1. iMore Question's Avatar
    I currently own a Late 2010 MBP with the following specs:
    -2.66 Ghz i7 (quad core)
    -8GB of DDR3 Ram
    -750GB of 7200rpm HDD & 120GB SSD
    -Intel HD graphics / NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M (512MB VRAM i think...)

    What I do with my laptop:
    -Big excel spreadsheet with many formulas, vlookups, etc
    -web browsing and heavy netflix
    -some audio software (protools, logic, etc)
    -some gaming (starcraft 2, diablo III, etc)

    The reason for looking for a new machine is b/c: it shuts down randomly (freezes) and my SSD just died......
    Minimum spec I'm looking for is 512 GB of SSD and 16 GB of Ram.... and I plan to use to 4+ yrs.

    I was pretty much set on buying the 13" because of the portability but I'm a bit concerned that I will miss the performance of the 15".
    Also, once the 13" is spec'ed to 512 ssd and 16 ram, it's a bit more $$$ for lower 15" and once I spec the lower 15", it's only a bit more $$$ for 15" high end model with dedicated graphics. I'm sure the pricing is this way b/c Apple wanted their targets to be spending more money.

    I would not even have this debate if the 13" had a quad core...

    Questions:
    -What would you suggest? What would you do?
    -How would my current machine compare to both the 13" and 15" retina models performance wise?
    -Is the 15" that much better than the 13"?

    Any help would be much appreciated!
    04-04-2014 04:02 AM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    It all boils down to personal preferences - no one but you can ultimately decide...
    04-04-2014 11:51 AM
  3. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    To answer your questions...

    - I prefer 13" MacBooks...so if it were me, that is what I would buy.
    - Your 2010 model is going to feel like a snail compared to the retina models (or any MBP running the OS from an SSD for that matter)
    - Neither of them are really "better", just different.
    04-04-2014 12:31 PM

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