- Nov 8, 2015
I want to buy a MacBook for software development and I am not sure which one would be the perfect one. I also want to replace my main pc.
I'm a developer that codes 8-16 hours a day. I use a MBPr for home and an iMac 27 5k for work. Actually i use both at work, but most of my 'code time' is on the MBPr.
Hands down its my stellar 15" MBPr.
I have cranked my 13" to 1920x1200 using SwitchResX for a short period of time.For my usage, XCode and PyCharm are flawless on the 15". It's just a little cramped on the 13", even when cranked up to the 1680x1050 setting.
The 11" is great for taking with you wherever you go and when you plug into a 27" you have all the room in the world. Gets tight on the road, though. But it's so small it lets you work in places the 15" wouldn't.I know lots of developers who've created successful apps on an MBA 11. Of course, connecting the MBA to the largest monitor that it will drive is nice when one in coding at ones desk. But I do a lot of app development on the road or at customer sites, and an MBA 11 makes it easy to run between meeting rooms, code on trains and airplanes, etc.