has 15 notebook become too big

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tim100, Apr 24, 2011.


15 inch macbook too big?

  1. 15 is too big

    47 vote(s)
  2. 15 is right size

    149 vote(s)
  3. bigger the better 17

    22 vote(s)
  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
  2. Locodice macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Depends on your usage. I can't ever imagine going down to the pitiful resolution of the 13" screen. I've got the high resolution option on my 2010 15" and would happily have a higher resolution screen (in the same size).
  4. polbit macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2002
    Same here - I would love to have 1920x1200 on my 15", can't imagine using 13" with its 1280x800. Overall size of the 15" is perfect for me, although I wouldn't mind owning the 11" Air as well (or iPad 3 with Retina display).

  5. Apple 26.2, Apr 24, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2011

    Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    Too big? You're out of your mind... not everyone has the same need.
  6. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    Like the article that the OP has linked says... it depends on what you need your laptop for (and probably your budget as well!).
  7. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Nope, great size 15". IMO the 17" is too big (not too heavy, but I find it hard to fit it into a bag).
  8. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    I bought my MBP to be my only computer when I moved into the campus.. so 13" would have been too small for comfortable 4 year-long use, and the 17" wouldn't even fit in my bag+heavy. I went with the 15", perfect balance :cool:
  9. Dolorian macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    No way, my 15" MBP is the perfect size for my needs (I find the 13" too small for real work and the 17" too big to carry around) and the screen size fits nicely with my external 24" monitor. I had a 20" iMac before, but after having this setup, I doubt I'll switch to anything else.
  10. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    I currently have a 13-inch MacBook from 2006 – when I upgrade it'll be to a 15-inch MacBook Pro so I can opt for 1680x1050. I'm used to that on my desktop display and quite enjoy it.
  11. Al Coholic macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    Under the I-470 Freeway
    Why don't you just ask if the color Red is too red.

    Same difference. Same results.
  12. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
  13. minik macrumors 65816

    Jun 25, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    I bought my mum a 15-inch MacBook Pro (with 1680x1050 pixels display) last year. Later, I sold my 24-inch iMac and went for the 11-inch MacBook Air. My friends thought I was crazy downgrading from a 1920x1200 pixels display to a 1366x768 pixels display. 4 months later, I am really get used to the 11-inch MBA form factor.

    While traveling to Hong Kong, I bought my MBA and iPad 2 with me. Coming back to the States, I left the MBA in Hong Kong since my mum needed it.

    Now, I have been using her 15-inch MBP for a couple days. At first, I couldn't take it, it's too heavy, big, and too hot to touch. I picked up my iPad 2 and iPhone 4 instead.

    I actually use the 11-inch MBA on my lap in the sofa, this 15-inch is meant to be on a desk.

    Interestingly, I stopped by the Apple Store yesterday and overheard that the 13-inch MBP is among the most popular model they have sold.

    Is the 15-inch becoming too big. Yes and no. A 15-inch MacBook Air would be sweet.
  14. Manacit macrumors member


    Feb 19, 2011
    New York, NY
    Not at all. Maybe it's because I'm a tall person (6' 3"), but I have no problems at all carrying my 15", using it on my lap, in bed, or anywhere. IMO, the 15 is the perfect blend of size and performance. The 13" is nowhere as near as powerful as the 15", and the 17" hold nothing (other then resolution) over the 15".

    With a 1680x1050 display and a 2.2/2.3 GHz quad core, it makes the perfect workstation on the go. I can comfortably carry it in a laptop bag or backpack, bring it out where I need it, and it can do everything the desktop it replaced did.It's actually more powerful then the E6600/8800 GTS 640MB/4GB RAM machine it replaced.

    I guess if you can't handle carrying 6lbs on your back it would be a problem, but for me it's really not. I use it in bed almost every night.
  15. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    And I'm 5' 6" and take my 15" to class everyday. It's slightly less portable if the table is cramped, etc., but it's no real problem. What helped make the decision was my old white MacBook I was used to carrying was 5 lbs. The 13" MBP was 4.5, and the 15" MBP was 5.5. Compared to the 13" MBP it might be noticeable, but compared to my old MacBook, the difference in weight barely registered.
  16. Manacit macrumors member


    Feb 19, 2011
    New York, NY

    Right so that's settled. People that complain the 15" is too big/too heavy are whiners.
  17. EVO9Nate macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010
    To me the 15" is the perfect trade off between the 13" and the 17". I get all of the "Power" of the 17" with a near portability of 13". We do have a 13" 2006 Black MACBOOK and it is nice but again the extra power of the 15" puts it over the edge for my personal needs.

    I could not make the leap up to the 17", because it is just far too BIG without enough gain in benefits for the size. I could not down to the 13" because it is too SMALL and loses to many features… Each has their PROs & CONs and their user bases…

    For me it is the 15" for the WIN :cool::apple:

  18. Coasterfanryan macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2010
    Pittsburgh Pa
    For me, Yes. My 15 inch laptop with a resolution of 1280x800 just feels clunky and outdated. It's almost 3 Years old. I can't wait to get my 13 inch MBP. I don't mind the resolution, as it will look better on a smaller display. Plus it will be easier and more durable for travel. I'm tired of creaking plastic >.<

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  19. BlingBling macrumors member


    Jul 8, 2004
    Have had 2 15" Macbook/Powerbooks, 13" is better

    Over the years I've realized the 15 is too big for me and it's because I already have a powerful desktop with a 24" display so despite being powerful the 15" was to cumbersome that I didn't use it much. That changed after I got my 13".

    If I'm at my desk I use my desktop. But for sitting on the couch, in bed, in a coffee shop, on a train or in class the 13 is far more practical and easier to carry around. If it weren't for the lack of hd space and the hd webcam I'd probably have gotten an Air. I am using my 13" more often than I used to use my 15", so at least for my needs the 13" is the new standard.
  20. tim100 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    to me it seems that the laptop size is trending down. it used to be the bigger the better.
  21. sbbluewater macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011
    I find the 15" to be the perfect size for me. I looked at the 13" and the 17" before getting the 15". I found the 13" to be a little to small for my needs and the 17" to be a little too large. The 15 or 16" size from other manufacturers was too heavy but the weight of the 15" MBP is just right for me as well.
  22. entropi macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    I love my mbp17", but my wife's mba11" is nice too... (the stuff inbetween seems unnecessary to me...)
  23. zwodubber macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2011
    Depends on your needs...

    I replaced a 2007 15" with a 2011 13" for work for portability. I use external displays at work and home so it was no big deal to go down in size.
  24. MaxxTraxx macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2008
    It isn't too big because their isn't a perfect screen size.
  25. shelhed217 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2010
    I love my MBP 15 inch, but i second whomever suggested a 15 inch MBA, i could probably love that too :)

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