2017 nTB 13" Macbook Pro vs. 2019 TB Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yyz9, May 21, 2019.

  1. yyz9 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    I had just purchased the 2017 nTB 13" Macbook Pro and looking to return and pay the extra $400 to get the just released 2019 Macbook Pro 2.4GHz Quad-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz.

    Use it extensively for work but word processing, surfing etc. and nothing heavy duty like gaming, or video editing. Not a big fan of the Touch bar as well. Wondering if its worth the $400 difference to get the extra speed bump/keyboard and if so would I see a noticeable difference..
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    Honestly, I'd advice you do it. You may not see a noticable difference with your use, but it'll retain resale value better down the road, be more ready for future software, be substantially faster even if you won't notice it with your needs for now, it could be meaningful down the road, it has a better cooling system, and the new keyboard design might save you at some point, who knows?
  3. yyz9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    Thanks! Was thinking the same - All specs aside, it should at least assist in the resale. This is what upgraded come to now..lol
  4. Wags macrumors 65816

    Mar 5, 2006
    Nebraska, USA
    Don’t think you would notice the difference in performance based on your posted usage. Bigger SSD. Might be worth the extra $400 if keeping and peace of mind.
  5. applesed macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
  6. yyz9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    The Touchbar will be sticking out as a sore thumb. What a serious waste and a total disregard for customer needs.
  7. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    For $400, I'd take the newer one.

    Quad core CPU.
    Faster wifi.
  8. yyz9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    What leads to the better Wifi?
  9. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    It's more like $500, isn't it?

    Your nTB has a 4-year warranty for the keyboard. Plus it doesn't have the Touch Bar (awesome!!!) and the battery lasts a little longer. I'd only take the TB if I needed the power. Last year when I got mine I didn't.
  10. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    The 2017 nTB is a 2x2 antenna setup.
    All other MBPros from 2015 inclusive and onwards are 3x3.

    So you can get up to 867Mb/s of bandwidth on the 2017, and 1.3Gb/s on the others from 2015 on.

    Basically it (the 2017) will get 66% of the speed of the others in any given scenario, assuming wifi infrastructure is adequate.

    Does it make a difference for light Internet use? No, not really. Some folks have reported benchmarks where it's been obvious, but if your home Internet connection is only 20Mb/s and you don't use NAS etc., it's not something to worry about.

    If you're planning on using NAS or if you're planning on having a higher speed Internet service then it might be limiting.
  11. Beau10 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2008
    Downtown San Diego
    I have a 2016 nTB and a 2018 touchbar (quad)... I hate the touchbar as well, but in practice it's not as bad as I feared. The one nice thing is Touch ID, as well you can configure a lock on the touchbar so it's super quick to lock/unlock. If you work with sensitive data and regularly step away it's really nice. The battery life is probably going to be about the same if you had that concern.

    So my vote would be to pay the extra. You're getting a lot more machine so you'll go longer between upgrades, better resale, etc.
  12. Kung gu macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2018
    the 2019s have a 4-year warrenty as well
  13. yyz9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    Thanks a bunch for all the valuable inputs! Will go with the 2019s, as again at the end of the day we are suckers for filling Apple's pockets..lol
  14. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    If you don't care much for Touch Bar, here's a nice workaround.
    1. System Preferences
    2. Keyboard
    3. Touch Bar shows: Expanded Control Strip
    4. Press Fn to: Show App Controls
    5. Customize Touch Bar...
    6. Drag your favorite keys into Control Strip
    As a side benefit, Escape key will always be shown.

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