Opinions on MBP purchase....

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hankcah, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Hankcah macrumors regular

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    Would like to hear some opinions or suggesitons in regards to my MBP purchase this week.
    MBP 15" basic for 1699 with (student discount)
    OR
    MBP 13" basic WITH an iPad and save $100.

    I do photography and enjoy the larger real real estate of the screen.
    The looks of the 13" are nice too I feel but just dont like the HUGE bezel around the screen of 13". iPad would be nice for magazines and photos to show off and a random google search.... but then again its a 13, i dunno.

    Thoughts or persuasions?
    Thanks guys
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Do you have an iPhone?

    If you don't, get the 13 with the iPad
    If you do, get the 15

    Just my opinion, feel free to disregard it :)
     
  3. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    I have the 15" and I love it over the little 13", my old pc was ~15 or 16" and I also had a netbook that was something like 10.6? (yes I know big mistake...) and the 15" is perfect and the ipad is just an oversized ipod touch :) something you dont need when you have the mbp.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    How about 13" and external monitor? IMO 13" and iPad kinda fight against each other as they are both so portable. You could then save your money towards 2nd gen iPad if you really want one
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This probably makes more sense
    My first post was my initial gut reaction (and I love my iPad)
     
  6. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

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  7. talkinghead macrumors member

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    What is the real world difference in the i5 520M and the i5 540M? Does the quad give a significant difference in performance?
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    They are both dual core but they support Hyper-Threading which means that every core can process up to two threads. So, two physical cores and four threads.

    The only difference between those CPUs is one frequency multiplier, i.e. 133MHz. That's about 5% difference
     
  9. TJones macrumors regular

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    A MBP 13" with iPad would seem redundant to me.

    Better options:
    An iMac + iPad would make more sense.

    An MPB 15" pretty much does everything.

    So if you want a big screen and just a little bit of something portable to drag around with you or you want something portable that you can use everyday.
     
  10. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

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    No...wrong about the ipad
     
  11. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Have you seen the 13" in person?

    On Apples website it looks like it has a huge bezel, but not in person.
     
  12. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    Ok it has a few apps like iwork and other crap, but its an oversize ipod touch. Has no ports or anything and the only real advantage is it can connect to the 3g now. I would rather have an Ipod touch and a 13-15-17 mbp than a huge netbook and a macbook...
     
  13. halledise macrumors 65816

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    all the Macbook range have 'huge' bezels - the only one that doesn't look like it does is the 17" and that's cos the screen's so flippin' huge
     

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