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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.

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    Question In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.
    I'm stuck between these two. I'm not very computer-savvy in terms of the specs so if anyone could clarify which of these is better, that would be great.

    13-inch: 2.8 GHz
    2.8GHz dual-core
    Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz
    750GB 5400-rpm1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2
    $1,499.00


    15-inch: 2.2 GHz
    2.2GHz quad-core
    Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz
    500GB 5400-rpm1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2
    $1,799.00

    Is the 2.2GHz quad-core better than the 2.8GHz dual-core? Will the addition of the AMD Radeon graphics card make a huge difference when it come to running something like games on the computer? Although the 2 inch larger display seems nice, it's more of a luxury that I don't necessarily need so if the 13" outperforms the 15" I don't mind having a slightly smaller display.

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.

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    mbp 15 2009, mbp 13 2010
    Best bit will be to go to an apple store or similar outfit, and compare the two, see how you like one or the other. The best solution will be buy 2 and keep 2.
    If you can afford it.

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.
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    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    If you have the money to spend, the choice is a no-brainer. The 15" MBP is more powerful, has better graphics consisting of a discrete graphics chipset with its own memory, better screen resolution and better CPU.

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.

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    Specs:
    Macbook Pro, 2.53GHz, C2D, 4G RAM, 250G HDD
    My vote would be for the 15". Better graphics and a quad core cpu is a good deal.
    Thanks
    Neil M.

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.
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    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    If you are using it to game then the 15" would be the better buy. I still don't get peoples obsession with gaming on a notebook. >_<" Overpriced for the performance that you get out of it, and often more times then not there aren't many upgrade options.
    死神はリンゴしか食べない。

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRequiem View Post
    If you are using it to game then the 15" would be the better buy. I still don't get peoples obsession with gaming on a notebook. >_<" Overpriced for the performance that you get out of it, and often more times then not there aren't many upgrade options.
    I'm not gonna be using it primarily for gaming, but I want that option whenever possible.

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griever View Post
    I'm not gonna be using it primarily for gaming, but I want that option whenever possible.
    The 15" with a dedicated graphics card well serve you better for whenever you want to game.
    死神はリンゴしか食べない。

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.
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    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    Overpriced for the performance that you get out of it, and often more times then not there aren't many upgrade options.
    Especially when it's a MBA. Cute little devils though.....

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    In the market for a Mac. Not sure which one to get.
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    Specs:
    Mac Pro 8 Core
    Mbp 15'
    The only thing that would make me consider the 13' would be the Hard Drive, but that can easily be resolved by and upgrade or using and external. The 15' has a definite edge, when it comes to process power. Unless you are just using it to surf the web, write papers, and stream.

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