Did you buy the 15" over the 17" just to save $$?

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  1. lcseds macrumors 6502a

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    I see many folks here debating the Hi Res or Non Hi Res displays on the 15" MBP. For those looking for the Hi Res option, few are interested in the 17". Is this purely a cost factor? It does not appear the 17" has that much larger a chassis and would not be all that more cumbersome to carry. Yet the display would be easier on the eyes a bit over the Hi-Res 15". I am wanting a new MBP (2007 15.4" 2.4 C2D here), but I am leaning to the 17". So I was just curious why so many pass on the 17" in favor of the 15"
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    good question. i think that portability is the main reason for this.
     
  3. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    Both are great choices.

    I chose the 15" based on the fact that I travel extensively & don't always have room for the larger footprint of the 17". Weight is not an issue.

    That said I highly suggest the 17". I am buying one the moment my travel schedule is reduced.
     
  4. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    reasons why someone would pick a high res 15 over 17

    1) cost, the most important factor to most people.
    2) they are students and 17 is too big. I ran a poll re age in the past on here and there is a larger amount of college students
    3) frequent flyers/travelers

    thats it. most of the other reasons are just because people do not want to admit it is because of cost.
     
  5. caonimadebi macrumors regular

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    I think cost is an unlikely factor when you're ready to shell out $2000 for a 15" laptop.
     
  6. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    well it is. if money was no option most would have loaded up 17s.
     
  7. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    When I looked at both in the store, the 17" looked like it would work better than the 15" if used on a desk without an external display. However, seeing as I intended to use my MBP in clamshell mode with a 23" Dell monitor, the 15" made more sense. It's more portable and cheaper to boot.
     
  8. Excluse macrumors member

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    This is NOT true. I do have the money for the 17" which I am willing to pay for but I prefer the 15" simply because I am a student.
    I've walked around with a non-unibody 17" MBP for a day in my backpack and that really helped me make my decision.
    When spending $2000+ on a laptop, money isn't as important as getting exactly what you want.
     
  9. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    I never understood turning a notebook into a desktop. i have an imac for that? Please enlighten me.

    students should not get a 17. see my above post.
     
  10. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    I have used a powerbook 17" for about 4 years and never considered going smaller when I ordered my Macbook Pro last year. In fact, I bought a 24" LED display to use as my main monitor when I'm at work. Money and saving euro's was never in mind. Also, I find my laptop portable enough to carry it from work to home every day.
     
  11. ljx718 macrumors 6502

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    Because some ppl don't have an iMac or desktop and would like the option?
     
  12. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    My MacBook Pro is my primary computer. When I come home, instead of using an iMac or another computer, I can "dock" my MacBook Pro and use it comfortably with a large screen. I have a bluetooth keyboard and an RF mouse so it becomes a desktop. When I am on the go, I unhook my laptop, throw it in my bag and it's just as portable as it would otherwise be.
     
  13. ljx718 macrumors 6502

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    I use a 17in for 4 years going all over campus and it never was an issue. Infact, I loved the fact that I had enough real estate to have a browser open surfering while taking notes without havin to go back and forth
     
  14. Excluse macrumors member

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    QFT.
    Being a teenager/ soon to be college student, I only have enough money for one high-end laptop.
    I can't afford to buy a MBP for taking to classes and an iMac to keep in my dorm.
    Perks of the monitor + MBP setup
    1. I have a larger workspace when I'm in the dorm, along with the wireless keyboard and mouse
    2. I still have all my work since it is the same HD
    3. When I'm done at "home" I can just grab my work and go
     
  15. ozreth macrumors 65816

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    the 17" just feels and looks too big to me, even though its not really much bigger. 15" feels good in my hands.
     
  16. sb28 macrumors newbie

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    I'm a student - 17" is too large, 15" is maximum (13" witch Core i and HiRes would be perfect).
    In addition 17" doesn't look good in my eyes: too much silver aluminium, black keyboard looks lost in there, why didn't they add a numeric keyboard? Maybe looks even worse with numeric keyboard but looks strange witout, too...

    Of course 1920*1200-Resolution is great, but sell it with 15" please, 17" is too large. In fact 1680*1050 is enough for mobile use and at home I don't use an iMac or any other Mac/PC, one device(!), not more, not less, no syncing! Therefore simply connect your i7-MBP to an 26"-Display (like me) or bigger and there you go :D
     
  17. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yes def! the 17" is only a must for designers, or people that was a portable desktop(ish) machine.
     
  18. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    15" is the notebook sweet spot for me.
    portable and has a comfortable screen.
    the only time I would get a 17" over a 15" is if there were some upgrade only attainable in that model etc. quad-core or a better gpu
    but in macs 15" and 17" the only diffenence is the screen and a usb port :rolleyes:
     
  19. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

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    I travel weekly through airports in the West US. Carry my Lenovo T400 and my 17" MBP and a bunch of accessories (Kindle 2, files, etc). All fit perfect in my Tom Bihn Empire Builder. I use the Brain Cell for my MBP and just put my Lenovo in my bag naked.

    It's easy to carry around and there is nothing out there that beats the 17" screen. Since the screen is the most important part of a laptop, I would never downgrade to the 15".

    The 17" isn't the boat anchor most (non-owners) make it out to be. YMMV.
     
  20. vant macrumors 65816

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    I think the 17" (and all 15+) laptops are ridiculously large.
     
  21. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    17 mbp is smaller than other 17s
     
  22. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i was talking in relation to other apple products :)
     
  23. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    The only reason I would buy the 15" over the 17" is for the portability. Fortunately the 17" isn't much bigger so it made no difference to me. I went for the 17". :)
     
  24. mingoglia macrumors 6502

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    This is true. At least compared to my HP 17" my MBP 17" is smaller and much lighter. With the anti-glare screen I'd bet the 17" is lighter than the 15" with the glossy screen.... or at least pretty close in weight.
     
  25. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Nope. Could have afforded the 17 but didn't get it because it's too big. I travel too much for me to lug around the 17s while the 13s are just too small. 17s don't fit into many environmentally sealable cases, nor do they fit well in any of my bags.

    Plus, aesthetically, the proportions always seemed wrong.
     

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