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

vesoned

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Original poster
Aug 5, 2010
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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.
~V
 

ozreth

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Nov 5, 2009
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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.
 

TopHatPlus

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Aug 1, 2010
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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
 

willieva

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Mar 12, 2010
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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.
 

vesoned

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 5, 2010
6
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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.

~V
 

lilcosco08

macrumors 65816
May 27, 2010
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Dayton
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.

~V
How about you put the ssd in an optibay
That is, if you don't normally use the optical drive
 

vesoned

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 5, 2010
6
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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...

~V

Thanks for the suggestion...
 
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