Buying a 2016 touchbar MacBook pro worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Camark08, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Camark08 macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2018
    I'm so stuck on whether to get a 2017 13 inch MacBook pro with or without touchbar(8gb ram 256 ssd)or get a 13 inch 2016 touchbar with 16gb ram 256 ssd. Id probably be doing some light video editing. Some 4k. and college work.
  2. Hitrate macrumors 6502


    Mar 25, 2009
    4k file sizes means you have to live with external hdd's probably unless you're good at file management :) 'personally I don't think the touch bar thing is a major dealbreaker, but not having enough space and ram would my suggestion is try and look everywhere u can for a good deal on something with 16gb ram 500gb ssd, it'll pay itself back if you decide to sell it with those specs anyway, cause the more stock specks are everywhere, so more future proof option also...So mayb a 2016 13" 16 500 refurb/used with some apple care still left on it for comfort :) edit: I'd even say go as high as 1tb or 2tb if you can afford it...It looks so much better on paper a few years from now when you're selling a 2.9 or 3.1 ghz 1/2tb ssd laptop than one with 8gb/256, and I know you can do lots with cloud storage as well, so for some it's not a must, but "offline" file management wise you'll quickly run out of space with 256.
  3. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I would go for the 16GB ram personally, at least if you plan to keep it for a while.

    I got a 2016 Macbook Pro last October, when I found one on sale. Very happy with it. No video editing but usually run 16 apps at the same time and also do photo editing. It's smooth.
  4. Jedimindtrick macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2017
    I never use the touch bar. Personally I think it’s useless. I’ve also had more glitches and random restarts with the touch bar model than any other mbp I’ve ever owned.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Get the 2017 (instead of the 2016).
    Supposedly a slightly better keyboard.

    AND -- you want to get AppleCare for it, if you can.
    What happens if you start having keyboard problems when the 1-year warranty period is over?
  6. Camark08 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2018
    Thanks for the advice. I've decided to get the 2017 ntb 8gb ram 256ssd.
  7. Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    Do yourself a favour and get 16gb ram. remember, the ram gets shared with the integrated gpu - even 16gb is not much if you edit 4k then.
  8. smallcoffee macrumors 65816

    Oct 15, 2014
    North America
    Just save a little and get the 2017 with 16gb of ram.
  9. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am
    Get apple care+, that is a must. Some users with the 2017 still have the keyboard problems

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