Base 2015 15" (used) vs Base 13" inch 2016 (refurbished)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by digitallegend, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. digitallegend macrumors member

    digitallegend

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    i can buy a 2015 15" BASE model form craigslist. No warranty / no apple care and battery cycle count at 200. Bought in march of last year. Nothing seems wrong with it. Price is $1500 (CAD)
    OR
    i can buy a refurbished BASE 2016 13" for $1800 (CAD) from apple. Obviously brand new battery / 1 year warranty.

    Whatever i buy will be mainly used for programming. I don't care that 2016 models need dongles. I have tried both keyboard and like both of them.

    which one is the better buy? I am so confused.
     
  2. Mr. Dee macrumors 65816

    Mr. Dee

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    The Craigslist is too risky. I would go with the refurb 2016 13 if the extra cash is not a burden. Then again, the Core i7 in the base 2015 15 might be suitable for your line of work. The more cores, the better.
     
  3. biffysix macrumors newbie

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    Go for the 15 inch 2015 on Apple Refurbished site. Else get the 15 inch 2016 base. 15 inch screen is way better for programming. Most people I see around town (Vancouver) have Eclipse open and the 15 inch models (2015) on bus, food fair etc.
     
  4. leman macrumors 604

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    If that is the choice, extra $300 CAD for a year of warranty and a newer computer seem like a no-brainer.
     
  5. sunapple macrumors 65816

    sunapple

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    Yes, Craigslist is risky, but I'd go for the bigger screen in this case. The 13" from 2016 is a really nice machine though. Maybe there're other web shops that offer the 15" with a discount and some warranty?

    I bought my 15" 2015 with dGPU second hand without warranty, got no complaints or regrets. I got a great machine for 2000€ that'll probably last me for a long time. It's just not the safest option, but safety comes at a price.
     

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