Is the 2017 MacBook Pro a worthy upgrade to my 2013?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stringerhye, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. stringerhye macrumors 6502a

    stringerhye

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    I’m a designer/motion designer and my trusty Late 2013 MacBook Pro has been great but I’m wondering if it’s time for an upgrade.

    I use a lot of Adobe software like After Effects, Premiere and Illustrator and I’m wondering if the performance gains are worth the cost of a new computer.
     
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    It's a worthy upgrade for sure - how well does your current machine meet your needs? What areas would you like to see improvement? (e.g., battery life, portability, CPU performance, shorter export times, brighter screen, the P3 color gamut, etc.)
     
  3. stringerhye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    A brighter screen with better color is definitely something I would like since I do a lot of design work. Shorter export times would be nice too, but I don't know how much I should expect from a laptop. I would love to be able to use an iMac or Mac Pro for my work, but I need to be on-site for most of it these days.
     
  4. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    Short answer - yes.

    Long answer - only if you have the money, you likely won't notice much initial speed differences and will mostly have to evaluate on the 'feel/experience' of the new system. I wouldn't say it's worth it if you're stretching a budget, you'll likely end up disappointed and become one of those USB-C ranters or just generally looking for something wrong as reason to return. It is a better machine though, by about 4 years.
     
  5. stringerhye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think you talked me out of it. I have the money but it should be used for more responsible things until my system ***** the bed or Apple comes out with a computer that will have significant performance increases.
     
  6. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

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    The new computer will have a significant performance increase. The question is are you going to notice or benefit from it given your current workflow? If your current computer isn't feeling slow to use, then a new one is not going to improve upon that.

    So yes it's best to wait until you need something or at least understand that sometimes the need is just a want.
     
  7. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

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    depends which size, rumor has it 4 cores are coming to mbp 13 next year or something.
     
  8. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68030

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    If you want to increase your current laptop’s longevity, you may want to consider getting a battery replacement before it becomes “obsolete” in Apple’s eyes next year.

    Now that screens are LED backlit, it seems the battery is the next weakest component in Apple’s laptops. (My 2006 MacBook ran well but the CCFL backlight was super dim and flickered when cold after 6 years, for example).
     
  9. stringerhye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    At the moment the battery is 91% healthy. The laptop is fast enough for most uses, but it would be nice to have things render quicker.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 14, 2017 ---
    I’d love a smaller laptop but I need the 15” for the screen real estate
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:

    If you have a 2014 and it's running "good enough" for you right now, it might be better to wait a little while longer (at least until next year).

    Important questions:
    Have you seen and tried out the new MBPro's?
    Would you be satisfied with the new keyboard feel, vis-a-vis the one you have now?
    Will the move from "legacy ports" (that you have now) to USB-c be easy enough for you?
     
  11. stringerhye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. I’ve tried out a coworkers machine and I like the new keyboard. I so rarely plug an external device into my machine and the dongle life is not a problem for me.
     
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    The '15 with Kaby lake a 16gb is the way to go for sure. The upgrade in 2018 will be minimal for the '15 so it is probably worth it to just go ahead and get it now, of course unless you don't mind the wait.
     
  13. stringerhye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don’t mind waiting if they’re going to add major things like 32gb of ram. But if it’s just a spec bump then I might go ahead.
     
  14. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601

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    I thought 32GB are coming this year, no? In your case I would wait a bit. Not sure if you absolutely need the portability or if an iMac in addition to your current machine might be an option
     
  15. stringerhye thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I wish I could just work from the home but I'm too often on-site to justify have a desktop.
     
  16. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601

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    People have reported lots of issues with the keyboard if the current machines. Just look a bit in the forums.
     

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