Is the touch bar MBP worth 300€ more?

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  1. Hyloba, Nov 4, 2016
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    Hyloba macrumors 6502

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    Not regarding the actual touch bar, as I will probably use the laptop in desktop mode a lot, is the 13" touch bar MBP worth 300€ extra?

    So besides the touch bar, you get:
    Better cpu
    Better gpu
    Faster ram
    4 ports (though 2 at half speed)
    3 microphones

    Smaller battery
    2 fans so probably louder

    Are those specs worth the price? I don't want to regret buying a cheaper version and getting frustrated by it.

    Who would benefit from these specs and who would manage with the non-touch bar MBP?

    I will be using this macbook as a general usage machine and for editing images in photoshop and designing with illustrator. File sizes can get big.
     
  2. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    If you can afford it I would get the more powerful system for your tasks.
     
  3. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    I went back and forth on it a lot too, I finally decided was that this really isn't a 1st gen product. Even though the whole packaging changed, each piece is individually mature in their own sense. The question is, if TB become pretty useful in like 2 years and you end up keeping the laptop for 4 or 5, will you kick yourself starting year 3 for not spending the extra money? And the CPU & Misc. upgrade is worth a fair bit of that $300, so it's pretty reasonable. If you change laptop in 2-3 years, it might not matter as much.
     
  4. keviig macrumors 6502

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    Actually, it having 2 fans means 2 heatsinks and 2 heatpipes. Having 2 fans go at a low rpm is better than having 1 going at high rpm. The 2 fan setup for me is actually a reason to get the Touch Bar model. It also has air intakes on the side that the non Touch Bar model doesn't have.
     
  5. Hyloba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the insight!
     
  6. Hyloba thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I didn't think of that! 2 fans would indeed be quieter then, thanks for the reply!
     

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