Which is a better value: 2014 15" retina 2.2 vs 2014 13" retina 2.8

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wildgift, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Wildgift, Aug 4, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014

    Wildgift macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Which would be faster or a better deal? The 15" has 16 gb of ram vs 8 for the 13". Only $200 more for the 15"! Though it only has a 256gb SSD. I'd have to move my itunes library to my 2tb seagate portable, which would be no big deal. Also iris pro on the 15.

    I'm using it for browsing, music ripping and storage, gaming if possible. No video or photo work.

    Thoughts? I would be very grateful for any input. The larger screen looks pretty attractive, because as a lawyer I'm often looking at a lot of documents.

    Many thanks!
  2. nexus4life macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2014
    You said it yourself - the larger screen would probably suit you better due to your career. That's what makes that the clear choice between the two.

    15" is also significantly faster than the 13". But that's just per benchmarks, due to the PCIe SSD and what you say your usage will be, you are highly unlikely to ever notice the difference between the two. Music shouldn't be a major concern due to all the cloud options for storing music out there.
  3. Sifinity macrumors 6502


    Jun 11, 2014
    if you read your post from a different persons perspective, you clearly show that want the 15' lol get the 15'
  4. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    It is often NOT about value, but about user satisfaction.

    Bigger screen appears to be your hot button. Do it!
  5. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    You said you are a lawyer, so you are probably not running intensive engineering simulations, nor multiple VMs, nor constantly editing 4k video.

    Therefore I recommend that you get the maxed-out, most expensive machine available, because you're a lawyer and you should let other people have as much of the money you "earned" as possible.

    Kidding aside, you should decide whether you like the 13.3" or 15.4" size for its own sake. Don't worry about specs, just consider whether you'd rather have the bigger screen, or a slightly lighter machine to carry around. That's all that really matters.

    And if you are actually concerned about getting the best value for your money, the late-2013 models are basically identical to the mid-2014 models (there was a tiny spec bump that you'd never notice) and they are available refurbished for much cheaper.

    Like, $400 cheaper. Heck, you could even double the SSD to 512 GB for $250 if you want more storage. Prices in the USA:

    Late-2013 13.3" 2.4/8/256 costs $1,189
    Late-2013 13.3" 2.6/8/512 costs $1,439

    Mid-2014 13.3" 2.6/8/256 costs $1,499
    Mid-2014 13.3" 2.8/8/512 costs $1,799

    Late-2013 15.4" 2.0/8/256 costs $1,529
    Late-2013 15.4" 2.0/8/512 costs $1,779

    Mid-2014 15.4" 2.2/16/256 costs $1,999
    Mid-2014 15.4" 2.2/16/512 costs $2,299

    In each case I've picked the cheapest available processor, since CPU upgrades are not worth it, and the closest to 8 GB RAM available, since that's what most people should get.

    If it were my money, I'd go for one of the late-2013 models every time, because they are almost identically performant for much less money. The only upgrade I would even consider is a 512 GB SSD.

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