At what price point would you consider a current MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by onescoop, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. onescoop macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2008
    help solve a dilemma:
    I could get a current rMBP or last year's rMB for GBP829 or GBP870 respectively, but only for another week.

    If I wait for any possible October launches, I should still get 6% off any new purchase however.

    But the extra GBP100ish off a current model MBP is quite tempting. Would you go for it?

    In terms of needs, I currently have a first gen rMB from work, but need to give that back. It serves me pretty much fine for light video and photo editing and mostly word processing.
  2. unagimiyagi, Sep 19, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2016

    unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    2015 model: 40% off
    2016 model: 33% off
    The macbooks are first generation Apple products. They look nice but do not age well at all.
    The CPU is not slow at first, but the longer you use it, the more you wish it had more oomph UNLESS all you literally do is use facebook and type in microsoft word. (90% of people out there).

    You'll wish that you didn't need to carry half a pound in adapters because of the single usb c port.
    Buying the adapters also adds cost because they are not prevalent, and there are some compatibility problems.

    So, inevitably there will be one more usb c port on the next macbook at some point, or better yet, the pros will be almost as light as the macbook. Apple does weird things to cannibalize itself, and them not differentiating their products well can sometimes work out in our favor. I expect the entry level macbook pro to run circles around the macbook 12 and be about the same price with neglible weight gain, on the order of 0.75 pounds. So, 13" at 2.75 pounds with a full array of ports. I'll take that any day of the week.

    In any event, with an announcement less than a month away, and after 4 years of waiting, this would be the worst of the worst time to buy a macbook 12. You don't buy a new car when you know the redesigned model is coming out in a month for the same price. One at least waits to see what the redesign looks like first, and then waits to take advantage of sales on the old models if the redesign proves to be a step backwards (like the iphone 7 cough cough)
  3. onescoop thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2008
  4. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    £829 for a 2015 rMBP - 256GB SSD? - seems fair to me. The chipset isn't cutting edge, but the same money won't buy you a better new computer.
  5. onescoop thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2008
    That's for the 128, the 256 is 995. Given storage is getting cheaper, think it might be worth the wait and higher costs for the new models.
  6. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    I have no idea why anyone would pay more money for an inferior laptop. Yes, the Macbook looks pretty, but has less ports and power for not much of a savings, compared to rMPB.
  7. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    i agree wholeheartedly. Sadly, there's millions of people out there that don't see it that way and snap this thing up without a second thought. Me, I'm saving my hard-earned coin for whatever new models are coming out in October. Let's hope they're awesome!
  8. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    I wouldn't hold your breath. The Macbook can only adopt the latest chipset from Intel. Kaby Lake isn't going to blow anything out of the water.

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