MacBook Pro

I’m finally…finally!..closing in on my first laptop purchase and am
considering the 13" model (possibly used or refurb). Initially I
thought it was too small but I’m coming around, I figure if I want a
lot of screen real estate I’ll use a desktop. I’ll mainly use it for
coding and some graphics work. Does anyone have one and do they find
the screen size limiting?

Todd


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I’m using a very tired 17" MB as my primary machine. I’m lusting after a new 17" so while I was in the Mac store this past weekend I took a quick look at the the 13" and I think it’s a bit on the small side. My son just got a 15" MB with the hi-res 1680 x 1050 display (same res as my 17") and I like it a lot. The 15" is a good compromise esp. the hi-res version.


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Thanks Helveticus. I was leaning towards the 15" and it is appealing,
no doubt, but I started to question its portability which in the long
run may be an issue for me, I’m just not sure at this point. The Air
is slick too but it just seems a bit lacking in grunt and features
which is how I found myself considering the 13" Pro. Decisions,
decisions.

Todd

I’m using a very tired 17" MB as my primary machine. I’m lusting
after a new 17" so while I was in the Mac store this past weekend I
took a quick look at the the 13" and I think it’s a bit on the small
side. My son just got a 15" MB with the hi-res 1680 x 1050 display
(same res as my 17") and I like it a lot. The 15" is a good
compromise esp. the hi-res version.


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I have a 17 Mbp (last years model) as my primary I think any smaller would be too small also. I have to agree w Helveticus.
J

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On May 4, 2011, at 6:10 PM, Todd email@hidden wrote:

Thanks Helveticus. I was leaning towards the 15" and it is appealing, no doubt, but I started to question its portability which in the long run may be an issue for me, I’m just not sure at this point. The Air is slick too but it just seems a bit lacking in grunt and features which is how I found myself considering the 13" Pro. Decisions, decisions.

Todd

I’m using a very tired 17" MB as my primary machine. I’m lusting after a new 17" so while I was in the Mac store this past weekend I took a quick look at the the 13" and I think it’s a bit on the small side. My son just got a 15" MB with the hi-res 1680 x 1050 display (same res as my 17") and I like it a lot. The 15" is a good compromise esp. the hi-res version.


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I have a 17 Mbp (last years model) as my primary I think any smaller
would be too small also. I have to agree w Helveticus.

A friend has a 17" and it looks like he’s carrying a billboard under
his arm when he moves it about. I need to “want” to travel with a
laptop and a 17", while nice, is ridiculous for my needs. I’m not
looking for a desktop replacement, just something that’s useable
without feeling cramped but also mobile enough so it doesn’t feel like
I’m dragging a brick behind me when I’m on the road for a week or two.

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I understand that. There actually is an app for the iPad that I have found very nice. It allows you to access your laptop or desktop and work on the programs you have there on your iPad. The only draw back is the $30 price tag. But it works wonderfully. I used it when stuck at lga to work on a project in fw.

Has anyone else used / seen this app?

Julie

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I have a 17 Mbp (last years model) as my primary I think any smaller would be too small also. I have to agree w Helveticus.

A friend has a 17" and it looks like he’s carrying a billboard under his arm when he moves it about. I need to “want” to travel with a laptop and a 17", while nice, is ridiculous for my needs. I’m not looking for a desktop replacement, just something that’s useable without feeling cramped but also mobile enough so it doesn’t feel like I’m dragging a brick behind me when I’m on the road for a week or two.

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Is it LogMeIn? I have an account. Pretty cool. If that’s what you’re
referring to.

T.

On May 4, 2011, at 5:44 PM, Julie Maxwell Allen wrote:

I understand that. There actually is an app for the iPad that I have
found very nice. It allows you to access your laptop or desktop and
work on the programs you have there on your iPad. The only draw back
is the $30 price tag. But it works wonderfully. I used it when stuck
at lga to work on a project in fw.

Has anyone else used / seen this app?

Julie

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I have a 17 Mbp (last years model) as my primary I think any
smaller would be too small also. I have to agree w Helveticus.

A friend has a 17" and it looks like he’s carrying a billboard
under his arm when he moves it about. I need to “want” to travel
with a laptop and a 17", while nice, is ridiculous for my needs.
I’m not looking for a desktop replacement, just something that’s
useable without feeling cramped but also mobile enough so it
doesn’t feel like I’m dragging a brick behind me when I’m on the
road for a week or two.

Todd


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Yes the ignition version.

On May 4, 2011, at 7:02 PM, Todd wrote:

Is it LogMeIn? I have an account. Pretty cool. If that’s what you’re referring to.

T.

On May 4, 2011, at 5:44 PM, Julie Maxwell Allen wrote:

I understand that. There actually is an app for the iPad that I have found very nice. It allows you to access your laptop or desktop and work on the programs you have there on your iPad. The only draw back is the $30 price tag. But it works wonderfully. I used it when stuck at lga to work on a project in fw.

Has anyone else used / seen this app?

Julie

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On May 4, 2011, at 6:40 PM, Todd email@hidden wrote:

I have a 17 Mbp (last years model) as my primary I think any smaller would be too small also. I have to agree w Helveticus.

A friend has a 17" and it looks like he’s carrying a billboard under his arm when he moves it about. I need to “want” to travel with a laptop and a 17", while nice, is ridiculous for my needs. I’m not looking for a desktop replacement, just something that’s useable without feeling cramped but also mobile enough so it doesn’t feel like I’m dragging a brick behind me when I’m on the road for a week or two.

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I recently upgraded to the 15" MacbookPro with the optional higher resolution screen. In all honesty the extra resolution is over kill, but it gives you tons of screen space and wasn’t a huge amount more money.

Was it overall worth the big cost… nah. Definitely overpriced. I would look at the 13" more seriously if I had it to do over again. The better graphics processor on the 15" however is totally worth it. After Effects CS4 screams on it.


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Good to know. I’m admittedly enticed by the hi-rez screen option but I
think for me it’s a case of wanting something I don’t really need in a
laptop. I’d rather put the extra money towards a better desktop display.

Thanks Chuck, I appreciate it.

Todd

I recently upgraded to the 15" MacbookPro with the optional higher
resolution screen. In all honesty the extra resolution is over kill,
but it gives you tons of screen space and wasn’t a huge amount more
money.

Was it overall worth the big cost… nah. Definitely overpriced. I
would look at the 13" more seriously if I had it to do over again.
The better graphics processor on the 15" however is totally worth
it. After Effects CS4 screams on it.


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On 5 May 2011, 1:19 am, Todd wrote:

Good to know. I’m admittedly enticed by the hi-rez screen option but I
think for me it’s a case of wanting something I don’t really need in a
laptop. I’d rather put the extra money towards a better desktop display.

Thanks Chuck, I appreciate it.

Todd

I recently upgraded to the 15" MacbookPro with the optional higher
resolution screen. In all honesty the extra resolution is over kill,
but it gives you tons of screen space and wasn’t a huge amount more
money.

Was it overall worth the big cost… nah. Definitely overpriced. I
would look at the 13" more seriously if I had it to do over again.
The better graphics processor on the 15" however is totally worth
it. After Effects CS4 screams on it.

For full disclosure I have to admit that good eyesight is required for the higher res screen. Screen real estate comes at the price of teeny type unfortunately. But it is gorgeous with high def content.


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The reason I looked at the 13" MB over the weekend was the thought of hooking it up to 27" Mac Display. Maxing out the i7 13" on ram and adding the 27" display makes it a very attractive option at virtually the same price as a 17" MB …depends on which radio buttons you toggle on the Apple Store web site.

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