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Buying MBP 2019 15, Which version should i get?

darwichee90

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Hi guys,

First of all, I´m not a programmer, and won´t be using this within work or something like that, so just getting new "main laptop". Sure, i´ll start making websites and so on, but not really demanding stuff.

So my question is, which one should i get? Ofc i want something to lasts for a long time, stays cool and so on.

My choice is between these two models:

1:

  • 2.3GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
  • Retina display with True Tone
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 1TB SSD storage

2:

  • 2.3GHz 8‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
  • Retina display with True Tone
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  • Radeon Pro Vega 20 with 4GB of HBM2 memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
So basicly it´s 512gb SSD extra or picking the Vega 20 pro ? Really having hard time deciding. Any Pros n Cons?
 

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Do you have any reason to use more graphics power? If you're just going to be using it to do basic computer tasks (web browsing, email, research, media, occasional web coding, etc.), it'll already be overkill no matter what spec you choose. Assuming you don't need the extra graphics power, I'd get the 1TB model. I wouldn't get the 1TB model if I wouldn't need the extra space or have a strong preference for internal storage though. I'd get the 560X 512GB model to save money instead. SSDs are much cheaper to buy not from Apple, and cloud storage is cheap too, if you ever did need more space.
 
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Hieveryone

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I have a base 2019 15"

Reason why I opted for the base model is becuase of the higher clock speed. I like 2.6 GHz
 
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Do you have any reason to use more graphics power? If you're just going to be using it to do basic computer tasks (web browsing, email, research, media, occasional web coding, etc.), it'll already be overkill no matter what spec you choose. Assuming you don't need the extra graphics power, I'd get the 1TB model. I wouldn't get the 1TB model if I wouldn't need the extra space or have a strong preference for internal storage though. I'd get the 560X 512GB model to save money instead. SSDs are much cheaper to buy not from Apple, and cloud storage is cheap too, if you ever did need more space.
Geeez, I would say the base model is just fine for your needs! That's what I have push it pretty hard no issues....
 
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darwichee90

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Do you have any reason to use more graphics power? If you're just going to be using it to do basic computer tasks (web browsing, email, research, media, occasional web coding, etc.), it'll already be overkill no matter what spec you choose. Assuming you don't need the extra graphics power, I'd get the 1TB model. I wouldn't get the 1TB model if I wouldn't need the extra space or have a strong preference for internal storage though. I'd get the 560X 512GB model to save money instead. SSDs are much cheaper to buy not from Apple, and cloud storage is cheap too, if you ever did need more space.
I have a base 2019 15"

Reason why I opted for the base model is becuase of the higher clock speed. I like 2.6 GHz

The thing is, here in my country, when i use my company account and spent over 3000 Dollars, then we get 6% discount on the laptop from Apple, so basicly the 1Tb will be a free upgrade. If i just choose the basemodel without any upgrade, i won´t get any discount, because i will have to spent specific amount to get it.

Haha i hope you guys understood what i was trying to say :) , but basicly i get 1tb for free because of the 6% discount,

So basicly i'm fine with the base modell as you guy say, but i get a free upgrade to the 1tb, or almost free (100 Dollar) to the Vega 20 upgrade.
 
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I'd go for the 2019 16" MacBook Pro or one of the 2020 models.

Unless you have no choice and have to buy right now, I'd not sink a single penny into butterfly keyboard models that are on the way out.
 
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I'd go for the 2019 16" MacBook Pro or one of the 2020 models.

Unless you have no choice and have to buy right now, I'd not sink a single penny into butterfly keyboard models that are on the way out.

You do realize plenty of people have the butterfly with no problems. Now, I don't want to speak to soon as I have just gotten my 2019 15", but no problems as of yet *knock on wood*
 
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I'd go for the 2019 16" MacBook Pro or one of the 2020 models.

Unless you have no choice and have to buy right now, I'd not sink a single penny into butterfly keyboard models that are on the way out.
Not everyone can buy a 16” lol$
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You do realize plenty of people have the butterfly with no problems. Now, I don't want to speak to soon as I have just gotten my 2019 15", but no problems as of yet *knock on wood*
I’ve never had a butterfly issues. Never. On dozens of models.
 
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The thing is, here in my country, when i use my company account and spent over 3000 Dollars, then we get 6% discount on the laptop from Apple, so basicly the 1Tb will be a free upgrade. If i just choose the basemodel without any upgrade, i won´t get any discount, because i will have to spent specific amount to get it.

Haha i hope you guys understood what i was trying to say :) , but basicly i get 1tb for free because of the 6% discount,

So basicly i'm fine with the base modell as you guy say, but i get a free upgrade to the 1tb, or almost free (100 Dollar) to the Vega 20 upgrade.

I'd go with 1TB then, unless you have any realistic chance of getting into intense video/photo editing or 3D rendering. In that case, I'd go with the Vega.
 
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Not everyone can buy a 16” lol$
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I’ve never had a butterfly issues. Never. On dozens of models.

I’m so curious to see how much to 16” goes for.

I paid like ~$2500 for my 2019 15”

If the 16” is like $2600 I’m going to be :mad:

But hopefully it’s like ~$3000

I wouldn’t spend that much on a laptop. ~$2500 is tops for me
 
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kp98077

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I’m so curious to see how much to 16” goes for.

I paid like ~$2500 for my 2019 15”

If the 16” is like $2600 I’m going to be :mad:

But hopefully it’s like ~$3000

I wouldn’t spend that much on a laptop. ~$2500 is tops for me
It’ll be at least 3,000:) I’m sure ....I paid about the same (2,500)
 
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MengkeMary

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I have a base 2019 15"

Reason why I opted for the base model is becuase of the higher clock speed. I like 2.6 GHz

I was about to get this one. So how is your experience with it? What about the thermal? Is it hot under light to medium load? I used to own a 2018 15" base model, but I just could not stand the temperature since it got hot without heavy load. So I finally returned it and waited for a "newer" model. Now the newer model has already arrived, but I'm not sure about the thermal issues. Can you share your experience? Thanks.
 
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I was about to get this one. So how is your experience with it? What about the thermal? Is it hot under light to medium load? I used to own a 2018 15" base model, but I just could not stand the temperature since it got hot without heavy load. So I finally returned it and waited for a "newer" model. Now the newer model has already arrived, but I'm not sure about the thermal issues. Can you share your experience? Thanks.

I love it! It's a bit heavy and cumbersome but love the screen. I would say it get's pretty hot though but that's just my opinion. I don't have any thermal software or anything to check the temps, but it does feel hot for sure under moderate use
 
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I love it! It's a bit heavy and cumbersome but love the screen. I would say it get's pretty hot though but that's just my opinion. I don't have any thermal software or anything to check the temps, but it does feel hot for sure under moderate use
I have the same model it doesn't get hot at all, under normal use (MS office, few windows open etc.) even plus you tube.... and it's an amazing machine! super thin!
 
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If you don't plan to play games on Mac, then go with large SSDs so you don't need to expand the storage in future.
 
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MengkeMary

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I love it! It's a bit heavy and cumbersome but love the screen. I would say it get's pretty hot though but that's just my opinion. I don't have any thermal software or anything to check the temps, but it does feel hot for sure under moderate use

If you don't plan to play games on Mac, then go with large SSDs so you don't need to expand the storage in future.

Thanks for the feedback! Appreciated!

Seems like different people have different opinions, even for the same model. Interesting.
 
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If you don't plan to play games on Mac, then go with large SSDs so you don't need to expand the storage in future.

I went for 256 SSD. Just the base model 2019 15”

Reason why is even after using my late 2013 rMBP 2.6/8/256 for almost six years I still had like 45GB free and could free up even more.

So I don’t really need space.
 
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I went for 256 SSD. Just the base model 2019 15”

Reason why is even after using my late 2013 rMBP 2.6/8/256 for almost six years I still had like 45GB free and could free up even more.

So I don’t really need space.

45GB free space is kind of tight. You can easily run out of space if you install some space demanding softwares/games. Of course you can offload some files to external drive, but that would be a lot of trouble. Personally, I would make sure my MBP has around 100GB free space. Once below this, I would start organizing and move some contents out.
 
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45GB free space is kind of tight. You can easily run out of space if you install some space demanding softwares/games. Of course you can offload some files to external drive, but that would be a lot of trouble. Personally, I would make sure my MBP has around 100GB free space. Once below this, I would start organizing and move some contents out.
If less than 100 left will it run slower ?
 
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Hieveryone

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45GB free space is kind of tight. You can easily run out of space if you install some space demanding softwares/games. Of course you can offload some files to external drive, but that would be a lot of trouble. Personally, I would make sure my MBP has around 100GB free space. Once below this, I would start organizing and move some contents out.

Well I have 216 GB free right now on my new 15” so I’m all right for now
 
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