1. amirayazi's Avatar
    Hi guys

    I would really like to know which Mac book pro to buy! My new school asked me to buy a Mac book pro because they said i need it and I am really stuck on which one to buy out of 13 inch and 15 inch!

    Can you please help me???
    06-28-2015 07:31 AM
  2. phreddyl's Avatar
    Personally I prefer the 13 but your not me. My suggestion is to go to the store and use both sizes. See which you are most comfortable. Also consider the portability factor. Good luck

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    06-28-2015 07:36 AM
  3. amirayazi's Avatar
    Thanks a lot
    06-28-2015 07:56 AM
  4. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I've read that the 13" is a lot more portable do to not only size but weight as well. If you expect to be carrying it around often you may want to go with a 13" Retina MacBook Pro. Otherwise the a 15" could be a more satisfying machine with a notably bigger desktop.
    06-28-2015 08:37 AM
  5. Algus's Avatar

    The 13'' Pro is much lighter but the 15'' Pro is much more powerful. It is a very expensive computer if you do not need the feature and options it provides. Unfortunately Apple does not provide a basic unit at the popular 15'' size.

    I personally like the 13'' a lot (I'm typing on one right now!) but if you need the hardware that comes in the 15'' Pro, a 13'' will simply not suffice.

    You should try to find out some more about the hardware and software requirements you will need for school. What kind of program will you be in?
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    06-28-2015 09:43 AM
  6. amirayazi's Avatar
    Well to be honest with you I am really not sure because the school that I am going to is new, it's first year and the school has some programs built for them which is on Mac and so they asked me to buy one if I did not have one! Mostly we do a lot of power-point presentations and a lot of essays on word and also excel!
    06-28-2015 12:08 PM
  7. amirayazi's Avatar
    So I need a Mac book that has a good battery life and is very fast and I can multitask on it
    06-28-2015 12:11 PM
  8. Malek Yamout's Avatar
    Hey Amir
    06-29-2015 06:58 PM
  9. Malek Yamout's Avatar
    Oh and if you care for battery life get the MacBook Air of 2016 it will have a retina display and an amazing battery life
    06-29-2015 07:01 PM
  10. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    Well I think you have two options with pros and cons for each, as others have said.

    Do you want a smaller, more portable device? Get the 13"

    Would you prefer a heavier and more cumbersome but more powerful device? Get the 15"

    That's about it in a nutshell really.
    06-29-2015 07:46 PM
  11. Algus's Avatar
    Oh ok well I am guessing you will not need the 15'' Pro because they would probably be telling you otherwise if they needed you to be able to run high-end production software, etc. that you really need a more powerful computer for. I would assume that any computer in Apple's lineup will be adequate for you since the main requirement seems to be that you need OS X.

    Even the cheapest MacBooks have plenty of power for basic office work, powerpoints, etc. I would go with the 13'' Pro as it is slightly more powerful and doesn't lose much battery life over the MacBook Air and you get the retina screen. The Pros have more ports, etc. for attaching to projectors, using external storage, and so forth compared to the retina MacBook so I'd take one of them for a school setting. Retina screens are really nice screens to work on as well. The 15'' Pro will of course do everything but it is much more expensive so unless you really want that larger computer, I wouldn't recommend it over a 13'' Pro.
    06-29-2015 08:43 PM
  12. Garz's Avatar
    I bought the new mid 2015 15" 512 GB last week. I came from a early 2011 15". Amazing difference. It feels so powerful.

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    06-30-2015 02:04 AM
  13. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I bought the new mid 2015 15" 512 GB last week. I came from a early 2011 15". Amazing difference. It feels so powerful.

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    I bet! ...and I'm jealous too. 😜
    The thing I really appreciate about that 2011 model though is the tinkering you could do. You could change the RAM, add an SSD, replace the optical drive with a HDD/SSD. I know the newer machines are better but I miss my high-resolution 2011 MBP. ...should not have sold that great machine.
    06-30-2015 06:56 AM
  14. Algus's Avatar
    I am guessing that in 10-15 years or so the 2011-2012 units will be very popular in the vintage community for their upgradeability.

    I don't necessarily disagree with Apple for going the soldering route but I wish they still sold at least one model that was DIY for the hobbyist types. I'm really attached to my Mini after doing my own upgrades to it.
    07-01-2015 09:54 AM
  15. mulasien's Avatar
    What program is your school using that requires a Mac, that doesn't work on a Windows PC? Do you need a laptop, or a Mac laptop specifically?

    As far as your questions on requirements, any laptop will be able to do what you ask.
    07-01-2015 03:37 PM

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