Your choice for MacBook screen size?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, Jun 27, 2009.


Your favorite screen size?

  1. 13"

    120 vote(s)
  2. 15"

    129 vote(s)
  3. 17'

    32 vote(s)
  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    What's your favorite screen size in a MacBook and why?

    The trend seemed to be going smaller - aka 'netbooks'.

    Some of the Tech Blogs write people are quickly ditching their netbooks not just because of performance but they're also opting for larger screens.

    If you read over on the MBA Threads many people's dream machine is a 15" MBA, 'thin is in' for sure.

    Maybe it's not so much the footprint but light weight, thin and larger more readable screens could be the new trend. Wouldn't bother me any, I'm not a netbook fan.

    Could you imagine a 17" MacBook Air? lol.
  2. She macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2005
    12" is my favorite size.. but since they don't make it anymore I vote for the 13". It fits nicely in my lap and in my bag.
  3. zw-gator macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    13" laptop and a 22/24" screen at home

    It's the best of both worlds.

    Having had two 15" laptops in the past, lugging them around was too difficult, not to mention the price jump between 13" and 15". I mean, in Canada, even after the student discount, the cheapest 15" starts @ $1900.
  4. Higgs1 macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    13" is my new favorite size after switching to mac a few years ago....always had 15/17" laptops before, but the 13" is the sweet spot, portable yet still a good size screen

    love to get one of those 24" cinema displays at some point for home
  5. DamnDJ macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2003
    Denver, CO
    I just picked up the 13" MBP yesterday and so I far I love it. I thought the small screen would be an issue and I totally expected to walk into the Apple store and fall in love with the 15" and get that instead.

    While the 15" is a thing of beauty for sure, I played with the 13" for a few minutes and thought to myself, "Yah.. I can handle this". Glad I did. It's most excellent, even for someone with crappy eyesight such as myself. :)
  6. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    13 or 17.

    I know that a lot of people comment on how close in size the 13 and 15 are. This is true. When you are traveling and using both on your lap, the 15" is much more unwieldy than the 13". I have owned both 13 and 15, and played with a friend's 17. So if the choice is between two unwieldy notebooks (15 and 17) might as well go for the much higher resolution.

    Since I travel, the 13 is perfect.
  7. melchior macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2002
    15" - i don't find it unwieldy at all, but i wouldn't mind if i had a 13" either.
  8. Benguitar Guest


    Jan 30, 2009
    In my personal opinion, 13 is too small for me. I do some photography with my Canon Rebel XSi so I need a larger than 13 inch screen. 17 inches is a little to big for me. So I like my 15 inch.

    - *That's what she said* :D
  9. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    Ms wife has the 17" MBP for work and it is amazing, but for me I don't need all that real estate on a portable, so I went with the 13" (in the form of a MBA) and a 24" iMac at home for heavier lifting.
  10. zero85ZEN macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2009
    I like both my 15" & 17" MBP's.
    I love the larger resolution on my Classic 17".
    I like the portability and brighter (updated) screen on my unibody 15"

    I'd probably love the ultra-portability of a 13" MBP or Air...but I really can't justify having any more computers! ;)
  11. munksyman325 macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    I don't need portability so the 17 would be my laptop of choice. Sadly I could only afford the low end 15 inch so maybe I'll buy a 17 in a couple years :p
  12. pesc macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2006
    12" is my favorite since I want maximum portability while still being able to work with it. Whenever I am at a desk, I connect an external monitor (20" or larger) and use the laptop in clamshell mode, so a small footprint is welcome here too.

    I prefer 4:3 over widescreen since that gives me a larger screen area, but I understand that this is untrendy.

    I would welcome a higher pixel density since I have good eyesight at close range. I have no problems seeing the individual pixels on my 12" PB. Shouldn't OS X be resolution independent soon??

    And finally: a matte screen, or I'm not buying.
  13. iPhone1182 macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2009
  14. AdamLikesMusic macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
    13" for a laptop, obviously something larger for a desktop.
  15. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

    Mar 2, 2009
    I like the 13''. The 17'' is too big and heavy for me and the 15'' is just a bit too big. Dell made a 20'' laptop once.
  16. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I would say 15". I adore 1920x1200 resolution, but I think the 17" MacBook Pro crams all that resolution on too small a size. That resolution is best fitted by a 23" or 24" display. I have owned a 13" MacBook and I prefer to use my 15" MacBook Pro anyday. The extra screen resolution is just worth it. I have yet to try out an LED-lit 13" display like the new 13" MacBook Pro and I might actually like it. But 15" hits the sweet spot for me right now.
  17. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    I chose 13".

    17" is away too big, 15" is alright and wouldn't mind having it but 13" is just perfect.
  18. AdamLikesMusic macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2009
    That's larger than my iMac.
  19. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Interesting, I thought the 15" would been the runaway winner, especially in this section.

    I think the new 13" MBP that was just released has had quite an impact, yes?
  20. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
  21. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  22. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    Me! 17" rules and it is very portable for me. only the weght of the typical 15" pc laptop and the screen is amazing!
  23. tim2006 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    gotta love the poll results, who would not pick the 17 if money was not an option?
  24. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    It's not about money. The 15" has already too big a footprint for carrying.
  25. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    If i had a desktop..13" definitely but seeing as this is my only computer it has to be a 15". Best balance of power/portability

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