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13'' or 15'' ? Which to choose?

anon(9952201)

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I don't know which to choose because if
I choose 13'' I'll get the portability but it don't have that much horsepower
and If I choose 15'' I'll get the horsepower but not portability since the
15'' is too big.

Which one then?
Why did Apple do this
 

Vince729

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Will you use it on job? Then go for 15", in school? Go for 13", you can afford any of it, then i suggest 15, but if I were you Ill go for 15 😊
 

Rob Phillips

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What kind of work are you going to be doing on your MacBook? The 13" is more than powerful enough to serve the needs of 95% of users. I don't necessarily agree with the previous post that the 13" is for school and the 15" is for work. It's all about what you'll be doing, not where you're doing it.
 

TripleOne

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I always go for the 15"

It really is up to you.. if you prefer portability then go with 13"
If you prefer power then go with 15"

:)
 

anon(9952201)

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What kind of work are you going to be doing on your MacBook? The 13" is more than powerful enough to serve the needs of 95% of users. I don't necessarily agree with the previous post that the 13" is for school and the 15" is for work. It's all about what you'll be doing, not where you're doing it.

After the Macbook Pro with touchbar available I'm planning to travel and video editing on the go
 

Nomatiti

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I would go with 15-inch because it isn't that much bigger than the 13-inch.
 

dionhan

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I have a 15'' macbook pro. I find the 13'' macbook pro just a little too small. In the image below you can the differences.

15,13.jpg
 

TimHart

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After the Macbook Pro with touchbar available I'm planning to travel and video editing on the go

If you're doing video editing, then I would suggest the 15". You'll be glad for both the extra horsepower as well as for extra screen real estate.
 

wkelly24

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Well, at least you don't have to worry about a 17" option. I've used both, and both points you have are valid. However, I think you need to ask yourself, what it is you do with the laptop. Screen Realestate could make a big difference, especially at the screen resolution you wish to use.

The other thing, the 15" is more portable than you think. Especially if the newest models are even lighter and a bit smaller footprint.

Hope this helps a bit.
 

psamo

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If you can afford, I suggest the 15" one.13" macbook is more portable but 15" macbook is user friendly when it comes to the display.
 

angusmatheson

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I have the same struggle. I don't video edit, the program I need is CPU interwove, so that complicates the performance question - so dual core i7 vs quad core i7 - for fastest options. The question for me is more real estate worth 1 lbs of weight (and a lot more cost). I've decided that I have to see them side by side and pick them up before I can decide.
 

jsarino

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Though the portability would be nice, and I've gotten accustomed to the 13" display during the day (work ultrabook), I would still gravitate to my MBP 15" when I get home for the display real estate. If I had the budget I'd pull the trigger on the 15" MBP 2016, or even the 2015 version...more my budget. :p
 

JamiePreston

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go for the 15" its up to you really.. if you prefer portability go for the 13" but If you prefer power then go with 15"
 

red5gary

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If your going to use it like work horse, then get the 15". If you wanna save on coin, get the 13" Both seem like great Macbooks.
 

xderiwx

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I have a 13" and will go with the 15" when it's time. With every iteration they get a little smaller and lighter. I imagine the 15" now must be lighter and more portable than what old 13's used to be. :)

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angusmatheson

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As I read it (and according to yesterday's Genius), the only way to get quad core chip is 15". I don't needs graphics power, but I need CPU power, so I think that settles it for me. Now the question is 2015 with legacy poets and old keyboard or 2016 with fancy new touch bar.
 

Matty

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I don't know which to choose because if
I choose 13'' I'll get the portability but it don't have that much horsepower
and If I choose 15'' I'll get the horsepower but not portability since the
15'' is too big.

Which one then?
Why did Apple do this

If i remember correct: WIDTH
15" Macbook Pro (2016) is around 34 cm
and the width of the 13" (2016) version is 30 cm.
and the width of the 13" (2015) version is 31 cm
and the width of the 13" (2012) version is 32.5 cm

So thats only around 2cm (or less) on each side and not that much bigger. If you can afford it. I would say go for the 15" inch :)
 

angusmatheson

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Pet peeve: I hate the way the way screens are described with 1 number - what we really care about it is area and shape - which requires two numbers. I think using only the longest corner to corner length pushed PC to 16:9 which is a stupid size for a screen and lasted forever. I had to go to an Apple Store to get an idea of what a 13" vs 15" really looked like - and for my 15" does seem a lot bigger.