New MBP: 15" Hi-Res screen or 17" ??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nikos, May 25, 2010.

  1. Nikos macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2008
    New York
    Sold my 17" Macbook Pro unibody tonight to get an i7 version. I'm wondering if I should grab a 15" with hi-res option, or save a little more for another 17".

    I've been using 1920x1200 for years now, so I'm used to it, but I think I can get used to 1680x1050.

    Does anyone know if the 15" hi-res versions are on display at Apple stores? Gonna start the hunt tomorrow but figured I'd ask.

    I worked my way up to a 17" before getting it. Started with 13" but couldn't stand the res, then got a 15" (1440x900) and didn't really like it either. I feel like 1680x1050 is tolerable but I'm not sure. Anyone go from a 17" to 15"?
  2. James9000 macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2007
    I thought about a similar issue recently. Certainly in the UK, by the time you've added the HD screen to the 15" glossy standard version you get very close to the price point of the 17" model. Decision then is more form factor driven rather than price driven. In the end I would have got the 17" for the greater screen real estate.

    For me though, I couldn't quite bring myself to drop over (incl. Applecare) £2,000 on a laptop so I ordered the base 13"MBP, should be arriving today or the next day!:)
  3. SonicBoom1981 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2010
    The 15" HR screens are on display in glossy and anti glare at the Apple store I went to (Aberdeen, UK).

    Which is where I made my final decision that it's 15" matte HR for me! Love it!
  4. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    apple store has high res anti glare 15 on display.
    go with the 17. i had a c2d 17. went with a 15 i7 returned it for 17 i7. its hard to go from a 17 to a 15.
  5. shoppy macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2007
    I brought a 15" hi res and sold it within a few days as it hurt my eyes. My 17" i5 is perfect for my needs. It is quite different going down from 1900x1200 to the hi res.
  6. yourfriendjames macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2006
    i was in a very similar place as you. I have a 15" macbook pro, first gen, but i do a lot of photo editing and video work. I have put up with the 15" for 4 years (actually, i didn't have a problem with it), but i was debating whether to go with the high res or just get the 17".

    I finally decided to go with the 17" because i figured, if im going to move up in resolution, might as well get a bigger screen, since the size of the 17" was not a problem for me.

    Since you are coming from the 17", you are probably used to the size and weight, so that shouldn't be a factor for you. In that case, i suggest you spend a little bit more for a bigger screen and better resolution. I know that there are a lot of people who are both against the 15" high res (because of the "eye strain") and for it (because it doesn't bother them), and i just didn't want to deal with it if i was able to just get a 17".

    We are paying good money for these macbook pros, so might as well save just a little bit more and get a better screen.

  7. LedCop macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2008
    I wish you could tell us why, since the pixel density on the 17" is higher than even the 15" hi-res so text would be smaller on the 17".
  8. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    +1. That statement made absolutely no sense. Density on the 17" is higher than the hi-res 15"

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