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macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 3, 2009
Ive used 13" laptops all of my life, except for the one instance where I had a pre retina 15" for a few weeks, which I found to be tooooooo large.

My friend offered his discount and coupled with some left over gift cards I had, I paid about 1609 out the door for the base 15". If I were to buy the 13" with the 16gb ram, the out the door cost would've been 318 cheaper. At that price, I figured it was worth to just spring the 318 and get a more future proof machine. Now that I received the machine and took it on a flight, I must say, its a bit larger than I expected. I thought about the value proposition instead of going with whats comfortable. Is the weight and footprint something I eventually get used to?

I also got the 15" as I heard the 13" TB battery life is pretty atrocious.

I don't really do any editing or photoshop. My mindset was partially "what if I do it later down the road" and also, I wanted a 4 year machine. Still, I guess in other words I just want validation I made the right decision..


macrumors newbie
Nov 26, 2016
Do you still have time to exchange the product? If you do, going back to a 13" may be better since you are not doing any editing on your 15"

If you don't, you will eventually get used to the size and weight. I have been using 15" for 4 years and now I can't go back to 13" because the screen feels too small. I carry it around everyday and I usually don't notice the weight unless I've been walking a long time.
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macrumors 6502a
Apr 5, 2015
I have been using the 13" ever since the original MacBook was launched in 2006. I had a 15" for a few months back in 2008 but I never liked it and sold it again quickly.

I got my brand new 15" about a week ago and I have to say I am very pleased with it. I found the footprint to be smaller than I expected so I am very happy about that. That being said, the reason I went with the 15" is because I graduated recently and don't need to carry it with me everywhere anymore + I am getting into photography and wanted the more power.

With that being said, it sounds like you are having second thoughts and maybe it would be better for you with the smaller one. Follow your gut.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 9, 2008
I just updated from a 13" Air to a 15" Pro. One of my main reasons was because the 13" screen was getting too small for me to see without zooming in all the time. I was initially concerned about the size of the 15" since I do cart my laptop with me at times and use it on my lap, but now that I've used it, it isn't significantly bigger or heavier than my Air and now when I look at my 13" screen, it looks way too small. Just like when I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to the 7 Plus, I had reservations at first, but now that Im used to it, I'm glad for the extra size.

If you are concerned over portability (or price) more than anything get the 13", otherwise you'll get better use out of the 15" not only now but for future needs as well. I always say that I'd rather have more and not need it than need it and not have it. So, IMHO unless the 15" is just way too heavy for you to carry around, I would stick with the 15".


macrumors 6502
Mar 27, 2015
I've been grappling with this question a bit myself. I had a really specced out BTO 15" on order but after playing with these in the stores a bit more I really started to really like the 13" form factor. Seemed like when I first went into the store I was attracted more to the 15" but in actual usage I tended to feel like the 13" is just the perfect size for a laptop. I guess the way I'd break it down is if you are more at your desk than on the move with it the 15" makes more sense but if you use it more on the move the 13" size is just perfect in your lap or to carry around. Since you don't really need the power of the 15" and are expressing concern about the size I would give the 13" a serious look it may be perfect for you. Seems to be perfect for me. I'm getting about 9 hours web browsing and 6.5 or so if I push it so that's good enough battery for me. I could probably get more than 9 as well if I really wanted to be aggressive with brightness or turn off the keyboard backlight.


macrumors regular
Oct 11, 2016
Always 15". If I want something small I'll use my iPad

For me the weird thing is getting a 13" laptop. Never owned one, never wanted it. I also use the iPad if I just need to take it to do some internet stuff and even writting with a bluetooth keyboard.


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 3, 2009
Thanks for the answers guys! Im unfortunately stuck with it. I cant ask him to reapply the discount as I feel like a ungrateful jerk. I need instant gratification and the only 13" with 16gb config in store is the max config which is like 2400. I can't stomach to pay that much for a 13".
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macrumors regular
Sep 11, 2010
I definitely do like the smaller form factor of the 13", but there are no quad core 13" models (dedicated GPUs is a plus on the 15" too).


macrumors 65816
Jan 24, 2013
I went with the 13", after only owning 15" the past few MacBooks.

The difference in size is tremendous. My iPad Pro 12" is actually a little bigger, and I get to have a full laptop in its place. I use Logic Pro X primarily, and realized - while a quad core is nice, it's absolutely not a deal breaker. The extra portability is much more useful for me.
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