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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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.