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15" or 17" screen Laptop?

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  1. Blueprint

    Blueprint Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I'm looking at taking my entire desktop setup onto a laptop for many reasons, one being working at home is great but I need to get out of my room and into more of a "work environment" to focus more and not lose track or be distracted by my girlfriend etc.

    I've taken a look at all the options available to me and the big price bracket is 17 inch vs 15 inch monitors. I can get a much more powerful 15" spec laptop but it's gonna be my desktop replacement. Yea i'm gonna use the laptop to travel, but as I said before mainly it's a desktop replacement. I'm gonna plug in my 22" Samsung when at home and use dual screen when at home in the lounge or where ever I chose to work.

    Simply moving the desktop is a simple option but not available to me as I live in a shared house (London is expensive) and don't have the option to leave it in the shared lounge room, a laptop is quick, simple and an ideal option, to plug in a 2nd monitor is a 10 second job too...

    As I am full time IM'ing so the ability to travel is good and it'd be perfect to have my "money making station" come with me to enable me to still run my sites etc.

    So the question is...

    As i've already got a 22" monitor and will run this parallel with my new laptop, should I go for a 15" or a 17" screen laptop?

    is 15" THAT obviously small - is it annoying? Will this frustrate me?

    Which, in your opinion would be the best option?

    Price IS an issue at the moment for me as I've been busy with a few things that will pay off in the long run but cash flow is LOW. I wanna get it right as I've never been 100% convinced by Laptops, but in my current situation it's the best option.

    Thanks for reading all of this... lol
     
  2. iq465

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    Its not that bad, 15" is great but if its glossy....grrr. You don't have too many options for matte screens nowadays and the smaller screen + high res + reflection = eyestrain.
     
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    Go for the 15", smaller and lighter; so ideal for when traveling.
     
  4. Blueprint

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    Glossy screens piss me off, yea! One option (i've thought of) is sack off the nagging girlfriend and save my cash! lol
     
  5. hun73r

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    I got a 15" Sony Vaio and love it. Much better than my dell xps.
    I also have a 17" macbook pro and it's just too heavy to carry in an out of airports, backpacks etc. And the extra screen real estate isn't significant enough to justify the weight.
     
  6. serialfish

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    All I use is a 13.3" Sony Vaio. I had a 15.4" Dell and was happy to trade for smaller, since portability is a must. I say the smallest you can get with good resolution and a full size keyboard (super important).
     
  7. Blueprint

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    And these smaller computers you're listing guys, you use this for your primary PC?

    I'm used to a "work station" with a 22" widescreen and an 19" monitor! (Running Dual Screen)

    Hence the concern :D
     
  8. serialfish

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    My 13.3" is my primary laptop and I use it for at least 8 hours a day with no problems. I LOVE it. Now, since you're used to such a large setup, or play a lot of video games, small might be hard to switch too. Ever since I ditched my desktop, I've had 15.4" and smaller.

    When you're home, you can always dock it to your monitor setup.
     
  9. iq465

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    I cant reccomend the alienware m17x or macbookpro enough. Or high end lenovo. I use all three every day and beat the living hell out of these things :)
     
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    I use either a 12" or 13.3" laptop hooked up to a big monitor

    The monitor is my primary display, the laptop is my secondary (email, etc)

    Works great, easy to pick up and travel / move into the living room / around the house
     
  11. undelia

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    I do most of my work on a 14" laptop screen. I've also got a 17" widescreen for running multimedia projects.
     
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    ideal laptop screen for portability? 14 inch... they usually weigh 2-2.5kg
    If you don't travel much and move your lappy around- 15 inch 2.5-3kg
    If your laptop is just going to sit on a desk -16inch+

    13.3 is small. I got a new Macbook Pro 13.3 inch and I found it a little too small compared to my 14" Toshiba..

    Go for 14".. It's the ideal laptop screen size+reasonably light/ I use to have a Compaq 15", it use to strain my back while travelling.-3kg

    For 15"+... expect lots of hassle/backpain while carrying it in a backpack.

    Laptop screens 13.5 inches and below is a new Fad right now.. 14" use to be the ideal..
     
  13. Blueprint

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    Hmmm the mac book seems to be a popular choice, but I'm not a mac person.

    I'm in the UK and it seems as though i'd decide on a 15.6" one... There are a few options it would seem...

    I actually already have the Samsung NC10 for portability which i'll probably sell when I get the new Laptop
     
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    Ive got a 15inch and a 17 inch Dell. I havent used my 17inch in about two years now just because of its bulk. I gave it to the GF. I much preffer the lighter, less buly 15 inch.

    If I were gaming again, I would probably use the 17 inch.. but as far as a business/travel computer, go for the 15!

    Cheers
     
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    in my experience a 17" screen is too big and heavy for laptops, but a 15" is fine. especially if you're gonna be carrying it anywhere.
     
  16. mandom

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    If you plan on moving it, don't get a 17". My aunt has one and it's like toting bricks around - not convenient at all. However, if you're just going from room a to room b it might be ok. Personally my only computer is a 10" netbook and I love it and can't imagine ever going bigger again. There are a couple things that are inconvenient but they are FAR outweighed by the benefits of a small, light and portable unit.
     
  17. hun73r

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    Correction my Vaio is 14" - you see I didn't even notice the difference

    Agree with above about Macs. They are sleek and great for graphics but still lack the compatability for a lot of the software we IMers tend to run (even with that Parallels program) I barely use the Mac now except to edit in iMovie.
    I have another HP desktop with widescreen but I don't tend to use that much. I would agree with that setup suggested before- 14" for travel and then hook it up to a 24" external monitor at home.

    What I have noticed is that if it is getting slow it is usually because I have too many programs open which means I am multi-tasking too much; I take that as a sign to shut it all down, go outside and then come back and focus on what is most important right now (instead of trying to do 12 things distractedly).
     
  18. Chronos

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    Hahaha. I just had a friend call me to ask me this today.

    I have a 15" and it almost feels too big when I carry it around. 17" would only be more of a monster. I would even reccomend going down a few inches if you need portability (if you can get the same hardware).