Downgrade from 17" MPB to iPad and 13" MPB.. Worth it??

Discussion in 'iPad' started by hartattack, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. hartattack macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2008
    I currently own a 2.93 17" MPB unibody and well it was a gift from an ex. When it first came out.. Well over time I just have no use for it, besides my music an DJing.. I've lately been obsessing and considering selling it to get money to buy an iPad and a standard 13" mbp... Am I stupid to do this? What are your thoughts? Would it be worth it or just plain stupid... I'd keep my 17" but I don't have money to just but an ipad. That's why I'd sell my 17"..... Comments.. Thouhts??
  2. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    It would drive me crazy to downgrade to a slower computer to the one that I'm used to. But if you don't feel the same way I don't think that it is necessarily a bad idea.
  3. FlashHead macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2010
    If you say you have no use for it, it sounds like you've answered your own questions.
  4. hartattack thread starter macrumors newbie


    Oct 1, 2008
    But do you think it would be that much of a speed downgrade if I installed 8gb ram onto a new 2.4 13" MacBook Pro With the GeForce 320M over a older 2.93 17"? Screen size doesn't matter to me anymore... But from reviews I've heard the recent upgrades to the new MBP are faster (not the i5 or i7)
  5. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    I'd say get the base 13" MBP, put 8GB of RAM in, and install an SSD; then there will be no comparison in terms of speed.
  6. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    What are you doing with the computer? If you're just doing basic web browsing and running your Dj, software, the 13 should be fine.
  7. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I think the perfect combination is a Mac mini or iMac with an iPad - I think a laptop is on the way out for most people
  8. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    I went from MacBook to an iMac and iPad... I love it
  9. war eagle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I went from 15 inch MBook Pro unibody to 13 inch Macbook and 32 GB iPad... And im happy!
  10. kbfr08 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    Went from a 17" laptop to a 13" Macbook back in 2007. The resolution, and screen size really ruined it from me. I eventually switched back to my 17" laptop, I couldn't deal with such a small screen.
  11. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Having owned all 3 and now on a 13" 2.4ghz, 4GB, nvidia 320m mbp (got it for $999 at microcenter, what a deal!!), I'd say go for it. The iPad is great to carry around almost everywhere while you can keep your 13" mbp docked to an external monitor on a desk to do the file serving. You can even use a mac mini to serve videos to the iPad if you want and save u even more money.
  12. TheQuestion macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2007
    Location is relative, no?
    if you are fearing loss of gi-normous screen size, maybe there is a middle ground. How about a re-furb or slightly used 15 MBP and ipad?
  13. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I asked a question like this a while ago - 15 inch or 13 inch and ipad.

    Well after some thought and discussion with the forum members here.. I just bought an ipad as a companion to my 15" uMBP. I really wanted a smaller foot print, and to save money but in the end...I would dearly miss the larger screen. The iPad has been a great companion so far though.
  14. AeroUK macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2008
    New York
    I disagree. I have iPhone. iPad and 13 inch pro. Thought about returning iPad cos i don't really need it but i love it. So decided to get a bigger laptop now. Maybe a 15. The 13 is too similar to the iPad.

    Just my two pennies worth

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