Referb 2018 MBP 13'' vs 2019 MBP 13''

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  1. hooper2 macrumors member

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    Looking at getting a 16/512 13'' MBP.

    In the refurb store, I can get a 2018 for $1829.
    For a new 2019, I can get the same in the education store for $2079.

    Is it worth the extra $250 to get the 2019 model?

    Thanks!
     
  2. afir93 macrumors 6502a

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    Both have 8th generation Intel CPUs inside, only with a small difference in clock speeds (and if that even makes a difference in practice due to the thermal constraints, remains to be seen), and the only other difference is the keyboard with potentially a lower failure-rate, but if you ever do have a failure, then you're getting the new keyboard anyway as a replacement, so I'd say that's negligible.

    So with a $250 difference, I'd probably opt for the 2018 model if I'm honest, unless you really really need that tiny extra bit of performance for your needs. Though you could always wait for the first benchmarks and reviews to be sure that there's nothing else you're missing out on.
     
  3. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    Seconded. I'd get the 2018 refurb if I had to get one, though ideally I'd wait for benchmarks and reviews.
     
  4. ncrypt macrumors 6502

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    Go for the refurb, there's barely any difference between the two, and the 2018 model will be repaired with the 2019 keyboard if it does develop a fault.
     
  5. hooper2 thread starter macrumors member

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  6. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    I don't think the i7 is worth the extra money over the i5 unless you really specifically need the fastest 13". Otherwise I'd get the base, or I'd get a 15".
     
  7. hooper2, May 28, 2019
    Last edited: May 28, 2019

    hooper2 thread starter macrumors member

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    Any thoughts on adding Apple Care + to refurb 2018s? Or since the keyboard is covered for 4 years, is it still worth getting? Thanks!!!
     

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