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stangeter 03-28-2010 10:35 PM

Any regret/concerns migrating from 15.4" to 13.3"
I am in the final stages of buying a Macbook pro. I currently use a laptop with a 15.4" screen but am leaning toward the 13.3" Macbook pro. Has anyone downsized and wished they had not? Thanks!

DarkestRitual 03-29-2010 12:10 AM

I went from a Power Mac G5 with a 23 inch Apple Cinema Display that I used for 4 and a half years to a 13.3 inch aluminum MacBook (basically the pro you're looking at, but with ports that I prefer). It's little, and sometimes I wish I had more screen real estate for my primary machine... Except I couldn't get what I'm looking for from a 15 inch laptop either. The 13 inch is a perfect size for a portable computer. Spaces makes it easy to get over the lack of screen real estate for multiple apps.

6string 03-29-2010 12:11 AM

This is really a matter of opinion.
I have the 13" MB, and would never go for a 13" again.... it's just too small!
The 15" is a great solution, as it's still highly portable, yet a reasonable viewing size.
I don't know how used to the 15" inch you are, but I would certainly spend some time in an Apple store playing with a 13", or if you have a friend with one, using theirs for a while to help you with your decision!

p3ezi(moto) 03-29-2010 12:33 AM

well my old windows laptop was a 17"HD screen and i'm glad I have a 13" it's just easier to carry around...and I don't have no use of a bigger display

bellerobot 03-29-2010 01:42 AM

Yeah, 13" is definitely perfect screen for portability, if you need more space, connect to the external monitor on the desk.

foxj66 03-29-2010 01:46 AM


Originally Posted by bellerobot (Post 1025891)
Yeah, 13" is definitely perfect screen for portability, if you need more space, connect to the external monitor on the desk.

Ya thats what i do, It works well with me going to school having a small and light computer.

RadarP3C 03-29-2010 12:42 PM

I used a 13" for the past 3 1/2 yrs. Nice size for portability. Now I'm on a 15" and have not noticed any portability differences from my last 13 inch. I'm a pilot and the 15" fits just as well in my flight case as did the 13 inch. But, the big difference is the luxury of having a larger screen size. I think I can safely say that I will never go back to a smaller size.

Doug b 03-29-2010 01:21 PM

Regret... Big time. Two reasons. First reason is that I HATE/LOATHE the glossy screen. It's distracting in a huge way. Secondly: As said just above, the portability of the 15" is just as convenient as the 13". I hardly noticed a difference in weight, and they both fit into the same bags. I prefer the size of the larger screen a lot. The 13" does have an advantage of being slightly more lap friendly, but it's not that large an difference. But I'll never get a 13" again.


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