UGHHH, how do you even decide?

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  1. kp98077, May 28, 2019
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    kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    between the 2019 Pro 13" and 15" such a tough decision:
    15"2019 Love base line model): Screen size, Power (did I say Power?!), full, nice keyboard!Ease of seeing entire article/photos easily on large screen. Tradition....

    13" love: travel ease, ease for travel, prettify powerful, decent keyboard, but I prefer 15" better, easier to type on .

    Will be hard decision as to which on to keep! anyone been though this and have any ideas or wisdom?

    thanks-
     
  2. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    For me the 15" travels just as well. I think it'll come down to what you do with your machine. Will you need the extra power and screen real estate? I'm a professional photographer and videographer - so the power and screen size of the 15 wins out.
     
  3. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    I have a 13" from 2015, so in between the current generation 13" and 15" in terms of size and weight. Assuming that similar dimensions are in use for my next purchase, that means that it's a slight uplift I'm load for a 15" and a slight reduction of load for the 13". The 15" isn't going to break my back (neither would the 2015 15") so while I value portability as I take my MacBook in a backpack on a regular basis, it's not a deal breaker between these two. I don't need the performance of the quad core or more though. It would be nice, I likely will go quad core next time, but it's not like I need it. When I am hammering the processor it's not in time sensitive conditions that are costing me dollars, it's for casual use.

    So 13" and 15" screen sizes being equally useful for me, I still lean to the 13" for the ease of carry, cheaper price point, and because I just don't need the horsepower of the 15". I am tempted alll the same :D. But the reality is that the 13" fits my needs better.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    For me it wasn't a hard decision.
    15" pros: larger screen - more real estate, more cores, faster processor, dedicated GPU. Typically you can upgrade the components more, i.e., higher values of ram, etc etc.
     
  5. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    I came from a 2011 13" MacBook Pro. it weighed 4.5 pounds I think and my 2016 15" is just as portable if not more and weighs 4 pounds. Its not much bigger than a normal notebook in a backpack. 15" all the way to me its very portable because of how thin and light it is. A 17" would be good for me if they kept it the same thickness as current gens.
     
  6. MrGunnyPT macrumors 6502

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    This.

    I got a 13" and immediately regretted my purchase a few weeks in... Was too late to send it back again.. Never settle for a 13" unless you are a causal user.
     
  7. Buran macrumors 6502

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    Go to a store that carries them and try both. I have no regrets for getting the 13", despite being an advanced user. It felt more comfortable for me to use/carry and the specs were fine for my use.

    I only wish you could get the same specs without a touch bar, but that's not a huge problem. It would be nice to still have a hardware escape key, is all.
     
  8. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Now that's practical advise :) so true though!
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    yes good points, but the 2019 13 performance is not that close to the baseline 15 even IMO...apple really differentiated the two I believe.......
     
  9. MrGunnyPT macrumors 6502

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    Try to connect 13" tb 2017 to dual 4k monitors and come talk to me.. ain't pretty.
     
  10. currahee2100 macrumors regular

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    If you think you need the power... get the powerful one.
     
  11. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    the 15" is definitely to me anyway, not as lap friendly (seems a bit heavy, but no intolerable...) as the 13" :(
    guess you can't have all features (unless they unveil a 14" haha....
     
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  13. currahee2100 macrumors regular

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    Just remember that at the end of the day, they are both ultrabooks and are lighter than any other plain laptop. I only say that if you think you need the extra power, then you should get the 15" because it's the same for me.
    I got the 13" 2017 MBP 128GB, then went to the 256GB because it was clear I was going to store more stuff on it. Then I switched up to the 2018 MBP 512GB... mostly because of a sale, but really because I also wanted the quad core processor for longevity.

    The 15" has a 6 core no? That laptop will last a real long time.

    And don't forget to get Applecare :)
     
  14. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks, do you have a 15"? or do you find 13" good enough for your needs?
     
  15. currahee2100 macrumors regular

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    I have the 13 and its good enough. I just wanted a portable laptop with good battery life. I have an alienware for the oomph when needed ;)
     
  16. kazmac macrumors 604

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    If there were no hardware issues, no question I'd own a 15" MBP - more screen real estate, more powerful components inside.

    I briefly purchased both sizes some years ago and preferred the 15". Whenever I go into an Apple Store that is the size I always fiddle around with.
     
  17. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah good points,, for the hardware, I think the 2019 is much better.. well see..
     
  18. kazmac macrumors 604

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    Sounds you like answered your question in your original post saying that the 15" is easier to type on. If that was me, I'd pick up the 15" but I prefer the 15" size anyway.
     
  19. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone choose the base model or 6 core 15"? the 8 core is another $400 (of course you get the 512 memory too which is nice).. jeez these things are expensive....!
     
  20. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

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    I can speak from my personal experience and give my personal opinion.

    I used a late 2013 rMPB 13" until recently. Upgraded to a 2019 15"

    I have no regrets. The bigger screen makes up for the lack of portability.

    It's big, IMO, but I couldn't go back to a 13"

    So I'm having to adjust, but it's worth it.

    If i absolutely had to have portability then I would get the 13". That thing is super nice IMO.
     
  21. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I agree! That screen! Sexy ....
    What configuration did you get ?
     
  22. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

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    I got the base model 15” one

    2.6/16/256/6core
     
  23. WickedPorter macrumors regular

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    2019 13", i7, 16GB, 1TB. CalDigit TS3+ Thunderbolt Dock, Razer Core X, Sapphire Radeon Vega 56 with dual Dell 27" 4K displays, bootcamp on an external Samsung X5 SSD for Windows gaming. Portable workhorse on the go, easy to carry anywhere and incredibly compact. Docked here it's a beast in Windows or MacOS. 2019-06-05 23.52.16.jpg 2019-06-05 23.52.33.jpg
     
  24. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

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    That’s a NIIICE setup you got there!
     
  25. Dave245 macrumors 604

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    I would say that it depends on what you are doing workflow wise, also which screen size you prefer. I had a 2011 Macbook Pro before it died last year, it was the 15" version and it was a great machine. Be mindful tho that the Macbook Pro's from 2016 were reduced in volume, so the 15" Macbook Pro from 2011 for example is wider, thicker and taller (i believe) mine was also heavier (around 5 pounds).

    The first time i picked up a 15" Macbook Pro 2018 i was amazed at how light it was, in fact i had to look in case i had picked up the 13" by mistake. Compared to the older Mac's the newer ones are a lot lighter and more portable.

    Personally whenever i go to the Apple store, i play around with both the 13" and 15" models. I do like the bigger screen since you can do more multitasking, BUT with the Sidecar feature coming in MacOS Catalina (assuming you have an iPad) screen size might not be that much of an issue.

    The 13" is still more portable, it has a quad core processor which for most lightweight tasks i don't think will be an issue. If you need a powerhouse i would get the 15".
     

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