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Macbook Pro Dilemma: Opinions appreciated!

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Ok so the choice is a 13 inch Macbook Pro with Retina display with a 3.0Ghz Dual core i7 processor 512gb SSD with 16GB RAM and Intel Iris. £1471.20 OR 15 inch Macbook Pro with Retina display with a 2.…
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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
Ok so the choice is a 13 inch Macbook Pro with Retina display with a 3.0Ghz Dual core i7 processor 512gb SSD with 16GB RAM and Intel Iris. £1471.20 OR 15 inch Macbook Pro with Retina display with a 2.2Ghz Quad core i7 processor 512gb SSD with 16GB RAM and Intel Iris Pro. £1563.6

Primary use will be for my Business and Management degree at University, want it to last 4-5 years and be able to carry with me to lectures etc.

£92 difference for better CPU, better GPU and better speakers worth it? Opinions appreciated :)

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2y, 2m agoPosted 2 years, 2 months ago
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#1
I7 all the way you may not use it to its full potential but very future proof...if you can afford the slight difference go for it... I'm assuming you're getting it with a student discount as well
banned#2
buy the best specced one you can.
#3
It is a bit heavy to lug about but a great machine. I carry an 11" mba and use a 15" Mbp at home mainly. Ok to move about the house with but not ideal for taking out of the house. Specs wise, the small increase in price is well worth it
#4
The fact that you are asking this question means serious doubts about your ability to focus on key issues in "Business and Management" as you don't appear to make your decision based on personal usage or business need and applicability criteria but on hardware specifications which have no meaningful bearing on the laptop as a productivity tool. Both laptops will mostly do the "job" for you.

Edited By: splender on Jan 06, 2015 16:16
#5
It all depends on your needs and likely usage:

If you're planning to take it into uni the Id say get the 13" as 15" is a bit heavy and large to carry around. - I know many who ended up leaving their 15" at home as it was a pain to take into uni.

Plus, although the 15" has slightly better specs they're not essential for neither a good user experience, nor your degree.
You could even save money by getting the more basic 13" retina version (dependent on you actual needs as most people are unlikely to make use of the specs in the verse you're considering).
Both models will last at least 5 years.

don't forget that Apple offers a student discount. if you haven't factored it in your price.

I say get the 13" (with the student discount) and use the extra cash to get apple care.
#6
ninp
It all depends on your needs and likely usage:

If you're planning to take it into uni the Id say get the 13" as 15" is a bit heavy and large to carry around. - I know many who ended up leaving their 15" at home as it was a pain to take into uni.

Plus, although the 15" has slightly better specs they're not essential for neither a good user experience, nor your degree.
You could even save money by getting the more basic 13" retina version (dependent on you actual needs as most people are unlikely to make use of the specs in the verse you're considering).
Both models will last at least 5 years.

don't forget that Apple offers a student discount. if you haven't factored it in your price.

I say get the 13" (with the student discount) and use the extra cash to get apple care.

The 13" model I have posted is including the student discount and 3 years apple care! :)
#7
Ask yourself what you'll be doing more, looking at the screen or maxing out the CPU.

I've got an earlier 15" MBPr which doesn't seem particularly heavy, the CPU is a 2.3Ghz (I think) and I never find it lacking oomph, so mine is a vote for the 15"
#8
bruce287
I7 all the way you may not use it to its full potential but very future proof...if you can afford the slight difference go for it... I'm assuming you're getting it with a student discount as well

Which model though 13 or 15 for Uni?
#9
andymagic
Ask yourself what you'll be doing more, looking at the screen or maxing out the CPU.

I've got an earlier 15" MBPr which doesn't seem particularly heavy, the CPU is a 2.3Ghz (I think) and I never find it lacking oomph, so mine is a vote for the 15"

Do you use it for Uni or? Any heavy work?
#10
13" for uni, very portable, nice machine.

The speakers are very good on Macs anyway, so no need to go for better there, the graphics are great on the 13" and they are very future proof, they are likely to be out dated by the OS before the processor / gpu
#11
bruce287
I7 all the way you may not use it to its full potential but very future proof...

Exponential growth means the less demanding your use, the less benefit you'll get from a faster processor.

If a mid-range machine would need replacing after two years then a high end machine that extends that life another two years is a great buy. If a mid-range machine would last you five or six years (as it will most) then the high end machine would still only add an extra two years. Assuming it didn't lack any of the technology support, the software was still supported, the sealed battery wasn't knackered and all the other factors that are age- rather than power- dependant.

You're spending twice as much as you need to for your stated requirements. Asking whether £92 extra is 'worth it' makes no sense when you're already spending at least £750 more than needed.

The question to focus on is whether the extra size and weight is worth the changes.
#12
ck12111

Do you use it for Uni or? Any heavy work?

For home use it's just the regular stuff plus some movie editing, music creation and buying stuff I don't need from HUKD

Work wise I build virtual servers mostly and write up documentation/training material to support them, which it copes with nicely.

It replaced a 2006 17" MBP a couple of years ago, now that was large and heavy!
#13
ck12111
ninp
It all depends on your needs and likely usage:

If you're planning to take it into uni the Id say get the 13" as 15" is a bit heavy and large to carry around. - I know many who ended up leaving their 15" at home as it was a pain to take into uni.

Plus, although the 15" has slightly better specs they're not essential for neither a good user experience, nor your degree.
You could even save money by getting the more basic 13" retina version (dependent on you actual needs as most people are unlikely to make use of the specs in the verse you're considering).
Both models will last at least 5 years.

don't forget that Apple offers a student discount. if you haven't factored it in your price.

I say get the 13" (with the student discount) and use the extra cash to get apple care.

The 13" model I have posted is including the student discount and 3 years apple care! :)


Good. The 3 yrs Applecare will come in handy.
I still say get the 13" then. From my own uni experience the 13" is heavy enough.

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