Any College Students (or alumni) here that carried a 17" ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RX64MACBOOKPRO, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. RX64MACBOOKPRO macrumors member


    Oct 26, 2008
    What is your experience carrying a 17" around Campus?

    and Why did you get a 17" ?

    By the way, if you take a look at this "Why Apple" College Promo, the girl in a red jacket carries a 17" MacBook Pro around Campus! WOW! The video is on this page:
  2. infernohellion macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2006
    I think it's too much of a trouble to carry the 17" around the campus.

    I only carry my EEE PC around the campus, leaving my 17" at the apartment as a desktop replacement. At my uni, there really is no need to carry the 17" around. The lecture desks are too small for the 17" anyway.
  3. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    Carrying a 17" MBP is like carrying a 15" MBP, there is no damn difference.

    When I got my Air though, then you could feel the difference.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    I found that my MacBook is sufficient. A 17" becomes a drag after some time due to its size and weight.

    13" is perfect for course work and day to day, hence my decision for the MB
  5. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    Depends on what your major is and how often you use it at school really.

    My major was Net/Sys Administration and the majority of our coursework is in the computer labs where we constantly do a lot of research. The computer labs themselves are usually not connected to the Internet due to some of the security work that we are doing and we are not allowed to let it spread outward to the Internet. So having a laptop benefit most of us in that field, we often use the laptops to do analysis, data collection, presentations, group collaboration and so on. The bigger the screen, the better for that kind of work.

    Now I spent usually about 50-60 hours a week at college (basically considered it my second home), so my first laptop was 15" and then upgraded to 17" MBP, it definitely helped me a lot as a main portable machine that I can bring with me everywhere. I'm a big dude, so 17" was not that heavy by itself, but start adding the books, it definitely change the whole story. I mostly never need to bring books with me, so it didn't change my mind about having the 17". But there were some days where I had to bring stuff with me, I did wish I had the 13" or MBA with me instead of the 17".

    Now, if i didn't spend as much time at school as I did, i would say that the 17" would not be worth the cost. I rather use the 13" mb or a netbook instead and have an iMac or MacPro at home.
  6. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    Currently, I'm lugging around a 13in MacBook.

    Before that though, I was carrying a 15in Compaq notebook.

    I'm considering going back to 15in because of the screen. I just use my notebook for taking notes, and writing a lot of papers. The added weight of the 17in seems rather discouraging, since right now the 13in along with textbooks is getting somewhat hefty, though bearable.

    If all you're carrying is the MacBook Pro, then don't worry about it, but if you're lugging around multiple textbooks, you might want to reconsider.
  7. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    I have a 15 mbp and don't carry it because its a little too awkward to be carrying around all the time.
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I used to carry a 17" MBP around campus; now I have a 15" MBP and I didn't notice much of a difference. However carrying a MacBook is a bit different—so much smallers and versatile.
  9. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    In weight I dont notice any difference between a 15" or a 17" mbp.

    BUT the main difference you feel is when you want to stuff your notebook in your backpack, the 17" mbp takes a bit longer to do so because its much longer and sometimes my backpack barely zips up. And yes I have the typical jansport backpack.
  10. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I carry my 17" unibody around campus all the time. I even take it with me when I'm on my bike (whenever the weather allows me to ride). It's not that much different, in my opinion, from carrying around my 13" macbook.
  11. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
    I'm a current college student and carrying around the 17" isn't bad at all. It's not "burdensome" at all. Anyone who says otherwise must weigh 75 pounds.
  12. TDM21 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2004
    I just finished my undergrad. The computer of choice was a 12" PowerBook, which I plugged up to a 20" Dell monitor in my dorm. I had the best of both worlds: small, light and portable for on the go plus screen space when needed for research and papers.
  13. mikekelley macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2009
    I've had a 17" for all four years of undergrad. A powerbook for the first three and the new uni 17" as of right now.

    It is not too much. The 17" is so nice to have, fer chrissakes just go with it and be happy. THe resolution is great, I can spread out notes all over the screen, have a browser open as well as word for note-taking, etc. It can really do it all, and the real estate is great for doing any kind of artsy work - photography, design, etc. It's also great to have for group work, as everyone can gather round and see everything.
  14. apple2E macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
    In college I was a multimedia student. The larger was better for design and editing apps along with how it actually did render faster than most people with the 15".

    I love my 17" unibody!
  15. AGIPSY macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    The response from those people who have owned both have been interesting, and pretty much what I expected.

    Funny thing is that if you're comparing the new unibody 17" MBP to the previous "classic" 15" MBP, the difference in size and weight is actually smaller now. The unibody 15" MBP is actually larger than the previous 15" MBP model in physical size, and weight. This means that when choosing between the unibody 15" and 17" MBP, the size difference is even less, and there's even less reason to go with the 15" MBP if you have the money for both. :confused: Personally, I'd either get the MacBook, or the 17" MBP. I guess if the screen resolution of the 15" MBP increased to 1680 x 1050, I'd change my mind.
  17. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    The only real difference between the two MBP sizes seems to be $ and screen real estate. I've only had 12/13/15" laptops, never a 17", but after seeing those big, beautiful screens I'll probably trade up from my 15" Unibody to the 17" if and when they ever get Blu-ray into those machines.
  18. Tomb01 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2009
    Colleyville, TX
    Old guy...

    Well, I'm an old guy, professional who travels a LOT, and I have a rolling bag. In that environment, I never actually CARRY my laptop, just pop it in and out of the rolling bag. Weight was a much bigger consideration, though, than size, as the bag itself tends to reach maximum entropy (somehow manages to fill itself up!), and at that point getting it on and off the plane or in and out of the car is a royal pain. That being said, the 17" macbook is only a few ounces heavier than the 14.1" Lenovo machine I was carrying..... The only real downside to the 17" from a professional travel perspective is the difficulty using it in coach airplane seats.... I never actually carry the laptop around in my hands, would be surprised if many of you do, either, just take it out of my bag and use it, then when I am done I put it back in the bag. If I do carry it, it is almost always closed, or if open for just a short distance, so the light MacBook pro is still fine for that.... My wife, on the other hand, moves hers around a lot open and working (different kind of sales job) so has an Air.
  19. Intense macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2008
    just from a college notebook user's perspective: a little extra desk space can be useful sometimes. I carry a 12" widescreen dell d430 ... it takes just the right amount of space, anything larger than that cancels the possibility of putting my phone next to the laptop. Sometimes I txt msg during lectures and i want to see the phone light-up when a txt msg arrives, as the vibration is too loud and the ringer is not a choice.
  20. tecknical macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    i carry around a 17 in pretty much every day. its not that much of a hassle, you just have to be able to put up with the extra weight.
  21. trekster macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2009
    Well, it's only heavy for me since I use a messenger bag and I carry a folder, 2 thick notebooks, and a heavy textbook. It stresses my shoulder a bit. It all depends on how much you carry.
  22. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    medicine/research student: 15 MBP is portable enough for me but not as portable as my old 12" ibook. i was choosing between a 17" and a 15 before and i decided on the 15 after 6 months after having observed different people with various sized laptops. the 15 has more than enough juice for my needs and it isn't too bulky that it would become obtrusive over time.
  23. kennyli macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2008
    Hong Kong
    OMG .........after reading this thread, I've discovered 2 things:

    1. Students are rich! 17" MacBook Pro for taking notes :eek:

    2. You guys don't use pencil and paper any more?
  24. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Are you serious?

    1. The thing is, if they're going to be spending tens of thousands (some hundreds) on university, what's another couple thousand on something that will facilitate your life incredibly? Not to mention sometimes the university pays for it, or the parents.

    2. ... Are you kidding me. No, we don't. I don't know about everyone, but I can type literally four times quicker than I can print. Not to mention my notes won't wrinkle, get lost, etc., they're distributable, backed up, and with me everywhere organized completely and all in one source. When technology is part of life today, why WOULDN'T it be used?
  25. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    I have a friend who took took one to college with no complaints (2007).

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