15 I7 MBP Hi res AG or 17 I7 AG?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lukester, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. lukester macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    Why would anyone buy a 15 HI res I7 when it's almost the same price as a 17 I7 AG?

    Plus you get higher res with the 17 and a larger screen?

    any thoughts?
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Personally, I just wouldn't want to carry the 17" around. Those things are huge
  3. lukester thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    I mainly use it for photography, a desktop. I have a 30" cinema with a 15 mbp 2.16 ghz now. However I do take it with my on vaca, etc. and occasionally to show a customer some pics.
  4. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    Looking at them at the Apple store, I was all fired up to buy a 17". But the res is so high, it's harder to read than the 15" Hires. And that isn't all that easy to read either, IMO. If they can find a resolution less than what the 17" has now, I'll buy it in a heartbeat. But since Steve has determined that it's fine, I doubt I'll see one. So, I left with my money.
  5. ShiftClick macrumors regular


    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles
    $200 price difference is almost the same price? May come as a shock but $200 can be a big difference for a lot of people. $200 can buy a good 1TB external, or a 4GB ram stick, or a protective case and a carrying bag. While it may be less than a 10% difference, $200 is still $200.
  6. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    when you are spending that much money on a notebook get what you want. $200 one way or another is not that much for such a larger investment and if you plan on keeping it better to get what you want.
  7. dasmb macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2007
    For $200 you get:
    -A few extra DPI (it's really not an extreme difference from the 15)
    -An extra pound
    -2" additional diagonal space (both visible and "handrest" space); makes the device more of a desktop replacement and a little less of a "lap thing"
    -An ExpressCard slot (but no SD card slot)
    -A battery with 15 more Wh (not that you'll ever notice the difference)
    -The ability to watch and edit 1080p videos without downscaling, which is the real benefit. Remember: at 16x9, 1080p video means 1920x1080. At 16x10, a 1680x1050p display is 15% smaller.

    Ask me it's a no brainer. You're better off with the bigger machine unless you can't carry 6.6 lbs in one hand. But then I love high dpi displays. My dream was a display with the same pitch as a photograph, and in 18 days it comes true. For those who think simply more pixels == more eyestrain, or that 720p is just is good, get the 15" and get on with your life.
  8. Apps macrumors newbie


    May 13, 2010
    Exactly, why else besides the size? The answer to your question is a no brainer, portability is important to some of those who are looking at a portable machine. Anything bigger than 15" wouldn't fit in my backpack.
  9. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    The 15" is smaller and lighter, which are the two most important qualities when determining something's portability. I bought a 15" MBP because I wanted it to be portable and powerful at the same time, and no amount of convincing will make me believe that a 17" works as well.
  10. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    good points

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