Most people using 17" LCD screens are using them as desktop replacements. You will have dramatically less battery life also unplugged. This would be mostly for gamers who want the ability to move a 1 piece computer (as opposed to a separate desktop and monitor and all the wires) around the house occasionally but nearly never use it to travel outside the house.
I do see realtors using 17" notebooks a lot, however, as they have it at an open house and it is larger for people to see pictures/satelite images of the area, etc. But again, the realtor is only carrying it from his car into the sale house -- not all over campus or to longer distances. And, the realtor is using the 17" notebook plugged into A/C -- not battery power which will be much less versus the 15"
So if you are carrying it around campus a lot get the 15". If you will leave it on your desk most of the time then consider the 17"
Note that that there are plenty of Targus, Samsonite, etc notebook backpacks that will hold a 15" or 15.4" widescreen notebook (the only way to carry it around so both arms are holding the weight -- not just one arm) but I don't even know of a backpack that will hold a 17" LCD notebook.
you guys were a big help when I was deciding between mac and pc laptops a couple weeks ago, so i figured i'd come back for advice on the newest conundrum. I finally decided, after much demo-ing etc., to go with the G4 powerbook. now, however, i'm trying to decide between the 15" and 17" powerbooks.
I originally was only looking at the 15", but realized that with an educational discount the difference between the two would only be around $150. At that point, the huge screen started to look pretty sexy... Anyone have any advice on this? Anyone have experience carrying the 17" around?
thanks in advance all,