Purchasing 17" Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macman4789, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. macman4789 macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Hi guys,

    Thinking of purchasing a 17" Macbook Pro and have a few questions.

    1. For those of you who have got one, do you find it too big to carry around, sit on your lap etc?
    2. If I'm correct the screen is 1900x1200, how good would you rate the screen?
    3. It says the battery has up to 1000 charges. After that, is the batterys performance expected to decline?

    4. Any regrets on buying the 17" (wish you'd bought the 15") if so why?

    Thanks for your time
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Nope, but I've had a 17" Apple Notebook for years now

    Going to depend on Matte vs. Glossy

    Umm, depends, but most likely it would have started minimally declining before then

    Absolutely not.
  3. tim2006 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    1) no
    2) great screen but text is a little small
    3) yes, apple can replace the battery at an apple store
    4) had a 15" went with the 17" did not consider another 15 was in between 13" and 17"
  4. Luba macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    Text is a little small, but can adjust in the main body of a program. Can't adjust the menu bar of a program. Some programs remember your adjustment while for others you have to adjust again when you open program.
  5. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    I just received mine and it had a bowed screen/body. Oh, also it came with the DVD region preset to region 6 (this was supposedly a new machine). Apple is sending a replacement. Otherwise, it is a fantastic machine.
  6. macman4789 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Thanks for the replies guys,

    I've just heard people say the 17" is too big to be a portable laptop, however I wont be taking it everywhere with me, I will be moving it around now and again.

    How are you supposed to upgrade the ram in the future as I couldn't find an opening?

  7. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    You take the entire bottom casing off of the computer to access drive and memory.
  8. macman4789 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    So you feel the 17" is portable enough guys?

  9. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    For a desktop replacement it is plenty portable.
  10. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    I am enjoying my 17, I had a 15 but the phrase desktop replacement makes me think of a 15 lbs as thick as a phone book hp pc.
  11. suburbia macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    You will not regret going for the 17". Guaranteed. Just the 2" in screen real estate makes a huge difference. Hope you enjoy it!
  12. macmania82 macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2009
    I'm a freelancer and love to work at Starbucks and such places. I had 17'' DELL XPS M170 for years and years. Even DELL was great about being portable :) 2 days ago I ordered 17'' macbook pro :) tomorrow I will have it. and no doubt it will be even more easy to carry around for freelance freedom work :D

    dont worry about portability ;)

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