Macbook Pro 13" 16/512 vs 15" 16/512/460

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  1. Mathias Denichi macrumors 6502

    Mathias Denichi

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    Pricing out the 13" 16/512GB runs at around $2199 and the 15" with 16/512GB/460 runs at $2899. I feel like the 13" is a bad deal in this case without a quad core and no dedicated video card; however the size of the 15" may be too big for me.

    Is any one in a similar price bracket, and if so, did you purchase the 13" or 15" and why?
     
  2. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    What do you want the quad core and dGPU for? If you need them, you're going to have to accept the extra size and weight.
     
  3. Sully macrumors regular

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    The 15" is too big to comfortably move around a lot. It simply has too big of a footprint for my tastes.

    As much as I like the quad core for future proofing, none of the software I use makes use of it. Combined with Apple's poor track record with dGPU's, and the extra heat generated by the quad core, I felt like a top of the line 13" was better for my particular use.

    So far, I haven't regretted moving from my older 15" to this new 13". There's really no right decision. It depends on what you value in a laptop and what you'll be using it for.
     
  4. - rob - macrumors regular

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    I upgraded from an 11" MBA and the tbMBP 13" feels like an anchor compared to it. If you need hardcore graphics, and price is an issue, this may not be the right direction to head.
     
  5. Mathias Denichi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry let me mention that I do magazine layouts of 100-150 pages, photo shopping with 10+ layers, web coding. Id also like something light to game, but just away from home since I have a rig with 6700k and sli 980tis. The iris 550 seems like it would perform better than the 530 for the scaling.
     
  6. Eldar Gezalov macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I was deciding between the similar options, so I have used both 13 and 15 inch for a couple of weeks, and decided to keep the 15-inch. For my user case, performance was not the biggest reason. Bigger screen and better battery were more important. If you are interested I have a short comparison of two here: https://eldartech.com/news/13-inch-vs-15-inch-macbook-pro-2016
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    It sounds like you would benefit from the quad core and the dedicated GPU of the 15 inch so thats should be where you should be looking. All 15 inch 2016 MBPs have a dGPU and they are all better than both the 550 and 530 iGPU's.

    As someone doing magazine layout the bigger screen will be a huge bonus as well, they are still very small and light especially for a 15 inch machine. You get 14 days to return if it's not for you though so why don't you try out one of the sizes and return it for the other if it's not for you.
     
  8. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    Photoshop and InDesign won't be much of a problem with a 13" and dual core.
     
  9. theturtle macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't you return your 13" and also make a thread about cancelling your 15?

    What changed? JW.
     
  10. pookitoo macrumors regular

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    Yes very hard choice, I've tested both the 15 and the 13, and I've encountered many issue with both. But for hard work (web design + x code + print + Vm) the 15 inch feel better ;(

    Why apple doesn't make a 13 inch with quad core and dedicated graphic card ;( ? You can say for the heat but some windows laptop have this ;(
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    No Windows 13 inch laptops have it, the surface book has a piss poor dGPU coupled with a 15w dual core low powered cpu and it costs as much as a 15 inch MacBook Pro. Razor make a 14 inch with quad and a semi decent dGPU that has piss poor battery life and gets very hot that's about it unless that Sony is still for sale what a crock that was.
     
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  13. Mathias Denichi thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I decided to go with the 13" 16/512GB. Not a big fan of AMD, and I feel the 15" will actually be a worse resale than the 13" due to the 650 iris pro next year having the same performance.

    If anything changes, Ill just sell next year. Also, it is a lot less complicated to get the external GPU housing working with the 13" than the 15" in boot camp.
     
  14. Dave245 macrumors 601

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    From what I've read it depends on your use case, your not one on your own tho I'm still deciding between the 13" or 15" with Touch Bar, I do think it's best to wait if possible that's what I'm doing until later this year when Kaby Lake is announced. There has also been rumours of a price drop, which wouldn't surprise me, Apple do it often with first gen stuff.
     
  15. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Ha, they probably sound like a busy airport, and aren't that much smaller than the new 15", I'd guess. But I haven't tried one. Have you seen one at work? (Edit: looks like from what's said above there aren't any in 13".)
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    Where has this information come from? That would be an amazing feat!
     

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