Macbook Pro 13" or 15" (2015)?

TheRealAir

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I am thinking of upgrading my Macbook Air 2014 model to something with a better screen.
I thought of getting the newest Macbook Pro's out there but I would rather stay away from the USB-C for now as I don't need it for what I'm gonna use it for.

Here to the question: Should I get the 13" or 15" Macbook Pro from 2015? And specific configuration that has problems (dGPU) or are they all basically the same?
I don't need amazing power for what I do but I would like a good upgrade to what I already have.
 

GoldfishRT

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I think any of the Pros will be a solid upgrade. Unlike the 15", I think the 13" has pretty well bottomed out in value until they reach end of support. I see them going for $500-600. It will be better in every way as compared to your Air, with the exception of the battery life. With that all said, just think long and hard whether you want to buy hardware that's going on almost a half decade.

This would be like buying a PowerBook G4 in 2009. Okay maybe not quite that bad but you know what I mean.
 

pshufd

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You're coming from an Air so CPU performance likely isn't an issue so the 13" should be fine. The 13s don't offer a discrete graphics option so that's a non-issue.

If you do choose the 15 and want the best performance, go for the 2.8 Ghz with AMD graphics. It will scream compared to your current system. You would be fine with the 2.2 Ghz with Intel integrated graphics. I am not aware of any problems with the Discrete Graphics option on the 2015 15". If you want to save more money, you might also consider the 2014 models.

I have the 2014 15", 2015 15" and 2015 13".
 

maflynn

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Should I get the 13" or 15" Macbook Pro from 2015?
I personally wouldn't spend too much money on a 2015 model, something about getting a 4 year old computer - that's just me.

If the current macs are that bad, then maybe people should rethink using them. This has been going on for four years, apple has continued to tempt people to buy the old and discontinued 2015 model. If it was any other computer maker did this, people would have long moved on and not purchased a 4 year old computer
 

pshufd

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I personally wouldn't spend too much money on a 2015 model, something about getting a 4 year old computer - that's just me.

If the current macs are that bad, then maybe people should rethink using them. This has been going on for four years, apple has continued to tempt people to buy the old and discontinued 2015 model. If it was any other computer maker did this, people would have long moved on and not purchased a 4 year old computer
True. My solution is to just get two of the old ones. If one croaks due to age, then I have another. That would seem to solve the statistical problem. I'd love a new one for the graphics, CPU and RAM. But I can't say that I need one. I've also looked at the Mini, iMac and Pro and I have a similar problem there. If Apple would just release a new Mac Pro or a Mac Medium that's a Mini + GPU.
 

Expobill

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I personally wouldn't spend too much money on a 2015 model, something about getting a 4 year old computer - that's just me.

If the current macs are that bad, then maybe people should rethink using them. This has been going on for four years, apple has continued to tempt people to buy the old and discontinued 2015 model. If it was any other computer maker did this, people would have long moved on and not purchased a 4 year old computer
i think that was the last glorious days of computing, many for other computer companies as well.
seems to me developers are just renovation data for tablets, lapels an smarts phones

my 2012 mac mini performs all the functions i need today i even edited that new marveled comic advent movie "Super HUghman" were hugh grant's estranged dad accidentally marries a vagrant farmer who was born in Chernobyl in the swelt times of 1986. My editing process was performed with final cut pro and with some basic commands, i was finally successful in capturing a green glow effect when hughman grant smiles during the entire 4k move. all with running 10 Gb ram! i can wait for that $29.29 payday check from disney movies inc!