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profcutter

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Specs? 5300, 5500, or 5600? RAM? I’d say that the price seems high for a base model, but if it’s fully loaded, it’s a pretty good deal. If it’s a CTO with 8TB SSD, 64 Gigs RAM, 5600 GPU, that’s a steal.
 
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Gregintosh

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Probably not. Pretty sure you can get an Apple silicon model that runs nearly as fast or faster and will be compatible with all the software in the future. Even now many Mac OS features are only available on Apple Silicon so you are already compromising functionality.

At this point I would rather get a second hand 14 inch M1 Pro over this model, and probably be comparable in price.

If you absolutely need the larger screen that's a bit more tricky I guess.
 
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chrono1081

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Thoughts ?
NOPE! I got rid of mine for an M2 Air when they first came out. Not only did the M2 Air utterly obliterate the i9 (and I had a maxed out i9 MBP) but the M2 air never even got warm, the i9 was always running very hot and throttling, a big problem with that model.

Do yourself a favor, just save a little more money, and grab and M series machine, they're way better than the intel machines.
 

Chancha

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I sold my i9 16GB 1TB 5500M for $600 and thought I got rid of it with a fair price (in my Asian region). It is a ticking time bomb in terms of how easy it gets logic board and SSD failures. Mine went to Genius Bar 2 times for board / T2 repair, once for battery. Was so relieved when I finally could be at peace without it.
 

Nbd1790

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100% agree with posts above. Look for a silicon MacBook Air M2 15 inch (unless you're fine with a 13 inch). Will cost slightly more but will be a significantly better computer all around. Can find them certified refurbished off of Apples website and they're eligible for AppleCare as well.

If you want to stick closer to that price point, you can probably find one in the used marketplace.
 

Ev0d3vil

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hmm, I suppose if I had those specs, I’d use it for a year for $700-$800

Hand goes to ear

I’m informed the OP is expected to pay that sum to use the Mac. Nope!

ok thanks guys! the units i looked at in my country are nowhere close to those specs and cost more than 800 USD for an intel machine..
 

aj_niner

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I regret buying the 2019 MBP 16" Core i7 14nm a few weeks after release.

Wish I stuck to my 2011 MBP 13" Core i7 32nm then replaced it with a 2021 MBP 16" M1 Pro 5nm a decade later.

Will keep it for a decade for a 2031 MBP 16" M10 Pro 0.7nm.
 

profcutter

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ok thanks guys! the units i looked at in my country are nowhere close to those specs and cost more than 800 USD for an intel machine..
The only point in getting one of those machines at this point is if you need to run windows on the same laptop you’re running Mac OS. Since the Mac side has disabled some features from intel machines, it’s an even less compelling argument. You’d be better off getting an apple silicon machine and getting a used windows machine as well.
 

profcutter

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hmm, I suppose if I had those specs, I’d use it for a year for $700-$800

Hand goes to ear

I’m informed the OP is expected to pay that sum to use the Mac. Nope!
It’s funny, it seems like folks think the 2019s were unreliable, and I’m vaguely remembering some threads to that effect. I can’t remember how wide spread the problem was.
 

AHDuke99

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It depends on what you need it for. I traded in my base model 16" Intel for $700. The new M series Macs are much faster and the battery life is incredible. Unless you need to run Windows natively and don't want a PC, I see no reason to buy an Intel Mac.
 

FreakinEurekan

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It’s funny, it seems like folks think the 2019s were unreliable, and I’m vaguely remembering some threads to that effect. I can’t remember how wide spread the problem was.
Actually I had one, and it was.... fine. It didn't really bother me, until work set up a M1 Max for me to use. Then it became a ball & chain.
 
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Bigwaff

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I have i9 64GB 1TB 5500M 8GB and it has never given me any problems, although, the computing activities I use it for are not stressing the machine at all. Don't even use an external display. I plan to keep it to run Parallels VM and other emulators to run a slew of older operating systems.

I recognize its days are numbered. It won't be long before Apple releases a version of macOS which doesn't support Intel Macs. At that point, OCLP won't help.
 

TAJones99

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I have i9 64GB 1TB 5500M 8GB and it has never given me any problems, although, the computing activities I use it for are not stressing the machine at all. Don't even use an external display. I plan to keep it to run Parallels VM and other emulators to run a slew of older operating systems.

I recognize its days are numbered. It won't be long before Apple releases a version of macOS which doesn't support Intel Macs. At that point, OCLP won't help.
I have the i9 32GB and I think now that the line up of devices are now all Apple Silicon, I don't think MacOS 15 will support intel devices. I been looking at M1 Max 16 with 32GB
 
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