Is the new Macbook Pro with the touch bar worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Enchanted21, Dec 5, 2016.

  1. Enchanted21 macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2016
    I really want the new macbook pro with the touch bar when I'm going into college in the fall of 2017 and I've been wanting one so bad for awhile. Is it worth the money and I don't want to feel like I'm the only one that doesn't have a macbook.
  2. Macalway macrumors 68020

    Aug 7, 2013
    Relative. But do not spend more than what your comfortable with, to fit in. You will fit in best by being comfortable with things. Spending too much money will be counterproductive, and no one cares.

    There's that (sorry :D ) and then there's just wanting cool stuff. :)
  3. eastamherstbias macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2012
    Yes, if you force yourself to use it early on and remember that it exists. You will enjoy it more. I love using it for email and toggles.
  4. blairian89 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2016
    It's a relative thing as others have said. I absolutely love mine and it would serve you well through college and likely years after.

    If budget is your primary concern the 2015 models or an Apple Refurbished would do you well too. It depends on what you want and what you are willing to spend for the device!
  5. yugioh5d macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2015
    I am currently debating whether I should get this model or 2015 one....there seems to be report on graphical issues, battery life, and time machine backup, and who knows what else...anyone here who owns the 2016 model are happy with theirs? or anyone here return it back?
  6. sarc macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2016
    I upgraded from a 2011 mbp and I can say it was totally worth it. Having said that depending on what you will be doing at college you might want to look into the 2015 models. They will be cheaper than the new ones and should do everything you need.
  7. thesaint024 macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2016
    suspension waiting room
    Issues vary by model. Depends on which you are looking at, and there are more specific threads on those. Can't go wrong with a 2015 either. Needs/wants vary by person. They are different machines.
  8. Dick Whitman macrumors 6502

    Dick Whitman

    Oct 16, 2012
    I'm definitely getting the non touch bar model. It's less expensive, has better battery life, and features dedicated escape and function keys, which I see as a huge advantage. The touch bar is cool but it's still largely unproven. Plus there have been lots of reports of UI glitches, lag, etc. I plan on using my MBP mostly in clamshell mode with an external monitor so a touch bar would be absolutely useless in this context.

    As a federal employee, I could get the touch bar model for $1699 but honestly I wouldn't want to if it means sacrificing battery life and potentially dealing with more issues.
  9. raqball macrumors 68000


    Sep 11, 2016
    The only recommendation I can offer is that IF you get the 2016 make sure you get Apple Care +.. These machines are non repairable at every level. If something fails after the one year warranty expires and you don't have Apple Care + you are going to be stuck with a $2K paperweight...

    Apple Care + is an absolute must on these new machines....
  10. maerz001 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2010
    Why do u than even care about the new MBP? Buy a desktop ;)
  11. jeffg819 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2006
    Have had the TB 13" for a little over 2 weeks. Came from a MacBook. One of my favorite Macs ever (the original intel laptop that allowed for VM's is still the top of my list of best new machines).

    Get the TB. It will grow in usefulness. And discount all the problems. My experience with Apple over the last 12 years is they will fix all at some point, usually sooner than later.

    I do agree with the poster that said get AppleCare. You can wait a few months if that strains the current budget but you should be good to go with your collegiate career and this machine.
  12. thesaint024 macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2016
    suspension waiting room
    I just re-read your post and your reasoning amuses me. But at the end of the day, you should get what you want instead of regretting it later. For typical school use, there's a good argument for the 12" MB, simply for portability - 2lbs! If you will be away from a plug for long periods of time, MB Air or non touch MBP are best for battery. 2015's are still out there too as an option. TB MBP's are great, I know. You just have to be aware of the trade-offs with all of these. TB's are expensive, but if you have the money, just get it and you won't regret it. The other models will keep you in the Mac ecosystem, so you won't feel "left out".
  13. Dick Whitman macrumors 6502

    Dick Whitman

    Oct 16, 2012
    A MBP and external monitor combo presents far more flexibility than a desktop/iMac.

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