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15-inch MacBook Pro in business meetings?

justinf77

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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?
 

lwilliams

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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
 
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baypharm

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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.
 
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kinster

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It's not an issue. I've got the late 2016 version and use it all the time for demos in meetings.
 
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SandboxGeneral

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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.
 
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marclondon

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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.
 
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baypharm

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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.

Why not just audio or video record the entire meeting instead?
 
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dsampley

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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.
 
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Hieveryone

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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
 
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justinf77

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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!
 
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Hieveryone

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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.
 
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tarsins

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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.
 
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duervo

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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.
 
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leman

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Why would it be annoying to use? It’s about the same footprint as an 13” Lenovo...
 
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x-evil-x

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Why would it be annoying to use? It’s about the same footprint as an 13” Lenovo...
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.
 
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MrGunnyPT

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Occupying more space will display your dominance over your inferior coworkers and your boss will promote you immediately.

Too funny.. :D

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

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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
 
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ux4all

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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.
 
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pshufd

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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.
 
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chrono1081

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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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