17" core duo macbook pro OR 15.4" core 2 duo macbook pro??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dougwood22, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. dougwood22 macrumors newbie

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    OK, my work is buying me a new laptop and I have quite a dilemma. I'm trying to decide between a 15.4" core 2 duo macbook pro or the older 17" core duo macbook pro. Both have the same specs other than the screen and the processor. Here are the prices........

    15.4" core 2 duo: $2,499

    17" core duo: $2,275

    So, the 15.4" is actually more money, but I get a better cpu. Right now we don't have a need for 64-bit as there aren't many applications. By the time we actually consider moving to 64-bit, maybe in 3 years or so if more apps are availalbe, I may be due for an upgrade.

    If you were me, which laptop would you purchase? I see advantages in both.
     
  2. Scotchlite macrumors newbie

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    I'd go with the 15.4" core 2 duo. easier for when mobile, lighter, faster and cooler ;)
     
  3. smueboy macrumors 6502a

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    Ditto
     
  4. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    ditto.

    external 20inch monitors are cheap and usually there are spare ones in every company sitting around. you always can use those for you MBP.
     
  5. L3X macrumors 6502a

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    ditto...get an external display if you need it
     
  6. japasneezemonk macrumors 6502

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    GET the 17"

    Unless you carry your laptop around town in your book bag, or on public transportation all day, i would consider the 17" MBP. Personally i use a 17" powerbook and an external display at home. I haven't found the laptop to be too big. I do alot of ArchiCad, Illustrator and now Sketchup work while at school and work, so for me, the bigger the screen, the better. If you need the screen real estate, buy it. If you won't use it, then you probably don't need an 17" MBP.
     
  7. Reaver macrumors 6502

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    agreed the 17" is a haul and sometimes a pain in the butt to deal with.
     
  8. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    if you're not going to be transporting it, get the 17. if you are going to be transporting it, get the 15.

    i've used both a CD and a C2D and there's no noticeable (to me, at least) difference in processor performance for basic stuff (text, web, tunes, pictures). if you need the extra power of the C2D for whatever you're doing, then you have to go for that model.
     
  9. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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  10. SMacDuff macrumors 6502

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    Another Core 2 Duo vote here and don't forget you'll be able to activate 802.11N networking on a Core 2 Duo. (for a small fee, of course :) ).
     
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  12. CmdrLaForge macrumors 68040

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    I would get the 17" - think about it. It is not that much bigger then the 15". I don't think that it is really a big difference when carrying it around but you will enjoy the extra screen real estate.
     
  13. Philberttheduck macrumors 6502a

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    17" for me. I mean, you'll much enjoy the 1680x1050 over 1440x900.

    Again, portability would get me to lean towards the 15.4", but C2D ain't that much better than the stock's 17". 2.33GHz C2D vs 2.16GHz CD is 39% faster, is obviously in favor of the C2D. However, if it's 2.16GHz CD vs 2.16GHz C2D, it's not THAT much faster and you're saving about 200 dollars.
     
  14. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    Get the 17" unless you do a lot of mobile stuff. The extra screen space eliminates the need for an external monitor, there's less eyestrain it's the ultimate desktop replacement.
     
  15. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Core 2, definitely. You get 802.11n, more mobility and its a full pound lighter! Not to mention faster CPU and 64-bit for Leopard (yes, the whole system will be 64-bit).
     

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