Is 17" MBP too big for coach-class airplane use?

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  1. Mr.Gadget macrumors 6502

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    Is the 17" MBP too big to be used in the average coach class airplane seat?
    (I'm whittling down my pros/cons in 15.4 vs 17 MBP)
     
  2. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    it's not as convenient as my 15.4 ibm, but its certainly not too big.. and im saying that from an owner's perspective
     
  3. islandman macrumors 6502

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    I think it should be fine, but not if you have a middle seat!
     
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    The person next to you will have a front row seat to whatever you are doing :)
     
  5. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I'd say it's too big, but that might be personal preference. You could probably squeeze a 17" onto the tray/table thing.
     
  6. nitynate macrumors 6502a

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    I think it is too big. Someone sitting next to me had one once.




    HUGE!!!! Made me feel so claustrophobic.


    That was the first and only time I will ever fly coach.
     
  7. Mr.Gadget thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hehe, I'll just have to make sure I bring a good movie and a headphone splitter!
     
  8. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Trust me. I fly twice a week, every week, for my job. Once to the client site and once back home. A 14" screen is pushing it in coach. If you are flying United and you are in Economy Plus, you should be okay. But even with my macbook's 13" screen, if the person in front of me puts their seat down, it gets tough. If you want to watch movies on the plane, unless you're rollin' business class or 1st, good luck w/ the 17 incher. I'd say you'd still have a tough time with a 15, ESPECIALLY if the person puts the seat down in front of you.
     
  9. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    I think the OP's physical size is a factor that no one has considered either. I think a 15" is pushing it in coach.

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  10. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Amen...
     
  11. cashmoney macrumors member

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    I brought my 15" macbook pro on coach, and I couldn't open the lid all the way with it sitting on the tray; so it was as if I was looking down on the screen. I had to put it on my lap to view the screen correctly. I highly doubt the 17" will even fit on the tray, but maybe on your lap. It gets kind of hot though...
     
  12. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    What about the famous commercial of Mini-Me with the 17"er?
     
  13. aricher macrumors 68020

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    I've brought my 17" PB all over the world with me in coach, business and fist class. It's a little like the story of the 3 pigs. The coach may be tight but it is doable. Not fun when the person in front of you wants to kick their seat back. The 15 and even the 12 have problems as well when people tilt back. Depending on the airline it should fit well on your lap.

    I would never let whether or not it can fit in coach hold me back from buying another 17" - I will never buy something smaller. I need the real estate for my on-location projects though.
     
  14. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    Indeed. I personally find it a bit cramped to use my 12" PB in coach. In United's Economy Plus it's just about OK, but if the guy in front reclines, I find it a little cramped, but still usable. A 17" PB would be too big for me in coach.
     
  15. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    For those who travel weekly, they cannot afford to make the same call as you. Screen real estate is far less important that actually being able to open the computer.
     
  16. jeremylittle10 macrumors newbie

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    absolutely

    I used to own a 15.2" Ti. Powerbook, it was always too big when I was on a plane. That's a lot of the reason I went with the Macbook this time, smaller!
     
  17. iEric macrumors 6502a

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    all i have to say is..EW COACH? lol j/k BUT I must say 17" is pretty big and if u don't mind your neighbor glancing over at what you do then i guess it's okay. i think a 15" would be a good size for coach.
     
  18. dr_lha macrumors 68000

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    Sadly coach is a the only way I can travel, even for business, unless I'm lucky enough to get an upgrade. One of the perils of working with federal funding is that I'm not allowed to travel business class.
     
  19. Foggy macrumors 6502a

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    17 is fine imo - just dont expect to go watching pr0n!
     
  20. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    What planes are you flying on?

    I'm a fairly small person, and I can barely cope with a 15" notebook in coach/economy class. :( It's difficult to move around a lot to pull the notebook out of the bag/put it back in and a bunch of other stuff. Which is why I bought the 12" PB.
     
  21. scott523 macrumors 6502a

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    17" is too big for coach. The MacBook should fit on a tray table confortably or at least better than the Pros.
     
  22. Mr.Gadget thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK... Ordered my MBP! Now need a bag

    OK, I just ordered a refurb MBP from Apple and now I will be needing a bag.

    For travel on an airplane, I will just use my wife's new Macbook! Yeah, we went crazy, sold the PC laptops and went Mac!
     
  23. Garden Knowm macrumors 6502

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    I have rolled around the world a few times with my 15 incher.. no problem,.. it can be tight.. but never has been uncomfortable.

    cheers

    I would go with 17 inches..

    : )
     
  24. jamesi macrumors 6502a

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    i have a 17" pb so i know how it goes, and altho movies in the wider screen on planes is really great, a 15" would be so much easier. you kinda gotta squish your arms in there, its awkward. i was thinking about getting an old pismo for the plane rides
     
  25. jamesi macrumors 6502a

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    but lemme just make it clear the experience on the plane with the 17" werent the best but id never trade it, go with the 17
     

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