Which one would you choose?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, Mar 8, 2011.


Using notebook 8+ hours daily, what screen size would you buy?

  1. 11"

    4 vote(s)
  2. 13"

    32 vote(s)
  3. 15"

    106 vote(s)
  4. 17"

    45 vote(s)
  1. entatlrg, Mar 8, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011

    entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    What notebook screen size (not resolution) would you choose for these conditions -

    - using 8+ hours a day, not hooked up to an external monitor.

    - Price is not a concern, it's a well deserved business expense/tool.

    - Will be the main computer, work and entertainment, heavy emails, vector drawing, writing, light photo and video editing, surfing ...

    Would you buy a 13, 15 or 17" notebook?

    Please vote in the Poll.
  2. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    I voted for the 15" as it has more real estate than the 13" but it's not as heavy 17". The happy medium so to speak. :D Happy Shopping!
  3. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
    If you are carrying it around a lot, I'd go with the 15". If it isn't moved a lot, the 17'. Ignoring resolution, bigger is better for 8 hours use per day.
  4. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    price not a factor? won't leave house? ... i can't believe anyone would not vote 17!

    ... i can't justify the price difference myself these days, 15 vs 17, but i had a 17 powerbook for years and loved it. you will LOVE that HUGE screen. (some people don't like the high res though, makes things 'smaller'; though there are workarounds, and possibly Lion will fix this.)
  5. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
    Second this opinion 100%.
  6. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    I'm guessing you'd love the screen real estate of a 17" doing all that work. The footprint of the 17" seems like it would also be more stable on your lap while on a couch or in bed.
  7. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    I replaced / upgraded to new 15 & 17" recently. I too spend a lot of time working on my MBP's

    Buy the 17" and you'll never regret it. I'm on my third and it's the best, lightest, most comfortable in the business.
  8. iZero macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    17 inch definitely is the best. The weight is really not a concern, it's not that heavy by any means at all. Carrying it is nothing. If you have a bag/shoulder strap it's even less of a concern. Like was already stated, the size is only a benefit when working, as it's very stable, no matter where it's being used. Comfortably fits on the lap, desk, anywhere, really. Working on it that long, as well as using it for entertainment, you won't regret it! 15 inch would be... "okay" but I'd certainly steer clear of anything smaller for all of that... (unless price was a factor of course!) Hard to beat the screen real estate you get with it for all those tasks!
  9. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    Ah, I'm weird. I picked 13". Cause honestly, screen real estate doesn't bug me that much on the 13" screen (though it is nicer to plug it into my 21").

    I guess it would also depend on if I planned on moving around with it too. If I had to port it around every day, definitely the 13". Once a week, I might go with the 15" (might still stick with the 13" cause the biggest benefit of my laptop to me is that I can easily take it on me on vacation. The 13" just barely fits in my motorcycle tank bags and fits in my backpack easily as well as fits on the airplane seat tray easily). I just wouldn't pick the 17" cause it loses the point of being a laptop, just too big for easy portability (wouldn't fit in my backpack well, and I have a huge backpack, definitely wouldn't fit in my motorcycle bags).

    If I didn't need to move it around except very rarely, I'd buy a desktop and an MBA :p.
  10. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    I'm beginning to agree, for 8 hours a day using a 13" screen is on the small side.

    A 27" ACD or external display doesn't do me any good since I don't work from a desk often.

    If I want the largest screen away from a desk 17" is only way to go. It will be great around the office and den.

    For light computing or when heading out I'll use my MacBook Air. That's a shame in a way, I love my MacBook Air ... if they made a 17" MacBook Air I'd be happy... I don't need mobile power, just the larger screen.

    Looks like my setup is going to be changing, I may pick up the 17" tomorrow.
  11. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    The new processors in the new 11 and 13" Airs have enough power for many 'all day' computing tasks. Lion offers full screen view.

    May this will change some peoples minds about using something like the Air for 8 more more hours a day.
  12. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    i have an mbp (13) and an ipad (9.7). i use the ipad (9.7) for most of my work (8+ hours a day) and the mbp for the stuff i cannot do with the ipad. frankly, the screen size difference doesn't bother me a bit, and i could work on anything from an iPod (3.7) to a 17". i think it depends more on WHAT you are doing than HOW LONG you are doing it.

    fortunately, the processors in the airs and mbps are all pretty good, and ought to be able to handle whatever you do. given all of the moving about you plan to do, i'd get the 11" air.

    but, now it looks like you already have that, so if we are just talking about home, then the 17" is the obvious answer. that is a powerful computer!
  13. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Well i do use my notebook for that long a day (I'm a nerd, sue me) and I love my 13 inch MBP. As a college student, I think the 15 would be too big for lecture halls and would take up too much space on the desk/table.

    I also love the size and portability I have if I want to take the machine downstairs or something while eating dinner/hanging out at a friend's house.

    It depends on what you're doing though. I do a bit of light gaming and photo editing and I don't need 15 inches of real estate to do that.
  14. stevemiller macrumors 68000

    Oct 27, 2008
    if you want power/screen real estate - 17"; if you want portability - 13"; if you want a compromise - 15"... thats what i did.
  15. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Still using the MacBook Air the most.

    Haven't bought the 17" yet but have been thinking about it again. I spend so many hours a day working on a computer, I'd like to get away from being tied to desk yet have a large display.

    Seems like the 17" is the answer. Tried a 15" but the gain in screen real estate wasn't that great, two open windows side by side are pretty cramped on the 15" ... even with the high-res upgrade.

    The 17" screen is in your face and big, so tempting...
  16. ThomasBoss macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2011
    I have used 15" laptops before, they are nice but honestly i prefer 13" just easier to bring around
  17. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
  18. TexasChemE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2011
    15''. I find that it is a nice medium between a portable 13'' (I used a 13'' MacBook for two years) and a 17'' with a nice screen, but too heavy to carry around.
  19. Mersailios macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2011
    I find that a 15-inch screen is the perfect balance between screen estate and portability (although a 13-inch display isn't bad depending on the tasks that you're performing).
  20. CorporateFelon macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2007
    Boston, MA
    My vote is split between the 15" high res or the 17". It depends on on how much travel the machine will see. Very little travel I would say go with the 17", anything more than a little bit I would say go with the 15" high res.

    I have the 15" high res my self and there is enough screen real estate to get most things done without wishing for more space.
  21. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    will you have an outlet? That is an important factor also in terms of battery.
    11" -Really portable but does not really seam important as you will be stationary and not moving it much
    13"- Nice size in terms of power for your needs, and his portable when nessecairy
    15" many like this and consider it the sweat spot
    17" me and many others consider it too big

    For me I would get the 13"
    you may want to consider the 15"
  22. psykick5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
  23. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
    I have the 13 and I do wish I had more pixels when I do photo editing, other than that it's great. Although you may feel cramped with the small screen (native res: 1280x800), it teaches you how to be resourceful with space. On the surface a pound or two may not seem like much, but daily strolls with the 17" in your backpack will give a chiropractor a new client. After all, Apple markets an entire line of computers on lightness and portability, which is roughly only a pound less than the 13-inch MBP.

    That being said, if I were you I'd get the base-15. You claim that price is not an option, therefore the 33% ($600) difference between the base 13 and base 15 is not a barrier for you like most. Additionally, you seem to want to bring your MacBook everywhere, thus I would opt for the 15 over the 17.
  24. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    17 is too big to use on lap
  25. harcosparky, Nov 13, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011

    harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    15" is too small to be used on the lap for 8 hours a day.

    Where do you get the idea the 17" is too big, when you owned a 17" notebook was it an Apple or one of the Windows units? You have owned a 17" Apple Macbook Pro. Used one for an extensive amount of time, haven't you, or are you just expressing an opinion of others as the opinion of yourself?

    If Apple made a laptop the same size as say a Hewlett Packard 17" Pavillion, it would have a 20" screen.

    PHYSICAL SIZE: Apple 17" Macbook Pro = Any Other Brand 15"

    When I bought my 17" MBP I wanted a nice carrying case. Not finding a 17" case I liked I found the 17" MBP actually fit extremely well in a 15" notebook case. Even fits in the 15" Notebook Pocket of my Camera Backpack.

    One of the biggest drawback to the 17" MBP is the price, but many will use size as reason they do not own one.

    Low End 15" $1799
    Low End 17" $2499

    $700 is a lot of money one could use in other ways. But as one who uses a notebook as his primary computer on his lap, and on his desk I can tell you $700 is a small premium to pay for what the 17" brings you.

    NOTE: Initially I bought a 15" ( $2199 ) but returned it after realizing I made a mistake and bought the 17" ( $2799 ).

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