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I'm trying to figure out if a 6.3 pound (2.8 kilo) laptop is heavy. It's one of the choices for my next one. My current is about 4.5 pounds. It's not light, but I don't feel like my arm is going to fall off either.
I stopped bringing my 17" MBP to NYC because even in a backpack it was way too irritating. IMO the extra weight wasn't worth the extra pixels--and I likes me some pixels. It's still my laptop of choice (except for that the video went out today :( but for commuting I'm now using a netbook--doubt I'll ever go back to a full-size until power supplies get lighter.
David Newton wrote:I stopped bringing my 17" MBP to NYC because even in a backpack it was way too irritating. IMO the extra weight wasn't worth the extra pixels--and I likes me some pixels. It's still my laptop of choice (except for that the video went out today :( but for commuting I'm now using a netbook--doubt I'll ever go back to a full-size until power supplies get lighter.
I used to carry my 17in desktop replacement HP with a full keyboard and mouse to NY with me. I swear the thing is 11 pounds! I had a nice book bag taht supported the weight well and I did not seem to care about the weight while taking the train from DC to New York.
Now taking it on an airplane was a PITA and I take my 13in instead.
My 17in now is permanently sitting on my desk while I take my 13in everywhere else in my house. :)
If you can go with a smaller one and have a larger external monitor to use when in a permanent place, that might be the best deal. You can than use the laptop screen as a 2nd smaller monitor. I like doing that because I can see my we pages in two different resolutions when I am coding, plus they tend to have different colors.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I'm trying to figure out if a 6.3 pound (2.8 kilo) laptop is heavy. It's one of the choices for my next one. My current is about 4.5 pounds.
Well, 6.3 would be, how can I put it? More. Whether that's "heavy" or not depends on many, many things. I don't think anyone else can answer for your. If I were you, I'd find a mass of 1.8 pounds (rolls of coins maybe?), and duct-tape that mass to my laptop's carrying case for a few days. See what you think.
Personally, I went from a 17" laptop to a 13", and now to a 15", which seems just right. That last one weighs in at 5.5 pounds. But for me, it's not so much about the mass. It's about whether I can easily fit it in a backpack, and whether I can easily read things without side-scrolling. Those things, unfortunately, are harder to simulate with coins and duct tape.
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:I'm trying to figure out if a 6.3 pound (2.8 kilo) laptop is heavy.
Its heavy. Period.
Also, nearly all laptop ads and specs ignore the weight of the power brick, which is often more than a pound.
What your arm/shoulder will feel is the weight of the laptop, brick, mouse, and case.
I'm partial to serious desktops and netbooks for travel, you can get a killer desktop for a grand, and run two or three LCD screens on it. After getting used to all that screen real estate, no laptop can compare, so go light.
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Pat has made a good point. Laptop won't be alone ever. Power brick, external mouse (which I prefer too) and the laptop case itself (I have leather one). In addition to this I carry my lunchbox,juice bottle (~500ml) and notepad. and all this fits into my laptop bag. This might be around 11 lb (5 kilo).
PS : I carry it from my home to office, 1 mile away. I walk from my home to office.
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Thanks for the advice. The answer: I found someone who has that machine now and asked if I could pick it up. It doesn't feel that much heavier than my current one so I think I'm ok.
Eric: The resolution thing is a good idea. I have an external monitor at the office so I use it, but I don't tend to use the laptop monitor. Resolution is a good use for it.
Mike: Really - it would be more? Imagine that! And I agree nobody else could answer it. If I got back a bunch of "it was really heavy and I didn't realize it until it's too late, I'd reconsider"
I hardly ever carry around the brick. They gave us an extra one to leave at home and most of the laptop schelping is between work and home. I only carry the brick if I fly for work. My laptop bag is light and I don't put other stuff in it. That's what my other bag is for.
This thread actually was useful. And thanks to Ankit for making it fit in MD.