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AppleAlanF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

     Like most people, I have decided to get one of the Macbook Pro retina models. I don't have a budget, so I could buy either one.

     The things I would do on the computer would be:

                -720p - 1080p content on YouTube

               -Constant web browsing with multiple tabs open, maybe Microsoft Word open as well

               -Adobe Photoshop

               -Medium to heavy programming/coding

               -Movies/TV shows

     And for the computer, I expect it to handle anything I throw at it, with no lag. I also would have some kind of thunderbolt display or TV connected to the device at my desk. Would I be just fine of the dual - core 13'' without the dedicated graphics card, or would I really need that dedicated graphics card and those extra computer cores?

 

Thank you in advance.

 

-AppleAlanF

  • 1. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,150 points)

    Hi A,

     

    The Geekbench score for the 13" 2.8GHz is 7899 vs 13287 for the 15" 2.6 (both are the high end build to order as you said no budget limit). That's a very large difference in speed and would easily make the choice for me if money wasn't an object. With that much more speed and the dedicated GPU, it should last you significantly longer and be much faster with better graphics. Easy choice for me.

  • 2. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    AppleAlanF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey tjk,

     

         Thanks for the input, but I still have a few questions. I am familiar with the Geekbench, but I don't understand it too well. Do you think a computer with a Geekbench score of 7899 is able to do the tasks that I would want it to do, or is it not enough?

     

    Thanks Again.

     

    -AppleAlanF

  • 3. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,150 points)

    Yes, it would do it, but CPU intensive tasks such as some of those in PhotoShop would be slower, and your MBP would be outdated a couple of years sooner.

  • 4. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    AppleAlanF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much for your input, I will use this when I buy.

     

    -AppleAlanF

  • 5. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,150 points)

    You're welcome.

  • 6. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    AppleAlanF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually, I do have another question for you tjk.

     

    You said that the 15'' Macbook Pro would last longer. I would really only use this computer for around 4 years, because that is my purchase scheaduale for laptops, and also because of Moore's Law. Do you think that the 13'' Macbook Pro would last 4 years, or not? Because I could still save a significant amount of money (which everybody loves) if the 13'' could not get outdated in 4 years.

     

    Sorry for the late reply.

     

    -AppleAlanF

  • 7. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,150 points)

    Yes, I do think the 13" would last four years, but in comparison to the 15" it'll be getting a little long in the tooth. Depending on how you look at it, Moore's law is in favor of the 15"; it's so much faster now that it'll come close to withstanding a year of M's law (which I don't see is sustainable forever, but that's another story ). And during that four years, do you want to be "driving" a Chevy Impala (which will certainly do the job) or a Porche (quite a bit faster, and fun to drive) on the autobahn?

     

    And yes, that money is nicer in your pocket than Apple's, but when you spread it out over four years, it comes out to peanuts per week.

     

    EDIT: in rereading this thread, it sounds like I'm pulling for you to get the 15" and you're pulling to get the 13". I'm trying to look at it objectively for you, plus thinking of myself, so obviously you have to make your own decision. I do think you'll be satisfied with the 13" for four years, with the caveats I've expressed above, and without looking back.

     

    Good luck on your decision; a new Mac is a new Mac and that usually brings smiles, at least for me.

  • 8. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    AppleAlanF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey tjk,

     

    Don't worry about it. I knew from the start you liked the 15'', so I wanted so see what you had to say on the 13''. I might have sounded like I was pulling for the 13'', but I was not meaning to. Thank you so much for answering all of my questions, it has really helped me.

     

    Thanks again.

     

    -AppleAlanF

  • 9. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    tjk Level 7 Level 7 (24,150 points)

    You're welcome.

  • 10. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    JaiJethani Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Something you really should note is that ALL Retina Models currently are known to have a  bunch of issues.

     

    Reading what you wrote, you look like someone who wants a power PC sort of deal.

     

    I'd either recommend get a PC/Windows Laptop for sure, with amazing power, and since there is no budget, you can really get a nice laptop/pc.

     

    If you want to stick with Apple, get a refurbished Mid-2012 One. It will be somewhat slower, but if you bump up the hard drive etc, you'll be good. All you'll lose is the Size, Retina.

     

    At the same time you gain a lot though, upgradibility, known to have WAY less issues, that are fixable.

     

    Anyways, that's what I think.

  • 11. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    JaiJethani wrote:

     

    Something you really should note is that ALL Retina Models currently are known to have a  bunch of issues.

    Please post some links confirmimg that ALL Retina models have a bunch of issues,

     

    Just a few please.

  • 12. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    JaiJethani Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Not a problem.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4148726

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20150106#20150106

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4735947

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4113552

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4148726

     

    I honestly could keep going with the list, and the most major problem, which you can find everywhere is the trackpad freeze, mouse freeze which was supposed to be fixed by the EFI update, but yet the problem consists with many users. Not saying that it did not work for some.

  • 13. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,365 points)

    1 and 5 are the same

     

    3 was a 3rd party issue (Flash)

     

    2 only happened at the OP's home and could not be duplicated under test

     

    4 was regarding streaming, many posters (the ones who followed instructions) had the issue solved

     

    5 was regarding an issue with 1 external monitor, and 1 was the same post.

     

    So there are 4 complaints, most fixed, some 3rd party software and 1 involving an HP monitor.

     

    You did actually read these posts didn't you, not just 1 page?

     

    I don't need to see any more, thanks.

  • 14. Re: 13'' Macbook Pro Retina vs. 15''
    AppleAlanF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey everybody,

     

    I was not aware of any of these problems that people are having with this product.

     

    What confuses me more is that most of the problems were fixable, but that I should get a PC.

     

    First off, I would not use the trackpad very often, because I would get some kind of mouse.

     

    Csound1, do you think that I would have problems with my computer, I would be hooking this laptop up to a monitor, that is not a Thunderbolt Display.

     

    Thanks for all of the feedback.

     

    -AppleAlanF

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