Worth the upgrade?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hr10, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. hr10 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Okay, I want your opinion on this.
    I recently purchased the 13" MBP base model.
    My friend is selling his 15" MBP, top model 2.8 GHZ.
    If I sell my 13" mbp, I have to pay around $500 for the upgrade.
    Worth it?
  2. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...if its screen size you want, you can surely get a larger monitor for much less than $500... do you also want to carry around a heavier/larger footprint machine?
  3. hr10 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Does the extra 2" makes a huge weight difference?
    How about in terms of performance?
    I don't do any editing, just a little gaming.
  4. mpopkin macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2003
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I have a macbook and a new uMBP 15" top of line(with a little extra, 3.06) it is not significantly heavier, nor bigger than the 13", for me that is, the 13 is smaller and more portable, but for me(i am tall, and have big hands) the 15" is perfect, in terms of performance, it blows any of the 13" uMBP's out of the water, look at benchmarks at various review sites, the 2.8 w/512 9600gt is an incredibly powerful machine, using it with FCP 6, it is faster than my DP g5, and handles beautifully, in terms of usage, it is overkill unless you use it professionally(FCP, Photoshop, extreme gaming, etc) so it may be better to stick with your machine, but here are a couple of big differences to me
    1) the screen is better, yeah they improved the 13" screen, but Apple still keeps some advantages to the 15" and 17" despite what they may advertise. The Colors are amazing, and they pop of the screen, having seen both the 13" and the 15" in person, and having the new 15" i can say that it is much more beautiful
    2) I love having the choice of 9400m/9600gt, because i do not always use or need the full potential of my machine, but when using FCP it is not too difficult to switch
    3)bigger touchpad
    4)Run's cool, i have never had a burnt hand or had the machine break 56c yet, under intense usage
    5) the speakers are louder and sound better
    6) the screen is bigger
    7) it looks cooler, i mean, there is just something about the 15" that screams beauty, and the 13" lacks it

    but it comes down to you, it sounds like you do not need it, but you want it, so if you can justify it, go for it, but if not, be happy, or make the choice that is best for you, and do not base your choice on others opinions, even mine, I was just stating what i love about the 15" and why i would not have bought the new 13"
  5. hr10 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Thanks for you advice!
    Is $500 a good deal to upgrade?
  6. friareunuch macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2009
    Is your friend's computer a June 09 MBP? I mean I guess either way, I'd say that's a pretty solid deal. I'm always biased toward the 15, though.
  7. masse macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2007
    Yeah but is he selling it for a reason? Like it's not working correctly?
  8. cababah macrumors 68000

    Jun 11, 2009
    SF Bay Area, CA
    I wouldn't buy a computer from anyone (even a friend) unless it had Apple Care..does he?
  9. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Today, the difference is around $1000 so you're saving $500. Like others have said, why does he want to downgrade? AppleCare shouldn't be a problem since you can get it yourself. If you don't mind the 15", I think you could benefit from the 9600M GT since you're going to be gaming and 9600M GT > 9400M in that regard. Also, you'll have upgrades in CPU, HDD and RAM for only $500. So depending on if there's anything wrong with it, I think it's a good price.
  10. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    in my opinion yes it is worth it. you not only get the bigger screen but also dedicated graphics and more L2 cache. so yes do it.
  11. hr10 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Thanks everyone. I am leaning towards the upgrade. Is it heavy to carry around coz I find the 13" isn't that light to carry around whole day.

    He is not my friend actually. He is my friend's friend and he is rich i guess.
  12. hr10 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I pulled the trigger purchased my friend's 15" mbp.
    I am planning to use the HD from my 13" mbp so that I can just archive and reinstall.
    I have a question, do i have to keep the existing HD that comes with the 15"? If I bring it in repair, would they ask for my original 15" HD?

  13. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    i think it's a good idea to hold on to it. and whenever you bring it in for repair just swap it in.

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