13 or 17 Macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tim2006, Jul 9, 2010.

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what size

  1. portable 13

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  2. big screen 17

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    40.8%
  1. tim2006 macrumors 6502

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    if 13 inch mbp and 17 mbp where the same price which would you pic and why?
     
  2. Brien macrumors 68030

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  3. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the 13" is the perfect size.

    If they were the same price, I would go with the 17" because of better specs of course. :) I would take the i5/i7 over C2D along with the better auto switching graphics!

    Now if they had the same specs, I would go 13".
     
  4. hypermog macrumors regular

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    13"

    most portable, best battery, still extremely powerful for 95% of users.
     
  5. apolloa macrumors G4

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    +1 love my 15" i7 MB Pro, powerful and portable and a nice hi res 15" screen :D
     
  6. JTA60288 macrumors member

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    I'd pick the 17" only because I do high-end creative.
     
  7. therealdt macrumors regular

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    yeah to jump from 13 to 17 is quite the jump. 15" is perfect.
     
  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    13" upsides:

    •More portable!
    •Cheaper!

    15" upsides:

    •Enough screen size for MOST users.
    •More powerful than the 13.

    17" upsides:

    •Huge screen for a laptop.
    •Very powerful!
     
  9. Brien macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, I'm very tempted to upgrade to the new one just for that hi-res screen. Really removes the only thing the 17" had over the 15".
     
  10. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    I'd have to say 13" because 17" is a little over the top for me, size and weight using on lap, handling just a little too big.

    I'm tempted to try the hi-res 15" MBP with the anti-glare screen but I'm too concerned about the small fonts ...
     
  11. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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    I like the 15" MBP the best. Its the right size, but has a kick ass CPU, the i7 and a great graphics card. However I love the small 13" I would rather put an i7 in there, and a discrete graphics card, and ditch the ODD.
     
  12. SPNarwhal macrumors 65816

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    i went from 17" to 13" and i'm not looking back.
     
  13. ouimetnick macrumors 68020

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  14. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    I have my old Core Duo 15" MBP, but if I were to get a new one today, I think I'd go with the 13". There's something very appealing about having a small, very portable, powerful (enough for me, anyway) machine.
     
  15. Dgpsx7 macrumors member

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    yes.
     
  16. Alvi macrumors 65816

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    17" Can be a lot for Daily moving, it's more easy to damage it, more expansive to fix if you break it and it's pretty huge in my opinion, I'd rather get the 15" that is in between, however i have a 13" and it's a really good size, very portable and the screen is as wide as a 4:3 15"
     
  17. mk1ap macrumors member

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    If its the same price 17" would be the best bang for the buck.
     
  18. tim100 macrumors 65816

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  19. tim2006 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i see
     
  20. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    there should be alot difference in performance between a loaded up i7 17 vs base 13? i dont understand why apple does not have a high end small model like dell and sony, i7/i5, where is the updated air? how does the 13 inch macbook stack-up in quality/performance vs sony z or dell adamo? steve jobs said they picked graphics and battery over a small speed bump.
     
  21. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    Best of both worlds?

    A really good combination for those who want maximum screen real estate and portability is to buy a 13" MBP with ACD.

    That's unless you need a large screen on the go.

    Tim you and I both don't like to work from a desk, hence an external display may not be an option *unless* you set up the external display in your den or living room, there's so many small desks/tables you can buy that look good in a non office setting, you can even buy monitor arms that attach to your couch, lol.

    Like this Easy Chair Mount - http://www.theeasychairmount.com/pd_test.cfm, now that gives you a much larger screen option than a 17" :)

    I've taken some of my own advice and set up one of my 24" ACD's here in our Den on a little work station style table beside my sofa. Then when I want to grab my mac and go, just unplug a few cables and I have a great perfectly sized portable machine for on the go.

    Best of both worlds!
     
  22. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    17" is too big to be portable, so I go with the 13"
     
  23. mk1ap macrumors member

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    oops, meant to say 17" would have the better specs thus more bang for $.
     
  24. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    many think that way. they are willing to give up i5/i7
     
  25. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I can only get a matte screen on the 17", so the 17" wins by default.
     

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