Refurb: 2017 mbp non-touch, or 2018 Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jdang307, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. jdang307 macrumors newbie

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    I've got a 2012 rMPB still kicking around. But the battery needs to be replaced (it will last quite a bit but sometimes will randomly shut down at around 40%, but most of the time runs down to 0%).

    So I've got an apple gift card, will try and sell this on ebay or something, and want to buy a new laptop. If I didn't have a gift card I'd actually consider a Windows laptop (Surface Laptop, Huawei or something).

    My desktops at work and home is where I do my power computing, so I've noticed my rMBP is basically internet, word, and acrobat. I also have a VPS I use for some work. So basically almost any modern laptop will suffice. That said, I still want the strongest laptop out of the two choices.

    Screen, keyboard, etc. which is better? Looking at the refurb store, a June 2017 mbp with 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM, Iris Plus 640 graphics
    or
    2018 Air with 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB L3 cache, UHD 617 graphics.

    In general which is the better machine both power, but also otherwise (monitor, keyboard, etc.). I think the MBP screen is still brighter? I don't use the machine outside but it's still nice to have a brighter screen.
     
  2. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    If you can, I would wait it out. Too many issues and shortcomings with both those models. Of the two I’d take the Pro, but if I could I would wait it out.

    * keyboard
    * T2 (Air)
    * wifi (both are 2x2)
     
  3. jdang307 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    They are both ok. They’re not great for the price IMO, and the risks are too high (again, my opinion).
     
  5. dmk1974 macrumors 68020

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    Last week, I just bought a 2017 13" MacBook Pro (non-touchbar) for myself. Very nice and no issues at all so far. My wife has a 2018 MacBook Air and honestly, to me, the keyboard feels the same. Hers has the Touch ID which is nice for logins, but mine is faster :) And only 1/4 lb heavier which is no big deal. She's happy with hers and I'm happy with mine.
     

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