Is the 15" still worth it for 1600 in your opinion?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by uptempos, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. uptempos macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    I am on the fence now if I want to trade it in for the 13". But then I hear people say people shouldn't buy the 15" now because its a 2 year old chip...The best buy deal seemed good at the time of purchase but I am doubting it now.
  2. exexs macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2015
    Paris, France
    For 1600$ it is worth it imo. If you have to buy it brand new for 1999$ I'm less sure...

    The 13" is 1300$, so for an extra 300$ you get a better CPU, bigger screen, better graphics, double RAM and probably double GB SSD. So yeah, no questions here, it's better to keep your 15"
    (of course you miss the new touch force, the faster SSD and faster RAM, but still...)
  3. the caveman macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007

    Where can i find one for 1600?
  4. evrard macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2014
  5. Kaenon macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2011
    I'm showing $1,799.99 on best buy's website.

    Where is it for $1,600??
  6. uptempos thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    its 1799...take another 10 percent off with usps movers coupon..and another 50 if you have edu email.
  7. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    At that price I'd snap one up ASAP :)

    I picked up a Refurb 15 inch from the Apple Store online a week ago and it's a great machine.
  8. madflava54 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2011
    Seems tempting...I'm waiting for my 2015 13' MBP right now. I think it would be too big as I was had a 10-13' laptop. Having that extra power is pretty darn tempting though. I'd say it's a toss up.
  9. uptempos thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    Ive decided to keep the 15 inch...

    considering the 15 inch for 300ish more
    here are some things to note if someone is also thinking about this..

    ~350-400 more with tax you get..
    -I get 256gb instead of 128gb
    -16gb of ram instead of 8gb
    -quad core instead of dual
    -slightly better graphics
    -bigger screen (might not be a benefit to some, but for me, yes)

    What I'll miss out on the 13"
    -broadwell..but benchmarks show miniscule improvements
    -2 more hour battery life
    -faster clock rate for single thread 2.7ghz vs 2.2ghz
    -faster ssd read/write for big files

    definitely things to consider if someone is on the same boat on wanting what to do..I'd say if one is looking to wait for a updated 15" I'd say at least 4 months for the refresh. (my guess)
  10. totten76 macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2015
    I'm on the same 15" boat as everyone......may I ask a question though?

    How much of a difference will I notice going for the 13" instead of the 15"? I'm currently typing this on a 17" Asus and enjoy the large workspace. Does it take getting used to when going to a 13"? Does anyone feel the want for more screen space?

    No other factors bother me besides sheer working space.
  11. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010

    There isn't a single situation where that clock difference will be meaningful at all. In fact you actually misinterpreted it. You're looking at base clocks, whereas these things will run a bit faster if only 1-2 cores are in use. I don't know about ssds. It seems odd that the 13" one would be faster.
  12. Damodici macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2014
    Either 15" model from 2014/15 (possibly before tbh) will munch the new 2015 rmbp 13 for breakfast

    The quad core and better graphics performance will see to that quite easily

    Now if it was current 15 rmbp vs waiting for a possible upgrade in 3-4 months that's a different story
  13. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013

    The New 13 inch ones have moved to a 4 lane PCIe connection for all their SSD's like the 1TB ones of the last generation, giving Read/Write speeds well over 1Gb/sec.
  14. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Except for the 128GB.

    Although the 128GB is 4-lane, write speeds are around 650MB/s and read speeds are about 900MB/s. Still fast enough.
  15. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013

    Actually, since you're comparing the 128GB version...

    You go to Best Buy and price match to the bhphotovideo website (one of the sites they accept) for $1,059.

    So instead of $300, its' actually about a $550 difference minimum. Once we add your 10% off coupon and edu discount, it comes out to

    $904 pre-tax

    This is for the 2014 version BTW.
  16. Kaenon macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2011
    I'm actually moving in 2 weeks, did the address change and didn't see the coupon at the time so I re-did the change of address to get the coupon and my university let's me keep my edu address for life, so I guess I could get the 15" but $1,600 on a laptop does seem crazy to me.
    I have a mid-2011 iMac that I upgraded to 12GB ram, but I haven't had a laptop in so long... I really want to switch and get a laptop, but I've been waiting for something great and I think we might see something good with the next release of the 15"MBP, but who knows when that'll be with broadwell delays possibly impacting skylake release.
  17. uptempos thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2015
    You can get as much usps movers coupon as you want at the post office. You can also pay a dollar online and print one out.

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