Which to buy? 13'' or 15''?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by brandonb123, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. brandonb123 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    Long time lurker here and have just signed up to get some advice. I was originaly planning on getting a 13'' MBP when they were updated and now since the update, the CD2 is kind of pushing me away.

    I am a full time college student, currently half way through my engineering degree. I would be using the computer for word, power point, excel, music, garageband, movies, light photo editing and running school programs like AutoCad and Solidworks.

    I currently have a black book 13'' so I am used to the screen.

    Now to me, the 13'' size is very nice. I think a 15'' would be to big and awkward for me to carry around all the time and take on trips and what not so the size is a huge factor. However, i want this computer to last me atleast 3 years so do I really want to pay almost 2000$ (after apple care and taxes) for technology that is not top of the line? This is where I am stuck.

    Also, If i were to go with the 13'' and updated to 8GB ram would it give me an increase in general performance? Would it be worth it?

    Thanks a million guys.


    Edit: One more piece of info, I can afford both so that is not an issue.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    The C2D machine will last you 3 years. There's no doubt about it. The 15" may withstand changes in software longer, but both will last you 3 years. I'd get whatever you can afford and whatever is comfortable to carry.
     
  3. swish2351 macrumors 6502

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    Even with core2duo the 13" is great. I think both with last 4-5 years, I think the 13" will last longer though, because this is the last version of core2duo so it will still be good, while i5 will get updates and after 2 years you will feel like you have an old processor. The 13" will be better.

    I get where your coming from about the 13" not having the newest processor, but it really doesn't need it. The LOW-END 13" has 4GB RAM and a 10hour battery life(about), it has a decently good graphics card. Go 13". That's what I'm getting too.
     
  4. brandonb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. enberg macrumors regular

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    I did that with the 13" I just ordered. Aftermarket RAM won't save you much money, so you might as well get it preinstalled.
     
  6. brandonb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    will the performance boosts be noticable though?
     
  7. greg400 macrumors 6502

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    Only if you plan on doing some very intensive work that involves a lot of applications being used at once. Or if you plan on running virtual machines.
     
  8. brandonb123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay no I will be running bootcamp thats about it. I was just wondering if overall general speed would increase and if it did I would probably get it but sounds good, thanks!
     

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