Is the 13" MacBook Pro good for development?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by danest, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. danest macrumors member

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    I want a 13" MacBook Pro. Is there enough screen space (1280 x 800) for development for iOS apps and web development, with ruby, php and some photoshop.
     
  2. Jaimi macrumors regular

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    I don't think so - too tiny, and too hard to have your IDE, simulator, web browser (or whatever) all open and visible at the same time. I wouldn't use anything less than the high-res 15".
     
  3. mjoshi123 macrumors 6502

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    agreed in terms of screen estate it is real pia...
     
  4. mashsensor macrumors member

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    I use it for development no problem. a 15 incher is better but not much better in fitting everything in either. I just plug it into a big screen when home, and take it with me on the go. I am pretty productive on the go with it using Eclipse, and VS. If you travel alot, id go 13 + external monitor combo. If you dont travel a lot, 15 is probably better overall, though id still recommend external monitor when home even with a 15 incher.
     
  5. seek3r macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I know a lot of people who develop on ~12" ultraportables, and have for many years.

    Of course it always depends on personal preference and type of work, I find personally a smaller screen fine for pure development but not for the casual media and web browsing use that goes along with my laptop (and I'd rather not carry 2 laptops), so I have a 15". YMMV, if you can , borrow a similarly sized laptop from a friend/relative and try it out (and if worse comes to worse Apple has their 14 day return policy....)
     
  6. jvmxtra macrumors 65816

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    if you go that route, why not 13 inch mba?

    If you are looking to code on the go, you will need mba not 13 inch mbp...
     
  7. mehanika Guest

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    Ahoy Danest!

    I was in the exact same spot, regarding what Mac to get for programming and mobility,

    After much consideration (and testing on both the 15" and 13"), i must conclude that the diffrence is really not that big to be honest. I have been using a 13" for the last years, and i didn't find any need to upgrade the screensize.

    If you have a 13" allready, you will find no problem using it for programning.

    Besides - the computer can be hooked up to huge screens for, when you are home or just have the posibility. :)
     

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