Price Advice Mid-2014 vs. Mid-2015 Macbook Pro 15-inch

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sKwiD, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. sKwiD macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2006
    I'm trying to decide between two rMPB 15.4" listed below based on price. Will be buying from B&H or Adorama so no tax for me. Mainly using it for Lightroom Photo Editing and rare FCPX. The mid-2014 has dGPU, more storage, and faster clock speed (and I'll be purchasing Applecare). The mid-2015 has less but faster ssd, Applecare, and mouse. Will be planning on using it for 4-5 years. Which one would you go with? Thanks in advance!

    • MacBook Pro 15.4" Retina, i7 2.2GHz,16GB, 256GB, Mid 2015 w/AppleCare + Magic Mouse 2 - $1989 AR
    • MacBook Pro 15.4" Retina, i7 2.5GHz 16GB, 512GB, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Mid 2014 - $1899
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I personally wouldn't buy with less than 512GB these days other than that I don't think it'll make much difference to you.
  3. Kajje macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    I would go for the model with faster SSD. It really makes a huge difference. Balance out the 'lost' space with an external harddrive.
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I'd get the newer device because you can get either cloud storage, or home network storage quite easily, and for not a bad price.
  5. Crunch macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2008
    Crazy L.A.
    Wow, I'm exactly in the same boat as the OP! I'm also trying to decide between getting a Mid-14 vs. Mid-15 rMBP.

    So the Mid-2015 PCIe 3.0 SSD is really noticeably and significantly faster in regular use and NOT just through sequential transfers?
  6. mikepro macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    My use case will be very similar to yours. No question, I'd take the one with bigger SSD. Photos take up sapce quickly, especially raw. You WON'T notice the SSD speed increase, but you WILL notice that the 2014 with nVidia 750 is much faster than the integrated graphics in the 2015. Useful for photo and video rendering.

    No brainer in my opinion.
  7. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Though a year older, the second option with double the SSD storage and the discrete graphics is definitely the better option, spec-wise, regardless of the faster SSD modules.
    Are these left-over stock units, or refurbs? And what kind of warranty are they offering on the second option?

    It all depends on how risk-averse you are as the first option grants you the peace of mind a few years of AppleCare gives you. Purchasing APP on the second unit, if even possible, will put it above the first unit price-wise.

    Why not check out Apple's own Refurb Store where good-as-new late model units can be had for significant savings.
    Rigorously inspected and refurbished units with full warranty, return privileges, and qualifying for optional AppleCare. These are great choices for budget-conscious individuals who want to play it safe. Either way, best of luck!
  8. Crunch macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2008
    Crazy L.A.
    Is the Iris Pro 5200 enough to drive a 4K display?

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