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14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 02 October 2015 - 05:39 AM

Hi all. I am looking at buying a laptop for college (I can't bear their machines much longer), I will be using it for light development (visual studio), MS office and general web browsing etc. The only issue is I cannot decide on what form factor laptop to buy. I have not really owned a laptop before so I have not had the chance to get used to a specific size, and was wondering if people could give me their opinions? Both of the laptops I am looking at have a 1902x1080 res, the only difference will be the screen size. Any help or advice is really appreciated!

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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 02 October 2015 - 05:51 AM

I'm not sure what kind of advice you are hoping for? Obviously 14" is a bit smaller and, hopefully, lighter. Is 14" too small for you? Would 15.6" be larger or heavier than you want?

You obviously need to pop into a shop and try them out. Borrowing a laptop from someone for a period would also be good.

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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 02 October 2015 - 05:55 AM

The larger screen = more lines of code. But some people also feel less is more.
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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 02 October 2015 - 06:26 AM

Something you could consider is whether you will have access to a larger monitor, or can consider purchasing one, for the place you will be coding most. And VGA or HDMI..

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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 04 October 2015 - 08:05 PM

With the exception of a 17" all of my laptops have been 15.6". I say it is a good compromise. Of course, screen size is less important that the specs of the machine being able to run what you plan on doing with it with out much difficulty.
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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 04 October 2015 - 08:56 PM

I've currently got two MacBooks on my desk. One is mine, a 15", and the other is a 13" that my work wants me to use. I absolutely hate the tiny one - it's like a postage stamp. However, this is purely a matter of taste, and it's completely up to your preferences.
One thing to keep in mind is that you don't want to be doing any long-term work on a laptop without at least an external keyboard and stand (I'll be able to review this one in a few weeks) and possibly an external monitor (quite important for web dev work). The laptop's keyboard is strictly for emergency use - it should never be used for extended periods, since it will completely destroy your neck and back. It's okay for taking notes in class or meetings, or if you need to do an emergency patch in the coffee shop, but for actual work you're going to have to consider what your real setup is going to be.

While you're thinking about external keyboards, I seriously recommend going mechanical. It really makes a difference if you're programming for any sort of extended period. I like the Das Model S, but there are many options out there - most of them cost more than your average disposable crap keyboard, but much less than the massage appointments they'll save you.
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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 09 October 2015 - 12:25 AM

I never could have imagined working on anything smaller than 13'. But I got used to my new Macbook Air 11' really quickly.
I mean, on my desk it`s still connected to the 32' LCD monitor, however I just love how light the laptop actually is.
And yes, you can do coding on it as well, not as good as the large screen, yet not impossible.

OP, could you share with us between what two laptops are you currently deciding?
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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 03 January 2016 - 02:22 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 02 October 2015 - 05:55 AM, said:

The larger screen = more lines of code. But some people also feel less is more.


More resolution is more lines of code, but if two screen (14" an 15") have the same resolution, the space on screen is the same :)
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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 07 April 2016 - 10:50 PM

In my oppinion , i choose 14" because it convenient
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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 27 June 2016 - 06:57 PM

I have a 13in and a 15.6in and I would prefer something bigger than the 13in and smaller than the 15.6in. This is my personal preference but 14in has the perfect amount of screen real-estate and small enough to throw around in personal/professional/school life.
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Re: 14" vs 15.6" laptops

Posted 27 June 2016 - 08:38 PM

View Postastonecipher, on 05 October 2015 - 04:05 AM, said:

With the exception of a 17" all of my laptops have been 15.6". I say it is a good compromise. Of course, screen size is less important that the specs of the machine being able to run what you plan on doing with it with out much difficulty.

I normally have 17-inch laptops, but the most recent one I purchased is a 15.6 inch usable-space with 1 inch border, making it basically 17 inches overall. It is a 4K touchscreen, which was the first time for both of them in my book. I find that I enjoy it, but I wish it had more usable screen real estate (smaller border).

However, I completely agree, it is all about the specs of the machine, the monitor is just candy :)
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