Torn between 13" and 15"..!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iJabareen, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. iJabareen macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    Hey guys , I know there have been a lot of 13" vs 15" topics , but I've searched , and I really couldn't find what I'm looking for...
    anyway , I'd really appreciate ur advise and help in this matter :)
    I'm in the market to buy a Macbook pro (sick of windows) , and was actually looking at the macbook pro 13" high-end , and the 15" low end... they are the same specs except for the screen size of course , and the 15" higher resolution size too...
    the thing is that , is the 13" screen really enough? , will it be like clear and big enough to see stuff easily and without finding difficulty and get closer to the screen...etc
    I know that these specs will do my needs , but I'm not sure about the screen size , if the 13" will do it or not , and is the 15" considered PORTABLE , I'd love to here from 15" owners... :
    I'm planning on watching some 720p movies btw too...

    Thanx in advance :):apple:

    I have a couple new questions for you guys , some i forgot to ask the previous time ...
    will the mbp (top end 13" , low end 15" , and the 2.66ghz one ... specially the first two) be able to play 720p hd movies with high bitrate , and 1080p smoothly ?
    and does it really worth it to get the 2.66ghz if I'm not going to play games or render heavy stuff (like cinema 4d and huge raw in photoshop...) ?
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    The 13" is very portable, and I love it. The screen is large enough for me to see comfortably, and most people have their laptops the same distance away anyways. What would be a reason that you need a larger screen? Besides watching moves what are you gonna be doing with your computer?
  3. iJabareen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    a little photoshop , and a little video editing MAYBE for youtube ,word processing.. and general internet use .I'm not planning on playing games since i have a ps3...
  4. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    If you're going to be doing regular photoshopping and video-editing I'd say the 15" if you're not bothered about lugging around the extra weight. The 13" is ideal though if you're not going to be doing much in the area of photoshopping etc.

    Enjoy your purchase!
  5. Advil macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    Get the 15, the amount of screen space you get is unbelievable compared to the 13, especially since the 13" bezel is freaking huge
  6. Dreamail macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2003
    A few more thoughts:

    The 13" is the ideal candidate for the 24" Apple Cinema Display - if you really need more screen space.
    It even gets charged while connected to the monitor so you effectively can use your MBP powerbrick elsewhere (leave it at work/school/in the living room). Convenient.

    If you need more screen space (not on the go) then that monitor is your best choice.

    Unless the shiny mirror surface of the display is a problem for you.
    It is for some people.
    In which case the 15" might be your best choice because this model has a matte screen option. The 13" doesn't.

    Portability wise I compared the 13" with a 15" quite thoroughly and found the 13" to be just about 'easily portable'.
    The 15" on the other hand is quite a bit bigger IMHO and not something you'd just slip in any bag and go. It kind of requires a dedicated (and bigger) laptop bag.

    So if you intend to use your MBP more on the go than in one place (at home/work/school/etc.) the 13" is the ideal model.
    You'd just have to live with the shiny screen.
  7. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    13" is ok but depending on how much photoshop/video editing you do it may be too small for these tasks. (Especially video editing for me)

    My solution was to get the 13" macbook and an external monitor. Best of both worlds for me. (screen size and mobility). You don't need to get the external monitor right away... save your nickels until you can.

    It's a solution that works for me. I hesitated about a 13" screen at first but very glad I got it.
  8. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    I have a 13" uMB, and text is just fine to read, I have horrible eyesight, but it's still rather manageable.

    Though, is it possible at all to visit an Apple store, or an authorized seller? Perhaps you'd do better actually playing with both of them and really looking at them.
  9. Dr_Maybe macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2003
    South America
    It depends on how much you expect to move the laptop around and if you expect to use it where an external screen is available.

    I used to have a 17", then went to 15" and now 13". I can use an external screen at home or office. But 13" is OK for me.

    When connected to an external screen, the internal screen doesn't really matter. When traveling and moving the laptop the smaller dimensions of the 13" does matter.
  10. iJabareen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    thanx for the replies ... about the portability.. I'm not planning on taking it to a lot of places , like school...etc , but I want it to be portable , I have an HP 530 at home , it's 15" , and I can say it's pretty portable , would the MBP 15" be the same..?
    and my main concern is , whether the 13" be good for watching 720p movies? like screen big enough to enjoy a movie? because I'm planning on watching tv shows and movies on it too.
    and I don't have an external screen btw , so it's gonna be my main screen.
    and I've noticed that the 15" is about 200$ more than the 13" btw , so i wanna know if the 15 is the way to go , or the 13...
  11. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    It's a tough call ... for me I'm just transitioning from the 15" MBP to the 13" MBP, for me the gain in screen real estate was definitely not with the extra weight, footprint and bulkiness. That extra pound and size makes it just heavy and big enough that you won't enjoy carrying it everywhere as you would the 13".

    Just got my 13" MBP this afternoon, I really like it already for a notebook that's the size for me, the closest to a 'perfect' notebook that I can find. With the low price of external monitors it's easy to add one for TV/Movies if need be otherwise 13/15" for movies not a 'huge' deal imo.
  12. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    No it isn't. The difference in screen space is nothing between the 2 machines. You're talking about a difference of 1/4 of a megapixel.
  13. stylinexpat macrumors 65816


    Mar 6, 2009
    If you don't mind the heat,weight and battery time issues then I would get the 15" but if you do quite a bit of traveling and don't want to carry something heavy around that doesn't have too long of battery time then I would get the 13" model and throw in a SSD after.
  14. gilkisson macrumors 65816


    I used to use a 13" white MB, before I went with the 15" MBP. I find that, as my old eyes are not what they used to be, I really appreciate the added screen real estate. Of course, the 13 enjoys the same screen quality as the 15. Just slightly smaller.

    I stare at this puppy for hours every day. I don't mind the size, weight isn't an issue to me. 15 is my vote. YMMV of course.
  15. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
  16. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    Then why are you asking about the 13" if you know a 15" works for you and you're satisfied it has the portability you'd need? 15" on the mac is the same as that HP of yours.

    Flip a quarter maybe?
  17. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    the only reason people would say pick the 13 in is because its the cheapest one out there and thats the one they got, 15 in is the perfect size not to big and not to small
  18. helloimD4NNY macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2009
    Las Vegas, NV
    I have the 13" Macbook Pro 2.26GHz... it's amazing.

    Youtube video editing shouldn't need A LOT of editing since videos are mostly less than 10 minutes, plus if you did have a 10 minute video all 10 minutes wouldn't be edited. I'm not sure about photoshop though, I will be getting it soon though.

    What I would do is buy the 13" and save the left over money from the 15" and invest it in a LED Cinema Display, which will add 11" instead of 2"(assuming you get the 24").
  19. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    That's just silly. There are plenty of people who prefer the 13" to the 15" irrespective of price.
  20. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Price? ..... not at all...

    I've bought both for my company, a well spec'd 09 MacBook Pro, 2.8. 256 ssd and a 13" MBP 2.53 that will also have a 256ssd drive installed, I and most here prefer the 13" MBP or the 15" ... price wasn't a factor at all.... if the 13" cost more than the 15" I'd still buy the 13" .... the 15" sits idle here too often ...
  21. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    Totally disagree. Nonsense. :rolleyes:
  22. Dreamail macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2003
    That only got to be your impression because Apple offers the 13" MBP as the cheapest model.

    I'd love to buy a 13" MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, quad-core CPU and built-in Blu-Ray drive!
    It would surely be twice as expensive as a current 17" MacBook Pro - and I'd still buy it. Because it is the smallest and by far most portable MacBook Pro model!

    Yet it's physically impossible at this point to squeeze all this tech into the 13" uMBP shell. Maybe in a few years.
    That's why the 13" is cheaper - as it has no room to house more expensive components.
  23. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    If you're going to travel a lot on airplanes, buses, or trains I recommend you buy the 13" MBP. If you are just carrying it between places, I highly recommend the 15" MBP. The extra size helps for movies. The resolution is much nicer. And it overall is a better experience for entertainment/use/etc.

    Good luck.
  24. iJabareen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2009
    thank you all guys for the useful ideas :)
    I think I might get the 15" , but are these specs enough (the low end 15") , i mean they are the same as the 13" , and here it's a bigger screen and a bigger resolution , will i find loss in performance and will it be able to run several tasks without lagging (as in windows...)
    because that's my top budget , i doubt i would be able to buy a higher specs one..
  25. polaris20 macrumors 68020

    Jul 13, 2008
    More BS on the MR forums. I have a 15" uMBP for work and am buying a 13" for graduate studies because I'm tired of the 15" size. I would have bought the 13" MB in Oct had it had FW.

    I love small laptops. The 12" PB is one of my favorite computers of all time.

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