It's interesting that people who don't own a 17" Mac Pro, think its too big for other people who want one. It's also interesting that those who had a choice, bought the 17" & then some complain about it. While I appreciate the fact that they are sharing their experience, it seems to include justification that Apple should not make 17" laptops for those who really want or need them.
Not seen in this discussion, but the 17" laptop computers have been generally referred to as portable desktops, which is a distinction completely separate from personal laptops, which include the Macbook Air 11" through the Mac Pro 15". They are like a portable office, & people who figure out that's what they want & need, buy it, knowing its larger & heavier than a smaller laptop. I've waited for years for the right configuration to buy one so I could take my recording studio with me to different locations, church, friend's houses, on vacation to record/edit music & edit video. If you look at programs like Garage Band, Logic Pro, Main Stage, you need as much real estate as you can get to see the software control boards, etc. & like others have said, even in video editing, there are fields, names, lists etc. that are almost impossible to see on smaller screens. For the glib response of, "just plug into a larger screen at your destination…" really, at each destination, make sure there is one at each destination or take one in the car and/or plane with me? Again, people are saying that the need for a 17" Apple is invalid (according to them), so it shouldn't be made. To me, that's like saying, "Apple should phase out the iPad, because everything you do on the iPad cam be done on an iPhone!"
I currently own a $2400 Toshiba X505-898 18.3" blu-ray laptop with a 64GB SSD & 500GB SHD that I bought in Oct. 2010. It does most of what I want with also-ran software (Pro Tools & Mixcraft), but then have to export the results. A comparable Apple 17" at the time priced out at $4400 but with a larger SSD drive. It would not have included the blue-ray player, & I would have also had to carry an external drive. I'm hoping the new Mac Pro 17" will come out later so I can run windows in Parallel & sell the Toshiba. For now, the Toshiba works great. It's a tad big on the plane though.
I have a New iPad (& iPhone4) which can do a many tasks while I travel. Why would I want to also carry a small screened Macbook Pro which doesn't meet my needs & I, by choice, am willing to carry the beast with me?
Edited by kellya74u - 6/12/12 at 12:37pm