Do you find the rMBP 15 too large for daily carry?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by johngwheeler, Apr 26, 2015.


Do you find the rMBP 15 too heavy/large for daily carry?

  1. No, I am happy to carry it around for several hours a day

    55 vote(s)
  2. Maybe, it's a bit heavy but OK in a back pack.

    39 vote(s)
  3. Yes, it's too large & heavy for me to carry around every day.

    35 vote(s)
  1. johngwheeler macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2010
    I come from a land down-under...
    Just wondering whether those of you with a rMBP 15 who carry it every day, find it a bit too heavy / large for comfort?


    Do you find it too heavy for a standard laptop / shoulder bag if you carry it for more than 30 minutes?

    Is it too big / heavy to use on your lap?

    Is it too big to fit in airline trays / trains / a bar-top etc.?
  2. Roadking714 macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2014
  3. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    No, no, and yes, except I'm sure it will be usable on a bar top
  4. roncron macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2011
  5. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2014
    It was fine when I was in college, but now that I'm out in the real world I'd much rather have a desktop at home and something small like an MB to carry with me out and about.
  6. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    I tried that: iMac and MBA.
    Got tired of maintaining 2 machines.
    So I removed a few pounds of stuff from laptop bag
    And lug the 15 everywhere.

    Don't use in planes, trains, automobiles.
    Drink scotch and read a paper book or The Economist.
    Or sleep.
  7. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    Depends on your body, if you're 6 foot and more, no, if you're short like me then yell yes.
  8. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Back in 2013 when I first bought 2012 15" rMBP and it is like lighter than my old 2007 15" MBP. but now it has been almost 2 years now I feel it is heavy for me to carry around I use it with messenger bag (shoulder sore) and now I bought new padded backpack it is bit ok but still heavy. I wish I should have ordered 13" MacBook Air but it is not very powerful and lack of retina display I need for video editing (FCPX) and photo editing (Photoshop CS6). So I am thinking about used MBA like 2010 model just for going out. But in the future I might get an iMac so I don't know what should I do with two laptops?!? :apple:
  9. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    I bought an 11" for that very reason.

    Rather than getting an iMac, why not use the pro in clamshell mode and just get a display?
  10. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    I regarded my 15" rMBP as a portable desktop, which is why I got a 13" rMBP and later replaced the 15" with an actual desktop (27" iMac). The 13" is lighter, smaller, and easier to carry around.
  11. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    That was basically what happened to my 15".
  12. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    For me, the 15" rMBP is just fine for traveling and carrying in a backpack. I can use it on planes, but I usually use my iPad instead and save my laptop for in the terminals where I can plug it in.
  13. abta1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2010
    Paris, France
    I used to have a 2011 15" MBP and although it was a great machine, it just wasn't portable enough for me at the time as I was carrying to work and back a lot. For that reason I switched to an 11" MBA (the complete other end of the spectrum :D ) as I realised that all my heavy work was done on my workstation at the office.
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't but then, I switched to a surface pro and found that I now carry a tablet with the power/flexibility of a laptop. I'd often say how my 15" wasn't a problem mobility wise, but I am enjoying the ease of traveling I now enjoy :)
  15. Patrick-Photo macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2012
    I voted for maybe, mainly because it al depends on how long, how far, and how you need to carry it. Also on your posture and overall health (back issues/strong back, etc.)

    I can comfortably carry it around for a college day (20 minute bicycle ride, 5-6 hours of colleges and a return ride home).
  16. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2014
    I need the power of a desktop anyway for my projects that use fcp x, adobe apps, davinci, etc.

    and i'd get a thin client like the retina MB basically as a glorified iPad
  17. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    My 15" rMBP is so light and almost not large enough! Then again, I'm 6'7", 250# - and a few years ago I thought my 17" MBP was just about the right size!
  18. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I never heard of clamshell mode and not sure what is this for and how it work. :apple:
  19. johngwheeler thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2010
    I come from a land down-under...
    It's where you plug-in the laptop into an external display and then close it. The computer will not sleep in this mode, and continuous to display on the external display while disabling the internal one.

    This can be useful if you want to use an external keyboard as well, and wish to place the laptop somewhere where it occupies less space, such as in a "laptop stand", or under a display shelf.

    In theory you can drive a bigger (or multiple) displays in this mode, because the GPU doesn't have to drive the internal panel as well.
  20. vbedia macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2014
    I carry it every single day in my backpack. It is not as light as a feather i will give you that. But it is not something I am bothered with.
  21. jsagurton macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2014
    Hmm... I carry around a mid-2010 17" MBP all day without issue, although I do keep it in a backpack, and I largely bounce short distances from classroom to classroom, or to a corner store or something. I don't usually (almost never) go on trains, planes, etc.

    So, for me a 15" rMBP would be a lot more portable than my current machine. Hahaha.
  22. diggy33 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2011
    Goes with me every day to work, meetings, backpack when I ride my motorcycle. I've no problems toting it around. Then again, I never had an issue with the 17" MacBook Pro's either.
  23. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I see does it get warm when the lid is closed because the display still on? And USB keyboard to plug in rMBP? What about bluetooth keyboard? Will it work when the lid is closed?

    Thank you :apple:
  24. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    The laptop display doesn't stay on in clamshell mode.

    The whole point is to be able to leave it connected via hdmi or display port, and use external (Bluetooth or wired) keyboard and mouse. I had my 15" classic this way for months at a time.

    It doesn't get anymore warmer than from usual use.
  25. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    My gf is a very petite woman and carries a 15" cMBP every day with no problems or complaints. It seems like ever since the rMB came out, people act like a 3 or 4 laptop is some terrible burden. Kinda funny IMO.

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