Macbook Pro 15inch or 13 with retina

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  1. ayyak, Sep 12, 2013
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    ayyak macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    I'm having a difficult time deciding since this is my first Macbook pro, I have two options to choose from one is the Macbook pro 2.4 15 inch (Retina) or the 2.5 13 inch (Retina)?

    The 13" has better specs than the 15" and cost much less and I'm currently on a budget and hoping Macrumors members could help me with this.

    Really appreciate anyone's help
     
  2. tgi macrumors 65816

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    Do you care about gaming? the 15" has a dGPU so you will get better performance on graphics with the 15".

    What will you be using the computer for?

    I'd recommend the 15" unless your budget permits only getting the 13".
     
  3. ayyak, Sep 12, 2013
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    ayyak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I need it for photoshop
     
  4. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    Both should be able to handle photoshop. Since you are dealing with a 13" retina vs a 15" non-retina, I would say take a look at the ports. Do you need the CD drive, ethernet port, etc.? The retina macbook removed the cd drive and some of the ports (still has usb, tb, sd card).
     
  5. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    The 15"is faster for heavy photoshop usage, and if you put a ssd (aftermarket) is as snappy as the retina.
     
  6. ayyak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I better put the specs for both of the devices

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  7. tgi macrumors 65816

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    The specs is showing the 15" as Retina and the 13" as Glossy? I'm confused now. So is a 15" Retina an option? If so, I'd go for that.

    Also you never stated why you were considering the 13" in the first place? Size? Cost? etc.
     
  8. ayyak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm sorry

    I mixed up the specs, the 15 is actually a retina, I just got it confirmed today.

    I was considering the 13" because it was cheaper than the 15" and got slightly higher specs if I recall from the specs sheet above.

    If the 15" was the best for the long run I will go with it even if it cost much more than the 13".
     
  9. tgi macrumors 65816

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    The 13" doesn't have slightly higher specs. It has a 0.1 GHz faster processor but it is a dual core i5 vs the 15" quad core i7. The 15" is better in every respect.

    The 15" is quad core, has a dedicated GPU, Retina screen, twice as much SSD.

    Go for the 15" no doubt. Only reason I'd consider the 13" is if that is all I could afford.
     
  10. ayyak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot for your help

    I'm going with the 15" and sorry for the confusion
     
  11. Jedi macrumors regular

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    Good choice !!

    You will never regret getting the 15" , in a few months you might regret getting the 13".

    I have the 1st. gen. MBP-R 15" , and so far I`m happy !! :D

    Later ,

    Gary 
     
  12. ayyak thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Gary

    Are they by any chance launching new Macbooks in the next few months?
     
  13. Jedi macrumors regular

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    Hi ayyak ,

    I have no real idea , but I would think so.

    It seems to me that after the release of "Maverick" we will see the new Mac Pro`s and possibly updates for the MacBook Pro line up.

    If you need one now , it would still be good and usable for many years to come.

    Take care :D

    Gary 
     

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