Which 15" for learning to code?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CBianco, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. CBianco macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2015
    Hello, everyone.

    I'd like to learn to code for a future in web development, and my wife insists that I'll need a Mac. (She's a front-end web developer, herself.)

    So I'll be buying a new Macbook Pro in a few weeks, and I see there are two models available--$1999 and $2499. Other than the upgrade model being a bit faster, is there any advantage (for my purposes) to buying that one?

    Another way to put it... will the $1999 model be sufficient for my next few years of learning to code? (I suspect it will be, but I'm always open to hearing opinions from those wiser and/or more experienced than me.)

    Thanks in advance.

  2. superlawyer15 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2014
    Dedicated graphics is the biggie there.
    ..but also you get a faster CPU and double the SSD space.
    ...If you take the cheaper model ($1999) and add the cpu and ssd found in the $2499 model, it comes out to $2399.

    ..so for $100 it makes sense to just get the dGPU.
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    For coding you need a keyboard and a display. The CPU/SSD/GPU are completely insignificant. Battery life is nice but the rest of the hardware does not matter. The whole twice as fast SSD is nothing but a placebo anyway. You just cannot notice the difference in real use.
    Get the cheapest and you will never no the difference.
    dGPUs only matter for the 3d gaming in the off time. The difference between the CPUs are insignificant.
    SSD space is needed for a home music/picture/movie collection but you will not need much space for the web dev work.

    Everything said holds true for years to come. The difference between a notebook from now and 3 years ago might be big. The difference between todays low end and high end just does not matter, it isn't big enough.
  4. Studflower macrumors member

    Dec 29, 2014
    The base 15" will be more than enough... Coding can be done on a netbook processor so I don't think you'll have an issue with power or staying relevant for a couple years.

    What you'll probably want is a quality external monitor and a good keyboard. Screen estate is the most important thing for productivity.
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    For your purposes, even the 12" MacBook wold be an overkill. Why not get a 13" rMBP? Its more mobile and still has much more power than you would ever require for web development.
  6. CBianco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2015
    Thanks for all the replies, everyone. It looks like any of the MBPs will do the trick nicely, and the "screen real estate" point is a good one. (My wife loves her two Mac monitors at work.)

    So it's either the less expensive 15" ($1999) or maybe the smaller 13" ($1499) with an additional (used) monitor?

    Thanks again,
  7. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    For web design, any 15" config will be more than adequate.
  8. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    13" with external would be an excellent choice. You could even go 4k and break even with the 15".
  9. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    Used 13" MacBook Air + external display. Cost = ~$1000

    (I know this doesn't answer your question, sorry)
  10. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    You don't need a Mac to learn programming. Development tools are widely available for WIndows, Linux, BSD, Solaris, and many other operating systems. It doesn't take much computing power either, so you're not stuck having to buy the latest and fastest hardware.

    If you want the 15", it will certainly be great for your uses. I would get the cheapest one though.

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