Which Mac for this purpose

Which MacBook would you buy?

  • 17" MBP

    Votes: 17 41.5%
  • 15" MBP

    Votes: 21 51.2%
  • 13" MBP

    Votes: 3 7.3%
  • 13" MBA

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Mar 2, 2009
Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
- Will be my main computer not hooked up to a display.

- Using 8+ hours a day, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, 50-100 emails, also entertainment, surfing, light video editing, no gaming.

- I prefer a large display but don't like to work from a desk which rules out an external monitor. Often I'll work from the kitchen table, in my den on lazy boy or couch ... rarely at my desk.

- I work from home, this computer won't leave the house.

- Price doesn't matter.

What computer would you buy?

Please vote in the Poll.


macrumors 601
Feb 6, 2010
On the fence
I don't see a poll, but I would vote for 15" MBP, hi-res (AG or glossy, whatever is your preference), and higher spec if money really isn't an issue, possibly an SSD.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 6, 2004
My vote = 17"

The three key things you said besides usage were "won't be using an external monitor", "won't be leaving the house", and "money isn't an object". Those three plus your usage scream 17". Plenty of screen real estate to do what you need. Get yourself an SSD to boot from and 8GB RAM, from a third party my suggestion, and you'll have a beast. I'm considering getting the 17" even though I will be taking it around. What's an extra pound in my bag? I'm a man dammit!

Beige Panda

macrumors newbie
Feb 15, 2011
You basically want a desktop replacement that you can use anywhere in the house so... definitely 17". You don't need the portability of the 15", you do need the bigger monitor, and if money is no object then why not go for the big boy?

The Catalyst

macrumors 6502
Dec 4, 2009
I'd go with an upgraded 15 (just because the 17 would be too big for a lap computer, for me at least)


macrumors regular
Apr 21, 2007
15 inch I feel will outnumber the rest. It lies between the extremely heavy (17) and very portable (13). 15 is the expected value.