MacBook Pro 17 Inch or MacBook Pro Retina 13

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by No1iSaHero, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. No1iSaHero macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    Hey guys I have a chance to pick up a Quad Core i7 17 inch model for $1140, or a 13 inch retina macbook pro with 256 gigs and 8 ram for $1100.
    It'd be my travel device since I'm on my desktop most the time.
    My question is should I shoot for the 13 inch since it will probably hold its value better?
    I'd be happy with either device.
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Well if you travel a lot, the 13in would be better obviously.
    Unless you dont mind carrying a 20in 3kg aluminum box.

    I carry my 17in for work reasons, I need the CPU power and extra RAM and space.
    And if I didnt have to I wouldnt choose to.
    First its heavy. 3kg 20+in size is annoying to carry around.

    I use the 11in MBA for small work (notice the power difference) and its extremely light.
    Depending on what you do, 11in MBA would be better for travel.
    If the 2 are the only choices, I would go for the 13in rMBP.
    But dont expect to do heavy load work.
    For size and weight, you have to sacrifice the power.
  3. jekyoo macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    If it's your traveling device, you should get the 13" rather than a 17" then.
  4. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    the 17 inch is such a burden to have to lug around
  5. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    17 inch MBP

    This machine stands the test of time, I've had my first one since 2006 and she is still snappy and effective. Upgrading and future proofing are essential for a mobile machine, so I'd encourage you to go with that awesome deal for the 17" MBP, you wouldn't want to sell it unless you had a newer one come into your life, then you'd want another lucky person to own a 17" MBP.

    The 13" rmb is completely useless, you may as well get an entry level 11" mba they are about the same.

    Good luck to you!!

  6. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Specifically for travel?
  7. No1iSaHero thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    Well it is for travel, but it'd only be about once or twice a week.
    I have rMBP now the 15 inch model.
    This 3rd device is mainly for moving files and photos, back up device, and quick video editing on the go. I'm more concerned about the value as I will probably sell the device in 2-3 years.
  8. fskywalker macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2009
    Agree, for travelling the 17 inch is too big, go for the 13 inch rMBP
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    And yet there are people who claim the 15" is too large for portability... It's quite possible that there are people out there who don't consider the 17" too large and find 13" unusable for lack of screen real estate. OP - if it works for you, go for the 17".

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