MBP 15 i7 - vs - MBP 17 i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whirlpool, May 4, 2010.

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Which MBP?

  1. 15" i7

    57 vote(s)
    67.9%
  2. 17" i5

    27 vote(s)
    32.1%
  1. whirlpool macrumors member

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    #1
    Hey guys,

    If these two machines cost the same, which one would you choose? and why?

    I'm stuck on this predicament.

    Main uses for me:
    Running VMware
    Gaming (steam yay! also game on windows bootcamp)
    General web surfing/word processing

    It will predominantly be used at home (although probably once in a blue moon will be taking it with me).

    Cheers.
     
  2. mingoglia macrumors 6502

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    I really don't know why you wouldn't choose the i7 over the i5 if the price was the same. Other than a very slight potential to have slightly less battery life due to the very slightly faster processor I'd go i7 all day long. Now if you're paying more for the i7 then you of course have to decide if the slight speed increase is worth the cash.

    On edit: Whoops. I just noticed you were comparing a 15" i7 to a 17" i5. Sorry about that.

    With that being said I'd go with the 17". Personally I don't find that it feels much bigger at all.... and the screen size is just about perfect IMO for a laptop.
     
  3. whirlpool thread starter macrumors member

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    hehe yeah,

    it's a tough choice...

    Do you guys reckon the resale value of the 17" i5 will be better or the 15" i7?
     
  4. jess222 macrumors 6502

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    personally id go with the bigger screen over a slightly better processor speed for what your needs are...
     
  5. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    I was in the same spot as you. I decided on the 17" i5. The screen real estate and the express card slot made me make the right choice. The i7 only shaves off a couple seconds over the i5. I love my 17". You wont notice the i7 speed increase unless you do some hardcore programs. Get the 17".......
     
  6. tim100 macrumors 65816

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  7. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

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    That pretty much answered the question for me. It seems that for what you're doing, the screen real estate and card slot is worth the "sacrifice"
     
  8. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    The i7 wins only because most people just want the fastest and best out. Regardless if they need it or not. Mostly for bragging rights.
     
  9. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    maybe true. how about 15 vs 17 some think 17 is too big
     
  10. Rithem macrumors 6502

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    This the only thing that's bothering me. My college's desks don't necessarily have too much real estate.... seeing that my 3 year old macbook barely fits on them.

    As for the topic, my needs are pretty much the same as the TC's (besides using photoshop for photography) so I'll be looking at the feedback on this subject.
     
  11. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

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    I travel a lot and carry two laptops. A Lenovo T500 and whatever else I have. I've been carrying a Lenovo X200 tablet. Works fine. Prior to that, I was carrying a Macbook Pro 17". It was not so bad, actually. The only issue I had was on the plane. It was like opening up a billboard. Unwieldy in a tiny seat.

    So, I've opted to get the 15" i5 mid level model. This will be my primary machine (eBaying my Lenovo tablet) and I'll obviously keep my T500 (work issued machine).

    In short, if you travel a lot (on planes specifically) I'd avoid the 17". It's too big to be comfortable. The 15" may be too big too, but I am a resolution junkie.
     
  12. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    Everyone acts like the 17" is some huge, heavy monster. The 17" is only 1 pound heavier. I carry it everywhere.
     
  13. SamTheeGeek macrumors 6502

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    Go for the bigger screen 17" all the way dude ;) but if your looking for portability i say go for the 15"


    OOPS i thought both are i7 , i say 15" with i7 ;) hehe
     
  14. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

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    I'm not suggesting it's a huge, heavy monster. The 15" MBP by comparison to my Lenovo X200 tablet is huge. My point is if you fly a lot, you will be uncomfortable. My guess is you don't travel much (I do every single week).

    My application may be extreme, but it's my opinion and I posted in an attempt to help the OP.

    Around the house, I TOTALLY miss the HD resolution of the 17". Outside of that, I'm good with the 15". If it sat on my desk mostly, and I didn't carry two laptops, there would be no question - 17" all the way.
     
  15. underblu macrumors regular

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    I love my MBP 17". And with the AG display the difference in weight between it and the glossy 15" it's LESS than a pound.

    Also the width of the silver AG bezel is narrower on the 17" MBP than the 15" which imo makes the 17" look sleeker
     
  16. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    well if you dont travel alot the 17 inch provides additional space for working and a clear display. now the questions is if you are in the market for a mbp and have an imac why get a 17, desktop replacement when you can get a traditional size 13-15.
     
  17. henry72 macrumors 65816

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  18. djhasty macrumors newbie

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    I've just received the 15" i7 High Res - the resolution makes it feel like a bigger laptop, yet you still get some portability. I'd definitely recommend it
     
  19. wisty macrumors regular

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    Buy an external monitor. 17" is still, like Windows ME era, for stay-at-home computers.
     
  20. max211 macrumors newbie

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    u know what.. u makes me thinking more n more now.. hahaha. I was about to get the 15" antiglare, but only now that i realized that i can get the i5 17" antiglare, at about the same price.. the difference being only the processor and the screen size. hmmm :confused:
     
  21. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    What?

    Who?

    are you saying 17 are falling out of favor?
     
  22. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

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    17 inch really isn't that big compared to the 15 imo, and has the benefit of the express card port.


    Personally though, high resolution i7 15 inch is what I went for. Just like the idea of more power in a smaller package.
     
  23. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    15" more portable, has a smaller footprint which makes it more convenient and practical for me.
     
  24. swish2351 macrumors 6502

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    17 is just too big to carry around with you. I still prefer the 13" but if you need the iX then go with the 15"
     
  25. apolloa macrumors G3

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    15" easily, apart from because I think the i7 is worth the extra, I have always had the 15" model and find it the BEST size. Perfect portability and screen size. That's personal preference of course though.
     

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