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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SuperMiguel, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. SuperMiguel macrumors 6502

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    So im an Electric Engineering student, and i take my computer to school alot.. I been using the 2009 macbook pro 13" and its time to upgrade.. I do alot of programming and matlab related work... Should i get the 15" or get the 13" ??? i been using my book pro for 2 years and the resolution doesnt bother me
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Do you want a 13 inch screen or 15 inch? Thats the first question.
     
  3. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Like the 15" cpu and like the 13" size and weight :)
     
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  5. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not true reason my mbp has 2 ssd in raid 0 and 8gb of ram so it works fine.. But I wanted to get a bit faster cpu. Some matlab calculation take a bit on my current c2d cpu
     
  6. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    Id say having the desired screen size is more important than the CPU.
     
  7. Derango macrumors regular

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    Well the new core i5/i7's in the 13 inch are definitely going to be speedier than the core 2 duo. And it sounds like you don't really do 3d graphics intensive stuff so the 13" should be fine for your purposes.

    Not sure if there difference between them in performance is going to be enough to justify the expense of the upgrade for you though.
     
  8. namtaB macrumors regular

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    I would worry more about getting a job after graduation.
     
  9. SuperMiguel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Also I never use external monitor so I was thinking that the extra resolution from the 15 may help me with the programming software (able to see more code at once) but then is heavier and bulkier to carry around
     
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  11. mbleopard macrumors regular

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    Is it even worth upgrading? Im an electrical engineer and I use Matlab and Simulink on both my home laptop (2008 Unibody MB) for grad school and at work (some 4 year old Dell laptop) and I have to use it with complex scripts and models. I have a 23" external hooked to my laptop at home that makes a huge difference compared to using my laptop screen, plus I can write Matlab script in one screen and run simulink/view results in the external.
     

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