Upgrade Questions on going from 15" MBP to a 13" MBP

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  1. RevApple macrumors newbie

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    i currently have a mid 2012 15” MacBook Pro 2.3GHz i7. It has 16gb of ram, a 1tb solid state drive and an AMD RADEON graphics card. It is still plenty fast but I kind of want a 13” MacBook Pro. I’m looking at specs on the new ones and I’m not sure for less than $2000 if I can get on with similar performance. What do you guys think? Should I upgrade?

    Thanks!
     
  2. 06tb06 macrumors newbie

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    Honestly, stick with your current model. Downgrading to a smaller model, even if a few years newer, may show a decrease in performance. Also, you won't find any new 13-inch MBP with 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage for under $2,000. Your current machine should still last a bit longer, especially with that amount of memory available.
     
  3. MacInTO, Dec 6, 2017 at 9:17 PM
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    +1 to this advice.

    I have the same 15" as well as a 2012 13" 2.9GHz i7.

    I'm pretty sure these are the last MBPs that I will own. I use my iPad Pro much more now. Which leads to the next question, why get another MBP?
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    You give no idea what you use it for so it's very difficult to advise you.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    What apps do you use?
    Do you travel a lot?
    Does the laptop sit at your desk for long periods of time, or do you want to use it around the house, i.e., using it on a couch?

    Personal note, I want from a 15" to a 13" MBP for mobility needs, and I regretted it. I even tried going with a Surface Book and that wasn't helpful only because in both cases the physical dimensions of the display were hampering me. The next laptop I get will be 15" because I've gotten used to and prefer the larger display.

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  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Intel now sells a quad core at 15W, so I'd expect the next revision of the 13" to have a quad core processor about on par with that of your 15". So, I'd wait for the eventual refresh.
     
  7. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    How do you use the system? Are you currently doing work that benefits significantly from having a quad core CPU?
     
  8. Mr. Dee macrumors 65816

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    Whether its Mac or a Windows PC, they do last longer these days. I have an Acer Aspire right now from 2012 and its still going strong. The same goes for my 2014 Surface Pro 3. Considering Mac's have a reputation for lasting long and working well even when they are obsolete.

    Considering your Mac is not even on Apple's vintage list yet, I would keep what you have a little longer. 16 GBs of RAM and 1 TB SSD is nothing to sneeze at.

    My Early 2015 MBP 13 meets most of my needs, although I was using it full time this week and was frustrated with the screen. But, it got the job done. My next purchase, whether thats a MacBook Pro or Surface Book will definitely have to be 15 inch.
     
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    Ah lol, he's a Mac hater!

    I couldn't remember who he was but it came back to me. I think I read some stuff from him in the 80s when I was writing a paper about NeXT Computer.

    His wiki, has some great excerpts,

     
  12. tim1000 macrumors member

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    interesting I always prefer larger MacBooks but the trend is towards 13 inches
     
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  14. robvas macrumors 68020

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    I have a 8GB/256GB late-2013 15" MacBook Pro (base model)
    I also have a 16GB/512GB 2016 13" MacBook Pro i7 (almost the top spec)

    For kicks I ran a bunch of stuff side by side. Installing software, building test projects in Xcode and NetBeans, processing files with MakeMKV...

    The older 15" is still faster at almost everything. The only things the 13" is faster at are things that are very, very disk intensive or only run a single process for a long time.
     
  15. tim1000 macrumors member

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    thats surprising results.
     
  16. robvas macrumors 68020

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    FWIW that is 4033/8088 Geekbench vs 3537/11903
     
  17. darksithpro macrumors regular

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    So a quad core i7 beat a newer dual core, low powered core i7?
     

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