17' mac weight issues and suggestion

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  1. rachellarissa macrumors member

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    Hello world .
    I'm from singapore and this year i'm admitting myself into a poly .
    Recently i've been psycho ed by an apple promoter about bootcamp . and
    have found myself inclined to get a macbook and i've settled on the macbook pro 17'. .

    I know it weighs 3kg by default so it's rather i wont say heavy but yeah .
    so i thought if people could remove the optical drive from the mac to replace it with a hdd. Can i remove the optical drive for a lighter macbook since i dont need an extra hdd until i max out the 500gb hdd that comes with it.
    Any suggestions on this or has anyone tried it before?
     
  2. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

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    Downgrade to a MacBook Air.

    You can move chit around but it will be like +/- alittle bit of chit.
     
  3. wjlafrance macrumors 6502

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    The optical drive hardly contributes to the weight at all. It's not worth taking out.
     
  4. rachellarissa thread starter macrumors member

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    i want the big screen to play games on.
     
  5. rachellarissa thread starter macrumors member

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    hardly? did you weigh it before? even 200g seems to contribute alot to my gf's 1.6kg laptop she wants to get the 13.3 air just because its 1.3kg and hers is already .6kg
     
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  7. freddy-b macrumors regular

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    games? flight control HD and Angry birds?
     
  8. AnodizedFish macrumors member

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    Try turning off gravity :cool:
     
  9. rachellarissa thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah games. blackshot , heard of it? hahas old school but yeah recently found it . and maybe some real time strategy
     
  10. rachellarissa thread starter macrumors member

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    i forgot to laugh :rolleyes:
     
  11. mulo macrumors 68020

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    world of warcraft, counterstrike, team fortress, civilization, etc etc
     
  12. croooow, Jan 20, 2011
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    croooow macrumors 65816

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    Use these for a while then buy the 17" MBP (they may be a new one available then)

    If the difference in weight between the other MacBooks and the 17" MBP is an issue you need to work out. Apple makes really thin and light notebooks. Even the 17"s
     
  13. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Then you must accept the trade-off of weight.

    It never ceases to amaze me that people want cheap/big/powerful/lightweight. Typically you can only have 2 of these at any one time.

    And no, the optical drive weighs little to nothing in the big picture.
     
  14. Shadow Runner macrumors regular

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    It's so heavy because it is a 17 foot screen size. :rolleyes:

    Seriously though, workout if you honestly think it is heavy. I have one and move it around with one hand and I'm not big AT ALL.
     
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  16. Mabyboi macrumors 6502

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    This.

    Start working out, or if you already are, lift heavier weights and you will barely feel it :D
     
  17. WardC macrumors 68030

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    It's not the weight of the 17" I am concerned about. I had a PowerBook 5300cs and several PowerBook G3s in my day, so I know a thing or too about weight. It is the sheer bulkiness of the thing. The 17" model is HUGE and not really portable at all. It is just BIG and wide. It isn't really a nice little laptop that you can throw in your backpack and put on your lap. It's meant to place on a table, to be used like a full desktop replacement with a 17" screen. It's not really PORTABLE at all. It's HUGE.
     
  18. croooow macrumors 65816

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    This makes more sense. No matter how light the 17" is, it is a 17" monitor which isn't the best for small spaces (airplane, train, etc) where an 11" or 13" Mac would fit nicely.

    I went with the 15" for my own needs but I have lots of respect for the 17"
     
  19. Mabyboi macrumors 6502

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    This is exactly how i feel, which is why im picking up a 15" next time :D
     
  20. croooow macrumors 65816

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    Did you get that kit from Fei Lam's site whiteiphone4now.com?
     
  21. sydenham macrumors regular

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    Although the 17 would be a gorgeous laptop, it would be more practical to get a smaller machine for carrying around to classes, and maybe a large monitor for home.
     
  22. Mabyboi macrumors 6502

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    I got it from iFixDirect before they had quality control issues. If you have any questions about it please PM me :D
     
  23. WardC macrumors 68030

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    I have been eyeing both the 15" and the 17" -- been out to the Apple Store several times to look them over and compare them and get a really good feel for the size and feel of the machines. I have finally decided on my next purchase, which will be the 15" MacBook Pro with the high resolution antiglare display. I think the 15" with that display is large enough that it gives you a good amount of screen real estate and a fairly large display, but still small enough that it can easily be considered portable, fit in a backpack or small carry case, go on an airplane, or fit comfortable in your lap for use when sitting down or on the couch. I think that the 15" is really the best of both worlds. I wouldn't go with the 13" because I think it's outdated technology (C2D and 1280x800 is simply not enough screen real estate for me, plus there is no antiglare option at all.) I think the 15" is really the best of all worlds. It is just the right size. Some people who really need the larger screen space for 3D work and business presentations, and as a total desktop replacement might prefer the 17" model, but it's just not my favorite one, for size and portability reasons alone.
     

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