Display size if on your Mac 6 hours a day or more?

Display size if on your Mac 6 hours a day or more?

  • 13" screen is good for long hours of daily use.

    Votes: 37 20.4%
  • Probably be better off with a 15 or 17" even though it's heavier...

    Votes: 101 55.8%
  • Definitely should hook up to an external display.

    Votes: 43 23.8%

  • Total voters
    181

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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It really depends on your eyes. I spend 12-16 hours a day on my 15", but I can't imagine doing that with a 13". Too many decades looking at computer screens.
 

aeboi

macrumors 65816
Sep 20, 2009
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I spend a lot more than 6 hours on my 13", fine for me but it all depends on the person
Spend 6 hours at the apple store :)

Couldn't imagine if it were high res
 

mrdm

macrumors regular
Jul 21, 2010
158
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I turned 13" in for a 15"

and haven't looked back. The extra real estate really makes a difference for me. I have the iPad for portability.
 

entatlrg

macrumors 68040
Original poster
Mar 2, 2009
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and haven't looked back. The extra real estate really makes a difference for me. I have the iPad for portability.
I don't like my iPad for portability over my laptop because I find it too limiting and frustrating when I'm out. For example I may be at a coffee shop and want to view a website that requires flash, or create, edit a document, type fast etc my iPad just frustrates the hell out of me and I kick myself for not bringing my notebook....

Do you bring your 15" with you at all or is your iPad your full time portable device now?
 

tim100

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May 25, 2009
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for 6 hrs only a 17. hooking up a display and keyboard defeats the purpose of a portable notebook (it is a good option for college kids or people who can't afford/or dont want 2 machines). I would never turn a notebook into a desktop apple makes nice desktops, mac pro, mac mini, and imac.

to answer your question for 6 hrs i would only use a 17. 13 is prefect for checking email and websurfing. 15 is a compromise not big enough for a desktop replacement not as portable as the 13.
 

cathyy

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Apr 12, 2008
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I think it's fine. After all it's the resolution that's going to matter more than the screen size. Eg. Words are smaller on a 1680x1050 15" MBP compared to a 1280x800 13" MBP.

Depends on your age though. If you were my parents age (50+) I'd definitely recommend you to get an external monitor.
 

demonsavatar

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Jun 26, 2010
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This was hard to answer for me. The size of the screen and how LONG I look at it for had no correlation. The question is the size of the screen and WHAT I USE IT FOR. I do programming so I literally use as much screen real estate as is available to me. If I am just using my laptop (15" Hi res) I have 2 files open side by side. If I am at my desk with my desktop monitor and and another extra monitor (3 monitors total including the macbook), I use all three.
 

bigjobby

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Apr 7, 2010
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I find that correct display brightness is more important than size. If it isn't set right (too dim or too bright), eye fatigue sets in more easily.
 

tim100

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May 25, 2009
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Why

That's a bit big, I've used one before and like the 15" + external display setup better.
Why turn a MacBook pro into a desktop? iMac,Mac mini, Mac pros are desktops. I love all macs and can enjoy more than one. See my post 8
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Why turn a MacBook pro into a desktop?
Because many of use enjoy the adaptability of being able to use a larger external display, keyboard & mouse when at the desk, but still need the portability of a notebook when we travel. It's not necessary to have a separate desktop and notebook, when the MBP can do both.
 

iBookG4user

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Jun 27, 2006
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Why turn a MacBook pro into a desktop? iMac,Mac mini, Mac pros are desktops. I love all macs and can enjoy more than one. See my post 8
Err, I was talking about using the MacBook Pro as a laptop when I need it to be portable. And then I would use it with an external display when I don't need portability.
 

tim100

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May 25, 2009
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Because many of use enjoy the adaptability of being able to use a larger external display, keyboard & mouse when at the desk, but still need the portability of a notebook when we travel. It's not necessary to have a separate desktop and notebook, when the MBP can do both.
Why ever be at a desk? I spend enough time at a desk at work, no thanks any other time. Notebook can be used any where inside or outside. That's why a 17 is great at home and an air or 13 for the road.

I wonder when desktops will not be made. I can see them in big companies for employees chained to their desk. It's a mobile world iPhones, ipads etc.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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Why ever be at a desk? I spend enough time at a desk at work, no thanks any other time. Notebook can be used any where inside or outside. That's why a 17 is great at home and an air or 13 for the road.

I wonder when desktops will not be made. I can see them in big companies for employees chained to their desk. It's a mobile world iPhones, ipads etc.
For one thing, many don't have a choice and have to work at a desk, as dictated by their job. For many of us who are self-employed, working at a desk is more comfortable than working outside or with a notebook on a lap. My 15" is very comfortable, whether at a desk or other surface, at home or on the road. I have no need to have two computers and have to transfer/sync work between them. Also, not everyone wants or likes iPads or iPhones.

What works for you may not work for others, and vice versa.
 

magamo

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Apr 6, 2009
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Whatever you do on your computer during the 6+ hours, probably it'd be better to have larger real estate than 13", I think.
 

kasakka

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Oct 25, 2008
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How much smaller would the fonts be on the hi-res 15" compared to the 13" MBP?
Smaller, but I was surprised that they weren't the "damn this is small" kind you get with the 17". I thought the 15" highres was actually the perfect resolution for the display size.

I have a 13" MBP and while the resolution is sufficient, the laptop could easily have a slightly bigger display with a smaller bezel and higher resolution.

Still, for extended use I prefer an external monitor and a mouse over the laptop display and trackpad.
 

panzer06

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Sep 23, 2006
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Why turn a MacBook pro into a desktop? iMac,Mac mini, Mac pros are desktops. I love all macs and can enjoy more than one. See my post 8
Because I travel to other offices and homes and can't buy iMacs for every office. Having an external monitor ready on the desk when I arrive is important. I carry the tiny Apple bt keyboard and HP bt mouse. It's a great setup having dual displays when possible I really miss it when I'm in a hotel.

Cheers,