2018 MBP 13" w/ i7 or 2019 MBP 13" w/ i5?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bertie343, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. bertie343 macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2011
    Essentially I'll be getting the same build: 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD. I'm just up in the air as to whether I should get a refurb 2018 model with a 2.7GHz quad-core i7 or a new 2019 model with a 2.4GHz quad-core i5. It will be mostly casual use when travelling -- maybe some light virtual machine use (retro VMs like Windows 98, XP or a Linux distro). The refurb would be only $12 more than the 2019 version.

    If anyone has any suggestions one way or the other, I would certainly appreciate it!
  2. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
  3. Infinite Vortex macrumors regular

    Infinite Vortex

    Mar 6, 2015
    I have the 2018 i7 16GB/512GB and all thing considered I've been mostly happy with it. I haven't had any keyboard issues, touch wood, and the what I would say is the biggest complaint I would have of it is the thermals. It's warmer than I expected/hoped but it's a snappy performer for my uses.
  4. buran-energia macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2017
    2019. I actually prefer i5 to i7 because of negligible performance difference in this case and i5's lower temps.

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