Is a 15 inch too big?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jw3571, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. jw3571 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2010
    I only use my Macbook at home and it's usually on my lap. I'm considering going from a 13 to a 15 but am concerned that it's too big for my lap. What do others with the 15 think about this?
  2. SJTrance macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    Questions like this can only be answered by you and there's nothing that someone else can add here that can really mean something to your user experience. The new 15" models are quite a bit smaller in footprint than past 15" MacBook Pros and definitely other 15" laptops. I will add that if any laptop is in my actual lap, I have it on a lap desk to prevent thigh burns and to prevent issues with sperm production. I'm not sure if that's a myth but I'm not taking any chances. lol. Plus, the lap desk puts the computer a little bit higher.
  3. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    You will need to check them out in the store. You have two weeks return window, so you could get the 15" and see if it works for you and your usage.
  4. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Beach, CA
  5. fate0311 macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2015
    Beat me to it.
  6. x34 macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2014
    go with the 15 incher.
  7. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Well I went from a 15" to a 13" and am LOVING the smaller footprint and lighter weight.
  8. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    I need a quad core processor so had no choice but to order a 15". If they made a 13" with a quad core I'd have been all over it.
  9. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    The others with the 15 unanimously vote for your going from a 13 to a 15. It's a fantastic machine and not too big for your lap. We know your lap, don't worry. :p

    But seriously, if for lap use, as the first response to your query suggests, only you can tell!
  10. Macalway macrumors 68020

    Aug 7, 2013
    A few things.

    Travel: 13 inch
    extended lap use: 13
    economy: 13
    Desktop: 15
    light lap use: 15
    power: 15
    movies: 15
    graphics: 15
    games (not sure)
    audio: both
    impress chicks: neither
    impress nerds: (why?)
  11. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    Not able to comment on the new 2016 MBP,s however all my 15" MBP`s run significantly hotter than the 13" and that can at times make using one on your lap rather uncomfortable.

  12. jjlannoo Suspended

    Oct 8, 2011
    no, get the 15"
  13. GoodOne macrumors regular

    May 6, 2012
    Currently working with 13 Inch but I can't wait to get my 15 Inch 2016.

    I use mine daily in the Office and also at home so for me Screen size matters. But since the weight and footprint was reduced I think it'll be fine to use it on the lap every once in a while.

    I wouldn't want to go back to 13 Inch it's too small (for me).
  14. ikenstein macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2007
    New York, NY
    What about for occasional use on an airplane? Does anyone travel with the 15"?
  15. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    You will have a hard time using a 15" laptop on a airliner. With the seat distances and your neighbor in front reclining you will have much difficulty opening it.

    iPad is much better solution on airliner. Certainly no larger than 13"

    Observation, mid-90's when business laptops became all the rage, I saw lots of people trying to use them on a plane. See that much less these days.
  16. brewmonkey macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2016
    I use a 2015 rMBP 15 almost exclusively on my lap for hours at a time. I have no issues with the size or weight. The 2016 rMBP 15 is 1/2 pound lighter even still, so that would be even more comfortable. I am not a large person either. I can imagine a more average-sized person would be even less aware of the size/weight of the 15 on a lap.
  17. ikenstein macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2007
    New York, NY
    Really? It's only an inch wider and half inch taller than a MacBook Air
  18. Elcompa macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2016
    NC, USA
    I had used a MBP 13" for 4 years for work (no travel), went to the rMBP 15" (mid-2012) to do my dissertation (moderate travel). I felt like I needed more screen space and had to keep a dozen large documents and tabs open on a regular basis. This was the reason for the 15". Now I have finished my school work, traveling much more and thinking about going to the new 13" MBP (touch bar).

    I did in fact, find it rather difficult to use my 15" on many airplanes over the past 4 years. I am about 5'10" / 190 lbs. and travel in economy class. So, I found it a bit cramped to open up the 15" and work on the folding food tray on the back of the airplane seats. I also find the 15" a bit cumbersome carrying to around cities while in my briefcase.
  19. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    It's not the size, it's what you do with it that counts ;)
  20. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Nope. I have a MacBook Pro 17".

    It's a great size.
  21. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    That's what she said.
  22. boateng macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2012
  23. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    I frequently fly internationally; 15" is too big, unless you fly business, even then it can be a push...

  24. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    I would never suggest that 15" is too big. I love how it makes me feel inside when I see and feel that HUGE display.
  25. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    I got both to compare for a week and loved the 15 inch. 13 inch screen felt too cramped compared to the 15.

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