Should I exchange my 13" MBP for a 17" ??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by igmolinav, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Ten days ago my six and half years old ibook G4 died on me. I knew my ibook was already a bit too old, and I had thought to change it over the summer.

    To replace it I went to a retailer and bought a 13" MBP. In his stock, he didn't have 15" and 17" MBPs, but his price for the 13" was good.

    My main and coming uses for this computer are as follows:

    *To learn to use Autocad (for Mac from Autodesk).
    *To learn to use Final Cut Pro for my documetaries.
    *To watch quite a bit of video, both from the internet, and from DVDs.
    I am studying for a degree, and we get to watch quite a bit of video.
    * No gaming, (yet ; ) !!!).

    I wonder if I should change to a 17" MBP or if you think that this 13" MBP is enough for these needs ??

    Thank you in advance, very kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Computing wise the 13" will fare okay, but the 15" HR and 17" MBPs have better CPUs and GPUs and also a much bigger resolution. I would go with the 17" if I would be specialising in editing and AutoCAD. I already have a 17" and use Avid and other DCC software and I come from a 12" iBook. I will never go back to a smaller resolution laptop, if I stay in the field I am.
  3. room271 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2011
    Personally, I would recommend buying an external monitor whichever MBP you end up with - so the resolution issue is really a non-issue as a smaller size (lower resolution) is actually pretty desirable when you are away from an external monitor (on the go).

    Unless there is some reason you can't have/don't want an external monitor of course...
  4. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    That's your personal preference... the 13" will handle what you're doing/will do with it.
  5. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    Its a bad idea to use an external with a 13" for anything graphically demanding. My 2010 13" struggled with anything graphically intensive at the shoddy native res, nevermind on a larger external.

    Best way to go would be high end 15" with and external or a 17".
  6. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you for your answers : ) !!!

    I'll start using the two programs and then see how it feels. I'll also try to hook it up to an external monitor and see. The monitor I may end up using may be between 17" and 20". Hopefully, the image quality will still be ok!

    Very kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!

    P.S. What does CPU and GPU stand for ??
  7. FOX160 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    Save yourself some money and buy a TV/monitor instead and then you
    can take your machine where ever you go.

    Its a setup they showed me at the Apple store
  8. systole macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2011

    CPU = Central Processing Unit (it's an intel i5 or i7 on your new mac)

    GPU = Graphics Processing Unit (its a Intel HD Graphics 3000 on your new mac)

    also, a great tool is the "define:insertwordhere" feature of google which lists all the definitions it finds, and has results in multiple languages. Hope that helps!
  9. iMackPro macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    if you can afford it id go with the higher end 15, with a SSD. its exactly one Pound heaver (yeah not much at all:rolleyes:) and will be blazingly fast. The higher end 15 is the exact same as the 17 but much more portable. I mean i wouldnt mind carrying around a 17 weightwise, but i have never seen a 17" sitting on a college desk. The 13 is by far the easiest but the 15" fits, snug. The 17" just wouldnt cut it, at least where i go to school.

    I think, if you can afford it, the higher end 15 would be your way to go. Or even the base 15 with a SSD.

    Hope this helps! And if money is tight, the 13 you have wont be bothersome, but the 15 would be a pretty big improvement! cheers.

    Edit: the screen real estate on the 15" is also very nice for editing!
  10. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    I would go with the 17" as its better suited to what you do. If you stick with the 13" I would go with a an external monitor
  11. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Get a 15. Even if it is a base, you will look back and realize how good of a decision it is. If you can afford it, get the 2.3.
  12. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you for your comments : ) !!!

    I'll be checking out the 15" and 17" !!!

    Two friends will be showing me how to
    get started with these two programs : ) !!!

    Very kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!

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