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    Jul 11, 2011
    Macbook Pro 13 vs. 15 inch?
    Hey, I am starting college this year as a freshman in the science major... I am stuck between a $1199 13 inch macbook pro or a $1799 15 inch macbook pro. I will be using the laptop for reports, homework, projects, internet surfing, watching movies, editing pictures, and chatting and thats basically it. Which one should I go for and why?

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    Member Since
    Jul 11, 2011
    I just did my first year at college with a 13" MBP. My buddy that lived next door had a 15" MBP.

    For watching movies, the 15" is noticeably more enjoyable.
    Otherwise, you might just like the lighter 13" for taking to lectures. Its really a preference thing.

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Go for the 13" and use the $600 you saved to buy books that you'll need.

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    Feb 25, 2011
    March 2011 15" MBP 2.3GHz i7 Quad Core 8GB Ram | Mid 2011 27" iMac 3.4 GHz i7 16 GB RAM 2 TB HDD
    I continue to think that a student will greatly appreciate the increased screen real estate the 15" offers over the 13". Over time as the projects become more involved and you spend more and more time on the machine - the larger screen will be helpful. 1lbs carrying weight difference wouldn't be enough for me to have a limited viewing area.

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    Apr 06, 2011
    Louisville, KY - USA
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM
    I have to agree about the screen size. Sure, if you dont plan on being in front of the 13" MBP a lot, then it wont matter, however if you are, then the extra screen on the 15" will reduce eye-strain over the long run. Now, if you save the "$600" difference, then get a big monitor and use it at the dorm/apartment.

    The only time I recommend a small PC like a 13" (or the MBA) is when it will be used almost primarily for travel when overall size/weight make more of a difference, and you are not on them hours at a time.
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
    MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
    iPhone 5S 64GB, iPad Air 2 128 GB LTE, iPod Nano Gen6 8GB, Apple TV 3 & 2

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    Member Since
    Jul 11, 2011
    I'm planning on taking the plunge and purchasing a 13in once they ship with Lion on them. I will be a college freshman as well. I'm currently using a 13in. laptop that I feel like is plenty big enough... I'm not a very big person, so I don't want to be toting around a hefty computer. I rarely watch movies or anything of the sort on my computer now so I think the 13in. will suffice. It's all about what you want, however.

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    Member Since
    Aug 30, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    15" MacBook Pro (Late-2011), 2.4 GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD
    I connect my 13" to a 23" LCD monitor I picked up on sale for $150 when I'm at home. It really helps when doing photo/video on the MBP. But when I'm surfing the internet, using Pages/Keynote/etc, the 13" LCD works just fine for me.
    15" Retina MacBook Pro (Late 2013)
    2.6 GHz Core i7 | 16GB | 1TB SSD | OS X Mavericks 10.9.3

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