Firstly, apologies for posting a question not directly related to PHPStorm / development.
However, I'm moving my entire computing setup from Windows desktop + laptop, to Mac laptop, so wanted to crowd-source opinion.
I'm doing this for several reasons:
- It's increasingly difficult to be a Windows developer in an industry / community which favours *nix-based tools
- Cloud backup is now so cheap, I don't really need a bunch of internal hard disks
- I increasingly only use my machine for development / web
- It would be really nice to just have the one machine
Having been using a MackBook Pro the last six months at work, I've been convinced by it (though there are some niggles).
Anyway, I've spent the last 2 weeks testing both a 13" and 15" laptop from home but I'm really split on which one to go for.
They both seem more than capable, though the 15" is twice as fast from the benchmarks, and it's certainly easier to see the screen as it's such a decent size. However, I develop at home with 2 x 1920 monitors, and it will be so easy to take a thunderbolt adapter to work to extend the desktop when I get my next contract.
I don't actually know how much work I'll be doing from home vs on site in the next few years, so I wanted to ask anyone here who has experience with either machine in both a professional, and personal capacity. I do a decent amount of traveling in my personal time, and the portability of the 13" really does stand out. I know the 15" (which I think would be the better dev machine) is only 400g more, but once you've added the power adapter, you do begin to notice the weight.
I'm also thinking about the various places I'll be using the machine:
Lastly, does PHPStorm take advantage of any of the features offered by either chip? (13" i5/7 has 2 cores, 15" has 4)
I'd really appreciate it if people could share their experiences.