Refurb question. Which to buy?

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  1. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking at the following two options for a refurb 2015 MBP 15" (see pic below. Canadian prices). There's only ~$100 difference between them but the higher price has dedicated graphics and slightly faster processor. Which would you choose for longevity? I'm not a gamer or do anything really advanced. I have a 2014 13" now and it seems fine but I do miss the 15" screen. I know if I sell my 13" and get either of these I'd be down ~$1,000 given what my 13" may sell for and the cost of the 15". That's a big difference for me. Either way I know this 15" would run a 4K monitor better than my current 13" does now.

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  2. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    The question comes down to whether the extra 0.3GHz is worth the additional $100.
     
  3. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What about dedicated vs integrated graphics? Wouldn't a dedicated card be better able to drive an external 4K display? Is it really worth it to get the refurb 2015 over the 2017?
     
  4. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd get the refurb 2015 just to avoid the 2017 touch bar. I think that touch bar is gimmicky.
     
  5. bigpoppamac31 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    True. Plus a new 15" starts at $3,200 Canadian which is insane. I could go for one of the new non touch bar 13" ones but that only has two USB-C port and no dedicated graphics.
     
  6. dgdosen macrumors 65816

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    I find it interesting that all the refurbs (all except one) are track bar models... Apple needs to dump them. I find it telling that they teased us with a iMac Pro with no Touch Bar keyboard...
     
  7. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    The Iris Pro is actually a surprisingly capable graphics chip, so if you're not into gaming or tasks which require a dedicated GPU (color grading video in DaVinci Resolve comes to mind), take your 90 dollars, add the 200 you save from not having to buy dongles for a 2016 model, and go on a nice weekend trip.
     
  8. applepeach90 macrumors newbie

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    I got the later one. The 2017 one is too expensive and I am afraid of the keyboard problem so I decided to pick up a 2015 model. How about you? which one did you decide to choose?
     
  9. sublunar macrumors 6502

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    The one with discrete GPU seems the obvious one to get in my opinion.
     
  10. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    In case anyone is interested there are quite a few 2015 MBP 15" models in the refurb Apple Store in varying processors and ram there's even one with the dedicated graphics card. It's been awhile since so many 2015 models were in the refurb store. The 2016 models are there as well.
     

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