The 17" is a monster! It dwarfs the 13"! (pics)

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  1. AlphaDogg, Feb 6, 2011
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    AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    I was at a friend's house, and they have a 17" MacBook Pro. I had my 13" MBP with me, and I compared. The 17 inchers are insane! They have a great screen res, but have an immense lack of portability... This is helpful info for people who are considering getting a 17".

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    Sorry for the quality! I had to put my iPhone above my head to take the pic (the 17" is that big or I'm just short) and I didn't allow it to autofocus...
     
  2. Dalton63841 macrumors 65816

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    I've always thought of a 17" laptop as more of a desktop replacement myself. Heck I remember when the most common desktop monitor size was 15".
     
  3. aCondor macrumors 6502

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    Interesting photos. I'm deciding between a 13" and 15". These pictures really show the size of the 17". Not knocking on anyone who purchased one, but why get a laptop of that size? To each his own, I guess.
     
  4. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's not actually my friend's laptop... It's my friend's dad's laptop... He is a "day trader" and likes to trade stock everywhere around their house (their house is ****ing awesome! They have their house wired. You can control the lights from any of the TV's, or a control panel located in every room of the house. You can also play music/radio/whatever on their speakers that are in every room of the house. They have an airport extreme for wifi, and a home theater system. I need to move in there) I guess he likes (partial-)portability and a lot of screen real-estate...
     
  5. vong macrumors 6502a

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    luckily i went with the 13", 17" would be fine but a hassle to carry around campus
     
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Meh. 2 or so pounds heavier and a couple of inches larger for several times the power and desktop-esque expandability. If that makes it immobile than...no it doesn't actually.

    I mean if all you do is listen to itunes and update your Facebook status (and need to do it on a plane?) than the 13" is unbeatable :D.
     
  7. AlphaDogg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The 17" isn't just 4 inches larger than the 13", it is also longer and wider. It is larger than the size of my chest (14 year old guy). My 13" is about 2/3 the size of my chest..
     
  8. runofthedill macrumors member

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    i wanted one. I just fel like the 15in is the perfect size. We sat a 11 in air next to one and that was crazy.
     
  9. vipergts2207 macrumors 65816

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    This is why the 15" MBP is king imo. All of the power of modern processors while maintaining some semblance of portability.
     
  10. brucem91 macrumors 6502

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    thats nothing. I have to take my 17" Dell in sig to school everyday. Probably about just as wide, but easily 2-3 as thick when closed. The power brick is also about 4 times as large as the apple one.

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    I hate the palm rest on the thing and the edges seem sharper not fun to use for 2 plus hours.
     
  12. Vurius macrumors newbie

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    Those pictures make me want a 17" all the much more! I'm currently using a 15" and it's just too small for me. Of course, I don't take it with me anywhere and use it as a desktop replacement. I am very much looking forward to the increase in screen size when I get my new 17" beast at the next refresh. This mid-2006 first-gen macbook pro is certainly getting long in tooth! I've got a 9" netbook running OSX with a 14 hr battery for portability.
     
  13. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Same here, it almost makes me want to go out and pick up the 17" (matte) mbp!
     
  14. Fubar1977 macrumors 6502a

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    My last 2 laptops were 17" and never really left the house for that reason.
    My 15" MBP goes everywhere with me now, like a giant iPod :)

    That thing is a beast but it`s still more portable than my old Toshiba 17" was. (Sack barrow required).
     
  15. sammich, Feb 7, 2011
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    Here is a pic I took when I received my 17" MBP at Christmas. Along with my old 867 12" PB and my brothers 15" 1.5. EDIT: yeah, Christmas...2006 :)

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  16. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i know quite a few people who carry around the 17inch machines - provided they are in a backpack they really arent THAT much larger. thought the 13" are great for portability :) some people just really need the extra screen realestate.
     
  17. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    I traveled for 2 years with a 17" laptop everyday, it really was no problem. And my old laptop is heavier then a 17" MBP.
     
  18. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    mba or iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad? :p
     
  19. ExiledMafia macrumors regular

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    I still think the 13" is a too small and the 17" is too big, I think the 15" is the perfect size
     
  20. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Ah, 14 years old. There will come a time when you will realize that you cannot freaking see anything on a 13" screen, and then the rationale for a 15" screen or a 17" screen will become clear.

    <--- 46, and by the time I am 60, my eyes will be so bad I will need a wall-sized screen.
     
  21. xlii macrumors 68000

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    We used to use these at work (designing new computers)... hard to believe the screen was that small!

    http://www.columbia.edu/acis/history/vt52.html
     
  22. xlii macrumors 68000

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    So true... I remember when I was 18 working my first job... a 62 year old said, "Wait until you're 42, and your eyes change." Of course I didn't believe him... of course he was right.
     
  23. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    That is exactly when I woke up and couldn't read up close anymore... 42 years old.
     
  24. xlii macrumors 68000

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    Well, I'm 57 and I still don't need glasses... but my near vision is gone and I have trouble reading the fine print. Using a cellphone or iPod Touch to read the news at a website isn't fun at all. I didn't have a cellphone until I was about 40 years old and don't feel the pressing need to have or use one.

    It will be interesting to see what happens when the 20 somethings who grew up with a cellphone stuck to their ear get into their 40s and 50s and have trouble with the fine print of their cellphone.

    Greytmom... what a well thought out screen name you've come up with.
     
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    Captain Obvious is on deck. *facepalm
     

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