Hi, so, I'm in the market for a new Apple laptop, have been so for months. Originally, I'm a dedicated MBA user and was very tempted to buy the 13'' with the bigger CPU, but I will not buy another Mac without retina. So, when Apple presented the new MBPs, and them being the same thickness/weight as the MBA, I was kinda sold. I even could imagine the new TouchBar to be useful, but I patiently waited for them to become available in store to actually try them out, first. Which I did yesterday. Soo...I'm not really impressed with the TouchBar, I don't see a real usage/improvement for me (not saying it might be for others). Now I'm considering to get the MBP w/o TouchBar instead and save a good $250 or use that money to upgrade either the CPU or the RAM on that one. I'm not completely sure what specs I need. This won't be my standalone Mac, I do have a powerful iMac at home. However, it should be able to get the job done while in the field/travelling. I use MatLab and to some extend ArcGIS with Parallels. Would the 2.0 GHz i5 be enough for occasional power-intensive work? Or should I go with the 2.9 of the MBP with TouchBar? What about 2.4 GHz i7 vs. 2.9 GHz i5? Or should I put 16 GB RAM in? I know, the more RAM the better, but do I REALLY need it in everyday life? That's saying, I'm coming from a 4 GB RAM 1.7 GHz MBA, that had slowed down somewhat, lately. Just trying to get the best price-power-value for me. I mean, I'd love to save those $250, if sensible. But I'm also a little concerned about is the 2 ports vs. 4 ports. However, the TouchBar is in NO way the selling argument for me.