Is 15'' small for serious development?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sioannou, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. sioannou macrumors member

    sioannou

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    Just wondering what you guys think. Since I've beginning use my 15'' as my primary development machine I feel I am missing some small but important features a bigger screen could offer.

    I've tried many times to write a code on the 15" screen but I don't feel very comfortable with it. Mainly, because most of the times i need Xcode to be side by side with my browser which is impossible in 15" screen. Of course when I am at home I use my samsung synchmaster 2232bw 22" but again I am kinda of missing the two monitors where I have the browser open in one screen and on the other visual studio for example.

    Of course there is a solution to this and this is called thunderbolt displays, but for the moment there are out of my budget :p

    When I am in the road I could use the laptop's screen for checking the code etc. I've been playing around with this issue recently and I've came across with a temporary solution. I've enabled the "minimize windows into application icon" which helped me a lot because I was always searching for the correct firefox window in my dock. I know the apple + tab key combination and spaces which actually I am using a lot, but are there any applications which you think that could make my life easier when switching from application to application?

    2. Do you also find the 15" a small screen for using with Xcode or is me that I am used to like big screens?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Then it's too small for you.

    Non-Thunderbolt displays show exactly the same code, you know.
     
  3. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    I don't see a need for anything bigger than a 13" screen, others want a bigger screen. The screen is usually 18 to 24 inches from my face.

    Others don't like a small screen, so to each their own.

    Sounds like you need a 17" or bigger.
     
  4. sioannou thread starter macrumors member

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    What I mean is that with Thunderbolt displays I could have two screens connected to my mbp . (displaying different things NOT mirroring)
     
  5. bill-p macrumors 65816

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    I think you are inching closer to a MBP 17"...

    For my development work, I find that a higher resolution is a must, but an external monitor is not always a must.
     
  6. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    Get a 17inch than. sounds better if you don't like 15inch although it will be more expensive.
     
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    Do you have the standard or the hi-res 15''? The hi-res has exactly the same resolution as your external monitor.

    The 17'' has about 25% more pixels than the 15'' hi-res. This is quite notable, and could make a difference for you.

    I'm fine with the 15'' hi-res.

    Connecting two external displays is a different issue and has nothing to do with the 15'' vs. 17''.
     
  8. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Subjective question. Depends on the "serious" developer that you ask. Polling others won't help you determine your preference.
     
  9. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    Use a smaller font size and sit closer to your computer.
     
  10. yamaki macrumors newbie

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    I'm an iOS developer (with 20/40 vision, near-sighted) with >100,000 users and I've done everything on MBP and MBA 13". I just use Spaces with Chrome in full screen mode for browsing and then Xcode in my main space. Works great.
     
  11. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    You could just the 13" if you want to travel with it and cut down on the weight and connect it to a 27" TB display. Sure, the display will cost you another $1000 but this is an alternative. 17" on a laptop isn't my cup of tea so I wouldn't suggest that (notice the first person reference there). If you don't need portability, iMac is ideal for your usage. On the other hand, you could always buy a $400 TV and connect the HDMI to your Mac. I have a 32" and I plan on doing just that after New Years. If only I could somehow do it wirelessly...
     
  12. mbp17xxx macrumors regular

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    if its your primary workstation go with 17", for carry and use in desk/bed.

    but if you plan to use the mbp anywhere you go, the 17" might be a bit big to use in your lap or public places, a 15" hi-res would be more mobile.

    for me the min I can use for dev is a 15" 1680x1050, If you don't mind carrying the 17" around, go for the bigger one.
     
  13. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    there is a mini-dp -> DVI adapter in the apple store that lets you use virtually any external monitor with the macbook pro. No need to spend $1000 on apple's thunderbolt monitor.
     
  14. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    He wants to connect two external displays, not just one. A splitter should do the job, I'm not sure what the maximal resolution is that the GPU can handle.

    Amazon has cheap splitters:
    http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-8-Inch-Female-Cable-DMSDVIDVI1/dp/B0017K6BBO/ref=pd_sim_e_2


    edit: After a bit more search, I'm not sure if the cheap splitters will do the job (or, rather, I'm quite sure they won't). Have a look here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1267675&highlight=splitter
     
  15. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    I am using Xcode, and Adobe CS on a 13"...15" should be fine.

    Though I am planning on purchasing an external monitor very soon here :)
     
  16. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    My 15" mid 2010 hi-res anti-glare works for development work. I wouldn't want to use a low-res model.

    Yet that said, I greatly prefer my new 17" hi-res anti-glare MBP for the same work since I have more room for two or more windows to be open concurrently. I've been using 17" MBP's for several years now and find them ideal for my usage. At a mere one pound more than a 15", with a footprint only marginally larger the size & light weight make it easily portable for me. Best of all is it's gorgeous & very spacious display.

    Your preferences may differ.
     

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