15 inch i7 or 17 inch i5

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by tim2006, Apr 17, 2010.

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Which macbook pro: 17 inch i5 or 15 inch i7

  1. 17 inch i5

    14 vote(s)
    48.3%
  2. 15 inch i7

    15 vote(s)
    51.7%
  1. tim2006 macrumors 6502

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    Purchasing a new MBP from bestbuy, they don't offer high res or anti-glare upgrade. For about the same price I can get an i7 15 inch or a 17 inch i5. My computing needs don't require one over the other i.e., faster processor or bigger screen. It just comes done to choice. What would you choose?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Go to store and decide there. I would take 17" 'cause 15" without high res upgrade isn't that good IMO.
     
  3. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    for on the couch and bopping around the 17 just seems too big. for a mobile desktop replacement on a desk with room, its great. 17 has so much room with the higher res.
     
  4. steveca macrumors 6502

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    the standard screen resolution of the 15" is pretty good IMHO. The speed of the i7 is impressive and the physical size of the 17" might be too big...

    once again i agree that you should go to the app store cause what we think is good just for ourselves. Whatever you get will be a great machine. Lucky you :)
     
  5. mac4me123 macrumors newbie

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    I would go with the 15" in my opionon 17" is just massive!
     
  6. tim100 macrumors 65816

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  7. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    If portability is paramount I would go for the 15 inch. If screen real estate is more important go for the 17. I have the late 2006 17 inch and it is certainly portable but far more awkward than a 15. And it may be very difficult to open on a plane (in economy of course) as opposed to a 15. Which is why I just ordered a new 15 (hi res glossy)!
     
  8. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    Agreed................... there's nothing wrong with the standard rez 15". JMO, but the 17" is just too big for a "laptop".

    cheers
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  9. tim100 macrumors 65816

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  10. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I am a very small person(5'7" 120lbs) and I really don't see why you all hate the 17" so much. It carry it around with me all day at school and really like it. It is pretty bad on a couch but I use my iPad for that. Problem solved.
     
  11. Freewayjim macrumors regular

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    Really?

    You consider 1.23" wider, 0.77" deeper and 1lb heavier to be massive?

    Those are the differences in dimensions from the Apple website.

    It's not that big of a difference IMO, I'd go (and I'm going to) 17".
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I faced the same dilemma at the Apple Store, and I chose the 17" MacBook Pro with the i5 processor. So far, I am quite pleased with my choice. The 17" screen is awesome - watching HD movies/tv shows is a real treat. Plus, the i5 Processor is a nice improvement over my previous MacBook Pro which had a Core 2 Duo running at the same clock speed. :)
     
  13. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    When I first got a 17" MBP several years ago it seemed huge. Now it just seems normal.
     
  14. tim100 macrumors 65816

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  15. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Same here, it took me a while to adjust to the larger screen as well - now it just seems normal. Heck, I had a 17" 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4, went to a 13" MacBook Pro and now I went back to a 17" MacBook Pro and had to re-adjust all over again. :)
     
  16. Kingcodez macrumors 6502

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    You'd definately need to check it out in the store. Close the lid, carry it a bit, pick it up with one hand in the corner, it's all down to personal preference.
     
  17. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    its either
    1 i7 over i5
    2 bigger screen and highernres


    how big of a difference is there between i7, i5, core2duo
     
  18. MacNut macrumors Core

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    The i7 is not that much more expensive than the i5 so just get the i7.
     
  19. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Choosing between the 15/17" will require in person choice. Either way, get the i5. The performance gains are not as substantial as with the iMac. These are notebook class and don't have as many threads. You'll only see a 6% difference.
     
  20. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    I agree that the choice should actually be between which screen you prefer, as you won't easily notice the performance difference. You'll be looking at the screen 100% of the time you use it... you'll be maxing out the processor, what? 5% of the time you use it? Less?
     

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