17 inch MBP not better than 15?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Emrtr4, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Emrtr4 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2006
    I have always been confused on Apple's philosophy on this, maybe someone could please explain it to me.

    Aside from the larger screen space, there is no reason to buy a 17 inch MacPro. I have owned two Powerbook G4s and stay current with Apple news and know that besides resolution there is no difference in options or power that is availible.

    Almost all computer makers (Apple is better than others..lol) make it worth users while to buy their 17 inch computers by increasing performance.

    While I would like to see a 17 inch Macbookpro have a better GPU, what would really make sense is giving it the ability to have 4 gigs of memory, more hardrive space, (HEY, how about firewire).

    Would anyone else like to see Apple actually make the 17 inch MacbookPro worth the price? I just find it silly to have a computer that size if you could get identical performance in a 15 inch model with only slightly higher resolution.
  2. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    already has: larger hard drive, faster optical drive, firewire 800
  3. daveL macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2003
    So you don't think the 17" features that exceed the pimped out 15" are worth $300?

    - Bigger screen, higher resolution
    - add firewire 800 port
    - add another USB 2.0 port
    - add 20 GB more disk capacity
    - 8x DOUBLE LAYER superdrive vs 4x SINGLE LAYER superdrive on 15"
    - A GPU that's not under clocked like the 15" (search the forums)
    - higher capacity battery

    Seems well worth it to me. I think the high-end 15" is a bit overpriced when compared to the 17". On the 15" I'd go with the low-end and add memory and a bigger disk, then put the original disk in a FW400 enclosure for backups. You'd have money left over, and you'll never notice the difference in CPU performance (166 MHz). I don't think the graphics memory is that big a deal, personally. YMMV.
  4. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    apparently you do not read very well. in addition to what daveL mentioned, the machine also apparently runs a bit cooler due to its higher surface area dissipating the heat.

    using the edu discount, the price difference for a 17 and a 15 with the same RAM and hard drive is only $210; you get all the additional benefits. i think that is most definitely worth my while.
  5. vv-tim macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2006
    The 17" video card is -less- underclocked if I remember right. Either that or it scales back and forth (or perhaps that was the iMac).
  6. daveL macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2003
    That's the BF link I read. Thanks.

    Your sig says TiBook 1 GHz / 4GB - you have 4 GB in a TiBook? I have the same model TiBook with 1 GB. Didn't know you could even go that high.
  7. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    No...he has a 4th generation iPod, tho :p
  8. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.

    actually i sold it a couple of months ago in anticipation of whatever the new nano is.
  9. HecubusPro macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Yeah, this thread seems to be going nowhere. I'm getting a MBP 17" as soon as the Core2Duo's are released, and I'm buying the 17" over the 15" for the reasons that have been explained in this thread, apart from the original posters' comments.

    The 17" certainly is worth the $300 extra. I don't see an argument that could state otherwise except personal preference.
  10. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I own both a 15" and a 17". I did a review on both of them, I am search you can find the thread around here.

    Everyone at my work uses the 15" (as far as MBP goes, we have a number of people who use a MB as well) and they laugh at the size of my 17". I totally love the 17".

    Its really funny watching people use my 17" then go back to using their 13" Macbook ... :D
  11. bbrosemer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2006
    I love my 17'' and it is perfect for college also it is very much locked up to ensure, any "mishaps"...
  12. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Luckily for the OP. If he choses the high end 15" it has the same specs as the 17".
  13. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    *Winner of "Thread Revival Award"!!!"

    Dude, this stuff is from 2006.

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