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1/1: What is the ideal size of a laptop screen for you?

11 inches 117 (5.28%)
13 inches 699 (31.57%)
15 inches 954 (43.09%)
17 inches 396 (17.89%)
Other (explain in comments) 48 (2.17%)
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Laptop screen size
Authored by: excarnate on Jul 09, '12 08:35:13AM

Ideal size for carrying: My phone.

Ideal size for using: As big as I can get + at least one large external screen

What I use: 11.6 MBA for a laptop because it is portable (I sometimes wish I had the 13"), and a 27" iMac + screens at home. My wife carries a 15.4" MBP because she only has the MBP, but it is too heavy. The new retina is lacking some connections she needs (and lacking anti-glare) and costs a lot more, but the weight is trending the right way. If I only had one computer and needed a laptop, a 15 inch class would be my first choice, with extra screens where I could have them.

What I want: something embedded in my glasses so I can see an apparently large screen but without carrying anything more than what I already carry.



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Authored by: schutt on Jul 09, '12 09:42:38AM

I chose "other" because 12 inches is the ideal notebook display size. The 11in requires a slightly squished keyboard, and the 13 feels a little bigger than I'd like for how much I carry it around. An updated 12 inch would be ideal, especially when paired with my 22 inch LCD that it is connected to when I'm actually at my desk.



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Authored by: geordie on Jul 09, '12 09:49:27AM

I had to return the MBP Retina I ordered.The difference between 15" and 17'' sounds small but the reality is that 1440x900 pixels is 56% the real estate of 1920x1200. Pixel doubling does not change that one whit. I plan to get a closeout version of the Oct 2011 17" MBP instead. I'd probably go with a 19" if they made one. I may be different though than the average customer in that I want the maximum readable number of pixels in a computer which I can use at the kitchen table, or at my desk. I use my computer on airplane tray tables and the like less than 1% of the time. Size and weight barely register as criteria for me. As long as it is not too heavy to carry to the car I'm happy.



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Authored by: tersono on Jul 09, '12 09:51:38AM

I'm currently on my third 17" Mac laptop in succession (a 17" G4 powerbook, 2007 MBP and currently a mid-2009 unibody version). Given that I use it as my primary computer for a range of stuff including DTP, Web Design and programming, I need all the screen real-estate I can get.

Going to hang on to this machine until it dies - screen size is, frankly, more important to me than CPU performance at this stage. Very sad that Apple have decided to discontinue the larger screen - to be honest, I'm not sure the 15" rMBP is going to fit the bill for me. I may end up tethered to a desk again with an Air and a thunderbolt display as an alternative...

Edited on Jul 09, '12 09:52:56AM by tersono



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Authored by: bloodnok on Jul 09, '12 11:01:10AM

voted 15" but my only laptop is an 11" macbook air and no external monitor. chose the laptop for portability. vaguely interested in the new retina laptop but have better things to spend my money on than apple's bottom line.



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Authored by: DamnItsHot on Jul 09, '12 11:15:57AM

This is resolution dependent (at least to some degree). I can say that if I have a retina screen resolution then 15" will do cause I can always change the display resolution and sac rice some of the sharpness for the ability to see more. 15 in. covers 95% of my uses and for those times when I really need to seen more I can shrink everything a little to get more on the screen. I would not want to have to use hit all the time at what a MBA 11" screen displays cause the eyes just will not cut it anymore but for short periods it is great.



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Really depends more on a laptop's weight than screen size
Authored by: Westside guy on Jul 09, '12 02:22:46PM

I have a 13" MacBook Air, and really love how light it is - at three pounds you hardly notice the difference in a bag's weight whether the laptop is in it or not. But the screen is somewhat small for certain tasks.

If I didn't have to take on more weight, I'd prefer a 15" screen like I had with my older MacBook Pro and, before that, my Powerbook. Heck, if they were the same weight I might even pick the 17" screen! No, 15" seems like the perfect screen size for most things. But I really notice that extra two pounds - just like I noticed how much lighter the Powerbook was compared to the Dell Inspiron 3800 (circa 2000) it replaced.



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Authored by: doneitner on Jul 09, '12 04:41:53PM

Not applicable. Limited eyesight stops me from working effectively with any laptop screen; no matter how large it is, it's too low down to the keyboard for me to read on it.



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Authored by: osxpounder on Jul 09, '12 09:16:43PM

For me, 17" is great. 15" maybe. Smaller? Not likely.

After squinting at an iPad, I realize that the easy zooming in most Mac apps has been a huge part of the appeal of OS X for me since way back when. I hate, hate, hate browsing or writing on iPads because I can't make the text bigger. I love being able to easily make the text bigger or smaller on my Macs.

I pretty much stopped buying iTunes stuff because I can get the same stuff at Amazon, where I can zoom the text to suit me while I'm shopping. I don't use the App Store any more than absolutely necessary for the same reason. Can't understand why the text zooming features aren't in those shopping apps.

Have you seen Ableton Live's clean, zoomable interface? I LOVE it. More apps should emulate that.

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Authored by: ddhatfi on Jul 17, '12 07:17:57AM

I want a 27" screen on an 11" MacBook Air. Maybe a 3D projection screen, or an inflatable screen, or a screen connected to my glasses, or something. My old eyes need the big screen, but my old body needs the light machine to carry around.



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Authored by: arnsaks on Jul 17, '12 08:25:47AM

At my desk, I use my 15" MacBook Pro connected to a 24" Cinema Display, so it doesn't make a difference what size the laptop screen is at work.... but on the road, being used to all that screen area, the 15" seems small at first, but then I get used to it. I've tried the 17" and it isn't as portable as I'd like.



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Authored by: sfjberk on Jul 17, '12 11:49:55AM

I chose 11" simply for the nostalgia: the 11" PowerBook was a masterpiece of design.
For the last several years, my only machine has been a 12" iBook. Suits me fine (except for the weight).



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15"
Authored by: DKroot on Jul 17, '12 03:25:32PM

My last two computers were 15" MacBook Pros and I got to really like this size. I use external monitors everywhere: in 2 offices at work, at home + laptop screen itself. Hence, most of the time I work with 2 screens and stopped using Spaces at some point: don't really need them when I have 2 screens. On a rare occasion though (at a coffee shop, while traveling), I can get work done on 15" screen. It does not fill small.

I don't need a smaller laptop: MBP 15" was already very light in 2010, can be easily carried in one hand and I hear 2012 model is even lighter.



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Authored by: lsebek on Jul 20, '12 09:24:48AM

When I switched from my 21" iMac to my 17" MacBook Pro, I found it very hard to adjust to the smaller screen when my laptop is on my desk (where it spends 80% of it's time). From 2+ feet away, my 50-year old eyes had too hard a time reading text, so I bought an iPad and now everything is much better (although reading text on my laptop remains an issue. I take the iPad with me when I travel (which is what I originally bought the MacBook for) and everything works out fine. I think for my next machine, I will go back to a 21" iMac for my desktop (unless Apple comes up with a way to operate an external display with the laptop lid closed).



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