Is it safe to buy n/TB 13" MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fate0311, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. fate0311 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2015
    I want to save some cash and don't need the Touch Bar however im a little timid with all the keyboard news I hear....whats the consensus?
  2. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020


    Dec 21, 2012
    What do you deem as safe? Is the keyboard known to have a higher rate of failure than normal keyboards? Yes.

    Is it covered by a repair programme? Yes. Will you have to be without your laptop for a week or longer should you get the issue? Yes.

    Can you end up having the issue zero times or even multiple times in your ownership? Yes.
  3. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    I just bought a 2017 13" nTB from the Apple refurb store and it's flawless. Had it two weeks now with zero issues. And I don't expect any. But if the keyboard does bite the dust (pun intended,) I'm protected by Apple's four-year keyboard replacement program. So I'm good. FYI: I got a silver, 2017 16GB, 256GB 13" nTB MBP, and it's a little powerhouse.
  4. CrazyForCashews macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2018
    Will Apple ever update the no touch-bar MacBook Pro? Or is the new MacBook Air its replacement?
  5. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    Slower wifi and dual core, but if you're good with that I'd certainly consider it a good option.
  6. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    I’ve had a 2016 nTB for over two years now and use it as my main machine. Zero issues with it and have been very happy so far. I plan to keep it for at least another two years.
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    Just to keep the same theme alive, my spouse has the exact same machine and her space bar has been half stuck for the last year and we still haven’t been in to fix it since she works around it with an external keyboard and monitor.

    YMMV with these current keyboards.
    You’ve been warned.
  8. Camark08, Dec 20, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2018

    Camark08 macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2018
    I have a 2017 tb 13 and the keyboard is awesome. It's a great laptop. It has a 4 year keyboard warranty so your in good hands
  9. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    Note that 2018's (which he may be thinking of buying) are *not* covered by Apple on that extended keyboard warranty/fix situation (at least not so far).

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