MBP 15' or 17' for college student?

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  1. Emrtr4 macrumors regular

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    Okay, so I've already ruled out the MBA because while the size is great, it simply isn't powerful enough.

    So now, do I go with the 15' MBP or the 17'.

    I have heard mixed things though about how much college students actually take their computers to class. Next year I will be a starting freshman studying international relations and I cannot imagine that I will need to bring my computer with me too often. If I get the 15 I will need an external monitor, but if I get the 17 I will not; and could save room on my desk-heck, I wouldn't even need to buy an external keyboard with the 17.

    Thoughts? Am I an idiot to even consider the 17' for college?
     
  2. markrivers macrumors 6502a

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    seems you have made a decision already. the 17 MBP
    base on your short description on how you'll use it..

    what you NEED is a Macbook
    what you WANT is a MacbookPRO
    :)
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Well, dorm room space is limited. I don't know how well a seventeen foot MacBook Pro will fit in there...

    But a 17" MacBook Pro should be no problem whatsoever. Go for it!
     
  4. Emrtr4 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ahaha, my bad. Yes, I think a 17" mbp will fit just fine.
     
  5. MPHL macrumors regular

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    I am college bound as well and I just got my MBP. I went with the 17'' with the High Def screen and I couldn't be happier :). I'm fully confident that you will be more then happy with it. I think having 30% more screen real-estate for only 2'' more if definitely worth it.
     
  6. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a

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    lol, beat me to it


    Why do you say you'd need an external monitor with the 15 though?
     
  7. goinskiing macrumors 6502a

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    I just got mine for school (Engineering) and I got the 15" for a couple reasons:

    1. It was the only one I could afford :D
    2. The 15" seemed less obtrusive (not like 17" is any more)
    3. Didn't have a need for the higher resolution or 512MB VRAM
    4. 1440x900 doesn't require the resources as much as the 17" (negligible though)

    I probably would have gotten a 17" if I could have affored it more.
     
  8. bamaworks macrumors 6502

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    Without a doubt the 15" will be a lot better to carry around...
     
  9. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000

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    I went with the 15" when I got mine two years ago. I think it was a good choice. It's easier to carry around and if I need more screen real estate I hook it up to a 20" external monitor.
     
  10. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I would say 15 myself for portability reasons. 2 inches doesn't sound like much until you are carrying it around. I used to think Id never take my laptop to class when I went to a campus....boy was I wrong. I used it all the time to type notes in class (us left handers have horrid writing) and I found it easier to organize my notes too on the computer. Not to mention if the prof was talking about something I wanted more info on I always had the internet at my finger tips. Not to mention the time between classes as well I had internet to play on.

    If you want to use an external in your dorm by all means do, its a great option. Back in my living area where I work (which is smaller then a dorm) I have a 26inch monitor set up that I plug into each night and work on. In the daytime I carry my laptop to the office and work on it there. Its a great setup.
     
  11. rhyx macrumors 6502

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    Get the 15"

    It's a much better form factor for carrying around. The 17" is a desktop replacement.
     
  12. teh0ne macrumors newbie

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    Have you had a chance to really play around with a MBP or even a MB? 13.3" really is more than enough space for your everyday computing.
     
  13. moranej macrumors newbie

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    help

    I'm an engineering student and somehow survived my first 3 years using a dell inspiron (idk how) but im switching to a mac. Do I need to spend 1700 + applecare on a MBP? Can I get away with a macbook for matlab and maple, cad, etc?
     
  14. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

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    Get the 17". I love my 15" as it is just perfect for me (sure I'd like a HD 17" but it would be all want and no need) but I'm sure you wouldn't want to have to hook up an external monitor (and pay for a monitor) every time you go back to your dorm room. I just started back to school this past spring for my MBA and while most students don't bring their computers to class I definitely do as it makes for taking notes a lot easier and faster and I can browse the internet when the lecture or classroom discussion gets a little boring.
     
  15. liquidh2o macrumors 6502

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    I went with the 15" for the portability. You can get a 20" LCD for the price difference, and it wouldn't really take up all that much space on your desk.
     
  16. teh0ne macrumors newbie

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    I don't know why you'd want to use Matlab over Mathematica, but a plain vanilla MB would handle what you've stated easily.
     
  17. gusious macrumors 65816

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    well,i have the same problem with you...I can't decide whether i should get a 15 or a 17 MBP.....Tough decision.....
     
  18. Tracer macrumors 6502

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    If you plan on taking it to class, get a 15", the 17" form factor becomes unwieldy if you are constantly taking it in and out of your backpack.

    Considering the base MBP runs $2000 and the 17" Hi-Res runs $2900, the extra money could go towards a very nice 24" Monitor, you could even pick up a used 30" at that price point.

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