2015 13" 3.1, Vs 2016 13" 2.4?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by marc55, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

    marc55

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    I purchased a 2015- 13", 3.1, 512, 16 off eBay, but apparently it's now lost in the mail, and I will get a full refund.

    But it got me thinking about the battery life on the 2015-13" 3.1; can I expect due to the higher I7 processor, that the battery life will most likely be worse than a 2016- 13", 2.4, 512, 16?

    My wife has a 2015-13", 3.1 I5, 512, 8, and it gets fairly decent battery life, and I'm just thinking the 3.1 I7 will chew up the battery?

    Also, not sure now If I want to get a 2015, when the 2016 is noticeably thinner and lighter?

    Can any of you guys shed some light on the battery life on these models?

    Thank you

    m
     
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

    ZapNZs

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    I've always found usage to have a much greater effect than the computer tier within a specific model lineup, to a point where estimating running time is difficult & the different RAM, CPU, and SSD size options have only a limited impact (the exception being the 15-inch models made during the days of IG and DG variants being sold concurrently, where the DG models would get a lot less battery life if performing a task that activated the dGPU.)

    Since your wife has a 2015, now might be a good opportunity to try a 2016, as you can do a comprehensive comparison between the two to see which you like more? (and if you like the 2015 more, you could return the 2016 with the 14-day return window and replace it with another 2016?) Best Buy has had some spectacular deals on the 2.0GHz/8GB/256GB Non-touchbar model and the statistics are somewhat misleading as it is quite a capable little machine with good battery life.

    To me, the 2015-->2016 15-inch size shrink is more noticeable than with the 13-inch. That's just my personal opinion though.
     
  3. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    2015. No contest.

    Better keyboard.

    Ports and slots that you would actually use (USB, HDMI, SDXC slot)
     

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