MacBook Pro 13" or 15"

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  1. eeicke macrumors newbie

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    I'm torn between a MBP 13" and 15". I like the size of the 13" for travel. I plan on running Visual Studio (via parallels) and XCode so I'm concerned about the screen size on the 13" will be too limiting for development purposes. I'm looking for advice/opinions/experience on using a 13" and dev tools like the ones I mentioned.
     
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  3. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Personally the 13" is not large enough to do development work over extended periods of time.
     
  4. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

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    You could use the spare cash to get an external monitor if you get the 13". Might be something to think about.
     
  5. Surely Guest

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    Yes, this.

    This will give you the best of both worlds, unless you plan on doing the majority of your work while you aren't at home/at the office where your monitor will be.....
     
  6. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    Especially for projects that are more complicated than school homework assignments. ;)

    I much prefer 1920x1200 for my development. I even use a second screen (my 32" TV) when developing to assist in making things easier for me. I always stick with 17" laptops.
     
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  8. shambo macrumors 6502a

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    Stick with the 15" BadBoy Pro if you're interested in extending the lifetime of your hardware investment (e.g. future-proofing).
     
  9. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    I have written an iPhone App on the 13" screen. Not bad. Not bad at all. Very good for traveling too.
     
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    Sorry, I haven't been a member of the forum for long. Is this some long running personal joke or something?
     
  12. Surely Guest

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    Yes, he is. :eek: ;)
     
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    It's a joke for everyone else... possibly for him, no one really knows if he's being serious or not.
     
  14. dgdosen macrumors 65816

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    does anyone have a problem with heat on an 13" MBP when closed and attached to an external monitor?
     
  15. djrod macrumors 65816

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    I have with my 15", I don't recommend to use the MBP with the LID closed, not if you want the machine to run noiseless
     
  16. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    How does closing the lid affect noise, since the exhaust fans are at the rear?

    Only YOU can answer which is better for you. I personally could not live with the massive size and ridiculously high DPI of the 17." When I need more pixels and better color accuracy, I connect my 13" to my TV. For everything else, the WXGA res is sufficient.

    If you do not use files that require larger than WXGA res., then you are paying a heck of a premium for extra pixels that you don't need. The price differences between the 13" and 15" are enormous. With $500, you could get a very nice 24" LCD.

    Then again, if you don't plan on connecting your MBP to an external display often, then the 15" is probably the best compromise of size and portability, as well as price. I simply could not sleep knowing that my 17" MBP cost so much more than quad-core PC laptops.
     
  17. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    The 13 inch is absolutely worthless for any visual creative work on the go.
     
  18. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I'm inclined to agree.
     
  19. shambo macrumors 6502a

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    I have been saying as much for months now.
     
  20. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    Buy a Timbuk2 Blogger bag. It makes your 15in MBP feel lighter. Plenty of room for other things too.
     
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  22. Surely Guest

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    And somehow, it "future-proofs" your MBP.:rolleyes::p
     
  23. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    The 15 inch isn't much better unless you like working with Photoshop with photos scaled to 45%. And don't even try editting in final cut!
     
  24. jmazzamj macrumors regular

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    TuffLuffJimmy, is the DO NOT EDIT in Final Cut advise referred to the 15"?

    I'm in the market for a new MacBook Pro and eventually I think I'll use it for editing purposes and I'm very torn between a 13" and a 15". 17" is just too large.
     
  25. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Well sorta. It's not like you can't do it; I used to edit in Final Cut in a 13 inch screen. However, Final Cut is really meant to be on a couple of screens. It just isn't the most comfortable way to edit hours of footage.
     

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