Conflicting on should i buy a Macbook right now....

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SoySauceSandwich, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. SoySauceSandwich macrumors newbie

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    I'm currently doesn't own a laptop of any sort. The only reason i want to buy a Macbook is that i travel quite a lot and i would love to use FCPX to edit some travel video for youtube. The Macbook will mostly be use for online classes, watching movies and some light gaming ( Civ 5, cities skylines).

    To make things even more complicated; I'm in the military and getting deploy within a month. I also have a one time 10% discount i could use on any Macbook.

    I'm currently using the base model 15 inches Macbook Pro that i'll probably return. I love it but i don't think it is worth $2000 considering the new one will be out soon.

    I found an open box 13MBPr w/ 256GB for $1135 after using the 10% discount code. Is that a good price for a 13MBPr w/ 256GB?

    Will the 13 inches able to handle the tasks that i listed above? My thinking is that i either go all out for the top of the line 15 or stay with the 13 since i'm assuming the Iris pro and extra 8Gb of Ram is not worth the extra $850. Is buying a 13 right now a dumb idea since the new one is right around the corner?
     
  2. Spudlicious macrumors 6502

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    Whatever you buy and whenever you buy there will always be a new model on the way, you must know that. I imagine that decisiveness is an important military attribute.
     
  3. SoySauceSandwich thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You're right. That's the reality of technology. Is $1135 a good price for the 256GB 13 inches?
     
  4. j1104638 Suspended

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    If you can't wait until WWDC, then 13" for this price seems reasonable. I don't think you'll notice a big difference in performance between 2015 and forthcoming 2016 model anywhere except games.

    Bear in mind that 13" is a little more modern (5th generation Intel CPU) than 15" (4th) at the moment. So buying 15" at the moment is worse than 13".

    But both of them are not that futureproof considering rumoured major redesign is on the way and is likely to be presented on WWDC or earlier and considering ports are likely to change drastically (USB 3.0 -> USB-C, Thunderbolt 2 -> Thunderbolt 3). So if you're going to sell it in a year or two, you'll likely lose much more than if you wait until WWDC. And if you're going to use it for a long time (3-5 years) you're likely to be constrained when buying new accessories for it.
     
  5. SoySauceSandwich thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I think i might pull the trigger next weekend if the Laptop is still on the clearance rack. I don't see myself using Thunderbolt ports anytime soon.
     
  6. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    If you use any USB devices at all (really) you will need one of the two adapters they sell. The cheaper USB-C to USB-A? is okay (20$ USD) but you can't charge the laptop while using a device. The more expensive adapter (80$ USD) you can change and use the USB at the same time that was important to me. If you look on Amazon be careful because they don't always charge while plugged in.
     
  7. SoySauceSandwich thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't see how a USB-C port have anything to do with the Macbook Pro Retina 13 inches.
     
  8. j1104638 Suspended

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    rMBP 2016 will have USB-C ports for sure. The question stands will it have any USB 3.0 ports or not.
     
  9. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    Yes. I did buy my 13 inch base model but with 256gb ssd and I spent $1200 on mine and would do it again brand new.
     
  10. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    Unless your Apple how do you know? Could keep it exclusive to the Macbook.....could make an argument since it's better off keeping USB 3.0 atm. I don't see them removing 3.0 for 3.1 but I could see them removing thunderbolt 2 for USB 3.1 or USB -c. This way it would have 2 USB 3.0, HDMI, 2 USB type C, and the headphone jack.
     
  11. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Sorry thought you were considering buying a MacBook.
     

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