2015 MacBook Air or 2016 Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mikey96, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. Mikey96 macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    I'm looking to purchase my first MacBook, I've been a windows user for ever and I'm excited to switch.

    I'm currently debating between the 2015 MacBook Air, base model with 128gb ssd and 8gb ram vs the 2016 MacBook Pro base model.

    The pricing for me to purchase these brand new with current discount is

    $1185.37 & $2017.05, these are Canadian prices including taxes.

    For the purpose of best bang for your buck and longetivity is it worth spending the extra $830 on the 2016 MacBook?

    I'm a light user of laptops, just typical small applications and such .
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I'm not much a fan of the MacBook Air but jeez, that's a huge price difference.
  3. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    Yes the Pro is worth it.
    Better screen etc.....
    In Canada also so I know the pain of our prices.
    Have had every size of Air and Pro
    Settled on the Pro 13.
    Maybe the Macbook suits your needs?
    Best luck with your first Mac
  4. Mikey96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    The regular 12 inch MacBook seems way over priced, $1550 + tax, at that price point id be able to easily justify spending the extra 300$ on the new pro.
  5. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    What exactly are you going to use it for? I was facing the same decision, and went with the 2015 MBA, but, my needs may be totally different from yours (I do a lot of text work, so having a great screen for photos and stuff wasn't something I cared about).
  6. Mikey96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    Very light usage, email, web browsing, and Apple numbers (excel)

    I'm just looking for in terms of value, because the 2015 Air is already 2 years old.

    I'm wondering would i get much more usage and resale value if I spend the extra 800$ right now on the newest 2016 MacBook
  7. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011

    The Pro is a much nicer machine, but I don't know that it is worth so much more in price. Personally, the Air screen is okay to me. Keep in mind that my vision is that of an older gent who is diabetic, so some of the beauty of a retina screen is lost on me.

    Depending on your usage case, you may be just fine with the Air. I love both my Air and my Pros. Frankly, I doubt in either case you can go wrong. Even if you make a mistake, you still end up with a great little computer.
  8. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    You will be happy with either one as long as it isn't Windows. You are a winner every time with Mac OS X.
  9. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    FYI, yes the MBA is 2 years old, but the 2016 Mac Pro was a huge disappointment to people for various reasons, good and bad. Just be aware that if you buy the Pro, be ready to also shell out for dongles of all types. You won't even be able t o plug in a USB drive or mouse/keyboard without a USB C to USB A adapter.
  10. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Also consider battery life… using Apple's own numbers, the MBA is rated at 12 hours and the MBP at 10 hours. 20% longer run time is pretty significant if you're away from power. And you may also have seen that there's some controvesy as to whether the MBP actually runs as long as Apple claims….
  11. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    Just made this very decision, at these approx price points, to replace my daughter's broken 2012 MBA. I like the MBA, and if it works for you, then that's what you should get - dramatic savings!. Ultimately we went with the MBP. I buy machines to last a long time, and I believe there is more "life" in the new MBP. FWIW, USB-C to USB-conventional adaptors are less than $5 on Amazon (highly rated). I also bought from Apple a Lightning-to-USB-C cable (charge the iPhone)- $20. USB-C - HDMI adaptors are still pricey (about $30), but I expect them to come down in the next few months. Note that for an MBA, you will likely need to buy some sort of video dongle.
  12. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    I just can't justify the price difference. I vote MBA.
  13. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    "Very light usage, email, web browsing, and Apple numbers (excel)
    I'm just looking for in terms of value, because the 2015 Air is already 2 years old."

    There's an "in-between" option you're missing.

    That's a -2015- MacBook Pro (either 13" or 15").
    Both are still in Apple's active product lineup, and either can still be custom-ordered.

    You -won't- see them on Apple's MacBook Pro main page.
    You have to click the "buy" button, and scroll down to see the 2015 model listed for purchase.

    I think you'd do MUCH better with a 2015 MacBook Pro 13" than with the Air.
    More power, more ports, better display.
    Better all around, for not much more money.
  14. Obi Wan Kenobi macrumors 6502

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 9, 2011
    London, UK
    I well understand your dilemma.

    Something that hasn't been mentioned so far is how long you intend to keep the laptop for.

    If you're going to use it for 2 years, get the MBA. If you're going to use it until it becomes unusable (4-5 years, more?) go with the Pro.

    I had MBAs from 2011 to 2016, 11" and 13". I loved them. I think they're great machines, and I love their portability, but in the end I opted for the MBP (touch bar). It has the portability, but with more power and a retina display. It's also clearly the future of portable computing.

    After a great deal of thought, I decided that the MBP represented better value over the long term. But part of that decision is that I intend to use and keep the new machine until it becomes unusable.

    I use my laptops pretty heavily, for 8 hours a day. The processor load isn't high, save when I work with video footage. But this is an essential aspect of my work sometimes.

    Most of my usage is word-processing, emails and browsing. Over the long term, I think the MBP offers better value. But you may wish to change laptops before then.

    A word about dongles.
    The need for a dongle to connect to USB B irritates me every time I want to connect ANYTHING to my laptop. Examples from my 'real life; usage include:
    - a flash drive
    - the Apple Superdrive (to upload data or video footage from DVDs or CD-Roms)
    - Using another dongle to 'share' my screen with others. And if I need to use two features at once (flash drive and sharing dongle), I need to use 2 USB C to USB B dongles. It is very very irritating.

    However, it is also fair to say that in my 'real life' usage I only need these things infrequently. But when I do it is very very irritating.

    I am very happy with my purchase, and I wouldn't switch back to an MBA, but the dongle issue is a real and ongoing irritation (I am repeating this phrase deliberately, it is very very irritating. It's a brand new machine, and dongles are required in banal run of the mill work usage scenarios. It irritates me).

    A word about the price.
    As I have repeatedly posted here, I think these machines are too expensive for what they are. But my last laptop came to an end after a spilled drink incident and I need my machine for work, so it was a must buy for me. Apple's sales figures indicate MBPs are selling well, so a downward price adjustment is not realistic at the moment.
  15. Mikey96 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    I believe I made my decision, going to go with the 2016 MacBook pro base model 13in, hopefully keep it for over 4 years and it will retain a good amount of resale when I decide to sell it and upgrade compared to if I bought the MacBook Air.

    Just going to be difficult to bite the bullet go spend the $2,000 especially when never had any experience with Mac OSX
  16. Obi Wan Kenobi macrumors 6502

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 9, 2011
    London, UK
    @Mikey96 For longer term use, I thing you've made the wise choice.

    One more piece of advice, my friend. Buy two Apple USB C to USB B dongles while they're still cheap (£9 in UK, instead of £20). You are going to need them.

    It's an awesome machine. I now use it in preference to all my other devices.
  17. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    And check out Amazon for highly-rated alternatives. I just bought a pair of C2B adapters for $10 - they work fine.

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