I went with the 15" MBP. The size of the screen was less of the reason, but rather the components. I have a dual GPU model and having a discreet GPU was one of my requirements. Also back in october 08, the MBP screen was better then the 13" MB
All in all, if I had to choose again, I'd probably take the 13" because of its form factor.
I went with the 13" MBP in June. In all honesty, the only reason I went with the 13" over the 15" was the price. I love the 13" and it does everything I need it too, but I would definitely choose the 15" if the funds were there. $400 for 2 more inches is outrageous though.
The 17" is too much and the 13" is just a little too small. The 15" is near perfect for a laptop.
I got the 15" because a 17" laptop looks completely laughable to me. I know I'm not alone here. I see people pull them out of a backpack and it looks like a magic trick. I understand the appeal for graphic artists maybe but I think it's such a niche thing to need so much power and resolution and then need it to be "kinda portable" to the point where a desktop is out of the question. That being said I wish I could get everything I need or might need into a 13" but I can't so I ended up in the middle and am very happy with it.
haha yeah my feelings exactly. A 13 inch matte MBP would be the ideal machine
But anyway I got the 13 inch because I really like small computers. I had a netbook before I got this one for the same reason. Portability is part of it but I also think it is really cool to have so much power in such a small package
I bought a 17" MBP about a month ago. My goal was couch & bed editing of still photos and videos. No regrets. In fact, I'm really glad I didn't choose the 15". The size of the 17" is only apparent in the showroom when you have the two next to each other. At home it doesn't seem huge at all. The one place it definitely doesn't fit is a tray table on a coach airline seat.
I got a 15" because I thought the monitor on the 13" was too small to be used as my main computer. My cousin has a 13" so I got to use it for awhile in order to make my decision. The 13" is more portable though so if that's your priority then it will probably be a better choice for you.
For me the 15" was a good compromise between portability and screen size. If I need a bigger screen then I just connect it to an external monitor but I'm not always at my desktop so a portable relatively big monitor was something I wanted.
i bought 15" 2.66 ghz.
i use laptop as primary computer on my desktop with 24" lcd combo so 13 was too small for since i don't use it a lon on the road... 17 was too big. and too expensive also. i am in love with my mac anyway. windows no more for me