Keep late-2013 13" rMBP or upgrade to late-2013 15" rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dlim, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. dlim macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2012
    My situation is I've got a late 2013 13" rMBP 8gb/256gb that's been serving me just fine.

    With these deals going on after the 2014 refresh, I'm contemplating on picking up a late-2013 15" rMBP 8gb/256gb for $1565 after taxes and selling my current 13" one.

    Should I:

    -keep current. Wait for Broadwell or Skylake. And pick up either late-2013 13" 8gb/256gb for $1173 or 15" 8gb/256gb for $1565 and flip it to make some money


    -sell current. Pick up late-2013 15" rMBP 8gb/256gb. Wait for Skylake.

    Thanks guys!
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    How could we possibly know?

    Do you want a 13" rMBP or a 15" rMBP? It depends what you want or need.
  3. kramjam macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2008
    Do you need a 15" for the things your doing on your computer? Sounds like you're pretty content with what you have right now, I would just hold on to that and wait for a major refresh and sell then to upgrade.
  4. dlim thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2012
    I've never had a 15" so I don't know how different(?) things would be. I went from having a desktop + laptop to solely having a laptop for the past 4 years. I have an external monitor at my desk in my room that I'll plug into, wondering how much things would change if I had a 15" to work on when I'm away from my desk. But you're right, I have been content with what I have right now. It's just this deal on 15" rMBP's now have me wondering what it would be like to have one, and if it's worth buying/selling right now.

    I know it's about 1 pound heavier than the 13", and I'm sure I won't notice the difference in performance for what I do.

    I guess I'm wondering if carrying around an extra pound for more screen real estate will be worth it/noticeable?

    Has anyone gone from a 13" to a 15" and regretted it or missed having a 13"?
  5. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    I've gone the other way - from a 15" that I had used as my only computer for six years, to a 13" late 2013 rMBP. The biggest factor in choosing a 13" over a 15" at the time was the price. Something about the way Apple price their laptops made the choice between a specced-out and expensive 15" and a lower spec 13" (to "get me by").

    Anyway, I find I take this laptop with me a lot, and don't have to think twice about it. There's not much weight to carry it (especially now that you don't need to take power adaptors for a day out), and it's a lot more practical for use on the train or at a cafe or anywhere outside. I don't miss the screen size much, especially since I've gone from 1440x900 to 1680x1050. Smaller text but more screen real estate. Of course the current 15" can go up to 1680x1050 or 1920x1200.
  6. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
  7. dlim thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2012

    Thanks for the input. I think I will keep the 13". I figure I have 1 more year of school left where I'll be carrying my laptop around from place to place. My friend who upped to a 15" also said that while he loves everything about the 15", he misses the form factor of the 13" when he's flying or at one of the smaller tables at starbucks.

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