MacBook vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by rich1574, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. rich1574 macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2015
    So my last MacBook Pro (2015) has packed in and now need a replacement. With the extra memory and new faster processor is the new MacBook a viable option when looking for a new laptop or should I just go for one of the new touchbar MacBook Pros. I realize usage is a key factor - on mine I run a VM at times for Windows 10 and generally do a lot of multitasking with multiple windows open at the same time. From time to time I use photoshop when traveling with my camera.

  2. KensaiMage, Jun 6, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2017

    KensaiMage macrumors regular


    May 25, 2017
    Macbook 12" - 16gb ddr3 i7 with butterfly 2 keyboard. This is what I will buy.

    Now we live in times when sleek consumer macbooks have the same amount of ram as "pro" macbooks.
  3. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    Unless you're really taxing the CPU with specific apps (for rendering, compiling, etc.), need strong graphics for more professional work, or a lot more connectivity, the MacBook with an i5/i7 should be just fine. Even with 8GB, although I would upgrade to 16GB to not worry about anything and to make it easier to run (multiple) VMs as well.

    Multi-tasking and basic photoshop stuff really isn't an issue for these machines (not even the 2015 and 2016 models). Maybe if you're working with a ton of super high-res images and you're not willing to wait a big longer for CPU-intensive processes to be applied to them, the MBP would be a better fit. But if you're that kind of user you'd probably know and not even consider the MB.

    Also, if you're out and about a lot with a camera, the MB is a lot easier to carry around opposed to the MBP.
  4. psymac macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    Tried the MBP after using the MB for a year, went back after one week. The MBP's better computing power, more ports, and slightly larger screen size just couldn't compete with the great portability of the MB.
  5. Lightsaber macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2015
    The macbook i5 and i7 are relabled m5 and m7 cpu's per Intels new naming conventions. If you are good with low power cpu's that throttle quickly with load you will be happy with the macbook.

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