MBP 15 or 17 . . .having a hard time deciding

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by acrafton, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. acrafton macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    So, long story but a co-worker needs my Black Macbook so I can get it replaced and spend a little more. . .I was thinking of going right for the 17 inch but now I am not so sure. . .can you guys provide a little input. Here is how I will use it. . .:
    1. On my desk. I currently have a large 20" LCD that I connect my Macbook to and could continue to use it.
    2. Travel. I travel for work via plane every other week or so.
    3. Used for Windows 60% of the time via parallels and an assortment of Windows apps.
    4. On the Mac side I use ILife, Aperture, and Photoshop Elements.

    Is the 17" too big given my travel schedule? How will it hold up with the regular travel and movement?

  2. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    If you had posted this in the right forum, you'd have had 20 replies by now. Instead you get nagged by yours truly :D

    Go with 15", since you you will be using it much of a time with your 20" monitor.
  3. zblaxberg Guest


    Jan 22, 2007
    this has been posted like 5 times in the past week or two...just search the forum and you will find very similar topics
  4. dkoralek macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2006
    I'd second both comments. You get a lighter machine that will fit in more laptop cases/bags. If you weren't going to have an external monitor most of the time, that would weigh the choice the other way (or if you really could use the fw 800 port).

  5. djpl macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2007
    I have a 15-inch connected to a 20-inch Cinema Display at home and a 17-inch at work. Honestly, if portability is a huge factor in your life you'll probably prefer having the 15-inch. I just took my 17-inch on a flight and I can get it in my lap and all fine, but the 15 is just so much easier if you're taking your machine around a lot. Get the 17 only if you're doing a lot of graphics work or video editing and need the screen resolution, but for Office, Web/E-mail the 15 is the way to go.

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