15" or 17" MacBook Pro and Which Portable HD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Unklefxter, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Unklefxter macrumors newbie

    Unklefxter

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    I'm going to be buying a new mac at the end of the month replacing my current dying iBook. I currently work as a junior visual effects artist and need a laptop to use compositing software when i'm on the move. I would like a bigger screen so i think i'd opt for the 17" but I wanted to know if people found it to big to lug around, it's only a pound more than the 15" so i guess weight isn't a problem ( or is it) i'd probably be moving it around in a rucksack. Also i'd like to buy a portable HD, i've looked at western digital passports and the Lacie Rugged, and i've heard mixed reviews so i'd like to see if i could get a few more straight answers.

    Thanks for the help in advance
     
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    The new 17" compared to the new 15"

    [​IMG]

    The 17" is clearly more sexy

    Go for it.

    LaCie external hard drives all the way
    I make my own external hard drives for 10% of the cost and saves a lot of time.
     
  3. Alucardx03 macrumors 6502a

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    I used to have a 17 inch MBP, but the weight and size was too much for me. Though it may not appear to be much heavier or larger, you have to remember that the footprint increase is significant. However, if you think you need the screen real estate, it's really up to personal preference.

    I would recommend waiting until the new MBPs hit the Apple Store and take a look for yourself. If you don't want to wait, check out a previous-gen MBP, which is comparable.

    As for HDDs, I would definitely go with Western Digital. I have about 3.5 TBs worth of WD HDDs, and have never, ever had a problem with any of them. In fact, I have a WD that is going on 5-years-old, and it's still running like new. Also, my family only uses Western Digital, and none of them have ever had one fail. They seem to be very reliable.

    BTW, if you want a fantastic HDD that has a lot of space, check this out:

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1232251227&sr=8-1.

    I just got it, and I absolutely love it.
     
  4. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    The weight/size differential between the two is exaggerated. Whilst the 17" is obviously bigger it is still very portable. The real question is the screen real estate. Do you need it over portability? If so, get the 17. If portability is far more important get the 15.
     
  5. Gunga Din macrumors 6502

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    You can do what I did, purchase the 15" and use an external monitor wit it. You can get that setup for much less than a 17" alone and you will have much more screen to use.
     
  6. Gunga Din macrumors 6502

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    think thats a 13" next to it.
     
  7. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Thats a 15" next to it, you can see the word Pro.
     
  8. Gunga Din macrumors 6502

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    I see now.
     
  9. Unklefxter thread starter macrumors newbie

    Unklefxter

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    ahh

    Thanks for the advice guys, problem is i can't really use an external monitor when i'm on a location shooting. The pics really show how much bigger it is, i guess it is worth waiting until it hits the stores. And to clairfy you think a portable western digital passport is the best option for on the go storage?
     

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