8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2013 6:55 AM by _FBF_
chappers09 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi all,

 

debating on the 13 inch rMBP or the 15 inch rMBP.

 

I have never owned a MBP before, but have used the familly macbook mini occasionally and have done thorough research.

 

As a final year university student,

 

My main uses for the machine would be:

 

Document editing/writing, internet browsing, watching music and movies etc, and finally the occasional gaming (STWOR/FM2013 etc)

 

I will also be travelling to the library ( 15 minute walk ) every other day or so, so portability is an issue also.

 

Speaking to an Apple advisor today, she explained the weight difference isn't that noticeable and that screen size is the only real issue for myself.

 

I need to make clear that I would upgrade the processor on the 13 to an i7 along with the flash storage to 256GB.

 

With student discount both machines would cost me around the £1500 mark so I would welcome any help you guys could give me in deciding, and based on experience ( especially gaming, as most reviews out don't really give clear indications of how the intel 4000 copes with gaming aided with an i7 processor ).

 

Thanks

 

Sam

 

(ps, final topic of futureproofing, the 13 inch MBP only has dual cores, which makes me skeptical of how long until i'd have to upgrade computers again would be)


MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    If the price is about the same and there is just a slight difference in portability, go with the 15". It has a much better processor, a strong discrete GPU (for occassional gaming) and would just serve you better than the 13" overall.

     

    My 2¢...

     

    Clinton

  • chappers09 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Sig,

     

    but it was more a question regarding the two Pro's and not the air,

     

    unless there is some comparison in the article!?

  • ds store Level 7 (30,325 points)

    See if Apple still sells the top end regular anti-glare 15", or else get the top end 15" Retina for gaming.

     

    The 13" is overheating junk that can't game, has poor storage (you really need 500GB+) and weak graphics.

     

    The anti-glare screen is really nice, use the machine in any location just about and see the screen fine.

     

    Glossy screens are terrible, reflects the overhead lights and windows, makes one want to use them in a dark room.

     

    Mac buying and maintenance advice

  • dbainbridge Level 1 (115 points)

    ds store wrote:

     

     

    The anti-glare screen is really nice, use the machine in any location just about and see the screen fine.

     

    Glossy screens are terrible, reflects the overhead lights and windows, makes one want to use them in a dark room.

     

    Mac buying and maintenance advice

    This depends on the person. Some people's brain just seems to find any distraction on the glass intolerable.  I have always used glossy screens on the Mac portables and have never had an issue with overhead lights and even using it outdoors.  When I received a matte screen by accident from work I thought it was terrible compared to the glossy.  The entire screen looks washed out (since there is an entire layer of material on top of the glass that does not exist on the glossy).  The retina version of the glossy display is also noticeably less reflective then the non retina glossy displays.

  • chappers09 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks guys,

     

    what would be your advice on which machine to go for then?

     

    15"??

     

    what is portablility like?

     

    I trust an Apple advisor to an extent...

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 (30,000 points)

    I'd just have to go with the Retina 15" - you'll enjoy much better performance (important when playing games) and the Retina display is not as 'glossy' as the standard MBP.

     

    I think that you'll find, as you Apple advisor says, little difference in the portability between the Retina 13" and 15" - and you'll be able to enjoy the extra screen real estate, a faster processor, and a terrific GPU, not tied down to the Intel 4000.

     

    Go ahead and get the 15" - I think that you would really enjoy it.

     

    Clinton

  • _FBF_ Level 1 (0 points)

    i just have the ecxact same problem.. i dont know if i should take the 13 or 15 but heres the difference i dont do gaming and i dont watch long movies at all sometime youtube....  im not a video editior but im going for computer science and i dont thnik i will be using a powerfull machine.  does anyone know if computer science requires a powerful machine????