Best device for on the go, working at home, couch surfing, den, cafe ...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, Aug 2, 2010.


Best device for on the go, working at home, couch surfing, den, cafe

  1. 17" MBP

    12 vote(s)
  2. 15" MBP

    41 vote(s)
  3. 13" MBP

    58 vote(s)
  4. MBA

    8 vote(s)
  5. MacBook

    7 vote(s)
  6. iPad

    29 vote(s)
  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Based on your needs, whether it's serious work, entertainment, light email etc

    Which of the following would you choose? If you could choose one which would you choose, or if you chose two what would it be?

    17" MBP
    15" MBP
    13" MBP
    MacBook Air
  2. aohus macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2010
    this will obviously be a biased poll. obviously more people will choose their MBP as its in the notebook forum section... /facepalm
  3. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
  4. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2007
    Where is the option for "Getting a new mac then feeling OCD"
  5. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    great poll

    if i could have 2 it would be a 17 mbp and ipad or maybe 13.

    if i could only have 1 it would be a 15 mbp.
  6. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    I bought a 13" MBP, the Air was too thin and underpowered, the 15" and higher were too big/heavy and the MacBook felt a little too much like a toy.

    The 13" MBP felt perfect, looked great and handles my work perfectly, also loving that I could fit a 12.5mm HDD in it, upped it to a 1TB a few weeks back and put 8GB in it last week!
  7. KirkL macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    I would go with the Macbook Air (unless "serious work" is processor intensive stuff like Film editing etc) but the MBA is just itching for an upgrade.
  8. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    Southern Ontario
    def the 13" mbp it has that super sleek aluminum case its the winner =D
  9. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I have to go with Macbook if I'm just going to use this for those uses listed above, and I already have another computer.
    It's nice to use a computer to just beat around, take as your road warrior. Dump in your backpack, or car seat.
  10. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Glad to see the 13" MBP doing so well in the Poll. Add a 24" monitor and it is a killer set up.

    As would a 17" MBP, iMac or Mac Pro go well with a 13" MBP!
  11. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    I might meant to vote 13" MBP, but voted macbook.
  12. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
  13. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    All day every day.
  14. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    If I had no computers and was starting from scratch, I'd go with a 15" AG MBP and an iPad 3G to carry around sync'd with the MBP...
  15. SPX macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I travel extensively for work. Having said that, the MBP 13" is a great travel computer as it's portable and fairly lightweight. I also have an iPad, and while it too is great to travel for the same reasons as previously mentioned, it isn't great to use for heavy browsing, or lots of typing (email replies, for example).

    In my opinion, the iPad is great if I know that I won't have much time to use the computer, but want to keep up on news and email. If I will have some more time to use the computer, or need to do more than just read email and browse the web, then I'll bring the MBP.

    Truly, as has been said a million times, the iPad is great if you don't plan to create, but instead plan to consume. However, if you're going to create, even if it's just emails, I think my MBP is the way to go.
  16. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    I have a 17" MBP and a MB, and I'm very satisfied. If I were to have only one notebook, I'd go with a smaller MBP or MB plus an external monitor.
  17. LisaMaree macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2010
    anyway... strictly speaking for on-the-go, I'd go 13" mbp -- power and portability

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  18. 3lionsbecks Suspended


    Jul 19, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    And all night, every night.

    15" 4 life!
  19. 3lionsbecks Suspended


    Jul 19, 2010
    Ontario, Canada

    Agreed. I have both the MBP and iPad and really couldn't do with just the iPad. For surfing the internet,watching videos, reading books and listening to music the ipad is great.

    But posting on forums, using powerPoint, Word Processing, writing emails,on-line banking etc etc... I highly recommend a MB or MBP
  20. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    i am surprised that the 15 inch is leading. is it the size or the fact its the smallest mbp with i5/i7?

    re the 13 if i could have 2 devices it would not be an ipad and a 13 they have too much in common including screen size thats were the 15 would come in, combined with an ipad for me. if i was starting over.

    as always not much love for the 17 mbp, i have i7 ag 17. before that had a c2d glossy. i am starting to think notebooks are meant to be smaller. the 17 is is a desktop replacement (and i already have a desktop) I have been thinking about adding a smaller mbp to the mix but cant decide on 15 or 13.

    would not buy a mba it needs updated or eol

    would not buy mb for a couple more bucks get an mbp.

    ipad would never replace my mbp only add to it
  21. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    iPad, It's Half the weight of the MacBook Air, and 4 and a Half times lighter than the biggest MacBook Pro, It does the Stuff you want to do on a Cafe, Couch or whatever, and If you need some stuff from your desktop you can use a VNC App :)
  22. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    The 15" MBP seems to do well in just about every Poll I've seen it in, lol.

    For my uses the iPad is not adequate in most cases, as a second device it's okay.

    A 15" and an iPad? Good idea, I can see that working. Although the 15" would be heavier to than I'd like for on the go work. If the iPad could do better with regards to creating content then I could make it work. As it is now I'd be lugging the 15" everywhere wishing it was a 13" MBP or MBA.

    17" and 13" sounds good too. The 17" would serve well as a desktop and is still easy to move about the house/office and the 13" good for travel.

    For my needs at least it's good to build around the 13" MBP, that's the one MacBook I wouldn't want to be without. Sure I'd rather not plug/unplug from the ACD so often and it would be nice to have two. A notebook that can act as a desktop replacement, (I'm not into desktops anymore) and a smaller full powered notebook would suit me just fine :) Decisions, decisions.

    No, the iPad does not do the stuff/work I want to do on the couch, cafe or whatever. Too slow to type on, small screen, no flash, no keyboard ETC.
  23. revelated macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    Having used all of these devices I can say this.

    The iPad by itself is IMO crippled. It gets heavy on the arm after a fashion, it's extremely limited in what it can do, and from my experience the wireless was rather slow. That said, it's the perfect bathroom companion, great for spur-of-the-moment lookups or media, or simple browsing. I just can't justify it for those limited applications. I know some game with it - I just can't bring myself to do it.

    Any of the MacBook Pros can handle the majority of grunt work. The poly MacBook...good for a cafe or whatnot and decently powered I suppose, but hard to cost justify over the 13" MBP. The Air, I just have a thing against.

    So...for me, 17" MacBook Pro for getting stuff done. iPad for playing around and casual access to things.
  24. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009

    its hard to use the ipad when you cant multitask. i cant surf the web and listen to pandora at the same time. for a few more bucks you could get a 13 mb/mbp.
  25. revelated macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    I don't have that problem. My Palm Pre does Pandora extremely well, and if I find a song I want, I can buy it directly from Amazon MP3 on there. I prefer that anyway.

    What was annoying about the iPad when I did own it was the fact that a lot of the time, it just collected dust because, outside from the occasional bathroom visit or late-night web lookup, it didn't get used.

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