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#41 lucklucky

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 2005 PM

I also prefer 17.3"  laptops - actually only bought those since 2004 -, it is much more comfortable to view, i don't need to have eyes too close. Writing this i am more than 60cm from screen.


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#42 GregShaw

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 2027 PM

I also prefer 17.3"  laptops - actually only bought those since 2004 -, it is much more comfortable to view, i don't need to have eyes too close. Writing this i am more than 60cm from screen.

I have to move further from my screens each and every year :)


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#43 Ivanhoe

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Posted 29 May 2020 - 2038 PM

 

I also prefer 17.3"  laptops - actually only bought those since 2004 -, it is much more comfortable to view, i don't need to have eyes too close. Writing this i am more than 60cm from screen.

I have to move further from my screens each and every year :)

 

 

Yes, that is a condition known as A.G.E. When I mentioned this to my GP recently, he told me it was going to get worse every year.


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#44 Ssnake

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Posted 30 May 2020 - 0207 AM

Change glasses.


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#45 Ivanhoe

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Posted 30 May 2020 - 0838 AM

One use case I can see for a 17" laptop is the true road warrior, someone who works on the road most weeks from a hotel room. If you're carrying one or two suitcases anyways, hauling a bigger laptop in one of them is no big deal.


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#46 Nobu

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Posted 30 May 2020 - 2020 PM

One of the things I get paranoid about is the laptop getting bounced around in checked bags. Does anybody use a hardside suitcase these days? I probably subject it to more rough handling when I carry it onto the plane, however.

 

I do see the benefit of a 17" for the warriors.


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#47 Corinthian

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Posted 31 May 2020 - 1117 AM

For work, I use a 15" laptop.

At home, my laptop is a 17" connected to a 27" screen. The home laptop I use for photos and video edition, games, and watching stuff.

 

I much prefer a 17" even if it's heavier because of the keyboard and extra screen real estate, although I've gotten used to my 15" for work.

 

When I travel and see the need to post process pix and edit videos asap, I bring my 17".

 

17" models are getting rarer now.


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#48 Nobu

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Posted 31 May 2020 - 1757 PM

Hate the limited screen size of 14", but love the weight. Looking forward to what the next generation of laptops will be like--a 17" 2 pounder would be amazing.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 1626 PM

And just when I thought a 17" 2-pound laptop was the future: https://www.lg.com/u...tra-slim-laptop

 

2.95 pounds. Will probably be 2.3 pounds in 3 years or so.


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#50 Ivanhoe

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 1725 PM

Oooooooo!


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Posted 09 June 2020 - 0055 AM

The question that comes to mind is what compromises were made to get the weight down under 3? Very much want to play with one regardless.


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Posted 09 June 2020 - 0157 AM

Well, the case actually seems to be 15.6" form factor. With a 16:10 screen they somehow squeezed 17" diameter from that. SSDs weigh less than old spinny HDDs, they no longer ship notebooks with optical drives, and I suppose you can build lighter batteries with higher energy density now than a few years ago. Maybe they found a lightweight material for the frame too, though Magnesium frames seem to have fallen out of fashion. Maybe because, with self-combusting battery packs, they qualify as high grade firebombs.


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#53 Murph

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 0531 AM

Well, the case actually seems to be 15.6" form factor. With a 16:10 screen they somehow squeezed 17" diameter from that. SSDs weigh less than old spinny HDDs, they no longer ship notebooks with optical drives, and I suppose you can build lighter batteries with higher energy density now than a few years ago. Maybe they found a lightweight material for the frame too, though Magnesium frames seem to have fallen out of fashion. Maybe because, with self-combusting battery packs, they qualify as high grade firebombs.

Good point.  Although batteries seem to be getting bigger/better.  The new Apple battery is just nuts, glad to see it, but wow.


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