9 Replies Latest reply: May 8, 2012 1:17 PM by Courcoul
aashir.ali12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am going to buy the new MacBook pro in this summer but I have some difficulty in choosing the 13inch or the 15onch. I am going to use it for college and I am a science student. I will use it to make my presentations, notes and making researches, checking emails and watching videos on YouTube. I will also do some video editing but not at a professional scale, only making simple videos. I will take my MacBook regularely to college and using it there in the class.

 

And also this is my one time investment like I will use it for more than 5yrs so should I go for the 15inch or the 13inch??


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  • 1. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    Can't offer an accurate assessment, since we don't know what new capabilities the new Macs may have as well as when they will come out.

     

    However, when the moment comes, my standing guideline is "buy the computer with the biggest/baddest/meanest CPU and screen you can afford". RAM and drives are replaceable, but those two are in for the duration. This will ensure maximum longevity, resaleability and retard obsolescence as much as possible.

     

    Finally, for a portable, considering a 5+ year lifetime of daily use sounds like an excess of optimism.

  • 2. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    5 years with great care, I would go for the 15" top end with anti-glare screen, AppleCare and a MacTruck or other heavily padded case.

     

    Not the 13" no way.

     

    My last 15" lasted almost 5 years, until OSX Lion killed it.  So watch the OS X upgrades carefully.

  • 3. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    macintoshapples Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    You've got to go 15" just because you get the power of a 17" with the portability of a 13". You also get 2 fans, semi-decent speakers, and a REAL graphics card. Nobrainer.

  • 4. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,830 points)

    In principle I agree with Courcouls 'standing guideline' of choosing the fastest CPU available, but in this case one should ask if a 4% increase in speed is worth $250.  (2.4 GHz vs 2.5 GHz)  For that money you can double the RAM, install a larger and/or faster HDD and have change left over for a Corona beer.

     

    What would I personally do?  I would get the 2.5 GHz CPU because I simply like to have the fastest CPU available at the time of purchase (and I am a spendthrift).  However for the rational individual this is a point to consider in order to get the best value for the money.

     

    Ciao.

  • 5. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,470 points)

    Get a 13" and a decent external monitor.

  • 6. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    OGELTHORPE wrote:

     

    In principle I agree with Courcouls 'standing guideline' of choosing the fastest CPU available, but in this case one should ask if a 4% increase in speed is worth $250.  (2.4 GHz vs 2.5 GHz)  For that money you can double the RAM, install a larger and/or faster HDD and have change left over for a Corona beer.

    Ah, mon ami, you forgot the last part of the guideline:  "buy the computer with the biggest/baddest/meanest CPU and screen you can afford". The 2.5GHz option is IMHO unaffordable due to diminishing returns. As you point out, for $250 you get a piddly 100MHz more CPU speed and 2MB more L3 cache, which 99.9% of the owners will never fully utilize. Compare this to the 2.2GHz vs 2.4GHz alternative: 50% more HDD, 50% more VRAM, a meaner GPU. Yes, let's use the $250 we didn't spend on the 2.5GHz CPU in getting a faster HDD ($50 for 7200 RPM), the antiglare widescreen ($150) AND the 8GB RAM ($45 for an upgrade kit from Corsair). How much Corona can we get for $5?

     

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Get a 13" and a decent external monitor.

    Yuck! The 13"ers remind me of the Pharaoh's cortege. Specifically the enuchs....

     

    And, weren't we aiming for portability? Even if it were the thinnest Samsung offering, ain't gonna go about lugging a monitor!

  • 7. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,830 points)

    Courcoul, greetings friend;  You said "How much Corona can we get for $5?".  You of all of us should be able to answer that!

     

    Ciao.

  • 8. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,470 points)

    Courcoul wrote:

     

    OGELTHORPE wrote:

     

    In principle I agree with Courcouls 'standing guideline' of choosing the fastest CPU available, but in this case one should ask if a 4% increase in speed is worth $250.  (2.4 GHz vs 2.5 GHz)  For that money you can double the RAM, install a larger and/or faster HDD and have change left over for a Corona beer.

    Ah, mon ami, you forgot the last part of the guideline:  "buy the computer with the biggest/baddest/meanest CPU and screen you can afford". The 2.5GHz option is IMHO unaffordable due to diminishing returns. As you point out, for $250 you get a piddly 100MHz more CPU speed and 2MB more L3 cache, which 99.9% of the owners will never fully utilize. Compare this to the 2.2GHz vs 2.4GHz alternative: 50% more HDD, 50% more VRAM, a meaner GPU. Yes, let's use the $250 we didn't spend on the 2.5GHz CPU in getting a faster HDD ($50 for 7200 RPM), the antiglare widescreen ($150) AND the 8GB RAM ($45 for an upgrade kit from Corsair). How much Corona can we get for $5?

     

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    Get a 13" and a decent external monitor.

    Yuck! The 13"ers remind me of the Pharaoh's cortege. Specifically the enuchs....

     

    And, weren't we aiming for portability? Even if it were the thinnest Samsung offering, ain't gonna go about lugging a monitor!

    Normally I leave the monitor at home when I need to be portable, perhaps you should do the same.

  • 9. Re: New MacBook pro 2012 13inch or 15inch ?
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    OGELTHORPE wrote:

     

    Courcoul, greetings friend;  You said "How much Corona can we get for $5?".  You of all of us should be able to answer that!

    Not quite! But I can tell you how many Coronas $67.45 pesos can get me....