13'' MBP + 24'' LED Cinema Display vs 15'' High Res MBP

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  1. absolutazn87 macrumors member

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    What do you guys think?

    13'' MBP + 24'' LED Cinema Display or the 15'' High Res MBP.

    The price difference isn't that great. Portability is very important to me but I also want more screen real estate. I don't do heavy video editing or heavy photoshop and I'm not a big gamer.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. 7000user macrumors newbie

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    Pherhaps a little more information would be nice;
    How much do you travel, where would you like to use your MBP...
    You're also only pointing out things you don't do, but what is it will do do with your MBP..
    Will it be your main computer, for how long do you think/hope you'll be using it?
     
  3. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    If you're wanting to be more portable, but have a great workstation at home, the 13+24 is a great way to go. In fact, I just put together a proposal for my pastor that answered the same question in the same way.

    But to give you the best possible advice, we'd need a little more information as to your specific situation.

    Imperfect information gives imperfect results.
     
  4. absolutazn87 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll be using it for law school, carrying it to classes so portability is key. Mostly using it for web browsing, word, watching movies, music, etc... I do some web design/light graphic design on the side too.
     
  5. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    Go for the 15" if you aren't going to be using it the bulk of the time sitting down in your home/dorm.
     
  6. pruhawk macrumors member

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    It will work great, I just put together a similar setup last fall for my daughter. Add a Henge Dock docking station and you have seemless in and out (see www.hengedocks.com).
     
  7. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816

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  8. absolutazn87 thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad you love it! I'm assuming there's no graphics lag, that the graphics chip isn't overtaxed by the larger display?
     
  9. pyroza macrumors regular

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    Umm...why don't you get a cheaper 24" monitor? They can be had for less than $300 and since you're not doing any graphic intensive work you won't even notice a difference. Plus you won't have to deal with the glare from the Cinema display
     
  10. vty macrumors member

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    Yeah, really. It blows my mind that people pay that much for the 24" Cinema.

    There are good/better IPS panels to be had for half the cost.
     
  11. SonicBoom1981 macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking 15" MBP and cheaper 24" or bigger(?) display.
     
  12. kolax macrumors G3

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    Go with the 13" MacBook Pro + 24" Cinema Display.

    The high-res 15" offers more pixels but makes things smaller. Since you are looking at the option of an external display.. go down that route instead. Get more real estate by inches and pixels, not just pixels alone.
     
  13. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

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    Just get the 17" and enjoy the HD resolution. It's plenty portable.
     

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