Why a 17"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Those of you that have or are contemplating a 17" MacBook Pro what's your reason?

    Is it screen size? The extra power, ports or?

    My reason would be strictly for the added screen size, compared to using my MacBook Air all day as I do now, the larger screen would be more pleasurable and productive to use. I don't really need the extra power.

    Ideally an ACD would be best, then you're getting the ultimate in screen size, but I move around too much to want to be tethered to an external monitor.

    Now I use my 11" Air the most, so easy and fun to use anywhere or anytime, but using the small screen all day is probably isnt the wisest move for productivity at the least. I have a desktop computer, never use it because I'd rather not work from a desk often.

    Using the 11" is something I know I should get away from but can't seem to break the habit Reason is not wanting to have the weight of the 17" on my lap all the time and carrying it around is obviously a huge difference.

    Anyone go from an Air or smaller screen computer to the 17"? How do you like it?

    I think the trend is going the other way ... People going from 15/17" notebooks to smaller machines, like the Air for example. What to do?
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    I considered a 17" for the screen size/resolution....but I ended up with a hi-res 15" for a compromise with portability.

  3. W1MRK macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    I am selling a iMac 21.5 to get a 13" mac air base model
    the 17" I looked at was just to big, heavy, and expensive
    For school, smaller works
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If you really want a bigger one, I'd probably go high-res 15". The 17" is definitely best left on a desk, so you'd be in the same situation as if you got a monitor. Plus $2500 is a lot for just a bigger screen. Or as a compromise, if you really want the 17", maybe get an older Core 2 Duo model since you don't need copious amounts of power.

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