MBP 13" or 15" (I think I only NEED the 13" but want the 15")

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vesoned, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. vesoned macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    I'm having a little trouble pulling the trigger on
    a laptop for school in a couple of weeks. My major
    is web development/design so I'll be using the
    Adobe CS5 suite, internet, office and that's it on
    this computer. I already have a powerful desktop with
    a 24" screen at home.

    I think the 13" will probably handle my needs but I've
    wanted a 15" for years (this will be my first mac) so I'm
    having trouble deciding which one I should get.

    Here's what I want to do with them. I have about 2k to 2200
    to spend on the laptop and if I get the 15" I would get
    the low end one and put a 80 gb ssd in it b/cuz that's
    all the room I would really need or I could get the 13" and
    put a bigger ssd in it...

    I feel like I'll need the extra screen real estate with the 15"
    but since I already have a screen at home and this is just
    being used for school I could deal with the 13"...

    As I'm typing this out I'm wanting the 15" more and more
    but do you guys who've owned these machines before
    think the 13" is adequate for running the Adobe suite if it's
    on an ssd...or should I just get the 15".

    Thanks for your help.
  2. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    You've wanted the 15" for years, would appreciate the bigger screen, and have more than enough money to buy it...seems like any other decision would just be followed with buyers remorse.
  3. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
  4. UMHurricanes34 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    If you're going to be using any Adobe apps I recommend getting the bigger and more powerful 15"
  5. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    Southern Ontario
    i see no reason not to get the 15" screen you seem like you trying to talk yourself out of it, i have the 13" and it is an amazing little machine but when i get my new one it will be 15".

    You will love either one but once you want something =D
  6. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    You might want to consider selling the desktop and getting the 15" that you really want. 80gig is not a lot of space nowadays, and if you're using both of them for school then trying to keep two computers synced can be a chore.
  7. vesoned thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    Thanks for all the feedback guys...I think I was
    talking myself out of the 15" even though it's def.
    what I want.

    As far as 80gb not being a lot of space...it really
    isn't but I've noticed in the past when I've had the
    desktop + laptop combo...my laptop always has
    a ton of space on it.

    I'm looking into whether adobe projects can be
    saved on my mac and used on my pc desktop if I'm
    doing something at school and want to continue working
    on it at home.

    I have a feeling I'm going to use my mbp and never touch
    my desktop again despite it's power...lol that's ok as
    long as I have mac I think I'll be happy...

    Thanks again for the feedback, I think I'm going to go with
    the base model 15" i5 b/cuz I've read that the difference
    with the i7 and added processing power isn't going to
    make a huge difference to the naked eye.

    I'll prob. put the x25-m 80gb ssd in it for now and upgrade to
    a large hard drive if I need to...I don't think I will b/cuz I
    won't have any music, movies or big programs on it.

  8. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
    How about you put the ssd in an optibay
    That is, if you don't normally use the optical drive
  9. vesoned thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2010
    I'll have to explore the option of an optibay...I feel
    like I'm pretty tech savvy and I barely have an idea
    of what that would involve.

    If it would be a hassle to take to school...again I have
    no idea what I have to do to accomplish it but I'm
    on Google & Youtube right now doing my research...


    Thanks for the suggestion...

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