Portability of 15" MBP???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Burton8219, May 14, 2007.

  1. Burton8219 macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Hey guys I am going to college next year in Maryland and I live in New York and I have a plan trip to look forward to when I want to go to school and come back home. I have a couple questions about the portability of the 15" MBP.
    1) Is it a hassle carrying it around and transporting it???

    2) Can you easily sit with it on your lap???

    3) Is it too big for a laptop??

    4) Can you use it easily in coach, which i will most likely be in??

    5) Does it get too hot to use on your lap when playing games or watching a movie???

    Thanks in advance,
  2. coledog macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2006
    Roanoke, VA
    I love my 15in MBP...in fact I'm looking at going to a 17in.
    I find it perfectly portable and works great on my lap!
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I have a 15" PowerBook, so I can't attest to the hotness of it, but my 15" powerbook is just portable and fine for me.

    Not a hassle to move it around at all. I'm sitting with it in my lap right now, and it's a great size for a laptop. I've used it in Coach AND in a super-crammed lecture hall.

    15" is a great size. Between the too-small 13" and the a little too big 17"
  4. jamminph88 macrumors member

    May 6, 2007
    Is your powerbook widescreen? because the 15" regular screen is almost the same width as a 13" widescreen...something else to consider
  5. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    Yes, she has an aluminum (widescreen) Powerbook.
  6. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    The 15 inch Al's were all widescreen. Just get a case they are easy to transport.
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I don't find it a hassle to carry it around.

    I have a laptop cooling pad (But I only use it for the mouse pad), and the fans on my MacBook Pro on 4000RPM. But as long as you're not doing demanding tasks it doesn't get too hot.

    No, I actually would like it a bit bigger, but you've got to try it for yourself because everyone has their own opinions about this.

    I'm not sure, I haven't used a laptop on an airplane before.

    This is where my MacBook Pro gets rather hot. I was playing Pocket Tanks on my MacBook Pro for about an hour and when i quit the game, my MacBook Pro was around 160F.
  8. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    Also note that the weight difference between the MB and the 15"MBP is small.
    MB ~ 5.2lbs
    MBP ~ 5.6lbs
    So they're not even a half pound apart, I doubt you'll notice a difference carrying it around in your bag (w/o the power adapter).
  9. jng macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2007
    Not really in the sense that I have an incase bag for it. But my 12" pbook is lighter and fits in my timbuk2. Which means I only need to carry one bag, not two.


    Nope, I love it for the extra real estate. 100% worth the size trade-off.

    My experience is that I felt cramped with my 12" on a plane. Not to mention that watching movies on a plane on a computer is not exactly the most comfortable experience (I flew coach). With my long legs, I found that having the tray up and using Air France's console in transatlantic flights was just much more comfy. In shorter flights, I prefer to read or just listen to the iPod.

    YES. I put it on my lap (in shorts) after a movie last night and took it immediately off. That thing gets hot.
  10. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    Mine doesn't get too hot. With the padding of jeans or shorts, I'm usually fine. As for portability: it is true that the MB's size was nice while I had it, but the 15" isn't a hassle to carry around whatsoever. I just have a sleeve for it tossed into my backpack and it's been great. Also, I definitely got annoyed at the 13" screen after a while, but how much real estate you need/are comfortable with is a personal preference.
  11. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    I'm at uni with a 15" mbp, here's what i think:
    1) Depends, its very easy to take it to and from uni, however, since seeing my gf's mbp bend from the way that she picks it up, i feel that the mbp is actually quite a fragile piece of kit, and in that sense. I don't therefore take mine further than the library. If travelling around is important to you, i find the macbook much more durable, if only a little smaller and lighter.
    2) definitely, although it can get hot.
    3) It is not too big imo at all. If you compare to the macbook, you will notice that the mbp bezel is tiny, unlike that of the macbook which is huge. This difference means that they are not in fact that different in terms of their footprint at all.
    4) I don't fly very often but i would guess that it is too big, especially if it were open and the person in front put their seat back suddenly.
    5)Again it depends, it is usually very comfortable, but can on occasion get very (uncomfortably) hot, so be prepared to move it every now and then.

    Hope that helps
  12. drumforfun19 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2007
    Yeah dude, I never have any problems with portability with my laptop. just get a nice sleave. like incases' and you'll be good to go.

    You can also go to an Apple store and get a feel for one yourself.
  13. trebormik macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I fly regularly on business and pleasure, and have toted my MBP around where I go. I use a Marware neoprene sleeve which does an excellent job of protecting the finish against scratches and minor dings. I also leave it in the sleeve whenever I go through security at the airports and have never had to take it out, a big pro IMHO.

    1) Not at all. Just get a sleeve, and since you are a student, make sure to get a backpack with a laptop compartment that will fit a 15" widescreen, many do. I use an OGIO Metro. Fits the Marware sleeve and it doesn't even look like I'm carrying a laptop.

    2) I love using it on my lap. I actually find typing easier this way. The screen angle when fully open is a little less than I personally find optimal. I think an extra 5-10 degrees would have been ideal.

    3) This is very subjective, but I use mine for business and pleasure. At work, I deal with spreadsheets, word docs, software development, project management, using Parallels and VMWare to test technologies in different OS environments. The MBP 15" is a very good trade off between portability, performance and screen real estate for these uses. At home I use it to browse the net, play with Photoshop, Illustrator, and iMovie. Whenever I need more screen real estate, I just connect an external monitor. IMHO, this is NOT too big for a laptop, but is the perfect size for my needs.

    4) I've found this varies depending on airline and airplane. On many of my short hops, I fly in Canadair planes configured for regional flights. These usually cater to business travelers, but are all coach seats. I put the MBP on the tray, and it works great (the seats on these planes don't recline). On mid-range jets like MD-11 or 737s, it's very difficult to use. If you use the tray, you need to pull the laptop very close to you, and also need to be on guard to make sure your lid doesn't get munched by the person reclining in front of you. If you fly JetBlue, the MBP fits well, but you should position it midway between you and the seat in front of you. All in all, this is a long post basically saying, it's possible, not ideal, just be careful and you'll manage.

    5) Definitely gets TOO hot. Under load you cannot put it on bare skin. Even with jeans on it is beyond my threshold of pain. Invest in a laptop cooler. Not only will you be able to use it comfortably on your lap when maxing out your MBP, but you may also be prolonging the life of your machine.

    The biggest question I have for you is do you really NEED a MBP? As a college student, do your classes and or hobbies really warrant the extra expense to have the MBP? Given the latest MB refresh, you could get a very capable machine that is more durable for significantly less money. My main motivators for the MBP were the 3GB RAM, 2.33 C2D, and 15" widescreen for working with code, multiple OSes and graphics work. If you'll be using it mostly for writing papers, playing music, storing pictures and surfing the net, the "cool" factor of the aluminum MBP might be too much maintenance (not to mention expense). I constantly obsess about not scratching the case, or tweaking the lid (I could be more obsessive than most, but read around, these are common realities of living with the MBP). Regardless, my overall answer to you question is a resounding, YES, the 15" MBP is definitely portable.
  14. maestrokev macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2007
    I guess it's all relative to what you're used to. I have a 12" Dell 700m widescreen which is 1lb lighter and I get 5hrs battery life out of it (without dimming screen). It's noticeable when carrying around especially since I don't need to carry around power adapter if I'm not using all day.

    My 2wk old new 15" MBP is noticeably heavier and if I were moving around a lot and didn't need the more accurate screen colors I'd definitely go with the MB instead. Don't forget you'll probably carry more than just the laptop in your bag and every bit of weight savings counts if you're moving around all day. It's a tight fit if you're in coach, widescreen is nicer on the eyes but definitely space constraints.

    Aluminum case is nice but it does scratch easily. I did a lot of research and ended up with a Speck hard case that stays on my MBP all the time. When I travel I put the unit with Speck case attached inside a Marware Sportfolio sleeve before putting in another messenger or backpack. The Speck case also helps prevent the Al case from warping when picked up with one hand as others have detailed.

    Yes, the case does get warm, you'd need to be wearing jeans not shorts :)
  15. sinstoic macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2007
    How can you sit on your lap? :rolleyes:
  16. Winterfell macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2007
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Mine gets pretty warm, but never too warm to touch. It's definitely portable; that's why I purchased a 15" instead of the 17": I wanted a good-sized laptop, but the 17"s are just way too big for my tastes. ^-^
  17. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada
    I carry mine to school everyday and it is a very nice portable. It has enough screen space with lots of room for your laptop on a desk. I have used mine on an airplane and it was absolutely fine.
  18. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    1) Get a good carrying case and your good. It isnt very heavy at all

    2) Yes, unless your watching a movie or something, in which case it gets quite hot.

    3) No. It is not to big for a laptop.

    4) Im using it on a couch right now. Make sure to have a good amount of battery because battery life is somewhat poor.

    5) Yeah it gets pretty hot when watching videos/plaing games
  19. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2005
    Well also depends how strong u are etc as well...

    As someone mentioned, the MBP and MB are pretty much equal in weight BUT its still not really a 'portable' machine.

    For me a portable machine should be below 2KG (sorry for the unit, dun understand pounds).

    So a mbp is still on the heavy side...Having said that though, I frequently fly from Europe to Asia and its not THAT heavy providing you dont have much other stuff in your backpack like text books etc. Once you start adding it all up, the extra pounds of the MBP compared to say a SONY SZ series start to be apparent.

    But all in all, I love my MBP and even if its heavy, I still carry it around, coz its my partner and its very balanced in terms of power and everything. Love it.
  20. Clarence macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    a mud puddle with a toyota sign in it
    Seem like common themes through out this and other threads. Doesent it upset anybody that we have to install fan control solutions, use "cooling pads", and deal with 150 f plus temperatures on a $2000 machine??

    I called apple care today, and have an appointment tomorrow at the genius bar. I do not and will not accept these common issues as the norm.

    Sorry to be OT, but it just doesent seem right.

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  21. crazydreaming macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    Salt Lake City, UT -Westminster College
    my opinion:

    I am in college and I have a 17" Powerbook and I take it with me everywhere everyday... No complaints here.
  22. ..........? macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2005
    The people who are putting macbook and macbook pro directly on the lap don't do that. Even other brand of notebook don't put it directly on you lap. It is a electrical piece of the equipment. Part might fail and blow up. Ouch and burn will happen.

    1) for male users, any amount of heat no matter how little will effect your family jew(you know what I mean). Little heat will cause you family jew to produce less family juice. More heat will effect family juice and function of the family jew.

    2)female user, i don't know what will happen since I am male.
  23. sturigdson macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2006
    1) Is it a hassle carrying it around and transporting it???
    I'm an NYC commuter. My 15 is pretty great. Get a good, comfortable, HEALTHY bag.

    2) Can you easily sit with it on your lap???
    How big is your lap? :D
    Acutally, it works out fine for me. Not on the subway, but on the NJT train, easy.

    3) Is it too big for a laptop??

    4) Can you use it easily in coach, which i will most likely be in??
    Yes. Tho in the cramped coach seats, it may be a bit tight. Particularly if you are TALL, like me, because the screen can't be bent as far back as previous models.

    5) Does it get too hot to use on your lap when playing games or watching a movie???
    Yes. Use SMCFanControl and you'll be able to manage the fan speed, and thus the heat, for your comfort.
  24. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
  25. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004

    There are no Jews in my family we are all atheist so I guess I'll be okay.

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