Which to buy ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cusx, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. cusx macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    My needs: Web Browsing + Music + Counter Strike:Source (when steam release)

    1) Can a 13" inch fulfill my needs ? I know it can do web browsing, how about CS:S ?

    2) Can a 13" power up a 24" monitor ? Will they be any "Stress" for the computer ? Will I be experiencing lags due to the monitor ?

    3) Actually I have the budget for 15" i7, but not sure if I really need it, a machine that is more "future proof", however, I feel like trying new technology.

    What are you thoughts ?

    Thank in advance.
  2. thec macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2008
  3. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    If you intend on doing most of your work thru the external monitor the 13" will be great for you. However if you are going to be using the notebook by itself a lot, stick with a 15" at the very least. You will appreciate the extra screen real estate. My last MBP was a 13" and I hardly ever used it on an external monitor. Everything was so crammed together on the screen.
  4. kenstee macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2005
    No machine is "future proof."

    If the 13" came with a i5 I'd say go for it. It doesn't. So, personally, I'd go with the power of a i5 or i7. As such, you need to go with a 15" or 17". No, you're really not trying new technology. So, I wouldn't factor that into your decision-making.
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    13" is enough but if you have the $, jump for the 2.4GHz i5
  6. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  7. Dragonforce macrumors 6502a


    Apr 9, 2008
    London (Ealing) UK
    I bought the base 15" model as well (2.4 GHz i5) and spent the saved $$$
    for the Intel G2 Postville 160 GB SSD. Makes this thing fly.
  8. cusx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    Thanks for all the reply people.

    However, my main concern for 13" is, will it "suffer" when outputing to a 24" /22 " ? will it be able to power it up nicely ?
  9. diamond.g macrumors 603


    Mar 20, 2007
    What will you be doing on this external monitor?
  10. cusx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2010
    it will be basically doing the same thing too, I have 2 tables far apart in the room.

    so a MBP on one table, and an external monitor on the other.

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