15-inch MacBook Pro in business meetings?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by justinf77, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. justinf77 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    I have a 2018 15" MBP now, which I love, but I had been working from home most of the time. Now my situation has changed and I will be working primarily from an office, which also means more in-person meetings in conference rooms.

    Is the 15" MBP annoying to use in business meetings?

    I don't mind the weight but I imagine the footprint in crowded conference rooms could be an issue. Considering switching to a 13" MBP and spending more time plugged into a monitor at work and at home.

    Thoughts? Anyone regularly use the 15" in meetings and not have a problem with it?
  2. lwilliams macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2012
    Athens, GA
    I used a 2012 13 in meetings until February.

    I switched to a new 15. I use it in meetings several times per week.

    However, since I am the IT Director for the corp., no one seems to be surprised at anything I do! :D
  3. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    You can be sure that at least thousands of 15" laptops are used without a problem in meetings on a regular basis.
  4. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    No problem at all. U r overthinking this...
    Maybe build the conference room 2inches wider;)
  5. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
    Annoying? Of course not. Years ago I brought a 17" MBP and it was awesome. Now days my 15" MBP and 12.9 IPP go everywhere I go - and that includes board and hospital meetings as well as laboratories.
  6. kinster macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2006
    It's not an issue. I've got the late 2016 version and use it all the time for demos in meetings.
  7. 556fmjoe macrumors 68000


    Apr 19, 2014
    Occupying more space will display your dominance over your inferior coworkers and your boss will promote you immediately.
  8. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Unless your office is built in one of the those tiny houses, a 15" laptop won't matter. There are people who have and use 17" laptops in meetings and I'm sure no one pays them no mind either.

    Don't over think it so much. Concentrate on the meeting and the work that needs to be done and your co-workers will thank you for it.
  9. marclondon macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2009
    I recently returned a 2019 13 inch MBP because I found the keyboard too noisy to use in meetings if you are taking a lot of notes. I was very disappointed with this - otherwise it is a great machine. I think the 15 inch has the same keyboard.
  10. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
    Why not just audio or video record the entire meeting instead?
  11. dsampley macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2007
    If all I am doing is taking notes or looking up an email, an iPad works best for me. I find that I don't need all the power of the Mac for just a normal meeting.
  12. Hieveryone macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    Bruh I've seen people lug around big and thick Dell and other windows laptops everywhere, but maybe for you it might not be good but I'm just saying from what I've seen
  13. justinf77 thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2003
    Thanks for your input all, I'm definitely overthinking this but doing that is kinda my thing haha. I'll stick with the 15" then!
  14. Hieveryone macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2014
    In fact, I see more professionals with Windows laptops, particularly Dell, than Macs. And some of those are big! They usually have a big leather briefcase-bag where they cary files and their laptop. Wear button down, nice pants, dress shoes, may wear glasses.
  15. marclondon macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2009

    Er, what's the point of having a notebook if you can't use it... I've gone back to my ancient 2009 MBP, which has an almost silent keyboard.
  16. tarsins macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    It's fine. What I find irritating is all the tippy-tapping as everyone makes notes so I invested in an iPad Pro 12.9, Apple Pencil and Notabilty which is brilliant. Only downside is that you can't duck down behind the screen when someone's looking for a volunteer.
  17. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    bring your imac to business meetings to show your dominance over measly 15” computers.
  18. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Board and meeting room chairs are wider than the footprint of a 15” laptop. You'll be fine ... unless the chairs you’ll be using are from the Children’s section of IKEA or something like that, or if it will be a meeting of more than two people at a small round table at Starbucks, then I’d be concerned.
  19. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Why would it be annoying to use? It’s about the same footprint as an 13” Lenovo...
  20. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    I agree. It feels small to me really. Compared to the older 15" This thing barely seems large. Reminds me of my old 13" 2011 I had just super thin and a little lighter.
    Cant see anyone complaining about the size of these.
  21. MrGunnyPT macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2017
    Too funny.. :D

    I don't see the problem, currently I am the only idiot who decided to purchase a 13".. completely regret it
  22. kp98077 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    its fine! lol.... infant I live near a university and the 15" is the choice for kids and professors it seems, and at work (medical) seems a lot of people have 15"s I don't know if they are just old clunky Dells or whatever, but the have them... I would be more conferenced with transporting a 15" back and forth, but I am lazy
  23. ux4all macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2009
    Chicago, IL, USA
    This is my life... 90% of my clients use 15" computers (hp elitebooks just yesterday). Their machines are bigger than mine. Now, when I was daily driving my 17" MBP... that was a bit comical... I was still okay with it. The only annoying part on my 2017 MBP was the sound of the keyboard... in a quiet room it is the loudest keystroke by far. Now with my 2019, I'm not loud at all.

    Take my advice, bring dongles.... the 3 carries are tbolt 3 to serial, tbolt 3 to hdmi, and tbolt 3 to dp.... each of our conference rooms has one of those... annoying, but they take up no room in my bag.
  24. pshufd macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2013
    New Hampshire
    I usually bring my 13 inch MBP as my two 15 inch MBPs are usually connected to big-screen monitors, keyboards, mice and various other devices.
  25. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    15 won't be an issue. The size difference between 15 and 13 isn't that big. Also ever see the size of some of the Dells people lug around? They're huge in comparison.

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