2015 i7 15" vs. 2016 i5 13"

ApleSmaple1981

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Jun 15, 2011
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Hey all.

I am in a bit of a decision making rut. I am using an early 2015 MacBook Air 11" to do basic word processing etc. for work and sold my 2013 iMac 27" to downsize and bring in portability at home. I would like to to be able to do some video editing (4k and 1080p) as well as use LightRoom etc. and am stuck between purchasing a refurbished 15" i7 late 2015 MBP or a new 13" i5 2016 MBP. I can't seem to find tests or comparisons between the two and was looking for guidance.

So do I go with the

1) 15" i7 2015
2) 13" i5 2016

Thanks!
 
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ApleSmaple1981

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Jun 15, 2011
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Here is what I am considering:

1. 2016 13" MBP 2.9ghz i5 16gb RAM 256 SSD ($1,879)
2. 2015 15" MBP 2.2ghz i7 16gb RAM 256 Flash ($1,699)


Thoughts?
 
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mcomp112

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Here is what I am considering:

1. 2016 13" MBP 2.9ghz i5 16gb RAM 256 SSD ($1,879)
2. 2015 15" MBP 2.2ghz i7 16gb RAM 256 Flash ($1,699)


Thoughts?
Go for the 15 inch. The quad core will make editing much smoother. And it's cheaper.
 

Calby

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I did replace my mbp 2016 to a 2015 15" i7.
I did replace the mbp 2016 3 times!
Then it was enoff for me, could not take it.
So I did buy the i7 it's much faster and for starter it works!
 

Dingado

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jharvey71884

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May 3, 2011
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What battery life are you guys getting with word processing / youtube watching?
I would say the 15 as well...

But I will say this. I took a FCP project today to the Apple Store on a hard drive. Wanted to compare the same computers you are, but the 13 only had 8 gbs.

The rendering time and exporting time between the two machines was a lot less than I thought it would be. Quad core only exported the 2 minute project about 18 seconds faster.
 

jerryk

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I would say the 15 as well...

But I will say this. I took a FCP project today to the Apple Store on a hard drive. Wanted to compare the same computers you are, but the 13 only had 8 gbs.

The rendering time and exporting time between the two machines was a lot less than I thought it would be. Quad core only exported the 2 minute project about 18 seconds faster.
I am pretty sure FCP pre-renders in the background. So much of the "rendering" is just writing from the pre-rendered file to the final file.
 
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