Why Did You choose 13 Inch MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macNewbie02, May 21, 2012.


Why Did You Choose 13 Inch MBP?

  1. The 13 Inch MBP is perfect for me!

    90 vote(s)
  2. The 15 Inch MBP costs more and I can't afford it, so I settled on a 13 Inch MBP.

    57 vote(s)
  1. macNewbie02 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    For those of you who bought the 13 Inch MBP, I'm interested in knowing why did you choose the 13 Inch model and not the 15 Inch?
  2. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Wanted the portability and the power. Also I have a 27" Thunderbolt Display anyway. I sorta wish I got the 15" MBP but ahh well. Why do you ask? :p
  3. macNewbie02 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2012
    To be honest, I'm waiting for the new MBP and I'll buy the 15 Inch model, although it's more expensive. I'm, however, intersted in knowing what are the reasons the 13 Inch MBP model is the best-seller - is it because people can't afford the 15 Inch or maybe people do prefer the 13 Inch over the 15 Inch. :)
  4. sk8r1230 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2010
    Have owned both. Both have perks. Will be getting the 15 after refresh.
  5. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    It's very portable, and you can always hook it up to a display or two. I may get a 15" next year or so anyway. :)
  6. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    13" MBP was ideal size for me. I didn't want to carry around the 15" and I didn't even consider the 17".
  7. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    nyc. subways, walking.

    the 13" JUST fits (in a sleeve) in my backpack; light, fast. am happy (or happy until the new mbp's come; then change 'happy' to 'jealous') :D
  8. 88 King macrumors 6502

    88 King

    Jun 18, 2011
    London, UK
    I had a 2010 15" mbp, the main reason was the higher screen pixels 1600X1050 vs 1280X800 and anti-glare screen on the 15". I hope Apple will bring out a higher res 13" screen this year as a dual core Ivy bridge CPU meet most people's power need.
  9. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    I really prefer the 13" form factor. It isn't just about weight, it is about the overall footprint. Even though 90% of the time I use it hooked to a U2711 display, when I do travel or undock it it is a joy to use anywhere unlike the 15" (or 14" iBook) I have had the in past. I just found them awkward to use in some places because of the larger footprint.

    Even if they offered a 13" and a 15" with the same features and the even same price, I'd go for the 13" because of the form factor.

    I just really wish they would/could offer higher performing versions of the 13". Such as Quad-Core and dedicated GPU. Fingers crossed for next month.
  10. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
  11. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    I sold my early 2008 15" MBP with a matte display for an early 2011 13" MBP. I added a Power Support anti-glare film; when I compared it to the 15" MBP I could see a difference in the displays. Not bad for a $35 film!

    I chose the 13" MBP because I travel light and the 15" MBP is too big. Cost was also a factor: I snagged my 13" for $909 during an Amazon sale. I took the money that I saved and used it to buy a high-end 24" external display.

    I am in the market for a second 13" MBP. I am waiting to see what the upcoming refresh has to offer; if the new MBPs don't cut the mustard I'll purchase a discounted previous-generation MBP.
  12. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    The reason I switched to a mac was because I wanted a reliable thin and light computer. For me the 13inch MBP was the perfect balance of function and portability. Now that I've seen the MBA I actually want a lighter computer...

    Even if the 15inch MBP was the cheaper option I'd choose the 13inch for the form factor. Although I am really annoyed that some of the nicer features are restricted to the larger machines, such as discrete graphics (somewhat understandable) and anti-glare displays (completely ridiculous).

    I REALLY hope that apple doesn't kill off the 13inch MBP, but instead uses this opportunity to improve it and stop making it a 2nd class citizen in the Pro family. I'd personally actually prefer if they bumped the price up (because Apple stops cutting corners on their really expensive machines) and reorganized the laptop lineup so the macbook air was the entry level machine.
  13. mikeo007, May 21, 2012
    Last edited: May 21, 2012

    mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    I guess #2 is closest for me. But it's not the inability to afford it, rather the 15" is not worth the money. The 13" at $600 less is worth the price, but the 15" is just not good value for the money, no matter how you spin it.
  14. Ajm5k6 macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2012
    I looked at both models and found that a smaller model was best for me. I had one in college and now that I am in the Navy I needed something that was portable and could do everything I wanted.
  15. rault18 macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2011
    Las Vegas, Nv
    I'm not a gamer nor a video producer . So the 13 def performs great for me

    Size is perfect as well.
  16. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Macs are hardly cheap, but it's better to have a mac that none at all. £900 or so for the 13 inch was justifiable because the laptop is going to (I hope) last many years. I couldn't possibly justify the leap to the £1500 area though. Maybe one day, when being a poor student is a thing of the past...
  17. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    The 15" is only slightly larger and heavier than the 13". Let's be real, it's not the "portability" of the 13" that people buy it for. The 15" is better in every single way. The 13" is Apple's most popular computer because it's one of the cheapest. The display is subpar. There's nothing professional about its low power processor. It has no discrete graphics. There's no 3.5 mm mic port. There's no speaker grill. It has only one cooling fan compared to two in the 15" and 17". Come on now, it's an aluminum MacBook.
  18. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    The MBP is not my primary computer... it is my ultra mobile platform.

    If it were the primary, I would have spent more money and bought the more powerful 15"... but I have a tower i7 and a mobile i7 17" PC (my work requires the PC).

    FWIW, if this machine went down, I would buy another one within 24 hours... That is how much I like it.

  19. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    The 15" is 25% heavier than the 13".
    The 13" display has a higher PPI than the 15" display.
    In every day tasks, the 13" CPU is indistinguishable from the 15". In heavy CPU tasks, the 15" has a 15-20% advantage.
    The 13" does have a 3.5mm port that works for mic.
    It has 1 fan which means less noise.
    There is a small speaker grill on the 13".

    Sounds like someone has a mis-informed superiority complex.
  20. iamthedudeman, May 21, 2012
    Last edited: May 21, 2012

    iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    You are confused my friend. The 13 inch doesn't have most of those options because of the form factor or design constraints. Not because they dont want to put them in. Some they could. Most they cannot. That distinction is going away on the 2012 models. The 13 inch should have a retina display and quad core avail. to it like its larger brother.

    I own both, actually all three at my business. I can use whichever i want. The difference isn't only price, for some yes, for some no. A current gen 2.8 i7 in the 13 will be just as fast or faster in single and dual threaded tasks than the 2.2 15. Underpowered I think not.

    The 13 2.8 i7 is faster than your 15 MBP. 2010 model right? Is that why you're mad? Lol

    The 13 is the bigger bang for your buck. Espicially the base machine. And on the 2012 models all will have retina displays. The 13 2012 models will have the same features and cpu options as the 15 MBP since the 13 inch will have quad core option as well. What you will not see is a discrete GPU. Due to thermal constraints, nothing else.


    Owned. Beat me to it lol.
  21. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    i put 8g ram and a 256g ssd into my current-model 13", and i can do everything i need to do well (including Logic and Photoshop).

    it's (especially at this size and weight), a beast...
  22. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    The 13" is nice. A bit heavy for a 13", and I imagine the refresh will be lighter.

    Also, the display really is nice even though it's low resolution; it's very bright and the colors really pop.

    summary: Too heavy for a 13", but lighter than any other Macbook alternative other than the anemic Airs (or relatively anemic, that is).

    I would definitely wait for the refresh though. Should be interesting.
  23. ivanpk macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2011
    I agree with all of these but doesn't the high res 15 inch have a higher PPI then the 13?
  24. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    If you don't game or do heavy processing work the 13" pro is ideal.

    Plenty of storage (also upgradeable), plenty of ram (upgradeable), cpu more than fast enough for most people, what's not to like?

    Much more future proof than an air.

    The only reason i went for a 15" pro is because of the discrete GPU and larger screen, and i wanted a do-it-all machine. If i had a mac desktop I'd go the 13" pro every time.
  25. shinobi-81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    It's a little bit lower actually. As for the Pros, the 13" has 116 ppi and the 15" has 113 ppi.

    The 13" Air has 131 ppi.

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