2015 or 2016 base MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Subliminal87, Apr 17, 2017.


Buy 2015 or 2016

  1. 2015

  2. 2016

  1. Subliminal87 macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    I am going to trade in my Surface at Best Buy. They'll give me $210 for it.

    Best Buy has the 2015 for $1,099 and the 16 for $1299.

    Email, web, Microsoft Office and YouTube/Netflix sometimes are the main uses.

    The 128 hard drive, I don't care about. It's the same size as my surface and I still have 50+ gigs left. Everything else goes to the cloud or Flash drive.

    Should I just get the 2015 model since it'll be $899 and be done? I'll get AppleCare as wel for it.

    The 16 has a good display and is thinner, I'm just not sold on the price for my uses and the keyboard.
  2. xb2003 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2016
    For what you mentioned, you won't notice a difference. Unless you just want the smaller form factor or USB C, I'd say 2015.

    You can do better than Best Buy usually. If nothing else, find somewhere you don't have to pay tax.
  3. Subliminal87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    Thanks, I didn't find the 2015 cheaper than $1,099 new. Even from BH photo, they're still more than Best Buy's sale with taxes. Plus that $200 off kind of sways me towards Best Buy.
  4. ZapNZs, Apr 17, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017

    ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    At those prices, I would pick the 2015. I like the 2016, but not $200 more sort of like over an already good system, (unless you are constantly using it outside or using graphic intensive programs, where as the $200 premium might be more justifiable for you, personally.)

    The 2015 for $1,000 new is findable if you do some hunting and are not in a hurry to buy. Not too long ago BB had new models for something like that and open-box new models for something like under $900.
  5. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I voted for 2016, but I would also consider the 15. I like both. I just said 2016 bc it's newer and might be better. I own a 2013 and love it though, so I'm sure the 2015 is good too.
  6. thesaint024 macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2016
    suspension waiting room
    Almost any computer sold in this decade will do what you need it to do (with the exception of gaming). That's not a knock on your uses, it applies to most of us. The newest models get you a little faster, a little sleeker, a little lighter, among other things. If $200 is not worth a little more of this or that, then get the 2015. With either choice, you will be satisfied with how it handles your workload. You should be asking if you care about those things and not necessarily if it's "overpriced". That is all relative in the Apple world. The improvements are things you might not notice had they not been introduced because the 2015 was already pretty good. But now that the cat's out of the bag, hard to close your eyes on the new goodies.
  7. Beards macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2014
    Derbyshire UK
    The keyboard on the 2016 is debatable as is do you want USB-C over the old ports. The screen is better on the 2016 and it'll perform 'slightly' faster. I personally ended up with a 2015, part due to the above and part because I don't fully trust the new model.
  8. Subliminal87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    The display and thinness is all I mostly care about but I don't think that's worth $200. So I'll probably just get the 2015 model. Unless there is some great deal that brings the 2016 to like $1000-1100.

    For everything that I use now, regular USB would be worth more than me buying adapters for my flash drives or external drive. I'll probably get the 2015 model, I'll wait until the end of the month and hope it either stays at $1,099 or goes lower on a sale. I do remember Best Buy had it new for $999 a few weeks ago.

    I have an older laptop that I don't use that BB will give me $140 for (it's like 6 or 7 years old) plus my surface. So as of today, I'd pay $799 for the 2015. Plus AppleCare, which they have $100 a MBP and AppleCare
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Check out bestbuy and amazon. I think both have consistently cut the price of the new MBP
  10. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
  11. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    From the rational standpoint, the 2015 is absolutely sufficient and also cheaper. However, if you are going to watch videos a lot, the better screen+speakers really make a difference and if you keep the computer for a few years, the extra couple of $ you pay per months to have brighter display and better colours is not that bad.
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I've only heard good things with the speakers in the 2016 MBP, and of course the screen is gorgeous.
  13. Subliminal87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    True, although I'll just use my AirPods or Bluetooth headphones.
  14. tow1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2017
    I bought the 2015 15" mbp 3 weeks ago, after watching videos of the 2016 for 2 weeks I decided to sell my 2015 (for 400$ more than what I bought it for ) and get the 2016.
    I dont regret it. I would never go back for the 2015 which I feel outdated now (especially the keyboard and the look)
    Ps: its my first macbook, ive been using windows for more than 10years

    GO for the 2016!
  15. Subliminal87 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2015
    How much did you buy it for that you were able to sell it for $400 more?
  16. cheezeit macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    2016 has a sleeker design, smaller footprint and has the more "future" ports. 2015 has the bang for the buck.

    I have a 2015 15" and opted for a 2016 13" fully loaded. Portability was high on my list this time so I decided to get rid of the 15" and get a 2016.
  17. tow1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2017
    I bought it for AU$2600 (usd$1950) and sold it for AU$3000 ($2250). It was the high specs 2.8ghz, 1tb storage. It was a pretty good deal I reckon haha

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