17 inch MBP - who still has one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Galacticos, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. Galacticos macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    still got mine from 2011, and I want to see them return to the line up. Anyone else wanting these bad boys back?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    17" bezelless screen, within the constraints of a 15" rMBP; absolutely, 100% yes.

    If it's a similar size/width to the last 17", then no.
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  4. dest macrumors member


    Sep 26, 2014
    I would LOVE a 17" MBP, the extra size would help no end with music production. I'd get a desktop but need the portability too
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Enjoy the 17" MacBook Pros that you have, while they last.

    They're won't be any more of 'em!
  6. tubeexperience, Sep 27, 2016
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    tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Yup. Still running my MacBook Pro 17" Late 2011.

    I would buy if Apple releases another.
  7. mikecalderone macrumors member


    Aug 5, 2015
    Laguna Niguel, CA USA
    Yes, still running my Late 2011 MacBook Pro 17 with updated memory (16gb) and 256 SSD.
    I would buy a new one the instant, they were announced, but those days are gone.
  8. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I just got a 2010 17" MBP this year actually.

    I wish it had the i7 quad and 16 GB of RAM, though. Mine strangely only boots OSX with 8 GB installed, but Windows and Linux will boot if I put 16 GB in it.

    The truth is that it is a bit old now though. Fortunately it looks like Windows still runs beautifully on it and likely will for a few years, so I'll resort to that when MacOS runs any slower than it does already.

    I would've bought a 2011 17" but I couldn't justify the gamble with the bad logic boards. The 2011 i7 would be perfect... It's a real shame there's no permanent fix to that defect.

    I wish Apple would bring back the 17" in a thinner body with smaller bezels. I need all the screen real estate I can get. 1200p resolution is quite good as it is, as I often put two windows side by side.
  9. killawat macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2014
    2010 reporting here. Its a nice rig, the expresscard helps increase its longevity but it's gimped in fustrating ways. Expresscard only works at 2.5 Gbits whereas the 2011 is 5 Gbit. 8 GB Ram max, SATA-II. No thunderbolt, no USB 3.
    The 2011 really is/was the best 17". I Feel macOS sierra will be the last update for 2010 MBP.
  10. Galacticos thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    I feel like Apple has a group of customers, obviously too small for their liking, that would immediately buy a 17 inch mbp were they available. How much more could it possibly cost to add them back to the line up, even if it were a break even situation they did just to keep that group happy.

    I realise the above is misty eyed wishful thinking, but I find it hard to imagine it's an clear 'no' from their point of view
  11. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    Sadly there is far more chance of Apple releasing a 17" IPP these days...

  12. Galacticos thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2016
    The personal computer doesn't get enough respect these days..
  13. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I have a 2007 macbook pro 17" Santa Rosa

    And thinking of fitting a 2008 penryn screen assembly as it is LED.

    Love the big screen and high res over my 13"
    Just little too big to carry back and forth work.

    But love it still, but decided to sell due to big size and not seeing much use.
    And I'm used to the LED screen in 13"

    If I cannot sell it might upgrade the screen assembly and use it as desktop.
  14. ron1004 macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    I'll be keeping our two 17" MBP's for quite some time - SSD's and max RAM gave them a new lease on life.
  15. Pimptastic macrumors regular


    Nov 27, 2006
    Up North, UK
    Yep, still got my 2010 MBP. Still fine for dev work, just wish I could have more than 8gb RAM!

    Will probably get a new 15" in the new year though
  16. vlug macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2009
    2011 17" Early still my main machine, its struggling nowadays even with an SSD and Extra ram which is what concerns me with Apple nowadays.

    Such long periods between refresh's mean in the future i wont have a choice to upgrade my HDD or RAM due to soldered parts, so if they dont get back in the game and refresh these sooner in the future any machine I buy from them wont last 4+ years like this one.

    I would buy a 17" or even larger MacBook Pro if they made another. Portability from location to location is a must, I dont care if its heavy or thicker, this means better battery life and better graphics to me. The MBP isnt a notebook or an Air where it needs to be thin and light. Thats what notebooks and tablets are for, the MBP should be a work horse proper spec'd up machine.
  17. baypharm macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2007
    My 2009 model with antiglare screen is still going strong. I would not trade it for any current sized mbp.
  18. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016

    What is it struggling with?

    16GB DDR3, SSD, and Intel Core i7 quad-core (Sandy Bridge) should be plenty for most tasks.
  19. mikecalderone macrumors member


    Aug 5, 2015
    Laguna Niguel, CA USA
    My Late 2011 2.4GH 16gb Ram and 256GB SSD can keep up with the 2015 Retina Machines. The only issue is the USB 2.0 ports are too slow.
  20. vlug macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2009
    I only have 8GB of ram not 16 like yourself.

    In general its sluggish nowadays, I multi-task and have apps in the background running, but even browsing in Chrome & Safari it can hang or skip. I will have 3-4 tabs open maybe 1 of them is streaming a youtube vid or media maybe and just browsing after that whilst working away.

    I do use my MBP in clamshell mode so it is using an external display whether this has any bearing on its processing power or what I dont know but with more heavier content related webpages and such it just seems slower nowadays,
  21. Ih8reno macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    Got a first gen 17" MPB 2006 with the core duo 2.16ghz and a whole 2GB of ram. Threw in a ssd I got for basically nothing and a new battery and the thing works just fine on Snow Leopard as a basic web device. Only issue it has is the lack of software support and a back lit keyboard that is barely visible anymore but man I love that screen size.
  22. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    17 inch is the obvious size for a desktop replacement, just about big enough but with some portability. That's the size of my daily Windows machine, and it's a glaring omission from the Mac range. As always, we have to assume Apple know their market, but I can't help feeling Mac would get more attention if they weren't awash with iPhone money.
  23. Unzyme macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2016
    I still use my 17" late 2011 MBP, tuned to the max. 1TB SSD and 1TB basic HD (replaced the DVD drive), 16 gigs of RAM. Apple hasn't come up with a better laptop since. I wouldn't like to switch to a smaller screen size, but that might be negotiable if the other specs were spectacular. But if I bought a new MPB, it would have LESS hard drive space, LESS ports, SMALLER screen, and no ability to upgrade any parts.

    I really like MacOS, and wouldn't want to switch back to Windows, especially now that Microsoft has become the new NSA. Linux is not an alternative, because it doesn't support the software I use (Adobe and Ableton). So, I'm stuck with this 5-year-old computer. I never thought it could last this long, but a better alternative has yet to present itself.
  24. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    Only comment - Shame on Apple....

  25. vpro macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2012
    Someone is selling a brand new in the box 17" MacBook Pro on Amazon for nearly 12,000 CAD - LMFAO !!!!! They will never sell it of course :D

    Mine is better than it anyways - 2.5ghz i7 jacked up - totally fast and runs everything smoother than my jacked up 15" rMacbook pro which became a heat pad for frying my eggs every day.

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