macbook pro 2015 vs 2012 vs macbook air 2015

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by s2017, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. s2017 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am a photographer and I use my computer for light photoshop work. I used to have a basic macbook pro 2011 with an SSD installed. I found that sufficient. I need to replace my current computer as it died and I have a couple of options. Budget is a huge concern - as is longevity. Can you please advise which would be the best deal:

    1200 CDN

    Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display



    Originally released March 2015
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch

    8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    
 128GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    720p FaceTime HD Camera
    
Intel Iris Graphics 6100

    959 CDN

    Refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5



    Originally released March 2015
    11.6-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colours
    
4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    
256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    
720p FaceTime HD Camera
    
Intel HD Graphics 6000
    It looks like the Macbook 2012 is no longer available... however what are your thoughts it would have been around 1100 4GB and a non retina display.

    Personally I am finding the 2015 flimsy but I am concerned about the longevity of the 2012. ...

    Please give 2 answers: One as if the 2012 is available and secondly if it is not.

    Thank you.
     
  2. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000

    New_Mac_Smell

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    Easily the 2015 Pro is the best deal 100%. I do some photography work from time to time and I wouldn't touch the screen of that Air! If portability was an absolute must I'd opt for the MacBook, if only for that screen.

    Longevity wise, always the newest and more powerful option, so again the 2015 Pro. It's also cheaper which should help you out. Only thing I'd say is if at all possible try get one with a larger SSD for photography work. Or take those savings and invest in a good quality external drive.
     

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