15" i7 vs 17" i5 MacBook Pro

peejack

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Original poster
Aug 7, 2007
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Hi guys,

Im gonna get a macbook pro and here are the choices I have.

Please note the price.

15" 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
Applecare

£1683 (after education discount)

2.53GHz Intel Core i5
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
MacBook Pro 17-inch Hi-Resolution Glossy Widescreen Display
Applecare

£1689 (after education discount)

What would you do???

Thanks :)
 

h1r0ll3r

macrumors 68040
Dec 28, 2009
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Hi guys,

Im gonna get a macbook pro and here are the choices I have.

Please note the price.

15" 2.66GHz Intel Core i7
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
Applecare

£1683 (after education discount)

2.53GHz Intel Core i5
4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X2GB
500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
MacBook Pro 17-inch Hi-Resolution Glossy Widescreen Display
Applecare

£1689 (after education discount)

What would you do???

Thanks :)
I'd go with the 15" personally. Depending on what you'll be doing, if you really need the extra real estate on the screen then go with the 17". But since the price points are so close, the extra bump in processor and portability of the 15" seems like a better option.
 

jclardy

macrumors 68040
Oct 6, 2008
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I'd go for the high res if it were me. The speed bump would be a little noticeable if they were side by side but the extra resolution is real nice if you are doing work that requires screen space (graphics, video, coding stuff like that for me.)

Edit: I just saw that the second one was the 17", for me I would go with the 15" because when I am away from my desk I don't always have enough so ace to use the 17". Plus the need to have a larger bag.

Really it depends on portability needs. If it will be used in one place most of the time the extra resolution of the 17 will be nice to have.
 

demonsavatar

macrumors regular
Jun 26, 2010
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The screen resolution/size and portability will make much more of a difference in day-to-day activity than the different processors.

Choose based on size. Want portabiliy, get 15", want a huge screen, get 17".

My personal choice is in my sig :p Why have you already eliminated the 15" models with i5?
 

shoppy

macrumors 65816
Mar 4, 2007
1,027
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Hants
I would go for the 17" extra screen real estate, extra usb, express card slot all useful stuff.
 

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