I just replaced my old 2006 Macbook Pro with the newly released model. I got the 15 inch version, same as my last one. It's a beautiful machine, and the hi-def (1650 x 1050) matte display is quite brilliant. However, I'm contemplating exchanging it for the 17 inch model. This will be my all-purpose computer, but I am a filmmaker and will sometimes be using it for video editing. I am wondering if the extra screen space and higher resolution (1900 x 1200) could be useful. I generally leave the laptop at home, but might bring it with me on different occasions, and I might be travelling during the next couple years as well. The 17 inch version with the same specs would be $180 more. I figure it's not that much more compared to my initial investment, and considering I will be using this computer for the next 3-4 years. Another option would be to keep the 15 inch and buy a larger external display for home.
I've tried comparing the two at the Apple store but it's hard to get a sense of what it would be like to actually work on the machine. Has anyone here used both a 15 and 17 inch MBP? If so, did you have a preference between the two? How is the tradeoff of screen size vs portability?
If you plan on doing video then the 17 hands down for one reason. It has an express slot. The express slot eill let you use an esata card and esata drives which are at least 2x as fast as FW800. And for video you want fast drives.