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

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by entatlrg, Mar 21, 2013.

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

  1. 11"

    5 vote(s)
    5.1%
  2. 13"

    41 vote(s)
    41.4%
  3. 15"

    42 vote(s)
    42.4%
  4. 17"

    8 vote(s)
    8.1%
  5. Laptop screens too small need 21-27" for serious work

    3 vote(s)
    3.0%
  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    #1
    Please add any comments explaining why your preferred laptop size is the right size for you.
     
  2. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  3. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    #3
    If you already have a desktop with a 20" or great screen than I think 15" is a nice balance between size and portability.
     
  4. petvas macrumors 601

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    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)
     
  5. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    #5
    10, 11 or 12 inch. Anything bigger feels cumbersome to me.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    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.
     
  7. justperry macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  8. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    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.
     
  9. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #9
    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.
     
  10. malman89 macrumors 68000

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  11. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    #11
    What question were you answering again?




    :p
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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  13. Simplicated macrumors 65816

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    #13
    13" is the ideal choice for me, I sold all my MBPs just because the 13" MBA is such a fantastic portable machine.
     
  14. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Very good post, which, to my mind, this sums it up pretty well, and seems to be the ideal solution.

    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.

    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.
     
  15. Sophia. macrumors member

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  16. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    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".
     
  17. sviato macrumors 68020

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    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.
     
  18. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    #18
    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).
     
  19. wvuwhat macrumors 65816

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  20. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  21. Squilly macrumors 68020

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  22. ppcg4mac macrumors 6502

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    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.....
     
  23. tekboi macrumors 6502a

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    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 :)
     
  24. lifeinhd macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  25. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    13" for me, just the right size and weight and it still had the right amount of I/O's that I need.
     

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