I don't have it yet...but I feel I won't regret it at all.

    I originally had a 15" MBP which was great, I loved the power...but it's footprint was so large I rarely used it outside of my home office. So I "downgraded" to an 11" Air. I loved the portability...but in the end I missed the 16:10 display. The graphics power loss was unfortunate, but since I am mostly in XCode all day it wasn't a huge issue.

    So now I have settled on the 13" rMBP, after the price drop. I was considering it before...but with its price so close to the 15" and no discrete graphics card it was hard to pull the trigger.

    My perfect laptop would essentially be the 15" rMBP's hardware (quad-core CPU, discrete graphics) in the 13" form factor. I would easily pay $2500 for that machine...but for now the current 13" will suffice :D
  18. BigMacAttack1 macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2013
    Bellingham, WA
    I bought the 13" Air 1.5 weeks ago and it's going back Tuesday as I received the 13" Pro Retina yesterday and I'm already sold. My roommate has the 15" and while nice, it's too big for my needs. I'm not in school, I don't use it for work. I mostly use it for surfing the web and watching/downloading music/movies. I love the look of the Pro and and that the footprint is smaller than the Air. Lots less wasted space and just feels solid compared to the tapered screen on the Air. The 15" would be too bulky for times when I do travel and I frankly don't need that much power. What I love the most is that I got a refurbished computer that was just released 4 months ago for $1350 and that would be new for $2200 w/the specs that I have. Oh, and it came with 0 charge cycles and an 2.9 i7 processor when I actually ordered the 2.5 i5. Love my first Mac!
  19. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Same here! I ordered the $1359 13" rMBP on Thursday night and when I got it today, it had that same i7 2.9 in it. Pretty darn happy!
  20. Devilicus macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2012
    I would say no; I considered the 15 inch one quite a bit, but overall I gotta say I'm very happy with my 13 inch rMBP. If I had another $500 or so to shell out, maybe I would have picked up the 15 inch

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