Want a Macbook Retina display - Which one 15" or 13"?

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  1. Risco, Jun 28, 2014
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    I currently have a Macbook 15' 2012 in my signature. I really want a RD Macbook, but not sure whether to get a 15" or 13". I use it almost exclusively for internet, video encoding and photo viewing. Plus it serves as my iTunes media server.

    I want to see more than I currently can see on screen, but without squinting. So I am leaning towards the 15". When are the new updates due? I bought my current one in August 2012, so was hoping this August would receive an update?
     
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    I don't like how heavy the 15" model is and I don't have difficulty seeing the 13" so I would go with 13" but if your want a quad core for whatever reason then the 15" seems better.
     
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    Thanks for your reply, may I ask what resolution setting you use please?
     
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    I switch between more space and the best for retina. I use more space when I need two pages documents loaded side by side or need two windows open next to each other other, and I use best for retina when I'm casually browse or watch YouTube or play games
     
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    If you are encoding video, I would say get the 15" because of the quad core processor
     
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    Want a Macbook Retina display - Which one 15" or 13"?

    I've selled my early 2011 cMBP 13" and was asking myself the same. Finally went with a 15" base model. The quad core and the bigger screen were the reasons of my choice.

    Btw, the weight of a cMBP 13 and a rMBP 15 is the same, 4,4 pounds (or 2 kilos).

    I use it in retina resolution, the standard.
     
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    If you do video encoding all the time, a quad-core i7 is a definite must.

    So 15" it is.

    Having an NVIDIA GT750M GPU around may also help in encoding and rendering.
     
  8. GoingDark macrumors 6502

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    It comes down to portability vs. screen real estate, and which do you value more. The 15" is much bigger, and since more than 50% of my laptop use is at home, I personally wish I had opted for the 15". The 13" is quite small for multitasking with multiple windows.
     
  9. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    I have the 13 and am happy with it. I do however have a 21.5" iMac (had an external monitor before).

    I suspect if it's your main machine and you have no desire/space for an external monitor, you'll be better off with the 13".

    The portability is amazing though. I also have a cMBP 13" and it feels like a brick in comparison. My PC friends laugh at how I call the cMBP a brick, but of course it's all relative!
     

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