What's your favorite laptop size?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tubeexperience, Aug 8, 2016.


What's your favorite laptop size?

  1. 17"

  2. 15"

  3. 13

  4. 11"

  1. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    Laptop comes in many screen sizes. Which size do you preferred?

    And, no I did not include 9" and 19" because they are too "out there".
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I prefer the 13". It allows me to have the portability if desired and the screen screen size is more than enough for my uses.
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Love the 13 inch it's the right compromise for me.
  4. The Catalyst macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2009
    15" rMBP.

    My eyes aren't getting any younger.
  5. xb2003 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2016
  6. Patcell macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2016
    Bergen County, NJ
    Strictly speaking about Macs here... I find the form factor and portability of the 13" rMBP to be ideal; however, my vote goes to 15" only because of the massive increase in performance (quad-core CPU/ dGPU). The extra screen real-estate isn't a bad thing either...
  7. ajay96 macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2013
    I've always had 13" laptops, 15" sometimes is too big to use in class.
  8. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    13" feels like the perfect compromise while mobile and at my desk I just plug into a 24" monitor for extra space.
  9. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    If I could, I would totally have a 17" rMBP. (Maybe not, since I know the base price would cost a leg, arm, and a kidney) However, I have to settle with 15" and that is where my vote lies.

    I just like having the biggest screen possible; nothing beats max screen real estate.
  10. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    For me I need a bit more space, but do not want to lug around a brick, so the 15" is a good compromise.
  11. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    17" 16:10 for me is just about perfect. Can do just about anything with it.

    I'd love if Apple released a new 17" MBP with thin bezels, retina display (3840x2400) in the thin, lightweight body of the current MBPs.

    Until then, I'm keeping my 2010 17" as long as I can. It certainly runs Windows better than OS X and supports 16 GB of RAM on the Windows side (but not OS X for some reason) so that might be how it lives out its days.

    I find for 90% of what I do, having the extra screen real estate is more important than having more CPU performance.
  12. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    I really like my Late 2011 MBP 17".

    It has almost everything I can ask for: quad-core Intel Core i7, support for 16 GB RAM, SATA 3.0.

    About the only thing missing is USB 3.0.
    What worries me most is the GPU issue with is always the achilles' heel.
  13. trevpimp macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2009
    Inside A Mac Box
    Coming from a 15" dell then a 13" rMBP (returned for current 15" rMBP) I prefer the 15" as my screen of choice.

    13" is best for everyday use but once you continue to use a 15" it starts to get to you.
  14. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    I want a 50 inch laptop. Nice big screen and big keys. Be like typing on a piano. I'll never accidentally hit the wrong key again.

    I can't wait to take it on an airplane. Watch the people on either side of me try to sleep :D
  15. tubeexperience thread starter macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    You should change your vote to 17".
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I prefer 15" for the screen real estate, but I also like 12" of my SP3, as it provides a level of portability not achievable with my MBP
  17. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I'd buy a 17" rMBP if one were available, hopped up with a Xeon processor and 32GB RAM. I still miss my old 17" MBP, dealing with a small 15" rMBP. Being 6'7", a 17" laptop is just right... :D
  18. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    It's a compromise. I'd love to pick up a 13" and would be OK running non HiDPI but more usable workspace on it + 2 external displays, but - I need the horsepower from the 15"/quad core + max RAM.

    I'd be hard-pressed to not bite if the next MBP refresh made a 32GB, i7 or Mobile Xeon quad-core CPU, 13" MBP available...just have doubts based on the whole 'thinner and lighter' mantra, so will likely stick with 15" until they sort out thermals for a quad core CPU, etc.
  19. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    What they need is a dynamically adjusting screen. You start with a 9 inch screen, and then pull it out to any dimension you like up to 100 inches. The screen stretches, and the graphics display detects the new dimensions, while dynamically and automatically self adjusting resolution and size.
  20. unagimiyagi, Aug 11, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2016

    unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Apple, could you make a 15" macbook air like people have been wanting for the last 6 years?
    Now that you have a 12" macbook, why not make a 15" macbook retina and sell it in droves? You have a misguided notion of purity and simplicity when the models you do make, though they are few in number, are still baffling choices to consumers. You have few models to choose from yet still have managed to have force weird tradeoffs with last generation parts in your high end and the coolest designs, best screens, portability and thinness and designs in your low end (12" macbook).

    You have a macbook. Make it in 12, 13, 15. Period, end of story.
    Now make your macbook pro in all 3 screen sizes. Done.
    How hard is this? Seriously there's something weird going on over there where common sense is taking a back seat to overanalyzing people's perceived needs. We can be trusted to choose our own screen size, Apple and then choose if we want the "regular" or the "pro" models.

    We get confused when the regular models seem kind of better than the pro models in some respects, yet the pro models have a sane number of ports and better processors, yet inferior portability (by alot) and haven't been updated in years. It's just odd.
  21. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    What? Apple already makes that - you want a small screen, put it across the room! For a much larger screen, put your chin on the laptop! QED! :D
  22. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    13" is my ideal size...it's the perfect all-rounder. I had an iPad and mainly used that for lounging and watching YouTube and such, but got rid of it after I found that my laptop was better in every way (except heat and bulk).

    BUT, coming from a desktop, it's tough to swallow the performance hit. I'll probably go 15" once Apple finally updates the MBP line.
  23. MacRazySwe macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    13" gets my vote. Nice and portable to carry around (it's a laptop after all..) while still offering enough real estate. I use my Retina MBP at the scaled resolution 1650x1080.

    Now as for desktops on the other hand I'd just go as big as possible.
  24. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    13" for on the go with larger external monitor at home.

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