MacBook Pro 15" seems huge

ahostmadsen

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So, I'm thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro. I just went to check it out at the Apple Store, and it seems huge. Do people actually carry that around like a laptop, or mainly use it as desktop replacement?

Currently I have a 12" MacBook, and I used to have an iMac, which broke. So, I was thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro rather than a new iMac. Perhaps keeping my 12" MacBook alongside the 15" MacBook?
 

jerryk

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So, I'm thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro. I just went to check it out at the Apple Store, and it seems huge. Do people actually carry that around like a laptop, or mainly use it as desktop replacement?

Currently I have a 12" MacBook, and I used to have an iMac, which broke. So, I was thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro rather than a new iMac. Perhaps keeping my 12" MacBook alongside the 15" MacBook?
People car them every day. And even bigger and heavier windows laptops. They are fast and powerful and quite compact.
 

thekev

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People don't typically put them in their pockets or carry them with one hand. If you need to take one with you every day, it's common to use a small backpack. It's easier to transport laptops that way without minor damage. As for it being large, I think that's just due to your use of a 12" laptop. The statement seems ridiculous to me. The idea of paying the cost of a 15" macbook pro just to use it as a desktop also seems ridiculous to me.

Remember that in general, you're buying it for you. If it seems like a burden to you, you will probably regret the purchase.
 
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Hrududu

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Huge? The 15" notebook is pretty well standard issue and the MacBook Pro is definitely on the skinny side of the spectrum. Heck, it weighs a full pound less than the 13" white and black MacBooks did.
 

Eason85

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The new 15" MacBook Pro is almost the same size as an equivalent Windows 13" laptop
14", maybe. It's slightly less volume than an XPS 15. A little more shallow but less wide (due to ratio). It is quite light, though.

If the 15" macbook at under 4 lbs is too big for you, then stick with a tablet/ ~2lbs computer.
 

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The 2016 15" MBP is sooo compact (even compared to the 2015.) If I had the money, and use, I would've got a 15" but went with a 13".
 

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So, I'm thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro. I just went to check it out at the Apple Store, and it seems huge. Do people actually carry that around like a laptop, or mainly use it as desktop replacement?

Currently I have a 12" MacBook, and I used to have an iMac, which broke. So, I was thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro rather than a new iMac. Perhaps keeping my 12" MacBook alongside the 15" MacBook?
if this current macbook pro is huge, you should take a look at classic 15" macbook pro before retina,heavier and even bigger
 

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It's thin and light, but it takes up a ton of desk space compared to the 13". You're looking at 33% more surface area.

Carrying from home to work, no big deal, but if you're carrying it around all day, using it on the train/plane/cafe, go with a 13" or 12"
 

ahostmadsen

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It's thin and light, but it takes up a ton of desk space compared to the 13". You're looking at 33% more surface area.

Carrying from home to work, no big deal, but if you're carrying it around all day, using it on the train/plane/cafe, go with a 13" or 12"
I was planning to keep my 12" MacBook. So, I would have two laptops: the MacBook for lighter work, and the MacBook Pro for heavy work. Does that seem crazy?

Ideally, I would like to have the MacBook Pro for heavy work + iPad pro for lighter work. But the iPad is not there yet. So, the setup would be complicated: an iPad pro for super light work, MacBook for medium work, and MacBook Pro for heavy work.
 

c0ppo

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I'm a big guy, 6,1 210 but I always prefer much smaller laptops, I used to have a 12 inch powerbook and now use a 13 inch MBP.
That is big these days? I'm 6,3. Back in the days I was in high school, I was 4th smallest male person in my class (out of 16 males). My classmates still look down on me when I see them now and there :(
 

danniexi

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i carry my 15" tbMBP everyday (i use it for both work and home). no issues here. it seemed large at first coming from a 13" MBA but have now gotten used to the size and weight.

my setup of choice was either the 15" MBP or the 12" rMB/27" iMac combo to replace my MBA/27 iMac, but ultimately decided to do with away with the laptop/desktop and consolidate everything into one machine. the 15" MBP completely fits the bill. i see no reason to have both a MacBook and MacBook Pro. I'd rather wait for an updated iMac if possible. If not, go refurbished or used to save some money and get a new desktop when appropriate.
 
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So, I'm thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro. I just went to check it out at the Apple Store, and it seems huge. Do people actually carry that around like a laptop, or mainly use it as desktop replacement?

Currently I have a 12" MacBook, and I used to have an iMac, which broke. So, I was thinking of buying a 15" MacBook Pro rather than a new iMac. Perhaps keeping my 12" MacBook alongside the 15" MacBook?

And some people say that Apple shouldn't have decreased the MBP size :)

I have a 15" and I carry it to work and back every day. I have a nice Booq Boa Squeeze backpack and it fits nicely. Sometimes I carry it in a shoulder bag too.

It's not huge, but if you're used to 13" or even 12" - it does seem large. But I think the 15" is, actually a sweet spot between portability and work area. A lot of people think it's 13" - and for some people it is true, depending on what you do. However, I find the 15" much better for Photoshop and Zbrush work that I do.
 

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I had my fun with the 15" MacBook Pro's (pre-unibody, and unibody. all pre-retina) but I've been a 13" fan for some time now,

Had the 13" Air, 12" rMB, now 13" nTB

especially now that the 13" Pro's have speakers that are facing outwards, I see zero reason to be tempted into 15"

except for 13" being integrated graphics, non issue for me though. Maybe even a bonus, battery life wise.

To me, and this is just me, the surface area of the whole keyboard/case area, seems like a tremendous waste on the 15" and proportionally off, from the buffer area between keyboard and the toppled display, wrist rest area, and massive speakers (I haven't listened to them, but would speculate their size isn't justified by the sound), that trackpad seems comically large

the 13" trackpad is more than adequately Huge but luxuriously so,


 
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ahostmadsen

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And some people say that Apple shouldn't have decreased the MBP size :)

I have a 15" and I carry it to work and back every day. I have a nice Booq Boa Squeeze backpack and it fits nicely. Sometimes I carry it in a shoulder bag too.

It's not huge, but if you're used to 13" or even 12" - it does seem large. But I think the 15" is, actually a sweet spot between portability and work area. A lot of people think it's 13" - and for some people it is true, depending on what you do. However, I find the 15" much better for Photoshop and Zbrush work that I do.
I decided to order the 15" MBP. The 12" MacBook has a too small screen for my work, I think the 15" is sufficient (right now, I connect the 12" to an external screen at my desk). But I will keep the 12" MacBook (since it's owned by my work, I cannot just sell it anyway).
 
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