I heard the horror stories about how slow it was even for normal tasks. I also have the 2017 MBP w/touchbar and I got this one for work because I love the portability. I love the keyboard on this machine. I can't speak for the 2015/16 models, but the 17 model has a good keyboard. The slow processor hasn't shown to be a problem for me. It handles normal tasks almost as well as my 2017 MBP w/touchbar does. I am glad I got this machine or the portability alone. Not to mention, it may be the most gorgeous device that apple has made.