17" MBP issues anyone?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kingcrowing, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. kingcrowing macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I think I'm going to be getting a new laptop this weekend, and the 17" MBP is my top choice (I dont mind the extra weight because its still super light for its size and I love the bigger screen) I just wanna know if there are any issues with it like with the 15" MBP, whining or heat issues? from what I've read the 17" isnt nearly as hot, and I havent heard anything about whining at all... thanks a lot!
  2. nicoritschel macrumors regular

    May 22, 2006
    Mine's coming today. I'll let you know how it goes :D
  3. Kace macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2005
    well ive had mine for 3 weeks now. no issues at all. no whine. runs slightly warmer than the last rev 17 PB (nothing major though).
    plus the video card isnt under clocked... ATITools (i think thats what its called,, havent really used windows too much) says the video card is clocked at 425/450 which is an avg number from my understanding.

    hope this helps. cheers
  4. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I don't know where you read that, because the 17" at my local Apple Store almost burned my hand.
  5. h0e0h macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2004
    West Monroe, Louisiana
    no whine
    no screen problems
    not too hot
    using firefox, adium x, entourage, and stickies are running at 51 C and sitting on my lap at a very comfortable temperature.

    **don't believe everything you read**
  6. nicoritschel macrumors regular

    May 22, 2006
    I got mine today :)
    Mine's good. No whine..
    It gets a little hot.
    The screen's perfect on mine, though.
    I am very satisfied
  7. kingcrowing thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    Sick, thats great to hear! I went to Small Dog electronics and checked out all the new macs and they are sick, and the 17"MBP is awesome! it was a bit warm (it had been on all day...) but still cooler than a lot of windows PCs which is good. I need a laptop for college and I think I'm going to be getting it this weekend, I'm psyched! My other option is a 15.4" Dell Latitude D820, the one thing that the D820 has that I will miss a bit from the MBP is the res is 1920x1200 so I can watch HD stuff, but 1680x1050 is still great! I had that on a 20" iMac G5 and I thought my iMac was sick, this is gonna be even better! Now I just need to convince my grandparents that its worth the extra $500 for the MBP ($2500 for the Dell, $3000 for the MBP with warentee, and I'd get a free iPod too with my college discount!)
  8. nicoritschel macrumors regular

    May 22, 2006
    I'd recommend buying applecare from a reseller, instead. You can get it for under 200 bucks on MBP's on ebay.
  9. pianodude123 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2005
    in the internet

    You may save a few bucks, but its still a bit risky, and he does get the EDU discount.
  10. macidiot macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    sounds like your lucky. Either that or I'm unlucky. My 17 is currently running at 149F (about 66c). Using firefox, safari, adium. Was just using quicktime, which pumped up the temp to 71C. At that temp, parts of the mbp are extremely hot, burn level. As in, my brain instinctively pulls my fingers back when I touch the keyboard because it thinks I'm going to get burned. Honestly I wouldn't care about the heat if I didn't have to touch it. My other comp runs so hot it raises the temp in the room by a couple of degrees.

    Oh, and the screen hinge is way too loose. It flops shut whenever I pick up the machine.

    Otherwise, it's very nice. Quick, no screen issues. As for the noise, considering my other comp was ridiculously loud and my external drives are louder, this thing is basically silent to me.
  11. yah00z macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006

    I thought my 15 inch 2.16 MBP was hot. Then, I went into my local Apple retailer and saw the 17 inch. First off, the screen was really lose, which I do not like, and it's just way, way too big. IMO. If you need the firewire 800, then go for it. But, that thing was WAY, way too hot. I put my fingers along the strip right above the keyboard, and it burnt my fingers. I literally jerked my hand away faster than I ever have before, and started shaking my hand to cool it down. The guys in the store looked at me in anger, as customers whom are obvlious to issues like that saw me to it, and started to question why. :)

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