MacBook Pro, 13 or 15 inch?

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    Jul 04, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    I am getting a MacBook Pro, but I am not sure which one to get.

    The price difference is rather significant!

    I'll use it for internet, streaming, office, pictures, calendar, photoshop, video's and other stuff.

    I don't download music nor movies, so that shouldn't be a problem.

    Hope hearing from you guys.
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    Jul 04, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    If you're actually going to be carrying it around, then get the 13" version. You'll appreciate the ~1 lbs difference at the end of the day. If you really need the screen size, then get the 13" and spend a couple hundred bucks on an external 21" LCD screen.
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    I got the 13 inch two days ago and I LOVE it! The difference between the two is like $500 so it was easy to decide. Yeah the 15 has a better processor and stuff but I only do email and watch youtube and RJ icon_smile.gif I don't photoshop so I cant answer that one. You'll love it!
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    Of the things you listed the only thing that would make me pause on suggesting the 13 vs the 15 is Photoshop. If you plan to get an external monitor the point is moot, go with the 13 but if you are hell bent on using photoshop out and about and are really a heavy user then the 15 would likely be worth it.
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    How heavy a Photoshop user are you? If you do a lot of graphics works, then you might want to go with the 15". If you're more of a casual user, then I agree, if you're going to carry the thing with you a lot, then I agree with the guys above, the lower weight will probably work better for you. The bigger machines are for more power users and might not be as good an investment. I'm on my second 13" and been quite happy with them. I might invest in an iPad when the next generation comes out. It might fulfill most of my day-to-day needs.
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    I got a 15, it works fine for me

    I would never get an iPad though.... I hate the fact that you cant feel the keys underneath your finger, so you have to keep looking at your hands for everythign you type
  • joeisme

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    Jul 05, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    I would say get a 13-inch if you want that Macbook-envy when you're out and about, it's a perfect size..

    I, on the other hand, thought that an iMac had much better spec for the same sort of price (in the UK, at least), so I went with that. Never made such a good choice about a substantial purchase before - I love it.

    I don't think I would have been as happy with a Macbook, even if I was formerly an avid laptop fan.

    Hope you choose what's right for you icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
    I bought my partner the 15" Pro (I use an iMac, my third). At home he plugs it into a larger flat-screen monitor on his desk (along with wireless keyboard & mouse), but he likes the greater onboard screen size when used strictly as a notebook outside the house. No doubt our both needing reading glasses played a part in that decision.

    And BTW, like every Apple computer & other product I've owned since 1983, it performs flawlessly. I've never had anything from Apple let me down or disappoint me.
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    Jul 05, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    If you're doing basic Photoshop stuff, and basic internet/mail/movie streaming then I'd highly recommend an 13" MBP and consider a nice external monitor as advised. It's offers a LOT of flexibility and you kinda get the best of a laptop and desktop when you want it.

    However, if your Photoshop needs regularly involve dozens of layers per image, and rendering dozens of images a day - or you're editing video with LOTS of layers and LOTS of real-time filters then consider the 15". It's got a lot more processor power for that kind of thing.

    For most people's needs, the 13" is more than capable, and the difference in weight/price is substantial when you have to carry it around regularly.
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
    I have a 13" macbook now....and im always short of screen space. If your using photoshop alot then I would def opt for at least the 15". and the 15" have the i5 processors....where the 13"s have the duo.
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:14 AM GMT
    I'm in the decision phase between the 15" and 17" MBP. 13" is just too small for me, even for portability. I was at the Apple store and didn't notice a huge difference between the 15 and 17. My sister has the 15 and it seems to be sufficient. Plus I have a 20-inch monitor that I just need to be able to connect. But then there's the irrational part of my brain that insists I need the 17"..ugh!

    Good luck with your decision.
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
    i have the 13 i hate mac i only got it because i thought it'd be cooler and make me get in touch wth my emo side.. i had my friend install windows 7 on it.. mac os blows chunks
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:24 AM GMT
    Go the with the 15 and don't listen to the ass fuck above me he just doesn't know how to actually use a mac so he got Windows Dumb installed on his comp.icon_rolleyes.gif Douche fucking up a good mac
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:41 AM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidGo the with the 15 and don't listen to the ass fuck above me he just doesn't know how to actually use a mac so he got Windows Dumb installed on his comp.icon_rolleyes.gif Douche fucking up a good mac


    ditto,

    Depends on usage.... the advice from most above is valid!
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    Jul 05, 2010 10:51 AM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidGo the with the 15 and don't listen to the ass fuck above me he just doesn't know how to actually use a mac so he got Windows Dumb installed on his comp.icon_rolleyes.gif Douche fucking up a good mac


    Be nice!
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    Jul 05, 2010 11:05 AM GMT
    i can't wait to get a macbook pro for school next year. i'm just holding off because i know they'll probably come out with their next fleet by then.

    i'm planning on going with the 13-inch because it's smaller and easier to drag around all day, but i'm also thinking of getting a huge monitor to use when i'm at home. and if you want a better processor on your 13-inch then you can just custom-build one and order it online from apple.
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    Jul 05, 2010 11:06 AM GMT
    reppaT said
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidGo the with the 15 and don't listen to the ass fuck above me he just doesn't know how to actually use a mac so he got Windows Dumb installed on his comp.icon_rolleyes.gif Douche fucking up a good mac


    Be nice!


    Duck boy is a fucktard.... be fair.
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    Jul 05, 2010 11:09 AM GMT
    Lostboy said
    reppaT said
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidGo the with the 15 and don't listen to the ass fuck above me he just doesn't know how to actually use a mac so he got Windows Dumb installed on his comp.icon_rolleyes.gif Douche fucking up a good mac


    Be nice!


    Duck boy is a fucktard.... be fair.



    He is and he sends me nasty shit all the time!
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    Jul 05, 2010 11:11 AM GMT
    reppaT said
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidGo the with the 15 and don't listen to the ass fuck above me he just doesn't know how to actually use a mac so he got Windows Dumb installed on his comp.icon_rolleyes.gif Douche fucking up a good mac


    Be nice!




    Reppa you know I play fair ;) and I am being nice the shit I was to say to the brain dead fuck is very watered down


    But for you I shall play "nice"
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    Jul 05, 2010 11:11 AM GMT
    Ricovelas said
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidGo the with the 15 and don't listen to the ass fuck above me he just doesn't know how to actually use a mac so he got Windows Dumb installed on his comp.icon_rolleyes.gif Douche fucking up a good mac


    ditto,

    Depends on usage.... the advice from most above is valid!




    ;) thanks icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:16 PM GMT
    How anyone who has tried both a Mac and a regular computer with Windows could denigrate a Mac is crazy. I bought my Mac two years ago and would never buy a Windows based computer again.

    As the above people mention, if you are graphics heavy and want it to be completely portable, go with 15" screen. Otherwise you may want to opt for 13" and hook it up to another monitor when you're home. It does cost quite a bit more, but I always think you get what you pay for in the end...and you will have this for a long time so you don't want to have regrets.
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    Jul 05, 2010 12:38 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidI'm in the decision phase between the 15" and 17" MBP. 13" is just too small for me, even for portability. I was at the Apple store and didn't notice a huge difference between the 15 and 17. My sister has the 15 and it seems to be sufficient. Plus I have a 20-inch monitor that I just need to be able to connect. But then there's the irrational part of my brain that insists I need the 17"..ugh!

    Good luck with your decision.

    Not sure what monitor you have, but we kept a relatively new HP flat screen when my partner's PC died. There's a small Apple converter device we needed to buy to go from the Pro's small video-output socket to the larger HP plug, so be prepared to do the same.

    Otherwise it works well for him, as it's a bit bigger than the 15" notebook screen, which is set to remain dark when the HP monitor is in use. In fact, with the wireless keyboard and mouse he has, the Pro at home is basically used like a Mac Mini box, the computer tucked away and hardly ever touched. Only when it goes "on the road" are its own KB, touchpad and screen ever used, somewhat like the DuoDock concept Apple tried some years ago.
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:42 PM GMT
    I was deciding between the 13" and 15" Macbooks about a year and a half ago, and I went with the 13" for portability. I also opted for the faster CPU and 4 gigs of RAM.
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    Jul 06, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    Between the 13" and 15", if you're more than a casual photoshop user, I'd definitely go with the 15". I use Lightroom and Photoshop and have a 17". Both programs along with video editing programs use numerous palettes and/or windows which can really eat up screen space. For me the 17" doesn't seem too large. I also use an iPad when I need something light.
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    Jul 06, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    Space_Cowboy_89 saidI am being nice the shit I was to say to the brain dead fuck is very watered down


    hi do you have your hairy, chunky men lined up for the night in hopes to temporarily boost your self-esteem? have fun, and remember tonsils relaxed.