Macbook Pro Recommendations

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by whyrichard, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

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    Dear all,

    I was wondering what your thoughts were for a new purchase, been a long time!

    I am thinking of a 13" macbook pro. Question is which one over the last few years would give the most bang for the buck. Budget is flexible but around $2000, preferably less.

    It would be used for 3D modeling using bootcamp, photography, and hooking up to a larger monitor for writing and other academic uses. The hard drive would need to be pretty large, at least 500gb. I can pass on the touchbar. Would prefer 16gb of RAM...

    Would the fastest 13" macbook pro without a touchbar be the best bang for the buck? Or should i get the current mid range 13" macbook pro?

    Thanks for any advice!
    Richard
     
  2. jmiddel macrumors regular

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    Macbook Pro13" (2.3GHz 16GB 512GB) comes in at $1899.00
     
  3. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Where? Apple says 2199
     
  4. jaduff46 macrumors 6502

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    According to the Buyer’s guide, the MBP should be getting a refresh soon. Also note that the non-TB 13” was not upgraded spec-wise last fall, which is why I’m holding off until the next refresh/upgrade.

    Kids have all had MBPs over the years and love them!
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Your defined tasks are such that the quad core touch bar model would be the best fit.

    As other stated, many people are hoping that we'll see a refresh to the models at WWDC, which is a mere two months away. If you can hold off until June, you may be better off.
     
  6. Nbd1790 macrumors regular

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    I would recommend waiting. The new 2018 models are great in terms of power, but the Touch Bar is quite bothersome. If they update the nTB model with a quad core processor, it might be just what you're looking for.
     

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