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Is it worth going from a MBP 13' to 15'


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Hello guys, nice to meet you all.

I'm currently going to buy my first Mac, I've been a veteran Windows user and would like to make "the switch."

I'm currently interested in the new MBP 13' (the Core i7 one), which I will be mainly using it in college. I would not be gaming on my laptop since I already had a high end PC and a PS3.

I was about to get the 13' model when the sales at the Apple store recommended me the 15' instead (the 2.0 GHz Core i7 one). He said that getting the 15' model will worth the extra $300 because I'll get a bigger screen and a better GPU (the HD6470 I believe)

So is it worth it paying an extra $300 for a bigger screen and a better GPU? Will the 15' be less mobility than the 13' because of its weight?
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I prefer a bigger screen & a better gpu. But everyone is different. You have to decide what YOU prefer...not what others prefer.

Some additional info. The gpu & display are NOT upgradeable. So what you buy now...is what you're stuck with...unless you sell the computer & buy another.

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Wow Nick, thanks for the fast reply.

Well, I don't actually mind the integrate Intel GPU, but the screen estate and the weight of the laptop is what matters to me. A bigger screen means bigger laptop and a bigger laptop means more weight, so is it worth getting bigger screens, but losing mobility because of its weight and space?
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Wow Nick, thanks for the fast reply.

Well, I don't actually mind the integrate Intel GPU, but the screen estate and the weight of the laptop is what matters to me. A bigger screen means bigger laptop and a bigger laptop means more weight, so is it worth getting bigger screens, but losing mobility because of its weight and space?
The 13" is certainly smaller & lighter (and less expensive)...so if that's really important...then get the 13".

This makes even more sense...if you get a large 22" to 24" monitor to use with your MacBook/MacBook Pro when you are at home or at work...working at a desk.

But if this will be your only computer (no external monitor)...I would go with the larger 15" display. But again...ask 100 people the same question...and 50 may say get the 13"...and 50 may say get the 15". It's really up to you what YOU want!

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Thanks a lot, it seems like my new MBP will be a 15' now.

Thx for the advices.
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My advice not to echo what was already said is to go and have a play with them instore and get to feel which screen size is right for you. And secondly you can pick up the 13 inch and 15 inch and see if weight is an issue.

Personally if this is your only computer I'd get the 15 inch. Simply cause even if you get an external monitor, those monitors wont be on the go with you like the MBP will. And on the go that extra screen real estate and other things will be nice. And unless you are planing on hiking 50 KM with your MBP then most of the time the MBP will be on a car or train seat or on a desk somewhere. My point is even if you travel with your MBP you'd be surprised at how little you actually have to pick it up and carry it somewhere.

It seems you have your eyes set on the 15 inch. That's cool. But still have a play with them at the store. It can't hurt.
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Thanks a lot, it seems like my new MBP will be a 15' now.

Thx for the advices.
Hopefully you really wanted the 15" all along...and I just "nudged" you a bit closer to the 15".

But like I mentioned earlier...if you wanted to get a 22"-24" monitor to use at home or work with this notebook...then you could sort of have the best of both worlds. A BIG display when at home or work...but a smaller & lighter computer to carry when you are moving about.

Good luck with your final decision...you will love the computer regardless of which one you get!

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I have a different take on this. I suggest the 13" for portability and for 300 you can get a nice 28" monitor from newegg when you are home. what I see most of the time is 15" laptops never leave the desk due to size and weight. Just my opinion on that.

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I'm far from an expert on here as I just made the "Switch" last month. But when the new MBP's came out I was going to up-grade my 13" when I found out I could up-grade to the older model 15" for very little cash difference as the price was cut on the old 15" models.
I was use to using a 15" PC and decided to go that route and I'm glad I did.
I have packed mine up in a case and taken it to work with me and out to WiFi spot just to see how my wireless connection was working and the size and weight was not an issue at all.
Good luck and enjoy your new Mac!!
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Hopefully you really wanted the 15" all along...and I just "nudged" you a bit closer to the 15".
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Well, it's just that I am not quite sure about whether the extra 2" will worth the extra weight added. (since it involve a much bigger chassis to accommodate the screen and stuff)
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Which I dearly love exactly for the screen size. The 17" is to big to lug and perch on my lap, the 13" not big enough for me. I do connect it to the 27" LED display for office use, a fantastic monitor.
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I'm far from an expert on here as I just made the "Switch" last month. But when the new MBP's came out I was going to up-grade my 13" when I found out I could up-grade to the older model 15" for very little cash difference as the price was cut on the old 15" models.
I was use to using a 15" PC and decided to go that route and I'm glad I did.
I have packed mine up in a case and taken it to work with me and out to WiFi spot just to see how my wireless connection was working and the size and weight was not an issue at all.
Good luck and enjoy your new Mac!!
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Thx for the suggestions, by the way if I were to buy a old 15", how much would the discount be and can I pick it up in stores?
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Well, it's just that I am not quite sure about whether the extra 2" will worth the extra weight added. (since it involve a much bigger chassis to accommodate the screen and stuff)
The 13" MacBook Pro weighs 4.5 pounds (2.0412 kilograms)...the 15" MacBook Pro weighs 5.6 pounds (2.54016 kilograms). Just stick that amount of weight in your favorite laptop bag...and see how it feels.

I really don't think that approximately 500 grams makes that much difference versus the benefits of the bigger display & better graphics hardware of the 15" MBP...but then that's just my opinion.

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My advice not to echo what was already said is to go and have a play with them instore and get to feel which screen size is right for you. And secondly you can pick up the 13 inch and 15 inch and see if weight is an issue.

Personally if this is your only computer I'd get the 15 inch. Simply cause even if you get an external monitor, those monitors wont be on the go with you like the MBP will. And on the go that extra screen real estate and other things will be nice. And unless you are planing on hiking 50 KM with your MBP then most of the time the MBP will be on a car or train seat or on a desk somewhere. My point is even if you travel with your MBP you'd be surprised at how little you actually have to pick it up and carry it somewhere.

It seems you have your eyes set on the 15 inch. That's cool. But still have a play with them at the store. It can't hurt.
My travel to college involves a few miles of walk to the campus, so yeah it's kinna like a "50km hike" for me.
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Thx for the suggestions, by the way if I were to buy a old 15", how much would the discount be and can I pick it up in stores?
The availability of older models would totally depend on what's available in your country (Thailand). I'm sure that there are differences between what older models are available in the United States & Thailand.

I would have suggested you check the refurbished section of the Apple Thailand Store...but I just checked the Apple Thailand Store...and there is no refurbished section. You may be limited with only purchasing the current new model MacBook Pro's.

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