What is the difference?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by IMcD23, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. IMcD23 macrumors regular

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    Later this year, I am going to buy a macbook pro. i was looking at the specs of the higher end 15-inch, and the 17-inch. what is the difference other than the size of the screen?
     
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  3. TSE macrumors 68030

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    Just to name a few:

    1. the screen on the 17" is obviously bigger, but you can get a high-def screen as a $100 option if you opt for the 17".

    2. the 17" has 4 speakers, whereas either 15" has two.

    3. the 17" has an extra USB port.

    4. the 17" has support for 12.5mm hard drives whereas the 15" and 13" macbooks only support 9.5mm hard drives.

    5. 17" has a better cooling system because it's bigger.

    6. the 17" is heavier and harder to carry around.

    7. the 17" has decreased battery life.

    there are a lot more small things that you get both positive and negative with the 17".
     
  4. keltorsori macrumors regular

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    Unless you NEED the higher resolution (great for video/photo editing on the road), I'd say go with the 15in. Certainly more portable, and an all around kick-ass computer.
     
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  6. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    And unless you NEED the dedicated graphics card (do you play many 3D games, do 3D modeling or video editing) then I say the MacBook Pro is a waste of money and the regular MacBook is more than powerful enough.
     

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