Help with decision

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Fernaro, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Fernaro macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2009

    I will be buying a new MacBook Pro this week replace my 4+ year old PB. Since I'm on a budget, I had decided to get the basic 13 inch MBP ($1099 with education discount) and upgrade the memory and hard drive myself (already got the drive). However, I went to the university computer store today and they offered me the previous 15 inch 2.4 GHz MBP with the dual graphics card (256 MB), 2GB of ram and 250GB HD that they have on clearance for $1300.

    I know the new MB have a higher quality display and substantially longer battery life, but on the other hand I also know the discrete graphics card can make a difference with certain applications. So now I'm having a hard time deciding which one to get.

    Aside from average every day use, I often use photoshop and illustrator (mostly figure editing for research papers), Keynote for presentations, and video conferencing with iChat. I also enjoy photography and basic video editing as a hobby. I've used final cut express in the past and would like to get Aperture in the near future.

    With all that in mind, I would truly appreciate any advice.

    Thanks so much
  2. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    The 13 inch MBP can do everything you mention.

    However, the added screen real estate of the 15 inch is very useful. Plus the dedicated video card is good as well.

    On the flip side, the 13 inch is easier (smaller and lighter) to carry.

    Another thing to consider, is that you could get the MBP13 and then add an external monitor for when you are in your room. Probably could get one for a good price from someone who is upgrading their monitor.
  3. bigdaddyp macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2008
    I would choose...

    I have the 13" macpro and love it. However, with the price that the university is offering I would jump at the 15". I would be all over it like Bill Clinton on a cocktail waitress. :D The extra screen real estate and the better grapics card in my mind offset the lower battery life and increased weight.

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