Using your MBP away from a desk or on your lap most of the time ...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, May 17, 2010.


Using your notebook away from desk / on your lap most often what size would you buy?

  1. MacBook Air, (13")

    14 vote(s)
  2. 13" MacBook Pro

    79 vote(s)
  3. 15" MacBook Pro

    108 vote(s)
  4. 17" MacBook Pro

    24 vote(s)
  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    What screen size would you buy?

    I don't travel as much anymore so it's not an issue of size/weight in luggage, more so it will be used as an every day mobile notebook, rarely on a desk.

    The 13, 15, 17" MBP's all have enough power to handle the work load, the MacBook Air doesn't but it's a nice computer for lighter tasks no doubt...
  2. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    couch surfing my fav all sizes work. have tried all. this vote will be interesting.

    i would not touch an air unless it is updated
  3. JCCash macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2008
    They say "bigger is better".
  4. MorganK macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    Mobile, AL
    Had a 17" and loved it.

    Have a 15" now and love it too.

    I think a 13" would be too small for my taste though.
  5. dragonfly18 macrumors newbie


    May 17, 2010

    I love my mbp 13, it is in bed with me right now :p
  6. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I've said it before and I will say it again...IMO, the 15" is the size and weight sweet-spot...big enough screen to fully enjoy a movie or tv show in 720p yet small and light enough to comfortably keep it on your lap for a few hours...
  7. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Did you at least buy it dinner first.
  8. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    I love everything about the 13" except the resolution. I just bought one over the weekend for my girlfriend and going from my high res to the 1280 by 800 is a little disappointing to look at.
  9. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    i personally like the size of the 13", but the specs for the 15" is more ideal. if price wasn't a problem, 15" would be nice. :D
  10. piwi macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2006
    15" if you need the dual gfx cards otherwise 13" as it's smaller and lighter to move around
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    For lap use, I'd got the MacBook Air, but I don't own one anymore, so I'd have to stick with my 15" MacBook Pro.
  12. Lola M macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2008
    California, USA
    I was using my 2008 15" MBP for couch surfing and photo editing. Almost never used it on the desk. Its too convenient to lounge on the sofa and play. Plus the screen is decent size and its light and fairly compact. Its been nothing but pure pleasure. Hoping my 2010 upgrade will be as good.
  13. shadygrove macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2010
    In bed with my 15'' too.

    Unless I am on an air plane, the 13'' isn't any more portable to me. Totally satisfied with the 15'' i7. In fact, had I to do over again, I would go the exact same route except spend more money for a 256Gb SSD. I would get the glossy screen HiRes again without hesitation.
  14. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    yea. the 17 is great but it does limit how you can sit when surfing on the couch. it makes it harder to watch tv with the 17 big screen. both the 15 and 13 are small enough that its easy to watch tv and surf.
  15. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I thought the 13" MBP would of fared better, then again it's only 59 votes so far ...
  16. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
    The 13 is ideal for this, particularly if you have to lug it around. If I was limited to a desk I would have gone for the 15.
  17. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
  18. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Yes, I had to vote for the 13" too, I try to like and use the 15" as a portable for the screen real estate and higher resolution but keeping going back to the 13".

    It's is much more of a pleasure to use away from a desk than the 15" in my experience.
  19. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    the mba is not doing very well. probably the best form factor for non-desk work. the lack of any updates is really hurting it.
  20. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    Had a 13" MB and found the screen a bit tiny and cramped many times. Just upgraded to the i7 15" MBP and the increase in physical size and weight is hardly noticeable from the 13" but the screen size is definitely a big improvement. I just think the 17" would be too big, unless you really need that big of a screen.
  21. Mirabella macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2010
    I used my old 17" MacBook Pro on my lap most of the time (in fact, I'm doing so right now). I am quite pleased with the 17" size for lap use. My new one should be even better, since it appears to run cooler.
  22. iamrawr macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2010
    New Jersey
    15" inch is a good all-around size and weight =] plus i'd use a thin cooling pad for it just in case it might be too hot.
  23. LucidPsychosis macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2010
    Knoxville, TN
    I have a 15"er, and it is VERY mobile. I use it in my lap all the time when surfing the net while watching TV downstairs or using it in town or at a friend's house.
  24. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    yea the 15 is a compromise size not too bit and too small. i would call 15 the standard notebook size and its been that way for years. when apple switched from powerbook to macbook pro 15 was the first.

    i read an article that netbook screens are going to increase in size due to the new atom. i wonder if that will decrease the popularity of say sony z, dell adamo, and the mba. high end smaller notebooks is a niche market. my guess if money was no option there would be more 17 mbps. i am not talking about frequent flyers who need smaller notebooks.
  25. HSJR macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2009
    I like MBP 17", the display is perfect, size is awsome and I feel apple has given it more attention than other models. the weight is an issue if you carry it for long distance.
    I recommend 17" MBP; if you are't having issue with its weight.

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