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    MBP too heavy to carry with me every day?
    I was wondeing how many of ya'll carry your MB or MBP with you to class work ect? I'm trying to get a feel of which one would be better for me. I am in love with the MBP but the smaller size of the MB may suit me better. I am concerned that carrying the MBP with me to class every day will get tireing. Any opinions would be helpful. Thanks!
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    Well, it depends on a lot of factors: how big are you, what kind of bag do you use (shoulder or backpack), how far do you walk, how many books do you need to carry.

    I can tell you my situation and maybe you can relate. I have a 15" MBP that I carry to class pretty much every day. I'm about 6' tall, I usually only have to carry one big textbook and some folders and notebook, I use a messenger bag, and I walk about 5-10 minutes to class. Right now, I'm pretty much at the limit of what I consider comfortable. If I have to carry another book, I can, but it starts to get uncomfortable.

    The main issue though is that I use a shoulder bag. When I used a backpack I could carry my MBP and a couple of books without any problem. I would say that if you really want the MBP, just use a backpack and you should be fine unless you're really small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porsche_Racer32 View Post
    I was wondeing how many of ya'll carry your MB or MBP with you to class work ect? I'm trying to get a feel of which one would be better for me. I am in love with the MBP but the smaller size of the MB may suit me better. I am concerned that carrying the MBP with me to class every day will get tireing. Any opinions would be helpful. Thanks!
    This might solve your dilemma - I have a 15.4" MBP and Mrs Wobs has a Macbook. The macbook is heavier than the MBP. It's not as good either. So my recommendation is ...... get a decent bag! Look at the INCASE top loader sling bag...... you will never think about a MB again - promise
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    I have a chrome (the Metropolis, large size)messenger bag that I use. I bike maybe a .25 mile to class or walk. If I walk its probably about a 15 min walk or so. I am 6 ft. Next semester I have 3 of my classes back to back. So potentially i will have to carry 3 text books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wobs View Post
    This might solve your dilemma - I have a 15.4" MBP and Mrs Wobs has a Macbook. The macbook is heavier than the MBP. It's not as good either. So my recommendation is ...... get a decent bag! Look at the INCASE top loader sling bag...... you will never think about a MB again - promise
    Cheers
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    Here is the case I refer to, fits MBP 15.4 & 17"
    http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObje...ses&nplm=TN012

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    I don't know many bags that will have enough room to carry 3 textbooks (I'm assuming pretty thick, 800+ page kind of books like mine) and a laptop (even if it's a Macbook and not a pro), but you will definitely need a backpack no matter what computer you get. With that kind of load you'll want to spread the weight over both shoulders, not just one shoulder like you'll have to with a messenger bag or the Incase bag recommended by someone else. If you can get a backpack, and one with enough room to fit all your stuff, you should be fine with the MBP.
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    I carry my MBP with me to all of my classes every day. I use an Incase sleeve to protect it in my backpack.

    From the back outwards I go binders, soft books, laptop in sleeve. That way the laptop isn't pressed up against my back, possibly smushing it. I dont think it's heavy at all and I'm not a 'big' person or anything but I am a "youngster" so maybe I just don't mind the weight. 18 y/o, 6'1 @ 165 lb and it doesn't phase me one bit.

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    i find that using a backpack is so much better on my shoulders. i carry it to school 3 days a week, programing classes.

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    I carry my 15" Powerbook (roughly the same size as a 15" MBP) in a Pinder THIN bag/sleeve - http://www.pinderbags.com/laptopbags.html

    It's small enough to use as a sleeve inside of my messenger bag or to carry on it's own.

    I'm a girl, 5'8", 140 lbs. and I've had no issue carrying the Pinder bag and a messenger bag. I think you'd have to be very out of shape to have a problem carrying your computer around all day, but that's just me.

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    The weight difference between the MB and the 15" MBP really is not enough to notice IMO. Were talkin about a 6 pound computer...ive had text books that weighed more than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wobs View Post
    The macbook is heavier than the MBP.
    This is right out of Apple's specs page. MacBook weighs in at 2.27 kg, whereas MacBook Pro is 2.45 kg.

    They're both just as heavy as any 14" notebooks from Compaq or Dell. If you absolutely need your notebook to be light you'd be thinking of the Asus EEE PC, which isn't a bad choice at all if it comes with 8 gig SSD. Might even be able to install a hacked OS X on it.

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    I carry my 15 PB everyday to and from work. Live in NYC so I am on the train to and from the Bronx. A good bag is necessary!!!!

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    powermacj7-what kind of bag do you use? Like I posted above I have a Chrome Messanger bag, the whole strap is EVA foam so its really well padded.
    OT-How do you like NY NY? I'm considering moving up there after school.
    My only concern was that it may not start out heavy but will end up so.
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    for a bag look at the targus chicago. i love mine!

    http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=TCG650

    looks 10x better in person, blue is not light like that at all. office depot had em
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    Id go with a backpack style...trying to carry one of those messanger bags filled with textbooks and a laptop among other junk isnt any fun with something that goes over one shoulder.

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