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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

I currently use a 15” MacbookPro.

I am looking into getting a 13” model with higher specs RAM /CPU etc, but I’m a little unsure of using a smaller screen.

I want the extra portability of having a smaller laptop. Does having a 2” smaller screen really make a difference when it comes to designing stuff?

Anybody got experience going from 15” ›› 13”?

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ThemeProvince says

All my themes have been created and designed on an 11inch screen.

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GraficAndMedia says

MacBook pros with 15 and 17 inch have better specs and are better for photoshop.

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cloud9communication says

I don’t think you will like to work on smaller screen because now u r used to 15 inch going down to 13 will be little trouble for you although if you would have been on 13 or 11 inch it wouldn’t have been a problem just to tell you my experience I am using 27 inch monitor when go out for freelance lots of people use 25 or lower size screen and it’s really impossible for me to work

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ShermanJackson says

13” is way too small, you will only be able to work on full screen mode, but that’s too small too.

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graphicmind says

I used to have a 17” Toshiba laptop. Now I have a 15” Samsung laptop and really I don’t see much of a difference except when making backgrounds (the scrolling can get annoying).

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Joost Volunteer moderator says

I use a 13” Macbook Pro and have been quite statisfied with the screen size. It easily fits in my messenger bag, so I can comfortably cycle with it, take it to lectures and pop it up on my lap on a bench in the hallway.

When it comes to designing, I’m unsure (as I’ve never gotten that serious). Screen real estate could be important. For coding purposes I havn’t really missed the extra space, though.

Do realise that the screen of a 13” macbook has a great resolution (especially the latest Airs) and the newest version is even rumoured to have a way more spectacular screen ;)

When I was initially in the market for a laptop (after using a desktop, 22” screen) I couldn’t imagine having a 13” – I considered 15” absolutely necessary. After using it for two years, I’ve really come to love its portability above everything else.

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digitalimpact says

At home, I have a 15” laptop. At work, a 13” one. In both places, I have them connected to a 24” and 22” monitors, so at the ‘office’, I’m fine.

But when it comes to working on the go, 2” really makes a difference. (please, no ‘that’s what she said’ jokes). Anyway, I try to stay away from working like that, I find it too restrictive – but I guess it’s because I’m used to having a monitor connected.

So I think it all comes down to what you’re used to. For design, I really suggest you get a monitor. I hear that U2711 from Dell is quite the bomb :)

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iZZYMedia says

I have a 13” Macbook pro, I designed some website on it, It’s not a great idea to work on a 13” , , even that 2 inches on a 15” worth it. But in portability 13” is way better. this is a tough decision between portability and Usability. you have to choose one.

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sevenspark Volunteer moderator says

I like to have a smaller laptop for portability paired with a larger monitor for improved productivity. I currently use a 14” laptop with a 24” monitor, but I’m intending to move to a 13” laptop and a 27” monitor. You’re definitely less productive at the smaller sizes, but far less portable with a bulky 15”, so that’s the trade-off. But if you can hook it up to a larger monitor in your primary workspace, you get the best of both worlds in my opinion :)

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