Macbook Pro 13" too small?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ghosty86, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. ghosty86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2007

    Im looking for some opinions from people on the Macbook Pro 13" vs the 15".

    I'll start off with what i'll be using it for mainly:

    • Web Browsing
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
    • Possibly some web development
    • Not many games, possibly only things like Football Manager or older games
    • Some light video editing but nothing serious
    • Possibly some programming
    • I'll also be dual booting with Windows 7
    • iTunes
    • Watching some movies or streaming them onto my 32" tv via my PS3

    The laptop will mostly be in my room and used as a desktop replacement because I will be getting rid of my desktop PC, but I would also like to do things like taking it into other rooms and using it in bed on occasion to read some PDF's.

    I've pretty much decided to get it from the refurb store and it seems the 15" would only be £100 more expensive than the 13" (without the discreet graphics as I don't think my usage would benefit greatly, if at all, from the extra graphics card).

    So, do you think the 15" is worth the extra £100 since i'll be using it as my only machine, or is the 13" screen and resolution big enough for the tasks i've listed above?
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    For the basic stuff, the 13" is fine. However, with some of the editing you'll be doing, I'm thinking the extra screen real estate may be worth it.
  3. brenden macrumors regular


    Mar 14, 2009
    Florida, USA
    I have a 13" macbook pro and absolutely love it! The size is perfect for your normal day to day task and the hardware is pretty nice for a little advanced web editing and development. One piece of advice i can give you is dont order the laptop with the 4gigs of memory. Upgrade it yourself after you receive it for quite a bit cheaper, but 4gigs is a must.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    The 13" will suit you very well. However, due to some of the editing, as you pointed out, screen real estate would be good; as belvdr pointed out. As such, I would highly recommend the 13" for the uber portability and a 20-24" external display. I had a 15" PowerBook for 3+ years driving a 20" then a 30" ACD. It was my perfect setup.
  5. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    I moved from a 15" PowerBook to the 13" MBP, and I do most of the things that you do except for video editing. I think it's a pretty even tradeoff between the 13" and the 15". Sometimes I wish the screen were larger, but a lot of the time I am happy that the computer is smaller overall. £100 gets you most of the way to an external display for your room.
  6. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I had a white macbook and yesterday I purchased a MBP 13 inch and the screen seems so much bigger because of the extra brightness from the LED. 13 inch is the perfect size, its more portable and it has the same power as the base 15 inch.
  7. bass93 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
  8. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    Get the 13" and then get an external monitor like a 19" or better for cheap when you're doing stuff that needs the extra screen real estate.
  9. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    get the 13 and when your editing, hook it up to the monitor you use to watch films [​IMG]

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