Why I switched from a 13-inch to a 15-inch MacBook Pro

Small screens are the worst.

When I first started university, I purchased my first ever Apple computer after years of using PCs. I got myself a beautiful (but extremely heavy) 27-inch iMac. Yes, it’s the same computer that you’ve seen in the background of all my videos! I’ve never owned such an expensive, gorgeous, yet powerful computer in my life. I felt so legit as a designer/creator. In fact, I chose my iMac over a MacBook Pro, even though a laptop is the no-brainer choice computer for most students. It wasn’t until 2015 that I got my first MacBook Pro.

My 13-inch back when it was brand new!

My 13-inch MacBook Pro was great. I dodged having to carry around those heavy 2012 model MacBook’s that still had the CD-drive. My MacBook Pro 2015 model was much lighter, had 4K screen resolution, and was easy carry around. It was perfect to use during my last year of University. You’ve probably seen it in some of my photos on my Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. But, I realized that I honestly hated doing any design/coding work on it. I just couldn’t stand how small the screen size was. In desperate situations, sure, I would use it. But for the most part, I wasn’t using it enough to justify its hefty price tag.

It wasn’t until last year, when I started my first job, fresh out of school, that I experienced working on a 15-inch MacBook Pro. The MacBook was given to me as a work computer. It was awesome because I was given the choice of what kind of computer I wanted and the specs I would like to have on it. I could have even gotten the 2017 MacBook Pro, but the fact that it had no USB slots was such a huge no for me. I got my 15-inch MacBook Pro and for the first time in my life, I was comfortable doing my creative work on it! I could never have done that on my 13-inch Mac.

It’s now been almost half a year that I’ve been working on my MacBook Pro and I’m fortunate that I was able to test it out before getting one for myself. Apple computers are an investment. For most of us, it’s not something we buy on a whim because we feel like it. I’ve carried it to and from work, it’s been on buses, cars, subways, with me. I truly got to try it out—everywhere. That’s why I finally made the decision to get myself a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

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My new 15-inch MacBook Pro

In hindsight, it makes sense why I was never that fond of my 13-inch MacBook Pro. Clearly, I value larger screens-sizes. After all, I chose a 27-inch iMac over it back when I was first starting uni. Some might argue that I could have just hooked it up to an external display—but I wanted to have a computer that I loved working on even when it wasn’t. It’s 2018, everything we do now is on either a computer or mobile device.

As a digital content creator, having a computer that I love working on is so important. I’m so glad that I made the switch. Right now, I’m also in process re-vamping my workspace setup. Be sure to keep an eye out for more articles on that coming soon!

Now It’s Your Turn!

How important is screen-size to you when you’re designing, coding, or content creating? Do you have a preference for an iMac or MacBook Pro? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Marisa Blair is a front-end web developer and graphic designer based in Toronto. When she's not writing for her blog xopixel.com, she's making design & tech videos for her YouTube channel.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve got a 2015 13” MacBook Pro.

    In some ways it’s the best investment I ever made, as my productivity has increased massively. But on the downside I’ve never had so many issues with a computer in my life. And because I live in South East Asia, Apple Support has been absolutely useless out here, I went over 6 weeks total without my computer being fixed and in the end I had to change my motherboard out of my own pocket ($700!) even though it was under warranty when the problem happened.

    I’ve got yet more problems with it now – I’m torn between splashing out for an upgraded model (probably with a bigger screen like yourself!) and hoping it works better this time around – or protesting by going back to a windows machine.

    1. I’m surprised to hear that you’ve had a lot of problems with your 13″ MacBook Pro—but it truly is an amazing computer. I don’t think I could ever go back to a PC. Although, maybe they’ve improved PCs now that Apple has injected some much-needed competition in the computer industry. I think the Surface Studio is pretty cool.

      I highly recommend getting a 15″ Pro. I was lying to myself when I got the 13″ (lol). I LOVE the bigger screen and I use it way more than my 13″. You can also get an external display if you want to hook it up to an even bigger screen at home.

      What are your thoughts on the 2017 MacBook Pro?

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