Macbook to MacBook Pro?

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  1. psymac, Jul 18, 2019
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    psymac macrumors 6502a

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    With the unexpected demise of the Macbook, now looking to replace my 2017 MB with a 2018 or 2019 13" MacBook Pro (not considering the MB Air, just doesn't seem to be as good a value).

    Looking forward to the somewhat larger screen as well as TB and better performance. Thinking I should go with either the 13" 2018 MBP 2.3 or the 2019 2.4 (like 4 ports and dual fans). Worried however with fan noise and extra weight, what has been your experience?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Its only a pound heavier, and the 13" gives you a faster processor, more cores, more ports, and a better screen. I would opt for the 2019 base model as that seems to be the best buy
     
  3. Ploki macrumors 68040

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    if you can get the 2018 2.3 a lot cheaper the performance difference isn't that huge.

    I have been super happy with 2.3 2018, fan noise is not an issue, it runs at 0 RPM for majority of mundane tasks, and even when it ramps up to idle (~1200rpm) and up to 2000rpm, it's still nearly silent.
     
  4. currahee2100 macrumors regular

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    MUCH faster processor
     
  5. Ploki macrumors 68040

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    scratch that
     
  6. bill-p macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, so...

    Going from a dual-core fanless (regularly thermal-throttled) machine to a quad-core one with fan. Saying the performance is "much" faster is an understatement. But... granted, for most tasks that only involve the internal display, you most likely will not notice much of a difference. It's when you have an external display in tow that the difference shows.

    It is really just a pound heavier. Noticeable-ish but not that much of a deal breaker for me.

    Touch bar is annoying. I have never come to like it. Muscle memory still makes me reach for the keys that are no longer there to adjust things like brightness and so on.

    Screen is better. Brighter, more contrasty, and sharper.

    Fan noise is a bit disappointing at times but I've mostly been okay with it. Mostly it whirs on when web browsing and I hit a page with heavy scripted contents. But for 90% of the sites I visit, it's practically silent.

    Luckily I have moved most of my coding work to the clouds, otherwise code compiling is another huge disappointment due to noise. The fan is basically at max when I'm compiling my code, regardless of project size.
     
  7. kp98077 macrumors 6502a

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    the new 2.4 2019 is a good bet, fast, in the middle. they are also on sale $200 of at Best Buy right now for 1,599! a lovely machine!!! the 1.4 new 2019 model is nice too, I have both - but it has a different feel, the keys feel a bit more hallow, and speakers are not as good. it is fast however.....
     

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