I just picked up a 2017 13" base MBP 2.3ghz, 8gb ram, and 128 storage for $989.00 using sale prices, discounts, and Best Buy points. I decided the 2017 with F keys was a good choice for me. I was not sure about the reliability of the Touch Bar and didn't really have a need. There are no T2 chips to worry about, and... well basically it was a good price. I don't store music or movies on my laptop, and offload files to a home server after I complete an assignment. On my Air, I used less that 60gb total. So 128 does me fine. My use is not too demanding. I do reports in Word, use it for a lot of email (Mail and Outlook), online research and accessing databases, downloading and uploading files to a corporate server. and combining video clips using Wondershare. I am on week two and have really grown to like the keyboard. I can type faster. I have had no issues and the screen is fantastic. My question is... -Is the 2019 base model that much better or faster? -I realize the 2017 model I have is known to have keyboard issues, but just as many people or more have had NO issues. -I have read good and bad things about the T2 chip in the new models. Do I need this? -The base 2019 has a quad core processor. Do I need a quad core for my needs? -Does a Quad core affect battery life? I have lingered here long enough to realize that everyone has an opinion so I am sure I will get a variety of responses. My goal is to find someone who has experience with both machines, or for someone to offer insight or point out something I haven't considered, or maybe tell me I am overthinking this and just enjoy my machine. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.