rMBP3 v. rMBP 15 Preference? Portability?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Monkey, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. The Monkey macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    I have the 13" rMBP, but I'm wondering if I want the rMBP 15". The main thing that has me thinking this is screen real estate. Simply put, I'd like more of it, but I'm a retina convert so MBA is not an answer. I don't travel all that much, but I do like the form factor if the rMPB 13, as well as the weight. In practical use it seems that the 15" really is much bigger, esp footprint. But then again, the screen real estate...:rolleyes:

    Sort if in a quandary as to what to do. First world problems.
  2. F1 Fan macrumors regular

    F1 Fan

    Apr 18, 2012
    Have you changed the display settings to give you more space? If you've done that and still want more the the 15 or an external display are your only options.
  3. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Does 2 inches really make a difference ? I wasnt sure so I asked my fiancé and she says yes 2 inches makes a big difference. Sell the 13 and go with the 15:D
  4. NMF, Feb 10, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013

    NMF macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2011
    The solution is to keep the 13" and get a 22" 1080p monitor for home use. The 13" form factor is simply perfect for mobile computers. I recently downgraded from a 15" cMBP to a 13" and I couldn't be happier.

    EDIT: Like this awesome Dell monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260109

    It even looks kinda Appley!
  5. The Monkey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    This is a good point.
  6. Arpetee macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2013
    Try turning the resolution higher as someone suggested. If that doesn't do the trick, then get the 15". Obviously not as small and light as the 13", but by no means too big too travel with.
  7. The Monkey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    Yeah, I think QuickRes is probably my friend. Every complaint I've had in the past about a laptop is that it wasn't portable enough. That's why I went with the 13" in the first place. Usually better to follow first instincts.
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    Unless you do graphic intensive things that require faster GPU, stick with the 13.
    Just get a monitor (23~27in) and you should be fine.
  9. Dr Charter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    Getting a 13 over the 15 became a no-brainer for me when I bought an iMac several months back. I tried to get by on an iPad for portability but writing long documents was too cumbersome. The 15" is probably a better value but that much computer seems like overkill when I use it mostly for productivity and very light gaming.
  10. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    The form factor os the 13" is great, but it really isn't far off from the 15". It really does come down to your funds and preference. If you have the funds, get the 13". It is a great computer, but really doesn't provide that "bang for your buck" feeling that the 15" will.

    If you need the best computer for your money, get the 15". I have owned both, and I carry them in a backpack, so I noticed no difference.
  11. treyjustice macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2009
    I've had both and I can say the 13 inch is much much smaller. I thought the 15 inch was great size wise until I traded it for a 13 inch retina. 15 inch is horribly big though.
  12. The Monkey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    Thanks all for your insights. They're very helpful. I'm keeping it. The size is just right for portability (for my purposes). And since I have the 27" iMac I can get my real estate there. :)

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