MBP 17" or MBP 15": Need help deciding

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by smcgil9899, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. smcgil9899 macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
    I'm in a certain predicament, I purchased a new 17 MacBook Pro 2.8ghz this past weekend for $2499 plus tax at Best Buy. Today, I came across a 15 Unibody Macbook Pro 2.4ghz for only $1049 at Best Buy. It was open box, but only $1049. I'm debating whether to return the 17" and keep the 15". But I really like the screen on the 17". But I would be saving nearly $1500 getting the 15". What would you all do? Pros and cons would be nice. Thanks.
  2. assisterah macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    Keep your 17".
    17" has more resolution, a better screen with tight hinge, and it does not weigh too much than a 15".
  3. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    the 17" resolution alone is worth the price alone. it's an amazing screen. i know 15" can be hooked into an external screen with high resolution, but it's quite a pain as you need to hook and plug every time.

    i'd say stick with the 17".
  4. djarsalan2006 macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2009
    New York City
    it depends to what you plan to do with it ?
  5. mike1123 macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2007
    Given that the 2.4 15" is a last-generation MBP...

    17" Pros:
    +Bigger, better screen
    +Faster processor with higher L2 cache
    +8 hour built-in battery (may be a con for some)
    +Additional USB port

    17" Cons:
    -Less portable than the 15"

    15" Pros:
    +More portable
    +Much cheaper in your case
    +Expresscard slot still present, unlike the present 15"
    +Did I mention cheaper? :p

    15" Cons:
    -Inferior battery technology
    -Slower processor with half the L2 cache
    -Huge resolution decrease from 17"
    -One less USB port

    If you don't need the money you spent and you like the 17", keep it. On the other hand, if you want something more portable and aren't needing all the power of the 17" while wanting $$$ back in your pocket, the 15" is a good choice as well.
  6. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Don't allow the price to cloud your judgement. If you want the 17" screen then you won't be happy if you buy the 15" just because it was a lot cheaper.

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