Coming from 15/ 17" to 13" (MBP) screen, how do you like the smaller screen size?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Coming from 15/ 17" to 13" (MBP) screen .... how do you like the smaller screen size?
  2. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    its plenty big for me and my use, especially since I use an external monitor setup at my desk. When its on the move its nice to have it smaller sometimes.
  3. PhixionFilms macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2008
    Deployed atm
  4. uv23 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2003
    Calgary, AB
    Went from 15 to 13 and don't have any issues. Even on large external displays, my windows would overlap and I'd use expose to navigate. Same deal on the 13" screen.
  5. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    when ever i hold the 13" i feel like i could use the it as a skipping rock at a pond.
  6. bhadoc macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2009
    If you think it is too small buy a damn external monitor for 200 bux. IMO the portability and smaller price tag outweighs 2 inches on the screen
  7. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    I think they should start offer a 1440x900 option.
  8. Ferris23 macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2007
    I sold my 15" older MBP and bought a 13.3, I couldn't adjust to the smaller size and returned it for a 15".

    It's a good size for some, not for me.
  9. Humey macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    I had a 13" MB which I used for 1.5 years and it was good for normal use, but I hated it when I had to do any freelance work on it. It has now been passed over to my Dad while my new 15" comes for 25th/26th June!! Woohoo!! 15" all the way for me from now on.
  10. harshw macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2009
    I had a 15" MBP from 2006 to 2008. Then in start of 2009 switched to 13" uMB. Okay I miss the space *but* it totally depends on what you do. I tend to use the laptop a lot while travelling. It is smaller and lighter and gets the work done. Especially when equipped with an SSD it is faster and more rugged

    If you tend to use it at home for design work etc - then you can either get a 15" or just use an external monitor. The DisplayPort-DVI dongle works fine with my Dell 2007WFP. And I have Logitech S530 wireless keyboard and mouse which makes everything extremely convenient.

    In short the 13" uMBP/uMB is the best in its class beaten only by the MBA, which sacrifices too much IMHO
  11. fungke macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    i agree 100%!!!
    they could do it too!
  12. rust.puppet macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2008
    Ashtabula, OH
    i went from a huge clunky 17" pc and really i perfer the smaller screen for everything on the go. i have a 22" monitor for my desk/at-home setup so for college and slight traveling 13 is fine.
  13. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2009
    I went from a 17 inch Dell to the 13 inch Macbook Pro. I love the smaller screen for the portability. It's still plenty large, and I will just get an external monitor if the size ever bothers me. Expose is my friend.
  14. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    15 to 13 to 17

    Had a 15" Macbook Pro (1st generation) for 3 yrs. Bought a unibody Macbook 13" in March 2009. I now have a 17" MBP. 13" screen is very hard to do any real photographic or programming work on.

    Now I have to figure out what to do with this 13" uMB. :)
  15. AboveTheChaos macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008

    It really depends on what you do most with it. I have all 3 and honestly, the 13 is my favorite. The 17 is just too big for portability after having carried around the others. The 15 is great, but just not as portable. I find the 13 to be perfect. Also, I find that if I really need another app open, I've been using Leopard's Spaces feature. At first I hated it and never used it, but for I've gotten used to it and so I can quickly move from space to space. (Obviously though, this isn't good for apps like Photoshop) but I find it good enough. Plus, if needed, I hook it to an external monitor.
  16. crzdmniac macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    I originally had a Macbook, and moved to a 15" MBP for almost two years. So once the new 13" MBP came out with the features and build quality that I was looking for I moved back. Quite honestly 100 vertical pixels isn't that much, and I rarely use all of the wide aspect. To compensate I just moved my dock to the side, issue resolved.
  17. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    True, and if you use the 13" MBP with the Dock set to the side or auto hide you'll have the same vertical space to work with as you would if you where using a 15" without auto hide on...

    So if width isn't overly important, and you can get adequate vertical height with a few adjustments it's the 'sweet spot' for a lot of buyers I'm sure!

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