Help choosing a macbook pro URGENT

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JackBunyan, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. JackBunyan macrumors newbie

    JackBunyan

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    Hi there I'm looking for a macbook pro for audio production. With my budget I can either get a newer (2014) Mac 13.3 " with i5 and 8gb or a 2012 Mac 15.4" with i7 and 8gb. What should I go for? Older and more powerful or newer and less?

    Thanks in advance,
    Jack
     
  2. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    I'd go with the 2012 15" model. The Quad core cpu is a big jump up especially for music production. If your buying used however, make sure to check your screen out and do the burn-in checkerboard test...I made the mistake of buying a used MacBook Pro 15" off craigslist and didn't give time to check for burn in, sure enough it had terrible burn in and I had to replace the screen myself. Personally if you can stretch the budget the 2013 models with the Iris Pro graphics are pretty solid. You get a nice bump in battery life, wireless AC, and little risk of burn in and display issues. (In another note...shame on Apple for not issuing a repair program on the lcd with burn in. My view of Apple has really gone done in the last 5 years...)
     
  3. JackBunyan thread starter macrumors newbie

    JackBunyan

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    Okay thank you I'll go for the 15" 2013 or newer, cheers for the swift reply!
     
  4. mikzn macrumors 6502

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    Agree with fenderbass146 - the i7 processor on the 2012 model is great and you can max out the memory for a reasonable price. You didn't mention the hard drives - but would suggest you add the cost of 500G ( or more) SSD for the 2012 if not already upgraded.
     
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Definitely the 15" 2012 model for the extra processing power.
     
  6. mikzn macrumors 6502

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    Also I should have added - unless you see a value of the HD screen ( I don't see the screen as an issue) - more processing power of the i7 and the faster HD upgrade to SSD will give you a super fast response for recording = less latency
     
  7. JackBunyan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry forgot to mention the 2012 has 256gb Ssd
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    My 2012 rMBP is going strong, so I can vouch that its a great machine :)

    I like the larger screen real estate that you get with the 15" over the 13" but that's a personal preference.
     

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