Which screen size suits you, and why?

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


Which screen size suits you?

  1. 13"

    156 vote(s)
  2. 15"

    177 vote(s)
  3. 17"

    60 vote(s)
  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Vote in the Poll and tell us how/why you chose the screen size you have.
  2. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    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


    Apr 4, 2009
  4. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009

    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


    Nov 15, 2007
    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


    Oct 13, 2007
    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

    Jul 10, 2007
    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


    Dec 28, 2007
    15". You get the power of the 17" with the portability of a 15" computer.
  9. Spandexman macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2009
    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


    Dec 19, 2004
    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


    Dec 18, 2009
    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

    May 31, 2007
  13. Collider macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2009
    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


    Nov 3, 2009
    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.

  15. kny3twalker macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    13", portability and price. In addition, I have a 24" ultrasharp at my desk .
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    13". Best for travel and can drive a nice external at home.
  17. ajriggy macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2009


    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


    Sep 20, 2008
  19. Beric macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2008
    Bay Area
    13" or less, 720p+. Problem is the current 13" graphics aren't good enough.
  20. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2008
    Athens, GA
  21. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    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

    Oct 25, 2008
    13" purely for portability. I usually have a big external monitor available so the small screen doesn't matter.
  23. Cali3350 macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    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

    Nov 8, 2009
    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    15", because it's not any less portable than the 13".

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