Macbook Pro 16 Inch

ggibson913

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Hey guys just wanted some purchase advice from you. I am redoing my office at home as part of that effort I was going to attempt to downsize my actual desk in order to better utilize space. Though I love my iMac, I was thinking of replacing it with the new 16 inch Macbook Pro and my 24" Monitor. The advantage of this is I can connect my work computer to that monitor when needed as can my partner.

My Question is, though I am starting to learn some coding through job necessity, I would only need the mac for learning and possibly to write some basic apps for fun. I am thinking the base model should be fine with 512 GB SDD. I use icloud storage for photos and most the space on my mac is taken by downloaded iTunes movies. What do you guys think base or bigger model? I do very basic photo editing and no pro movie stuff.
 

4sallypat

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That's what I just got - base 16" MBP.
More than enough power as I am coming from a 15.4" 2015 MBP.

I use a 27" Thunderbolt display with the Apple TB3-TB2 adapter dongle and connect all my peripherals to the back of the monitor (Ethernet, USB, TB, etc) minimizing wiring connections to the Macbook.

I also put a WEMO outlet on timer mode to charge the MBP 3 hours a day - keeps from overcharging the MBP sitting on the desk...
 

ggibson913

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Thanks, I decided to keep this for another year. It doesn't look bad in it's spot as I thought it would and for my tasks should be ok.
 

gjr74

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Sep 23, 2017
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That's what I just got - base 16" MBP.
More than enough power as I am coming from a 15.4" 2015 MBP.

I use a 27" Thunderbolt display with the Apple TB3-TB2 adapter dongle and connect all my peripherals to the back of the monitor (Ethernet, USB, TB, etc) minimizing wiring connections to the Macbook.

I also put a WEMO outlet on timer mode to charge the MBP 3 hours a day - keeps from overcharging the MBP sitting on the desk...
Hey there, would you mind sharing the model of monitor you have? The connections you describe sound ideal, and I just bought a 4k 27" Dell from Costco which is great but doesn't have USB-C connectivity. Where do you connect the ethernet- are you using a hub? Thanks!
 

4sallypat

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Sep 16, 2016
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So Calif
Hey there, would you mind sharing the model of monitor you have? The connections you describe sound ideal, and I just bought a 4k 27" Dell from Costco which is great but doesn't have USB-C connectivity. Where do you connect the ethernet- are you using a hub? Thanks!
I have 2 of the 27" TB displays - both are: MC914LL/A.
The display has a TB cable w/ Magsafe charger and needs a TB3-TB2 adapter dongle from Apple to connect the 16" MBP.
By connecting all my USB, Ethernet, TB, and Firewire port/devices on the back of the display, I use only the single TB3 port from the 16" MBP to the display.

Here's what the rear of the display looks like:
 

gjr74

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Sep 23, 2017
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Thanks for the reply- that answers my question. No ethernet pass through on my monitor so I guess I need to keep searching for a good dock. Thanks again!
 

gwhizkids

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Hey guys just wanted some purchase advice from you. I am redoing my office at home as part of that effort I was going to attempt to downsize my actual desk in order to better utilize space. Though I love my iMac, I was thinking of replacing it with the new 16 inch Macbook Pro and my 24" Monitor. The advantage of this is I can connect my work computer to that monitor when needed as can my partner.

My Question is, though I am starting to learn some coding through job necessity, I would only need the mac for learning and possibly to write some basic apps for fun. I am thinking the base model should be fine with 512 GB SDD. I use icloud storage for photos and most the space on my mac is taken by downloaded iTunes movies. What do you guys think base or bigger model? I do very basic photo editing and no pro movie stuff.
From the description of your use case, a MacBook Air would probably be more than sufficient. The 16” MBP has way more power than it sounds like you need. It handles fairly intense video rendering projects with ease. But the extra screen real estate is nice, especially if you you use multiple applications simultaneously.