MacBook 2015 1.3 vs. MacBook 2016 1.1

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kermit262, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. Kermit262 macrumors member

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    I'm looking for confirmation. I think that the 2015 MacBook, 1.3 GHz is at least equal to the 2016 MacBook 1.1 GHz, as far as performance goes. I've looked at benchmarks but am having difficulty finding direct comparisons. Would appreciate some thoughts on this. I found a deal on the 2015 1.3 that's cheaper than the 2016 1.1 but don't want to make a mistake. Thanks.
     
  2. Frosties macrumors 6502a

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    The 2016 version of ssd and processor makes it faster and have better battery. Don't buy old tech at these prices.
     
  3. Kermit262 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah but it's $1300 for the 2016 vs. $1000 for the 2015. So it's worth considering last year's fastest vs this year's slowest.
     
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Consider that even 1-year-old computer tech is roughly a third of the way through its product lifecycle. You'd be paying roughly 1/4 less for that much computing power. Is it a fair trade off? Maybe, maybe not.

    You asked for opinions, here's mine: I would need a much, much steeper discount to buy the 2015 over the 2016. But that's just me.
     
  5. Supertaff macrumors member

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    I bought a 1.1 2015 Macbook just last week off the Apple refurb site (where I buy all my apple gear) have found it excellent. Agree with Frosties that the 2016 model will be faster with the SSD and slightly better battery life, but for me, I then invested the extra money I would have spent on a nice pair of Bose QC35 Wireless bluetooth headphones, win win for me.

    Depends how much you want to save and how much you want to get the latest tech. What is your use case? Do you want a web browser, word processor, email reader, or do you want to do more complex work.
     
  6. Kermit262 thread starter macrumors member

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    I bought the Bose QC35's a few weeks ago. :) They are fantastic.

    Thanks for all the input. The Macbook is for my daughter who is starting college. She won't be doing any heavy lifting on it, just word processing, web surfing, etc. But I think I'm going to advise her to wait until the 2016s go on sale, then we'll get the newer tech at a price we will be happier with.
     

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