17 inch mbp too big

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tim100, Nov 30, 2009.


17 inch notebook too big

  1. yes

    170 vote(s)
  2. no

    153 vote(s)
  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    is the 17inch mbp just too big? is smaller better in a portable?
  2. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Depends on what you are doing. If you plan to go to class, this laptop is retarded in terms of portability. You will have to bring a large backpack, and find a desk that is large enough to accommodate it.

    My MBP13 doesn't even fit on some of the desks!
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Well obviously something more portable is going to be... more portable.
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Is a large glass of water too large? It will be different from person to person on what is "too big."
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I feel like we do this every month, it's plenty portable for me.
  6. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Exactly why he has a poll, to see what the consensus is.
  7. Husker macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Depends on who you are. I ride my bike around the city with my 17" every day. I'm 6'3" 200 lbs....not too big for me. Nothing like looking at 1920x1200 resolution on your lap.
  8. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2007
    Indiana, US
    I personally think it is. I love my 13" MacBook Pro. 15" would be ideal for me, though. Past 15" it really starts losing portability in my opinion.
  9. prodigee macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    If you are willing to drop the change on a 17" get it. I mean it all really is about what you need, if you need the screen real estate get the 17" if you need a more portable machine get the high end 15" pretty much the same spec wise, the only difference is the screen at that point really.
  10. erratikmind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    S.F./Las Vegas
    I carry mine to work 3 to 4 days a week in a timbuk2 messenger style bag without any issues. My wife, a petite 5'-1" asian gal, occasionally does the same with hers without issues, as well. LOL . . . If I need something with a smaller footprint (not necessarily lighter) , I pack up the company Dell. :p
  11. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    My 2005 Acer 15" laptop weighs 3kg and is thicker.

    The MBP 17" is slimmer and weighs only 2.99kg (a record for a 17", even nowadays), and still has an impressive battery life.

    My point is...it's the slimmest and lightest 17" laptop in the world.....its measures and weight were considered normal on a 15" just 4-5 years ago....so, IF you need the real estate of a 17" screen, don't think about it twice....you're getting the most portable 17" on the market, maybe more portable than some 15".....

    If you don't need that screen, go 15". (+ refurbished Apple Cinema Display LED at home)
  12. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

    Apr 9, 2003
    I must admit that the prospect of having a portable 1920x1200 resolution screen made me think about getting the 17" MBP. The real estate space is awesome but at that resolution on a 17" monitor things can be awfully tiny at times. I opted for the 15" as portability in the end mattered more for me, go to an Apple store and compare the 17" and 15" side by side. While the dimensions and weight on paper don't seem that great, the extra centimeters and pound make a difference. Especially when you add the weight of a case, power adapter and accessories.

    I would be much happier if Apple had offered the MBP 15" with a 1680x1050 resolution on a 15.4 or 15.6 screen. I think that ratio would be a nice balance of screen size and resolution while still maintaining a better degree of portability. Get the 17" if you absolutely need the space other than that wait for a revised MBP as the 15" is long overdue for improvement in resolution.
  13. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
  14. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    for me it's too big and too expensive for a laptop. For the same money I got a 13 with 8gb of ram and built a nice desktop for home.
  15. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    17" MBP works great for me. I move mine almost every day.

    It's no way big, considering most PC 15" laptops are the same size and same weight as MBP 17".

    A good bag helps a lot.
  16. roblin macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    i had a 17" for 2years. now i have i 12". next will be a 17" again :)

    depend on your needs, if you need screen estate buy it, if you dont, dont buy it. its not to big, it fits perfect in my backpack for 15.4" laptops. it not that heavy and it looks gorgeous!
  17. tim100 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    just want to get everyones thoughts here. not a buying advice post. 17 inch is tuff to use on a couch. check out the sony store the smaller notebooks are the more expensive and sleeker ones. the macbooks all sizes are great. keep voting.
  18. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yep, I think the beast is too big. It may be ok for a desktop replacement but then you can easily hook up a larger monitor to a 13" or 15" MBP.

    I find the 15" to be on the upper end of portability. The 13" is really a mobile device but the lack of screen real estate hinders this for lightroom/photoshop. The 15" offers a good mixture of portability and screen size to make this baby a winner.

    I've seen people trying to use a 17" laptop in various locations, airports, airplanes, cafes etc and all of them had to contort their positions to get them to open up and use them.

    Besides, you're paying a premium for the size.
  19. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Yes, but it's a meaningless poll. If someone told you, "51% of buyers choose the 15" Macbook Pro, therefore 15" is the perfect screen size for you" what would you say?

    The "consensus" you speak of is a collection of different opinions, which is not a consensus.
  20. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Did all these people think a 17" laptop in general was too big for a laptop as well?

    Probably so. Kill thread.
  21. 2056 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    too big for me. i think the 15" is the sweet spot.
  22. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    the screen on the 17 is absolutely beautiful .. it really isnt to big to carry around .. my brothers 15 inch dell is a brick compared to this
  23. lilskaterpunk macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2008
    I think the 17'' is a beautiful MacBook and it really depends on what your gonna use it for if u need that large of screen, cost too!
    I prefer 13.3'' as I like to have portability and do not do video,photo,etc. editing which works fine on other MacBook but larger is easier.
  24. Warcraft Tauren macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2009
    yeah 17 inch is too big. I have a 13 inch which I really love, but you may find it too small, and in that case go with the 15 inch.

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