What's the ideal size of a laptop screen for you?

What's the ideal size of a laptop screen for you?

  • 11"

    Votes: 5 5.1%
  • 13"

    Votes: 41 41.4%
  • 15"

    Votes: 42 42.4%
  • 17"

    Votes: 8 8.1%
  • Laptop screens too small need 21-27" for serious work

    Votes: 3 3.0%

  • Total voters
    99

roxxette

macrumors 68000
Aug 9, 2011
1,507
0
13inch :) 15 & 17 are not really easy to carry around but for home use they all great.

When im out i only bring the 11inch Air.
 

tech4all

macrumors 68040
Jun 13, 2004
3,400
489
NorCal
If you already have a desktop with a 20" or great screen than I think 15" is a nice balance between size and portability.
 

petvas

macrumors 601
Jul 20, 2006
4,683
741
Mannheim, Germany
Depends in the usage scenario.
If I wanted a laptop to use when on the road, then I would get an 11" or 13" MacBook Air (or Retina 13" MBP). If I wanted to use the laptop mainly at home, then I would get a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (as I already have done)
 

Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
13,199
133
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
If you'd asked me the same question pre-retina, I would have said 17"...I owned my cMBP 17" as a work tool, but found it increasingly heavy. I pulled the trigger on a fuly maxed out rMBP 13" a couple of weeks back, and I can honestly say it's all the laptop I will ever need. The screen is a joy to use, and on occasions whenI need more space, I just adjust it.
 

justperry

macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
10,612
6,106
I'm a rolling stone.
15", anything smaller is not an option for my eyes.


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I use ARD to control my Mini on my 15" Powerbook and the 1080 resolution is already/almost too small for my eyes.
 

Happybunny

macrumors 68000
Sep 9, 2010
1,792
1,371
13" MBA is ideal for work away from home, I already have a 27" iMac at home for heavy work, and an iPad for entertainment on the move.
 

Jessica Lares

macrumors G3
Oct 31, 2009
9,271
777
Near Dallas, Texas, USA
15". I am never buying a 13" again.

I used to think 15" was too big when I had one, but now I really regret ever getting the 13" MacBook Pro. It's horrible. On a Windows machine, it's perfectly fine, because you only have the Start Menu to worry about and you use everything in fullscreen, but on OS X, the menubar and Dock take up so much space. I know you can auto-hide, but I HATE it. It just feels so weird. I don't like working in fullscreen in OS X either.
 

Scepticalscribe

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Jul 29, 2008
51,562
35,115
The Far Horizon
Depends in the usage scenario.
If I wanted a laptop to use when on the road, then I would get an 11" or 13" MacBook Air (or Retina 13" MBP). If I wanted to use the laptop mainly at home, then I would get a 15" MacBook Pro Retina (as I already have done)
Very good post, which, to my mind, this sums it up pretty well, and seems to be the ideal solution.

15", anything smaller is not an option for my eyes.


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I use ARD to control my Mini on my 15" Powerbook and the 1080 resolution is already/almost too small for my eyes.
I feel your pain - I love my 13" MBA, but sometimes, especially when I have been working for hours, my eyes tell me that something easier for them would be very relaxing for me.

13" MBA is ideal for work away from home, I already have a 27" iMac at home for heavy work, and an iPad for entertainment on the move.
13" is the ideal choice for me, I sold all my MBPs just because the 13" MBA is such a fantastic portable machine.
Again, I have to agree with you. The MBA is a superb computer for someone who needs portability, power and a decent screen.

In any case, I travel a lot, and portability is a key issue for me. having said that, I could well see a day when I would have a 15" (at least) rMBP as a desktop for serious writing and work, and a 11" or 13" MBA for travel. I love the utter portability of the 11", but do wonder whether my eyes would like it equally well as a device worked with daily when I'm abroad.
 

samiwas

macrumors 68000
Aug 26, 2006
1,595
3,574
Atlanta, GA
I'd like to take a 15"rMBP for a spin to see if it would work for me, but otherwise, 17" is all I can do. When drafting in CAD, or building a 3D model, screen space is paramount. The various palletes alone take up a good amount of screen, and I need the rest to work. I'd have to see if the high resolution would make stuff too small on a 15" retina.

So I choose 17", and usually with an external monitor. At home I'm on a 27" iMac with two 23" externals. :D

EDIT: scratch that...I chose the larger screen for serious work. Normal stuff I can do on a 17".
 

sviato

macrumors 68020
Oct 27, 2010
2,282
45
HR 9038 A
I'm a student and bought the 13" macbook air recently and I think the size is perfect for me. It's portable enough that I can carry it everywhere and it's not too small for the work I have to do. I've seen some people with the 11" but that's too small.
 

ChristianVirtual

macrumors 601
May 10, 2010
4,096
267
日本
Can't really decide between 13" and 15" and would also go for 14", which was not a given option. So I voted for 13".

Important is that the laptop would have sufficient power to drive an additional monitor while beeing at home or work.

I had a 17" MBP but it was too bulky&heavy to carry around; it's now the home-based twitter box of my wife ( what an overkill).
 

wordoflife

macrumors 604
Jul 6, 2009
7,563
34
I came from having a 15.4" Dell laptop to a 13" MBP and I really like it. Smaller form factor, but I still have every pixel. Sometimes the 15" looks really nice, but I don't need it to be honest. Sometimes they have 15" on sale, so if was cheap enough, I might buy one next time around.
 

ppcg4mac

macrumors 6502
Feb 13, 2012
372
1
Northwest Kansas
A 17" MBP with "high resolution" matte screen is what i want. I had a gloss 2010 model before, the only issue with it is it wouldnt fit in my backpacks laptop sleeve, if i can only find a 2011 with thunderbolt.....
 

tekboi

macrumors 6502a
Aug 9, 2006
692
83
EasŦcoast
15" or 17" just for productivity purposes. And with displays on laptops being RETINA now... that just means more workspace for me. And higher resolution video games :)
 

lifeinhd

macrumors 65816
Mar 26, 2008
1,389
7
127.0.0.1
I was all set to get a 17" after the 2012 refresh... imagine my disappointment when none arrived :( so instead I went with a 15" rMBP with the res turned up to 1920x1200. I tried it for a bit at 2880x1800 but I was squinting just a little too much.

I would buy a 17" retina in a heartbeat. Crank it up to 2560x1600 :D

Even as it is I sometimes finding myself connecting both my external 1920x1200 monitor and my 1080p TV... and wishing I had more real estate.
 
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