After facing a decision about 6 months ago myself if I should get either a 13 inch macbook pro or a 15 inch macbook pro and finding it difficult to find any decent information on the internet on what would be best to get. I thought I would write my own review on the matter.
About 8 months ago I decided to upgrade my 2009 Mac Mini, after it served me well for 4 great years. I decided that I wanted to upgrade to a macbook pro as it gave me the portability I wanted and also the enough power to run what I needed to run.
The next issue was do I go for a 15 inch or a 13 inch? I took to the internet and talking to friends to find out what would be best, most reviews weren’t exactly clear what would be best to go for depending on a situation…. I was stuck!
After watching some youtube videos I decided to go for the 13 inch model initially as it would give me greater portability… For the first few days I loved it, but after really putting to its paces it just couldn’t keep to with what I was looking todo and also I was constantly wanting just slightly a bigger real estate of a screen size.
I ended up about 1 week later, returning the 13 inch for a 15 inch and I have never been happier with a machine than I am with this 15 inch I am typing on right now! I will explain my situation as I really do think there are characters that fit into both models depending on what you are after.
What I run on my mac:
- Standard web browsing
- Coda for web development / php development
- Parallels for running windows
- Visual studio for C# web development
- XCode for iOS development
- Photoshop for design
I do run other programs, but these are the heavy programs.
I would say for any type of development a 15 inch is much better, but it can depend also how much you are going to be carrying the laptop around with you outside of your home. I don’t usually carry the laptop with me and just use the portability to cary it around my home… as it is for my liking slightly too heavy and big to carry around with you every single day. So if you are going to be traveling a lot I would recommend the 13 inch as it is lighter and fits into almost any bag you can get these days.
Who should buy a 15 inch?
If you are after raw power, and will find the extra screen size to be of an advantage… but only if you arn’t going to be lugging the laptop around with you all of the time, as you probably will get tired in carrying this around all of the time. Personally I don’t need to carry it around whilst walking so this is fine for me.
Also if you are going to be using this machine as your main computer for web development, I would recommend a 15 inch.
Who should by a 13 inch?
Someone after a decent machine, but also who wants to be able to carry it around with them on a daily basis. If you are going to go for a 13 inch I would HIGHLY recommend upgrading the ram to 16 GB though and putting in a bigger hard disk in it as the base model at the moment doesn’t cut it for full web development.
Just to add to this I use a 13 inch in work and it does the job, but I would still recommend the 15 inch if you can.
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