Which screen size suits you, and why?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, Jan 31, 2010.

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Which screen size suits you?

  1. 13"

    156 vote(s)
    39.7%
  2. 15"

    177 vote(s)
    45.0%
  3. 17"

    60 vote(s)
    15.3%
  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    #1
    Vote in the Poll and tell us how/why you chose the screen size you have.
     
  2. Hellishness macrumors 65816

    Hellishness

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    I don't have one yet, but i would get a 13" because of portability and i think that it would be sufficient for general web/school projects which is mainly all i do. my mom's netbook is just too small and 15 inch would simply be too expensive. 2 inches is not worth 500 bucks, imo.
     
  3. shambo macrumors 6502a

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  4. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    15"

    I have had a 17" laptop n the past, while I love the screen size. The portability of that big of a unit just isn't practical.

    I use a PC with dual 26" screen and a 24" Imac. Going all the way down to a 13" is just way to crowded for me.

    15" is just a nice compromise, still very portable size-wise, and give me just enough room to so I don't want to break things.

    I want them to fit a 17" monitor into a 13" form factor, someday, they will make some kind of expansive screen. :)
     
  5. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    I have used the 13", 15", and now the 17". I am on the go constantly. The 17" is perfect for me. I especially love the HD display that the other two sizes lack. That did it for me. I love the portability - just slip into my backpack and off I go.
     
  6. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    The 15" one is a good compromise between portability and being able to view enough on the screen, for me. When I use my laptop on the desk at home, I plug it into a 22" external monitor.
     
  7. iphonematt Guest

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    I purchased the 15" because it is the balance between portability and screen size. I use FCS on my machine while on the go, so I needed a larger screen, and dedicated GPU. I have a 24" display at home I use for most of my work though.
     
  8. cloroxbleach4 macrumors 6502a

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    15". You get the power of the 17" with the portability of a 15" computer.
     
  9. Spandexman macrumors regular

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    I've only used a 13" day to day, so I have no way to judge what suits me best. I mean, this suits me fine, but i'd like a bigger screen.
     
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    13" for portability. I mostly need it for basic internet browsing and e-mail during the day. Occasionally I use the Macbook for transferring data or network tests when I am on a job site.

    At home I have a desktop with a 24" screen for paperwork, gaming and most of my browsing. Though the Macbook is nice for some browsing while watching TV or displaying a recipe while cooking.

    Edit: I had a 15" for about a month but found it too bulky to drag around with me all day, carrying around the house and using on a plane.
     
  11. gfiz macrumors 6502

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    13" suits me perfect, but 1280x800 resolution does not. If I could get 1600x900 or even 1400x900 it would be perfect. I actually may go 17" if the new 13" doesn't carry a better resolution, as I'll forfeit the smaller footprint for more screen real estate. 15" I think is the sad boy pro, master of neither portability or resolution. :eek:
     
  12. gibbz macrumors 68030

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  13. Collider macrumors regular

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    15'' for me.

    Had tried a 17'' notebook before, and found it infinitely too big (had to replace it within seven months because I just couldn't get along with the sheer size of it). I would've liked a 13'' for its portability, but I was concerned that it'd be a little too small for constant everyday use. If I ever scrounge up the funds for a secondary laptop, though...
     
  14. mattyuk macrumors 6502

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    Im in a catch 22 really. I want the MBP for Photoshop digital painting, but I would use my Acer 24'' alongside it. Then I would use the MBP for blogging and writing a script/story for my graphic novel Im preparing. You guys think the 13'' woul be okay? But then again, the 15'' makes a good case too. Because if I want to do painting studies around the house, the 13'' would be too small.

    Suggestions?
     
  15. kny3twalker macrumors 65816

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    13", portability and price. In addition, I have a 24" ultrasharp at my desk .
     
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    13". Best for travel and can drive a nice external at home.
     
  17. ajriggy macrumors newbie

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    13"

    reasons:

    1) i want my laptop to be small and portable, i have used a friends 17" and its just to big for me to take to classes or take into a small cafe and the like. I mean you can do it it's just a tad more effort. My friend mainly uses his in a manner akin to a desktop only one that you can move round the house.

    2) i don't really do much that needs a lot of screen real estate. Mainly word processing essays, rough demo's on garageband, watching a dvd in my room, itunes. 'Spaces' and 'expose' are such a cool way of getting round screen clutter on the 13".

    3) The 15" i haven't used, and as i don't have much money i had to settle for the base 2.26 13" MBP. I suspect the 15 is probs the best in terms of fairly high performance and portability.

    I am happy with my 13" mbp and i got good educational discount and the old 15% VAT rate in the uk last year, which made it quite a reasonably priced machine (still pretty f'n expensive for me tho, lol). Have to stop myself from looking at the threads laying in to the base model though as i start to wish I could have waited for the refresh. Unfortunately my dissertation year would have been a dumb time to not have a laptop.

    :sigh: god-damn technology and its ever changing-ness.
     
  18. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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  19. Beric macrumors 68020

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    13" or less, 720p+. Problem is the current 13" graphics aren't good enough.
     
  20. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a

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    Ditto!
     
  21. iPhysicist macrumors 6502a

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    13" because of portability too. If they could make the footprint of the 13" even smaller without cuts on battery life or keyboard size I really would love it even more. 15" are OK but whenever I sit infront of my girlfriends Laptops I recocnize thats toooooo big for me. I love small powerful MBPs, if I would like to have a big screen I would go with the ACD.

    Shamboo your the most future proof laugh here on the board. Thanks for making me smile :)
     
  22. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    13" purely for portability. I usually have a big external monitor available so the small screen doesn't matter.
     
  23. Cali3350 macrumors regular

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    A 14" with 1600*900 is pretty much perfect for me. For apple it would be the 17". The 13 and 15 just have too low resolutions.
     
  24. eyekyu macrumors member

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    13" for portability like everyone else. screen size/resolution doesn't really bother me. i dont attach an external monitor, but i take my macbook everywhere. taking a 15 or 17" on an international flight is terrible.
     
  25. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    15", because it's not any less portable than the 13".
     

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