Help me decide guys

Hazmat401

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I hate these threads just like anyone else but I can’t wait for the MBP 16 so I have to buy a 2019 in a couple of days

I’m having second thoughts on 13 vs 15 when I had it in my mind that I was just getting a 15 period!

Here are the configs I’m narrowed it down to:
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My use case is school work... particularly online college course that I will spend many hours working on.... which is why I’m would prefer the 15 inch. But it’s at the top end of of my budget considering that I refuse to buy the outdated 560x so the Vega 16 is as good as it gets considering I don’t need the horsepower of the Vega 20 at all! And then there’s the better thermals of the Vega cards to consider as well.... and then there’s that voice in the back of my head to not get 32 gigs of memory. I plan to have quite of few tabs open along with multiple ebooks and word documents as well... can 16 gigs handle that?

But then considering what I would be paying for a Vega 16, I can’t overlook the value of the maxed out 13 either

My head hurts... the 13 would be perfect for me plus a display but due to my job... I live in hotels so there’s no point

Decisions decisions... a couple of things. I would be picking up whatever Macbook I get from the Apple store in Delaware so no sales tax! And I have the option of redeeming 115,000 hotel points for $300 in Apple giftcards which is a bad value in my opinion but the option is there

Give me some wisdom guys
 
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Howard2k

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It sounds like you requirements aren't particularly taxing. The 15" is a beast, but either would work for you I suspect.

You say you're living in hotels, so I guess you're carrying around a laptop with you. Neither the 13" nor the 15" are huge, but obviously the 13" is smaller and lighter, but sacrifices horsepower.

I would say drop the storage on the 13" to 512GB, save some money, and take advantage of portability. You could even take that money from the 2TB upgrade and put it towards an iPad, then use SideCar.

Or if the space isn't an issue, then the 15" is probably a good buy. Probably hugely over-powered, but a nice larger screen.
 

Hieveryone

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I actually have a 15" from which I run my life. It's my first 15" and I would never got back to 13" which I used for 6 years.

I got the 2019 base 15" and I'm happy.

I do also have a 12" MacBook 2017 model. Use that for on the go
 

Hazmat401

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So yesterday I pulled the trigger on a new 15 inch MacBook Pro 16/512/Vega 16 for $2850 flat no sales tax and was set to be delivered on the 12th

Checked the refurb site today for an updated selection and canceled my new order in exchange for a Refurb 16/512/Vega 20 for $2679 which is a steal to me and it will be delivered on the 12th instead of of the 19th

I’m a little concerned about the cheaper price.... if you check the 2019 refurb section(Apple store website... NOT THE APP); you would see some great specs at some questionable cheap prices... wonder what gives 🤷🏾‍♂️

I’m dang sure buying AppleCare in the next couple of weeks for sure... nonetheless I’m pleased
 

DanMan619

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So yesterday I pulled the trigger on a new 15 inch MacBook Pro 16/512/Vega 16 for $2850 flat no sales tax and was set to be delivered on the 12th

Checked the refurb site today for an updated selection and canceled my new order in exchange for a Refurb 16/512/Vega 20 for $2679 which is a steal to me and it will be delivered on the 12th instead of of the 19th

I’m a little concerned about the cheaper price.... if you check the 2019 refurb section(Apple store website... NOT THE APP); you would see some great specs at some questionable cheap prices... wonder what gives 🤷🏾‍♂️

I’m dang sure buying AppleCare in the next couple of weeks for sure... nonetheless I’m pleased

Apple's Refurb store is great. I bought my last MBP (Late 2013) via refurb. Those computes are all barely/lightly used and still in Like New condition. So that's how they can shave a couple hundred dollars off the price on refurbs and you end up getting a better deal. I personally am a big proponent of buying from Apple's refurb store.