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The Cockney Rebel

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My M1 MBP was delivered yesterday, to my nan’s place, so I’ll be unboxing it today.

However, I popped into the Apple Store to buy a USB-C to USB cable and I had a moment to play around, very briefly with a 13” MBP.

It’s so small!

I’m coming from a 24” iMac, so that’s probably why.

No pun intended, but do you think the 13” will grow on me?

Thanks in advance for any responses.
 

Falhófnir

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Depends on what you're doing? For using one app at a time, or if you can work flicking back and forward between desktops then you'll be ok. OTOH, I've always maintained if you want more than one thing on screen at once, you need at least the 1680x1050 resolution, which is available, but uncomfortably small at 13.3".
 

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My M1 MBP was delivered yesterday, to my nan’s place, so I’ll be unboxing it today.

However, I popped into the Apple Store to buy a USB-C to USB cable and I had a moment to play around, very briefly with a 13” MBP.

It’s so small!

I’m coming from a 24” iMac, so that’s probably why.

No pun intended, but do you think the 13” will grow on me?

Thanks in advance for any responses.
Will it grow on you? Only you can answer that question
 
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Quackers

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This is my last concern :)
Coming from a 17" laptop then my current 15" rMBP I too am worried that 13" may be too small.
Maybe I can find a new way of organising things to combat this. I'll have to wait and see.
I'd love to wait for the 16" new model but that will be just too expensive for me, so 13" is realistically my only option.
 
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The Cockney Rebel

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Depends on what you're doing? For using one app at a time, or if you can work flicking back and forward between desktops then you'll be ok. OTOH, I've always maintained if you want more than one thing on screen at once, you need at least the 1680x1050 resolution, which is available, but uncomfortably small at 13.3".
General stuff, really.

I was going to try learning to code, and for some reason I couldn’t install all of the required components on my 24” iMac.

I guess I can only give it a try and see if I feel comfortable with it.

I have the smaller iPad Pro, so thought the MBP would seem bigger.
 

The Cockney Rebel

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This is my last concern :)
Coming from a 17" laptop then my current 15" rMBP I too am worried that 13" may be too small.
Maybe I can find a new way of organising things to combat this. I'll have to wait and see.
I'd love to wait for the 16" new model but that will be just too expensive for me, so 13" is realistically my only option.
I wonder when the 16” models will launch?
 

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I've been using a 13" MBP for my primary computer for 7 years, moving from a 21" iMac. It never feels too small. Every once in a while I see it next to a larger screen and it's a kind of surprise at the size difference, but it's never been a problem.
 

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I've been using a 13" MBP for my primary computer for 7 years, moving from a 21" iMac. It never feels too small. Every once in a while I see it next to a larger screen and it's a kind of surprise at the size difference, but it's never been a problem.
Maybe you've got younger eyes than me 😁
I fear I'll be using my reading glasses more and more. But that's life, I suppose :)
 
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Falhófnir

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General stuff, really.

I was going to try learning to code, and for some reason I couldn’t install all of the required components on my 24” iMac.

I guess I can only give it a try and see if I feel comfortable with it.

I have the smaller iPad Pro, so thought the MBP would seem bigger.
sounds like you’ll probably be ok, I just need reference windows open while working on a document and can’t manage going back and forward so I can’t get away with it. Also, with pre-retina iMacs you can use them in target display mode so you could use that as a larger monitor with your new machine if you wish!
 
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The Cockney Rebel

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Do you still have the iMac? If so, couldn’t you just use that as an additional display when you need addition screen estate?
Thanks for the advice.

I intend to transfer my music library over, then retire the iMac.

I've been setting up the MBP (playing around with it) and I'm beginning to feel a bit more comfortable with it. Maybe it looked smaller in the store because there were also 16" MBPs about.

I'll just upgrade to the new 16" Mx when it launches.
 
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The Cockney Rebel

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I've been using a 13" MBP for my primary computer for 7 years, moving from a 21" iMac. It never feels too small. Every once in a while I see it next to a larger screen and it's a kind of surprise at the size difference, but it's never been a problem.
I think it looked *so* small in the Apple Store because there were also larger MBPs on display, so I know what you mean.

Thanks.
 

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General stuff, really.

I was going to try learning to code, and for some reason I couldn’t install all of the required components on my 24” iMac.

I guess I can only give it a try and see if I feel comfortable with it.

I have the smaller iPad Pro, so thought the MBP would seem bigger.
the other alternative is to get the mini with a 27" display, if you don't need the portability.
 
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the other alternative is to get the mini with a 27" display, if you don't need the portability.
Thanks for the advice, but after owning a desktop for all of these years (my iMac is 2008!) I've wanted a laptop for ages.
 

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I wonder when the 16” models will launch?
Yes, I am in for the 16" M1 MBP for sure!

Can't wait to dump the 16" Intel MBP that is a lap burner and battery sucker...

That's why my first M1 is a Mini with dual displays - loving that a lot since my eyes don't do well with small screens.
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