15" or 17" PB?

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by gpark, Jul 3, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2004
    The price difference of the model I'm about to configure only has 60~ dollars difference between 15" and 17" which one?

    1.5gHz w/ 128VRAM
    80GB 5400rpm
    512MB of Memory from Apple (+ 512 MB from crucial)
    Airport Extreme Base Station
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    if you want to be really portable: get the 15"
    if you need a real desktop replacement and like one of my clients you only move it from the office to home and back: get the 17" if its only a difference of 60 ;-)

    I know now that I have my G5 I would settle for a 12" as extra, my brother has the 12" rev A and its a dream, great screen, good perfomance and superportable :)

  3. macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

    Sep 21, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    15: 1280x854 13.7" x 9.5" x 1.1" 5.7lbs.
    17: 1440x900 15.4" x 10.2" x 1.0" 6.9lbs.

    For $60 I'd go for the 17" PowerBook.

    The extra 160 horizontal and 46 vertical pixels make a big difference. The higher resolution is way nicer to look at. You'll get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

    Right now I'm using my 12" PowerBook in clamshell mode, connected to a 21" CRT set to 1920x1440 @ 75Hz. Why? Because 2048x1536 runs at 60Hz. Anyway I say that because I'm biased towards higher resolutions.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Apr 13, 2004
    New York
    It comes down to portability. I got the 15" for that reason. I found the 17" screen to be amazing, especially for movies and games, but i prefer the 15" because it truly is a perfect balance between the 12" and 17". 17" is portable but i wouldn't bring it everwhere i go, because, well, it is a little on the bigger side. This is something you are going to have to decide on your own.
  5. macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2003
    sunny brisbane
    have you gone and seen both machines in the flesh? i think that's the only way to really decide, since the specs for both are almost the same (other than screen res, weight).

    i got the 15" (same spec as yours) because i thought the 17" was too big, but maybe next year i'll go the huge screen :)

    you'll love whichever one you choose!! :D
  6. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Tough decision.

    I have the 15 PB. Love it. However, sometimes I wish that I had the extra screen real estate of the 17 inch.

    While the 17 PB has more screen real estate, it comes at a size and weight penalty. When you carry around your laptop, this becomes noticeable.

    The more mobile you are, the more you will appreciate the smaller size and weight of the 15 PB.

    Perhaps looking at how you will be using your 15 or 17 PB will give you insight as to what is better for you. Will you be using it as a desktop replacement, or augmentation? I would lean towards the 17 PB as a desktop replacement and towards the 15 PB as an augmentation to your desktop.

  7. macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2004
    Gainesville, FL
    Depends on your actual use

    I borrowed a friend's 17" for a day and used it - was very nice, but since I use my laptop on my lap...on the couch, car, wherever...I found it was too big and decided on the 15" and am very pleased. So if you will be using it on a desk, go 17", but if you will be using it elsewhere, go 15"
  8. macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2003
    More importantly - can you please explain to us how you configured them for a $60 price difference??? :)
  9. macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    After owning a 17" for 18 months, I can say that it is plenty portable for my needs. The extra screen size is really helpful for my needs - most people are hindered by the price difference, if you can get the $$ that close - jump on the 17"!!! :D
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2003
    17 powerbook

    WOW!!!!!!!!! That,s what I say, and people say about the 17 inch Powerbook. I take it to work, and my gigs at night, with no problems at all. I have a zero halliburton gun metal case that keeps it in great shape. I think this 17 Powerbook is the best notebook/laptop ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!! (get one)
  11. DJY
    macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    I wrestled with this issue for ages as well... and am very glad I went for the 17"!

    I have three mates with 15" PB - and they would love a 17" if they had their time over again...

    comes down to individual preferences... both are great machines... but I for one am very glad I went for the 17"
  12. macrumors member


    Aug 26, 2003
    17" all the way... you wont regret it.. i have owned the 1.33GHZ and the 1.5GHZ and its portable, especially if you get a BELKIN NB bag, its basically like a wetsuit sleeve for the PB that is really slim line and small and is easy to carry around or slip into a larger bag.

    i use mine with an icurve as well and it makes it soo good to use with a wireless mouse... much better for my neck and back too!

    for $60 i wouldnt even think twice.... 17" all the way!

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