Discounted 2016 vs. Full Price 2017

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  1. ARK macrumors 6502

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    So the processor is rebranded but pretty much the same.
    SSD is faster but will you notice it with light duty work?
    You can get more RAM if you want which again doesn't quite match the purpose of the MacBook - light duty.
    The keyboard is upgraded. Is the keyboard really the best update for it?

    I'm thinking about getting one for the wife to replace her aging 2011 13" pro. Just not sure if the 2017 is worth the extra money vs. the m5 512 2016 model.
     
  2. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030

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    The issue is that I've only seen $100 discounts on the old model. For that $100 difference you're better off getting the latest and greatest.
     
  3. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

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    I'm trying to sell my early 2016 Gold 8/512/M5 locally. Nobody wants it. Battery has 25 cycles on it and it's effectively brand new.

    Asking $999, people aren't interested. Hmm, guess I'll just keep it.
     
  4. ARK thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yep, but those discounts will come back up again in time. A good $300 or $350 off will get me to bite. I just wonder though is the 2017 model worth the extra $ vs the discounted 2016.
     
  5. C64 macrumors 65816

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    Check the other topic where you posted the same questions.

    If price is a big deciding factor, then get the 2016 if you can find a good discount. They're all just small incremental upgrades. You'll be fine and happy with both.
     
  6. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    I'm thinking about returning my 2016 I just got from BB for $1250+tax as the latest benchmarks show the 2017 base model CPU even beating the m5 model upgraded model. The SSD is a bit quicker too. The new keyboard is also much better... Decisions decisions as today is my last day to return it....
     
  7. ARK thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Good luck! The hassle of moving your files may factor into that equation. hehehe
     
  8. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502

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    QWERTY keyboard I assume?
     
  9. Esquire1 macrumors member

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    Is the 2016 M5 model CPU as fast as the 2017 M3?

    Considering a 2016 M5 or a 2017 M3.
     
  10. Appleaker macrumors 68020

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    The processors are rebranded but that doesn't mean they haven't received a considerable speed bump. The m3 improvement is definitely impressive.
     
  11. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a

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    If you are looking for bigger savings, going with apple refurbished or best buy would be your best bet. Back in November I got a $1500 2016 rMB m5 for the price of $1170 with only 9 cycles on it. The computer had 0 blemishes (it was certified-excellent).

    However, it had a damaged charge cable. I got a $25 gift card which I used to actually buy something else, because I got a nice i-orange usb-c nylon (i think thats the material) cable that is 6ft long, space gray usb-c ends and black nylon which not only matches the space gray but also seems more durable (from amazon). I had an air before this and the cable for the air was damaged after 2 years of usage. I do make sure to wrap the cable carefully as possible this time around.

    I went off topic with those last few sentences, but I am not sure of your wife's usage. If she is browsing the net, then last generation is fine. I went with the m5 as it was a considerable spec bump, and I got 512 gb storage (which is excessive now that I think about it). You do get the 2nd gen keyboard but, to me it feels almost the same anyway.
     
  12. Chris916 macrumors member

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    Lol i have mine down to $700 on CL and no one wants it. Ive gotten about 20 texts, all offering $500 or less and when i say $650 they say im asking too much. Didnt want to deal with ebay, but looks like i will have to to get any decent $
     
  13. looking4anotebo macrumors 6502

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    That sound pretty low. I sold my 16' m3 a few months ago for $900 on CL. Looking on CL now, everyone is selling them for $800-900.
     
  14. Chris916 macrumors member

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    Everyone on CL seems to think smaller equals cheaper. I cant even sell my i5 512 for $650 been up for almost a week
     
  15. magbarn macrumors 68000

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    Resale is bad period on laptops smaller than 13 and larger than 15. Always been this way on the resale market due to goldilocks rule
     
  16. Esquire1 macrumors member

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    If someone is selling a gold M5 or M7 2016 model, PM me.
     

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