Macbook Pro 13" or 15"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sharath, Jul 21, 2019.


Macbook pro 13" 2019, 4 Thunderbolt 3 or Macbook pro 15" 2019

  1. Macbook pro 13"

    12 vote(s)
  2. Macbook pro 15"

    11 vote(s)
  1. Sharath macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2019

    I just brought Macbook Pro 13", 4 thunderbolt 3, 16 GB/ 512 GB. It cost me $2199. Macbook Pro 15" is $2399. Now I am confused between these two. Should I return upgraded 13" and get entry level 15" or should I keep upgraded 13"? Which one will be better for years to come? Please help me on this. I will use this Macbook for programming and for some other work related to blockchain development. I don't do any photo or video editing. Please help me to get the best Macbook for my use case.
  2. Willo34 macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2015
    You should be fine with the 13 inch.
  3. MrGunnyPT macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2017
    You should be fine with the 13" really.
  4. kp98077 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    13" more portable, I had the 15" was too big...
  5. Sharath thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2019
    Thank you. I am fine with 13" but I tempted towards 15" because of 6 core and dedicated GPU. I don't know Whether I need those at present, but may be in future if I need I can't upgrade. So I was confused.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 22, 2019 ---
    Thank you. Not much difference between 13" and 15" for programming?
    --- Post Merged, Jul 22, 2019 ---
    Which one you use now 13" or 15"? So should I keep the 13"?
  6. Sharath thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2019
    One more thing is the battery. How is the battery life of 15" compared with 13"? Currently I am getting around 8 hours in 13". Is there a much difference between 13" and 15"?
  7. buran-energia macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2017
    If you don't need the screen size, dGPU, and 6 cores, then 16/512 13 mbp is fine.

    But it depends on what kind of programming. Some IDEs will feel cramped on 13 inch. I'd get the 15 if I'm not using an external monitor.

    The base 15 has only 256 GB though. If you're not going to upgrade that, then it's even a harder decision.
  8. EnderTW macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2007
    I have the 2019 15' MacBook Pro. I find it very comfortable to use on the lap. Using VS Code and having Safari opened side by side helps, same with Xcode. I personally do not tether this to a screen so I do need a bigger screen and have an iPad for the go. I traded in my iMac Pro to get this because I didn't need all that power but I needed something more than the iPad in order to code on the go.

    With the student discount the iMac Pro base model traded in for this MacBook Pro, Beats Headphones and a couple of dongles.
  9. Sharath thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2019
    I will be using this for blockchain development. Hyperledger and other things like creating blockchain nodes.

    Yes, I will not upgrade storage if I go with 15". I need to stay with 256 GB. May be I need to buy external SSD after few months. What do you think? Should I stay with upgraded 13" or exchange with 15" base model?
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    Did you buy the base model 15" or upgraded it? How is the battery life of 15"?
  10. Cosmo M3 macrumors regular

    Cosmo M3

    Sep 4, 2010
    I’m in the same boat as you as I have the latest 13 inch MBP with the quad-core. I personally think the 13 inch will be enough and save you some money (and weight), but the good deals I see for the new 2019 MBP 15 inch Base make it a difficult decision indeed.
  11. inmnbob macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2014
    Chicago and Twin Cities
    Anyone getting the specked out 13” with i7, 16gb and 2tb? I am fore sure going with this and trying to decide on 1 or 2 TB. The $400 premium for 1Tb is less than it used to be ...I just hate the thought of having to carry and SSD. I have almost 500gb already used on my current MBpro. Thoughts
  12. Cosmo M3 macrumors regular

    Cosmo M3

    Sep 4, 2010
    If you’re too lazy to carry a spare SSD, then pay up and get the storage upgrade.
  13. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016

    Pretty sure there are other reasons not to carry a spare SSD other than "laziness".

    To avoid carrying an SSD there are other options:
    * HDD (same physical size of course), but far cheaper.
    * USB/SD
    * NAS
    * Cloud storage
  14. Cosmo M3 macrumors regular

    Cosmo M3

    Sep 4, 2010
    I'm going based off his comment on '...I just hate the though of having to carry an SSD."
  15. ascender macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2005
    I think this post sums it up. The only other thing to consider is the portability. The 15" is a brilliant laptop with a great screen, but it can be a bit unwieldy to use on the move on trains, planes etc compared to the 13".
  16. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    I much prefer a 15” for coding, but I never moved mine around much (why I now have a 27” iMac instead). It was OK for the occasional trip, but wouldn’t want to carry one around daily. So it depends on how portable you need your laptop to be.
  17. inmnbob macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2014
    Chicago and Twin Cities
  18. Gator1pk macrumors member


    Sep 28, 2013
    Fort Lauderdale
    Personally, only the 15” will do. It’s about the size of the screen. You can see more or split the screen (to see more). As I have gotten older, my eyes have gone from great vision to now being far sighted. So I can see TV perfectly, driving is fine, but pickup a book or look at a computer screen and I need reading glasses. If I was still in my early 40’s or younger, I would have been able to perfectly see the 13”
  19. marzfreerider macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2014
    It depends how much time you will be working on it. I tried a 13" a time ago and didn't care for the smaller screen, 15" is better for myself when working longer on. Screen real-estate is a nice problem to have.

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