MacBook or New MacBook Pro 13

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ccigas, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. ccigas, Oct 27, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016

    ccigas macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2015
    Hello everyone, I do not know Macs at all, I am a PC guy but my girlfriend loves her apple products. She wants a new Macbook. She currently has the 2013 Macbook Pro, I think the i7 but I could be wrong. But that was mainly for school but since shes out of college now, she doesn't need that type of horsepower.

    For 1299 is that m3 Macbook good enough to be an email and internet browsing machine with multiple tabs open as well as maybe Spotify playing in the background? If that's not enough then why not get the new Macbook 13s without the touch bar for 1599 which is the same price as the m5/m7. Would there be much of a battery difference between them? I know the weight and dimensions are significantly smaller in the normal Macbook but for almost the same price wouldn't the new Pro be a better buy than the older Macbook at 1299 or an m5/m7 upgrade?

    Thank you everyone
  2. Unrealmac1988 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2015
    I am asking the same myself atm.

    When compared the new Macbook Pro 13 without the touchbar is 100€ less than the M5 Macbook.

    Macbook would come with 512gb of storage compared to the 256 Macbook pro plus it is about 500gramm less (which is A LOT).
  3. whiteonline macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2011
    California, USA
    same situation here.
    But I have a desktop that is my main machine. And this little 12" (return window ends tomorrow) fits into an iPad pocket in my camera bag.

    leaning more towards keeping this little 12".

    (I've also been burned on a couple 1st gen apple products)

    Just found the new base "Pro" 13" uses a 15 Watt processor. Meh.
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I have the 12" MacBook and love it, but still feel it could use a little more power and I do very light task: email, web, office suite.

    It handles those task fine, but it does sometimes hang. I would get the 13" pro without touch bar if I was buying today.

    If you want ultra portable the 12" is a dream though.
  5. Unrealmac1988 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2015
    please define 'very light task' a bit more: I am a student and about 10 Chrome tabs + Word +Power Point at the same time is something my next MB/MB Pro must handle smoothly. Could you please give me feedback on that?
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Doing those tasks you will experience some "lag" and see the beach ball occasionally. It's the Retina display taxing the graphics card IMO
  7. JD2015 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    Have a macbook (2015) 12" base model. My uses include:-
    Microsoft Word and Excel
    Affinity designer and Photo
    Aurora HDR Pro
    PDF expert
    Web browsing/watching videos/email

    Handles it all well. Sometimes get bit of throttling but performs admirably well.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 27, 2016 ---
    Oh yeah forgot to add that MacBook 12" is fan less which makes a massive difference. Not sure I could cope with a MacBook pro fan going off all the time.
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Fanless is really nice, and it is so light. Everything else feels like a brick.
  9. ccigas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2015
    What processor do you have in yours? M3/5/7?

    How much battery life do you get on that M3 with doing all that?


    Compared to the new Pro 13 without touch bar, how does the M5 and M7 compare against that i5 core? Of course the battery life may take a hit but is the processing power that much different?
  10. Picapau21 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    I have an 8Gb M7 and I noticed some slow down for the first time today.

    Was running:

    Multiple safari windows with multiple tabs in each
    Multiple large MS word documents with tracked changes etc running
    Virtual VPN to work running inside virtual windows 10 using Parallels
    Apple Mail
    All running across 6 desktops/spaces

    Was still usable but was definitely not as smooth when fewer things are running.
  11. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

    Crazy Badger

    Apr 1, 2008
    I ordered a new MBP pretty much straight after the event. After a few hours to mull, and finding out John Lewis still have the MacBooks at the pre-event pricing, I've ordered one of those. The MBP order will be cancelled.
  12. Picapau21 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    Thanks a lot for this!! Because of your post I just made my dad buy one as he had been thinking about it for a while.
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
  14. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    The MacBook will be perfect for that use and I wager she will really like the portability and silent operation.
  15. Unrealmac1988 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2015
    can somebody tell me if an external display slows the rMB down?
  16. petsk macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    The m3 will handle all light users tasks just fine today. Question is whether it will be usable after 4-5 years. The Pro will probably run fine, but I'm not sure about the m3/5/m7.

    Using a m3 2016 myself and I think its a great machine. Virtualizing Windows is my heaviest taks and it performs okay.
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    It actually runs better with external displays. I have it connected to a 27" Display that is right below 4K resolution.
  18. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    This is my dilemma now.

    I wish I would have bought the rMB over the summer and received some beats headphones which I would have turned around and sold for a little profit.

    Seeing the new rMBP, they are VERY nice. As mentioned before I am going to go into a store when I can and get a hands on approach to all the features.

    The rMB would be enough for my needs but that damn OLED bar, thinner bezel, etc is attracting me over to the pro side. That price of $1799 is absurd though. I can get a refurb rMB and even an external screen to double as my desk set up.

    Tough decision. Thinking back though, I got a 2006 15" MBP at launch and spent $2000. So I guess I could justify getting one?
  19. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I bought a 2015 base Macbook for $929 this summer. My plan is to upgrade in two years when the Macbook gets more horsepower (it can feel challenged at times.) I'm sure the new base MBP is nice but having lived with a Macbook Air for 5yrs I have no desire to go back to a 3lb. laptop.
  20. ECJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    Memphis, TN
    I've fought with this same question since the event ended. Even went to the Apple Store to try out the MacBook. Came home and found a used 2016 512GB m7 on eBay for $950 from a quality seller. Maybe by next summer they will update the MacBook to be a little faster. The new rMBP 13" is just a little too steep for me.
  21. Dalskov macrumors newbie


    Oct 28, 2016

    I'm in a dilemma between the following two:

    Macbook 8GB/1,2GHz m5/512 SSD
    Macbook Pro 13" no touch/16GB/2,0GHz i5/512 SSD

    I will mainly use it for e-mails, web, office suite, netflix and Hearthstone - maybe a bit of photo editing but nothing hardcore.

    Which one would you pick and why? Would you keep them upgraded or downgrade em?

    Thanks for your time and info.

  22. Picapau21 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    The cost of the upgraded non-oled MBP starts to get near the costs the same as the Oled one. So if you are going to buy it then just get the oled one.

    New acronym suggestion:
    MBP = No touch bar
    MBP TB = obviously touch bar versions
  23. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    That is a good point. If you are willing to shell out the $1499, I would try to save another $300 and get the MBP TB. For most people the rMB is going to be plenty fast, and the portability is unmatched.
  24. surfbus macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2014
    Cambridge, UK.
    Likewise, I was disappointed with the new spec and price of the new RMBP and decided to keep my current late 2013 RMBP. Also, like yourself, I snapped up a RMB M5 from John Lewis @ £1299 with 3 years warranty ..... a no brainer when the same model is on the Apple site at £1549 ........ JL are sold out now. :-(

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