Macbook Pro 15" (2007-2008) vs. MBP 13" (2009)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by killnoj, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. killnoj macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2011
    I'm interested in selling my MBP 13" (2009) for a MBP 15" (2007-2008). The reason why I'm interested is because I'd like to have more screen space when I'm working with Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, and multitasking. I know I'll be missing out on the multi-touch trackpad and a better build if I were to make the switch, but I do not mind these factors.

    What's your guys' thoughts? I need to hear whether or not this choice would be a foolish one or an okay one to go with.
  2. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Well, I'd think you could sell yours and put in a bit of money and get a 15" unibody - they seem to go for not much more than what you could sell your 13" for.

    And sure, it makes sense to get a 15" if you need the screen space. Do be wary of the nVidia 8600m graphics card issue, though - they can fail, and while Apple has a repair program for them, it can be a major nuisance to have to deal with it.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Well, if you've got the desk space, I'd say get a separate monitor and keep your current computer. I got a 20" monitor for $150, and they can be had for cheaper than that.
  4. psykick5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011

    You won't have to deal with moving your data, either.
  5. SurferMan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2010
    South FL
    I agree, if you can just get a bigger monitor and hook up you'll be much happier. The two inch difference in size between a 13 and 15 isn't that much for what your thinking, the 17 would make a noticable diff in comparison. I wouldn't get rid of an 09' 13 for an pre 09' 15.. you can find 09+ 15's for sometimes the same or barely more than a used 13
  6. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I wouldn't trade any unibody MacBook Pro for a pre-unibody computer. Get an external display if you need more room to work with. If that's not feasible, than save up some extra cash and sell your 13" for a new (or refurbished!) 15" High-Res model.
  7. jljue macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Brandon, MS
    While an Early 2008 MBP has multi-touch gestures, I'd still keep the unibody 13". I usually do all of my editing with a larger 20" monitor. I've had both pre-unibody and unibody MBP's, and I prefer my 15" MBP. I might go with a 13" MBP or air for the next one for portability, since Thunderbolt port and my external monitor allow me all the connections that I will need, when it is time for a new Mac.

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