Wednesday, July 8, 2009

13 inch vs 15 inch MacBook Pro

I guess 13 may turn out to be the unlucky number when picking between the 13 or 15 in Macbook Pro... though the author adds 13 is fine as is because the cost in getting a fully vamped 15" may not be worth it.
  • The option of faster graphics circuitry The 15 inch can be ordered with a combo of the embedded NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and the discrete NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, whereas the 13 inch is available with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M only. Apple Aperture becomes more sprightly with a faster graphics card, and when comparing how responsive the program is when layering RAW adjustments such as Highlights & Shadows on a Nikon D3 photo that has also been corrected to straighten a horizon, the GeForce 9600M GT definitely makes Aperture feel snappy and responsive. But, the GeForce 9400M is no slouch in this department; Aperture's interface does drag slightly by comparison, but the difference is less pronounced than we were expecting.

    In addition, the GeForce 9400M can play Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1080p video full screen on an external 1920 x 1200 pixel monitor, without stuttering or hesitation. This camera's unedited video tends to cause lesser video cards to collapse during playback, but is no problem for the MacBook Pro 13 inch.

    Without question, the GeForce 9600M GT is the more powerful graphics option, but the GeForce 9400M is none to shabby and seems more than adequate for various photo and video tasks.

  • The option of a faster processor The 15 inch can be ordered with up to a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, whereas the 13 inch tops out at 2.53GHz.

  • The option of a faster hard drive Only the 15 inch can be ordered from Apple with a 7200rpm drive, the 13 inch is restricted to 5400rpm ones (plus SSDs).

Click here to see the indepth look at the Macbook Pro and it's Screen Quality by by Rob Galbraith

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