15" MBP Weight Issues?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 196josue, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. 196josue macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    #1
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Hey guys! I'm excited to get a new 15" MBP in a couple weeks, but my only issue is the weight. Portability is important because isilo be taking it to school. To all the students out there with the newer MBPS or even 2010 MBP (weigh the same), is the weight an issue? I know its a light computer to begin with, but I just want to make sure a 15" is a good fit for a student. Thanks for any replies!
     
  2. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2008
    #2
    I don't mind it but I don't bring my MBP into uni every day. It's like carrying 2-3 textbooks.
     
  3. ddoolin0 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2011
    #3
    I don't think I would either. It's a pretty heft thing and sometimes I already go in with a load of 3 textbooks and notebooks. :|
     
  4. 196josue thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    #4
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Hmm.. Would a 13" be better for my needs as a student? It would be nice for portability, but I would like take advantage of the better gpus
     
  5. maratus macrumors 6502a

    maratus

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2009
    Location:
    Canada
    #5
    If you consider AG version of 15" then the difference will be only 250g. Is it a lot for you?
     
  6. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    #6
    Get the 13", I don't know how you plan on "taking advantage" of the new GPUs - the intel HD 3000 can handle anything the higher end AMD GPUs can, except for playing games. And if you're buying a MacBook for school, I don't think playing games is a priority.
     
  7. 196josue thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    #7
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    AG version??

    Melterx12: no games for me, but I'm thinking bout getting into photography, and the graphics and better screen would help.
     
  8. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    #8
    The intel HD 3000 can handle most non-gaming applications without breaking a sweat.
     
  9. 196josue thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    #9
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Hmm.. But screen resolution isn't any better
     
  10. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    #10
    that is true. but it's up to you to decide whether the smaller size and cost of the 13" outweighs the larger screen estate of the 15"
     
  11. Ace134blue macrumors 6502a

    Ace134blue

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    #11
    Another one of these skinny, weak people Topics. :D

    If you think it is heavy than go with a MBA.?
     
  12. 196josue thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    #12
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Hahaha. Weak?!? Psh!! No I just want to lug a heavier computer than I have to with all my books.
     
  13. lukta macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    #13
    If carrying an extra pound or two is a big issue for you then I would suggest investing in a new backpack. Doing so could change your life!
     
  14. 196josue thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    #14
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Weight in my wallet lost too!! I want and can afford the 1gb gpu in the 15" with an ssd. You say just get it??
     
  15. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    #15
    well the reason I chose a 13" instead of the 15" was not the weight but the size of the laptop (length x width). Also keep in mind that I (and others going to uni) carry more than just the laptop, also textbooks, notebooks, etc.

    The MacBook Air costs more than the 13" MBP but has worse specs.

    Comparing the 13" low end MBA to the 13" low end MBP, you are paying $100 more and getting:

    -A processor with an outdated architecture (core 2 duo vs core i5 sandy bridge) with a significantly lower clock speed (1.86Ghz vs 2.3Ghz)

    -2GB less RAM

    -2 hours less battery (5 hours on Air vs 7 on MBP)

    -No SuperDrive, 1 less USB, no ethernet, no thunderbolt, no firewire

    -No backlit keyboard

    -No way to upgrade any part of the MBA easily and without voiding the warranty

    and what you're gaining is smaller size, lighter laptop, higher res display (although I heard it has worse color gamut than the MBP display), and of course a Solid State 128GB drive. I personally don't think it's worth buying a MBA, paying $100 more than the MBP for just that.
     
  16. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

    ECUpirate44

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Location:
    NC
    #16
    I'm a student and I walk around campus all day with my 15" MBP. No problem at all. It has more to do with having a comfortable backback than the weight of the computer.
     
  17. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    #17
    Buy it. Most book stores offer less expensive, online versions of many textbooks now. I've been running those exclusively whenever I can and it really saves on the backpack weight.

    Less book. More computer :)
     
  18. v2kea412 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Location:
    Maine
    #18
    I also carry my 2008 15" MBP everywhere... Granted, on paper the 2008 model is .2 lbs lighter, but have no problems. I used to carry it in a messenger style slim case, but could only carry a few papers with it. So I switched to a backpack.... All I would suggest is a protective sleeve... So the books in your backpack, like this one http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/64778?feat=506219-GN2, doesn't pummel your MBP...

    With regard to the 13", it is only 1 lb less... Not even worth considering...
     
  19. Davichi macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    #19
    I cannot believe how ignorant some people are...

    You are comparing MBP to MBA.

    MBP is like twice as heavy as MBA. Optical drive is no need in class. HDD is not needed in laptops.

    MBP is not that heavy to begin with. Go exercise more.
     
  20. stylinexpat macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2009
    #20
    It is definitely light and if you have other stuff to carry around it will get to you. It is nice and great to use if you are at home or at work where it just sits on a desk. If you have to carry it around often and needs to sit on your lap i would just get the 13" MBP if you need the power or the 13" MBA if you need portability.
     
  21. lukta macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2011
    #21
    Being a recent college grad I can say that lugging my laptop and all my English books around got old. I primarily used the lappy for note taking so leaving it at home in trade for some notebooks was a viable option for me.

    It was great for group projects and surfingnthe web (pre smartphone). I love my laptop though, even if I don't carry it everywhere.

    Was an older 13 inch MacBook btw, which got me through all the papers and research college through at me. I even gamed on it a bit and did some video editing (as much as i could do with a 55gb hdd) What I'm saying is that any of these MacBooks smoke mine and would work for just about any schoolwork you threw at it.
     
  22. 196josue thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2010
    #22
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Nope. Never compared it to MBA. Comparison was 13" vs 15" MBP. Some people need to read and go back to school. Those are are the ones I'm looking for advice from; people who ACTUALLY WENT TO SCHOOL. Hahaha
     
  23. Tmacfan4321 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Location:
    University Park, PA
    #23
    All Macbooks are very light. A six pound 15" laptop is not heavy at all. I have no problems lugging around my MBP in a bag full of textbooks around my high school (shorter, frequent trips, with more stairs) every day.
     
  24. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    #24
    I wouldn't want a 15" as a student. I'd be looking at the 13 MBP or an Air.

    It's not just the weight, but the bulk.

    (I own the 15")
     
  25. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

    thejadedmonkey

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Location:
    Pa
    #25
    I wouldn't get a 13" MBP... period.

    The 13" MBA has a better graphics card and is lighter. The 15" MBP has a better graphics card, and while heavier, isn't so heavy you don't want to use it. my friend has a 2008 MBP 15" and she carries it with her everywhere.
     

Share This Page