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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Is a 15" MBP worth the extra money?

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Coming from a 24" iMac (2.16Ghz, 3GB RAM) I need to get a laptop as I'm moving and leaving the desktop behind. So I'm looking at refurbished MBPs.

I do photo editing (hobbyist) and like screen real estate, but I'll get an external monitor once I get to where I'm going.
That said, the main difference I'm seeing is that the 15" (released Apr'10, specs: 2.8Ghz 4GB RAM) has a much better graphics card as well as the anti-glare screen, but it comes with Snow Leopard.
The 13" (released Feb'11, specs: 2.7Ghz 4GB Ram up to 8GB) has Lion. RAM and Processors are on par with each other.

There's a $500 difference in the two. Is is worth it?
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In the 15, you could easily upgrade the RAM.

I have a 13" (latest) and I can run FCP, Photoshop, Aperture 3 no issues

I have 8GB RAM and an SSD.

Its fast. And I actually prefer the smaller screen, but I have the HDMI adapter to plug into my TV, so screen space isn't an issue.

Good luck
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