rMBP choice dilemma. 13" or 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tonymontana23, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. tonymontana23 macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    Need to move around my notebook sometimes. But don't wanna compromise on performance. Is the new 13" powerful enough for almost all kinds of use? Or, is the 15" one too heavy and too big to carry around? In terms of performance, how much better is the 15" model? I can't decide between them.:confused:
  2. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I had a 15" rMBP I never once thought it was too much to carry. I loved writing code on it. I just think it maybe over priced given its got all of the old parts in it. I'd purchase one at $1799 but $1999 seems a tad on the high end to me. :confused:

    13" works fine with photoshop etc... Video editing and what not I cant speak to.
  3. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    What kind of intense computation performance are you looking to have? Does it impact your income?
  4. LudwigZildjian macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2015
    What do you use it for? 13" to 15" weight wise is the difference of a pound
  5. FroggyFresh macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    I'm having trouble deciding between the new 13" and the 15" also and would appreciate some feedback. My current laptop is a 13" and broken. I need to buy something soon and don't have the luxury of going to a store to check them out.

    For me, cost isn't a factor and I would select the upper model/specs for either. My concern is if the 13" has enough HP to handle 2 Windows VMs simultaneously- one light one for Office/VPN/work connectivity and another for IIS/SQL/Visual Studio development. I also work occasionally in Lightroom and casually edit home video. Can anyone comment whether the 13" would be adequate or should I just get the 15"?

    From a portability standpoint, I'd love to hear 15" owners comment on traveling with the larger size (both in size and weight) and whether they wish they went smaller.
  6. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    My previous employer gave me a 15" computer and I absolutely loved it. Development on that machine was such a pleasure. I did not notice the weight as much as I thought I would when I first received it. I still get shudders thinking about how much I loved to write code on that machine. I really want to buy a new one but with Thunderbolt being phased out and all... I am hesitating a bit because it's $1999 for a 15" rMBP and there is basically nothing in it that is new... and I suspect that a new 15" model is right around the corner.
  7. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Go on ahead and get that 15" model, but make sure to check out the refurbished store and pickup one of those so you can put some extra money in your pocket.

    If you can wait, go on ahead and wait it out for the refresh. Should be fresh :D
  8. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    Why do so many people in this forum worry how heavy a rMBP 15 is? It's 4.5 pounds people! I could understand if it were some 10 pound gaming laptop but 4 pounds? Really? If someone has problems carrying a 4 pound laptop around, they should probably visit a gym. The 15 has many advantages over the 13, it's a no brainier if money isn't an issue.
  9. tonymontana23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    I use it for working and maybe creating iOS apps. Sometimes I need to move it around a little bit. And is the performance of the 13 inch a problem for that?
  10. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I agree I think the only thing that matters is the size of the bag you carry around. If a 15" fits in anyway, complaining about that weight really suggests some health issues.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If you think the 15" is too heavy and large, then definitely get the 13". That will handle coding.

    Personally, since you said it yourself, moving it a little bit, the 15" gives you a larger faster laptop, but based on what you posted, it looks like you're set with the 13" which should be fine.
  12. FroggyFresh macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    I understand your point but I would say it's not as much about the weight as it is the bulk. Almost like how people value the portability of the iPhone 6 over the 6+. I'm the type that places a value on portability if the product meets my needs.

    Portability issues aside, can anyone comment if the 13" would be enough based on my expected usage?
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    It's not just weight. It's footprint. That 15" model looks like it can double as a surf board. Not interested in deploying that huge thing every time I need to use a computer. I'd rather it fit in my bag along the other things I carry without taking over.
  14. nirvanemesis macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2014
    Refurb 15"s have been missing since the Broadwell refresh. Luckily I got one in January but it looks like stock will be scarce.
  15. arsimoun macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2013
    rMBP choice dilemma. 13" or 15"

    For me, portability is a secondary concern. I work at my machine. I want the largest, clearest screen I can buy. I would choose 15" every time on the theory that sooner or later I am going to sit down at a desk or table and do work. At that point, I don't really care a whit about portability. If you fly economy a lot and must work while on the plane, you might feel differently, but short of that situation, go with the screen real estate.

    One man's .02

    Adam Rodman
  16. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2012
    LOL, hyperbole much?

    But I get what you're saying and wouldn't go for the 15" for similar reasons. Unless you're coming from a prior 15" computer, the 13" will be plenty big. And unless you're doing some very processor intensive tasks, the overall hardware setup on the 13" is fine too.
  17. LudwigZildjian macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2015
    I love my 15" MacBook Pro! Best choice I ever made buying it, because I need the power and it's still extremely portable. It doesn't even feel like anything is in my hand, which is why I don't get the argument of weight, and the body size is 2" bigger. So, really it's up to you, but they're almost identical, except for power and 2"....
  18. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    The bulk? Of a Macbook? What bulk? Its still thinner and lighter than most 15 inch laptops on the market and its premium materials, not plastic junk.
  19. DiCaprioAngel macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2013
    New York
    The 15" isn't all that heavy. For a 15" laptop, the rMBP is the lightest laptop I've ever owned! The performance is great on it, too. Fast and smooth!
  20. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    You still haven't told us what specifically you'll be doing with it.

    The GPU on the 15" Haswell still outperforms the 13" Broadwell by a lot. If you're gaming, or doing something that specifically pings the GPU quite a bit, get the 15".

    For everything else: the 13" will be fine. Note that the 13" has a faster SSD, so reading/writing to storage is what you're going to be doing a lot of, the 13" has the advantage.
  21. SWD macrumors member

    May 3, 2011
    Get enough RAM and you should be fine if you prefer the smaller screen. 15" still kicks butt on multicore processes, but single core I belive they are almost identical.

    That being said I just picked up a 15" and I think I'm going to take it back for a 13". Coming from a 13" 2010 MBP, the 15" is just a bit too much. It didn't look that big in the store, but I didn't get the couch experience of trying to manage the laptop and fight toddlers.
  22. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Whats this RAM nonsense

    More RAM makes NO difference if you don't use it.


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