Looking to replace my Macbook, what direction should I go?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BallparkDreamer, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    Thinking about grabbing the last gen MB for $999, but waiting to see if anything gets announced at WWDC. The refurb store does have a 13" MBP with 8 GB of RAM/256 SSD which also looks tempting, but I'm not that sure that I need the power of a MBP. It'll mainly be used for school (so papers, email, powerpoint etc), excel, R, and other similar applications. What do you guys think?
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2010
    I would go with the pro over the Macbook. I can't stand the Macbook keyboard and I wouldn't like it to write a five page paper at all.

    My 2015 Macbook Pro 13 works great and never have any issues
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I went shopping for a new Mac a little over a year ago. I compared the new retina MacBook to the 2015 13" retina MacBook Pro. For me, the rMBP won by a huge margin. It was faster, had better battery life, it had a bigger screen, the keyboard was comfortable, it had USB3.0/HDMI/ThunderBolt ports.

    I'm still very happy with my purchase, even though I spent a little too much on upgrades(I bought it at the Apple store, and the only way to upgrade to 16GB of RAM was to also upgrade to the i7, so I spent $400 instead of $200 on upgrades).
  4. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    If you are using R and processing any amount of data you will need all the power you can get. I have predictive models that run for 20 minutes on a hex-core PC with 32 GB of memory. Even with 32 GB the system is swapping heavily. Luckily I have a M.2 PciE NVME SSD which is even faster than the Macbook SSDs.
  5. nStyle macrumors 65816

    Dec 6, 2009
    The rMB is currently ahead of its time. It just doesn't make sense over a 13" rMBP right now. I think Apple just wanted to be the first to market with the thinnest laptop with 1 port just because they wanted to keep that "we did it first" image. Truthfully it's a terrible value though.

    I can't imagine someone choosing slightly thinner and lighter but far less functional for basically the same price at this point.

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