Bosque wrote: judgeholden wrote:
Bosque wrote:Write in for a 17" MacBook Pro. Go big or go home.
Throw that in a bag with all the stupidly heavy law books and you'll be miserable.
I had a 15.4" that weighed about a pound and a half more than that and hated carrying it around. Hated it more than anything in the world. Most of my books were digital, and those that weren't stayed at home, yet I still hated it.
If your books aren't digital then you really don't need much screen real estate. Go small. Go 12.1-14". No reason to get more than those. If you really feel you'll need more space just buy a monitor to plug into back in your apartment. For back and forth with school, though, weight really matters more than anything else. A 3.6lbs 12.1 laptop is perfect for note taking in class.
Meh. Maybe it is because I was used to carrying around a Dell which weighed almost twice as much before I got this computer, but I don't notice the weight. And it is worth it for the giant screen. When I write I always have 4 or 5 windows open. It is nice to be able to look at more than one at a time.
But how often do you do that on the go?
I have 2 24" LCDs at home. Will likely get a third at some point. I understand the value of massive desktop real estate.
But I also realize the value of extreme mobility. You buy a laptop to be mobile. You can spend less money and get a desktop to stay in one place. I've got the huge desktop for most of my work, a 14" laptop for when I need to be somewhere and be productive, and a netbook for when I need to be somewhere and simply need internet, email, Word and some light Excel (this is the one that travels with me most, the other laptop tends to literally be on my lap when I'm on the couch but only rarely leaves the house with me.)
Look, you paid $2300 for your MBP. That's $500 over the 15". $1100 over the 13"
The better solution for most people would be to get the 13" for half the price and use that on the go. It's perfect for internet and note taking, and it weighs nothing. Use that extra $1100 to buy a giant monitor and pocket the cash. Or buy a $700 desktop PC with two giant monitors and still pocket some cash.
Unless you're actually doing a major amount of work on the road a 17" laptop is an enormously heavy waste. Sure, some people actually do a lot of work on the go, but most buy an enormously heavy, enormously expensive laptop and end up using most of its power while sitting at a desk at home. It's so beyond counter-intuitive it makes my brain hurt.