The $2300 Question, 15" or 17"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lasuther, Apr 13, 2010.

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Which computer would you buy at $2300?

Poll closed Apr 23, 2010.
  1. 17" 1900x1200 and 2.53GHz i5

    6 vote(s)
    14.6%
  2. 15" 1680x1050 and 2.66GHz i7

    35 vote(s)
    85.4%
  1. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    With a $2300 limit, which would you buy: 17" 1920x1200 2.53GHz i5 or 15" 1680x1050 2.66GHz i7?
     
  2. sth macrumors 6502a

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    Depends:
    If you need the screen space: Go for the 17"
    Otherwise: Go for the 15"
     
  3. jpefjr macrumors regular

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  5. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    This is a really tough question as they both look like fantastic machines. It boils down to your mobility needs. If you're going to be carrying the MBP around a lot and don't absolutely need the 1920x1200 resolution, the 15" model is probably preferred.
     
  6. lasuther thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    People seem to prefer the processor speed and smaller size instead of a larger and higher resolution screen.
     
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  8. mklnz macrumors regular

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    I find 15" to be the sweet spot between usability and portability. 17" may be a bit too large to carry around everyday. Depends on how you plan to use it I guess.
     
  9. CHFBrian macrumors newbie

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    I personally went with the 15". I think it's a better balance between screen size and portability.
     
  10. oHai macrumors member

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    I'd personally buy the 15" because I don't care for big laptops. But your screen size needs should definitely decide this for you.
     
  11. Spandexman macrumors regular

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    I went for the 15" having been dead set on the 17" for months. It appears they intentionally gimped the bigger machine, removing any reason to buy it other than a slightly larger screen. I mean, for the cheaper price, you can get a faster, lighter 15" with identical specs other than a smaller high res screen. Before, it was a bigger battery, the screen was denser, and it was just as fast as the high end 15". And the cost difference was smaller!
     

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