Which configuration is right for me?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by asidexo, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. asidexo macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2013
    I'm a college student who currently has a 2012 cmbp from freshman year. My hard drive is failing, and while I could install another one, there are a bunch of other small things that are wrong with it including what sounds suspiciously like something rattling around when I move it so I think I might be better off replacing it. I want my next computer to last me through the last year of college and at least well into Grad school. I use it mostly for word processing, webbrowsing, etc. I am a hobbyist photographer and do some like lightroom/photoshop work but it's not a part of my standard workflow so I'm not concerned if it takes a minute to process. I will likely have to start running some statistics soon because I'm a psychology major but I don't know the specifics of what those programs require.

    My options are:

    The non touchbar mbp with the i5 processor, 16gb ram, and 512 hard drive
    The standard touchbar mbp with 512 hard drive, 8gb ram etc.

    I say these are my options because with the student discount they get me very close to $2,000 and I'm not sure I can justify spending more than that on a laptop. I am open to other suggestions though.
  2. Jolly-boo macrumors member

    May 8, 2012
    The touch bar thing ... I think you should wait until its in store and see it for yourself, or wait for reviews. People who've tried it have said good things about ut. Most people who complain about it here haven't even tried it so steer away from that.

    I would want it, just because its the new thing, and its the direction the Pros are heading in. And it looks like for you, its down between 16GB of ram and the Touch Bar, and I'd go for the Touch Bar. 8GB of ram I think will be sufficient for a good while longer.
  3. Goatllama macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2015
    Mountaintop Lair
    Just buy a refurbished Macbook Pro instead. Save even more money! If I'm sticking with your choices though, I'd say the non touchbar mbp with the i5 processor, 16gb ram, and 512 hard drive seems better.
  4. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    I don't Photoshop, video edit (some video conversions though) or do gaming and never ran into a CPU or 8GB RAM bottle neck using a 2012 rMBP. up to you on the Touch bar or not but @Jolly-boo is right, wait and see for yourself first.
  5. DanielDD macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2013
    I would go with the non-Touch bar MacBook Pro, with no RAM upgrade. You won't need the extra performance you get with the TouchBar version.
    Plus, you get a couple of advantages with this version, such as better battery life, as well as a 'distraction free' keyboard. Believe me, as a grad student, this is something that you should really consider when buying a new computer.
  6. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    I would be tempted to go with the touch bar model. You'd be getting a better processor, GPU, and two more ports. On top of that you get the perks of the touch bar and touch ID if you're into that.

    It's always nice to have the extra RAM, but from what you said I think 8GB likely suits your needs even with the non touch bar model
  7. Hyloba macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2014
    I'm in a similar pickle. I would really want the 16gb of ram 512gb of storage touch bar version. But the standard non touch bar version is 700 euro cheaper, and it might suffice for my needs. 700 euro is quite a lot of money.
  8. GCMD macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2014
    If you want this laptop to last for a while, get the best you can afford. If you say $2000 is the number you want to spend, the Student Discount should almost cover taxes.

    In your case, I'd go with the 2.9ghz / i5 / 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD. That's plenty of storage and RAM as long as you don't try to use too many apps at once or multiple browsers with lots of tabs open. Touchbar isn't the reason you get the Touchbar MBP...it's the TouchID that's really useful and will be so no matter how app developers respond (or don't respond) to optimizing apps for the Touchbar. You can start your MBP, pay in apps and lock your MBP with the TouchID. May not seem important but it's seamless integration with the rest of Apple's ecosystem (including the new and future iPhones and iPads).

    That should set you right at $1899. Do yourself a favor and order a few USB C to USB 3 adapters or USB C to USB Micro B cords along with a SD Card Dongle at the time of purchase. Make sure they are Apple Approved to prevent compatibility issues.

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