Refurb w/ Touch Bar or New MBP - Better Buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by juice182, Jun 6, 2017.


Refurb 2016 MBPtb or 2017 MBP w/256gb Upgrade?

  1. Refurb 2016

  2. 2017 w/ SSD Upgrade

  1. juice182 macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2010
    Hey guys,

    Just wanted your opinions. 128gb isn't going to cut it for me.

    I could either get a new low end mbp (no touchbar) with the ssd upgrade or get a refurbished mbp w touch bar for the same price.

    Obviously, the touch bar is kind of cool but not really what I'm interested in, I would more likely get that one for the added ports, the touch id, and the extra storage.

    TLDR: What's more important? Upgraded processor or Ports+Touch Bar/TouchID?
  2. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    I'm also wondering this myself. The refurb with Touch Bar from 2016 is about exactly the same price as a 2017 nTB Macbook Pro with 256GB SSD and 16GB RAM on the education store.

    Is the Touch Bar hard to live with? I primarily want to go back to the Mac for Xcode (and a smidgen of light gaming). I know that GPU performance will be about equal between the two; Iris Plus 640 vs 550. However I'll be taking a RAM hit with the 2016, but a higher CPU clock in trade.

    What should I do?
  3. TailsToo macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2010
    New Jersey
    With the better iPhone cameras, and lack of upgradability, I'm going to have to go with a 1TB model. My iPhoto library is almost 110GB already, and I hope this laptop will last 6-7 years.
  4. maerz001, Jun 14, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2017

    maerz001 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2010
    But will be half the size with ios11 new file format. And from an investment point it makes less sense to buy now storage which u need in a couple of years cos prices fall.

    Op: buy refurb. Touch ID alone is worth it

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