13 inches vs 15?

23 01 2012

My 5 year old 15″ MacBook Pro is in VERY bad shape. The random reboots and crazy power management issues are beyond maddening and it’s poor little single core 1.8 GHz processor can’t run Lion, or handle some of my plugins.

Lucky for me though, my tax return is coming this week, so I’m going to bite the bullet and upgrade.

Now here’s where things get tricky…

I decided a few months ago that when I did finally upgrade I was going to go with a 13 inch in the interest of being more portable and to save some money. But now I’m starting to question that.

Hardware wise the duel core (13″) vs quad core (15″) thing isn’t a huge deal. Sure it would be nice to future proof a bit, but at the same time, I was able to make it on a single core for years. Video cards don’t matter too much to me since A) I’m not much of a gamer, and B) I don’t do much in the way of video editing. The thing that is a big factor is the screen size.

The 15″ is a very comfortable size, but do I really need the extra room? Is 13″ going to hinder my productivity, or be too small for a DAW? I can connect a much larger external monitor if need be, and as a friend pointed out, I could get one when I get the laptop and still come out ahead over the 15″.

Later this week I’m going to the Apple store and try out Logic on a 13″ and seeing how it feels. That way I can make a slightly more informed decision.

Either way, I’m super excited to finally upgrade.

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