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Original poster
Jun 21, 2017
Total budget and country of purchase: 1500, Germany

  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Best Specs for money > Battery

  • How important is weight and thinness to you? ok

  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. MacOS

  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. 13-15

  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. no, maybe a bit of gaming / videoediting, but not regularly

  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? indiegames
* Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?
  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. I need: The best macbook for the cheapest price.
What I want to do with it: - Doing stuff online - being happy that MacOS "just works" - lots of keynote presentations for work - audio editing - video editing like once in a year

512GB SSD is a must for me, everything else should be just the best stuff for the least money ;)

I am able to spend 1500 € (+ Apple Care on top)

Long story about me: I was a windows user from 19XX to 2006 and I bought my first macbook pro then. It was switched out a few years later thanks to apple care and bad apple repairmen so I got another macbook. So I got a Macbook for around 10 years and decided: **** Apple, **** expensive Macbooks, I can linux. So now I am stuck with a T460s and a not so satisfying user experience and keep longing for buying another macbook. I quit Windows because I was fed up with driver ********.

So here I am: I want to spend 1500 € max and want to have a 512 GB SSD.

So what's the best bang for the buck? I was hoping for greatly updated Macbook Airs but the processor update doesn't cut it for me. I read somewhere a 2015 Macbook pro would be the best choice for a cheap Macbook pro while having still good specs is that true? If so, which one exactly? I am looking for specific model numbers.

My opinion about macbook air: 2 year old Hardware, for such a high price seems like a rip off for me. My opinion about 12" Macbook: Seems fishy, like a not ready Macbook pro, feels also ripoffy for me
My Opinion about Macbook Pro: How can anyone afford that!?

Thanks for helping me in advance!


macrumors 6502a
Jul 30, 2010
You'll probably get the best bang for your buck buying on craigslist/Amazon/eBay. Apple Refurbished isn't a great deal but at least comes with a warranty. A lot like buying a CPO car. I see 2015 512GB 15" on eBay for around $1500. Sometimes you can find them with Applecare which gives some peace of mind.
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