MacBook Pro touch or non?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lastgreen, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Lastgreen macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2017
    hello everyone in the final moments of deciding which MacBook Pro 2017 to buy. I wanted to know which model would be best (planning to keep this for 5 years. I'm wondering if the touch bar would be best since it has a higher cpu speed and 4 USB C ports + the touch bar. I'm a medical student hence won't be using final cut
  2. Elcompa, Nov 9, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2017

    Elcompa macrumors member


    Oct 31, 2016
    NC, USA
    Not sure if this is any help... I finished my doctorate (business, not medical) on a 2016 ntb 8/256 stock model. Lots of research, spreadsheets, a dozen tabs open at once, and at least one very large spreadshet and a a few documens as well. Although I would say that having several large spreadshets open at once for reasearch did seem to slow it down a bit, all worked fine. I love my 13 inch ntb 2016. There were only a few times where perhaps I might have liked more than 8 of RAM, but I'm not really/even positive about that. The CPU speed was never an issue, nor was the 256 SSD. I hope this is somwwhat helpful.

    As I understand the 2017 ntb has a faster CPU and slightly faster I would think you would be fine. There was simply no way I was ever going to figure out how to incorporate the touchbar in my work, so I never even considered it.
  3. davetwo macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2016
    The touchbar is a PITA. Avoid the extra expense unless you really need the horsepower
  4. NukeDuke macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2017
    Depending on how you use your Mac but I think the TB is pretty great. Particularly when using word processing or writing in messages.

    Some people are certainly not comfortable with using it as they do not want to have to get used to something different.
  5. eddjedi macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2011
    There are a million threads on this already, but even if you don't think you'll use the touch bar, consider the TB's better performance, extra internal cooling fan and 2 extra I/O ports, things lots of NTB owners have been complaining about.
  6. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    Touchbar. Definitely Touchbar.

    I become more preferential to the touchbar with time due to both its performance advantages and the touchbar's increasing maturity. With that said, I previously owned a nTB and liked it. However, it was not my primary computer as it was my travel machine, and the nTB would not have met my needs for primary usage. IMO, anyone using a Mac should have an App called BetterTouchTool - it literally is transformative to productivity, and with its ability to customize the touchbar, you will likely see the TB in an entirely different light; again, in my personal opinion.

    If you plan to use external displays, and especially if you think you may want to use it with a 4k display or television, I think the touchbar is justifiable on this point alone - it will run quieter and smoother, and when performing resource-intensive activities while simultaneously driving a 4k display (or two 4k displays, or multiple 2.5k/1080p displays), you're likely going to get more usable processing power and less fan noise. Further, you can run dual displays on the TB without having to invest in either a pricy dock, a pricy monitor with USB-C charging, (or relying on a less expensive hub that utilizes passthrough charging with questionable longevity, and lacks any sort of certification regarding its safety.)

    I'm not a medical student but I am a researcher, and I assume medical students have to do a crap ton of research. IMO, multiple monitors increase productivity. Further, there is evidence supporting this based on the outcome of several mixed-methods studies. If you do not already use one or more external displays in combination with your existing computer, chances are you will, and chances are once you do you will never be able to go back. Currently, across my three displays with my 15-inch MBP setup, I've got one monitor running a Windows VM with Tableau, another monitor running Excel on the host OS, and the third monitor displaying a split screen between a tab of about 60 PDFs of various research reports and a Word document of a final analysis that I am composing. Literally, it would be insane how much time I would waste having to switch between these individual Apps with a single display! So this is why I am stressing this issue. If this doesn't apply to you, I apologize.

    If you plan to use more than one wired device at once with any regularity, this also IMO justifies the touchbar.

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