Anyone who sold their 15" missing their screen size?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nph, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005

    A question to those that went from a MBP to a MBA, do you ever miss your bigger screen?
  2. rhyx macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    I still have both at the moment. I am thinking of selling my MBP. If anything I think I'll miss the hard drive space. Right now my MBP has a 500GB drive in it.
  3. nph thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    Glad to hear that. HD space is not that bad since I haven't filled up the 200Gig 7200 RMP I put in mine some time back.
    Only time I can think of missing it is when comparing two photos.

    Anyone else with MBA who miss their MBP screen?
  4. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
    Not at all, but that probably depends on the resolution of your 15". My old 15" PB had the same screen res as my Rev 2 MBA.
  5. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    Use spaces to get around the desktop space issue.
  6. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2004
    I have both (A 1st Gen MBP on my desk and a MBA for traveling) and if/when I use the MBP as a laptop I'm amazed at how HUGE the screen is. I've gotten so used to the 13" screen that the 15" seems almost too big now lol.

    I guess I have the opposite problem as you. ;)
  7. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    I have never felt that my MBA's screen is small compared to my 24" iMac let alone 15". The trick is always about management.

    It would be a problem if you were to edit photos, but yet from 15" to 13" that should not be an issue :).
  8. queshy macrumors 68040


    Apr 2, 2005
    Meh, the 15" screen was much better in terms of screen real estate, but the MBA has a more vivid/bright screen.
  9. fteoath64 macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2008
    The Unibody MBP cannot beat my PB 1.67HiDefin screen resolution. 1400X960!. It is still the best matte screen I have seen. The Unibody is about 1/2 inch wider which I was upset when I found out. Especially that ugly black bezel is more than an inch total width!!!. Argh. The PB silver bezel is the thinnest of the Mac family. Design of Unibody with sharp edges is plain old "unfinished" as far as I am concerned. The AIR has much more refined edges and I suspect better engineered casing. :eek:

    15 inch screen is just optimum for serious and prolonged use. 13.3inches is a tad smaller. If they can increase the DPI resolution and put 1400X960 on the 13.3 incher, it might be just the right one. As it is 1280X 800 is not cutting it.
  10. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i do feel miss the 15" screen estate. using this rev B Mba with external monitor seems doesn't help because i hate using external mouse and keyboard. and really missed the trackpad when it's plugged into hi-res external monitor.
  11. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I don't really notice a difference between my MBAir rev A and my MBP 2.5, which is a 2.4" difference in size...
  12. djrobx macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2007
    Zero regrets. I never wanted a laptop as big as my old MBP in the first place, but it was the first mactel notebook...

    The only thing that would be better is upgrading the screen size to 14.1 inch and having a smaller bezel. I also don't want a display with a higher DPI - makes text too small.
  13. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    Well, all i need is a macbook air with a 1680x1020 res.
  14. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    A higher DPI would be great with resolution independent UI.

    Photos would look fantastic, yet text would still be very readable. The UI elements would be the same size, but rendered with greater detail.

    Sadly we're not quite there yet on the Software Side.
  15. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    im thinking of getting a new 17inch MBP since i don't often bring my laptop outside anymore. im drooling with the old gen of 17inch mbp's 1680 res, and i just checked the apple website, it states that the new 17inch will come with 1920 res!! it's even better!!
  16. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    I went from a 17" 1920*1200 beast of a windows laptop to an Air.
    It's a huge change, and one I was reluctant to make.
    But I was sold on it by Spaces and Expose; OS X's window management makes it so, SO worth it!
  17. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    ^ I can't say I noticed a whole lot moving from a 15" to a 13" notebook. The finger gestures make like very easy.

    Interestingly enough, I don't use spaces on my Air. I use it on my MacPro with a 30" ACD because I have at minimum 7 windows open through Citrix for work, then I have iTunes, Mail, and Safari open during the day for "home". I use spaces on the MacPro as a means to keep me focused on work. To add insult to injury, I have a 20" ACD connected to a windows laptop running VPN with two IE windows open (to connect to intranet only apps), a window for my fax program, and multiple for local drives. I am sick in the head ... I know.

  18. PeterSmith macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Cambridge, UK
    I went from a 17" beast to an MBA.

    I originally liked the idea of the 17" in order to use LaTeX with editing window and full PDF output window open side-by-side. But having to swtich overlapping windows at a keystroke is a tiny price to pay for the stunning portability. Zero regrets on the matter of losing some screen real estate.

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