Which MacBook Pro for my situation?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Der Kommandant, Nov 9, 2016.

  1. Der Kommandant macrumors member

    Der Kommandant

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    Location:
    The Netherlands
    #1
    Hi all,

    As many people seem to be lately I am currently wanting to decide which MacBook Pro I should buy. I want to spend at most around 2000 euros. I want to use the MacBook around 5 years.

    What I am gonna use the MacBook Pro for:
    - Browsing
    - Watching movies
    - Office-related work
    - Virtual Machines

    What I have in mind:
    MacBook Pro 2015 15 inch 16GB ram, 256GB, Iris Pro 2 GB - 2100 euros
    or
    MacBook Pro 2016 13 inch non-TB, 8GB ram, 256GB, Iris Graphics 540 - 1700 euros

    What I find important:
    - Price/performance-ratio
    - Futureproofness
    - 4K ready

    What are my doubts:

    15 inch 2015 model
    - limited graphic performance
    - "old" chipset
    - expensive
    13 inch 2016 model
    - small display
    - loud cheap feeling keyboard
    - No MagSafe

    I am really struggling to make a final decision. What do you recommend? Thanks in advance
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Oct 24, 2013
    #2
    If you use multiple VMs then you really should have 16gb ram, that simple really!!
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #3
    I would recommend a 2016 15" MBP, as you'll get a dGPU instead of an iGPU. You'll have better performance and better value for your money. The price will be higher, but at this point, I think you may be better off spending all little more and getting more computer.

    I would avoid the 13" MBP for your stated needs, given that Vms use a lot of ram, and the 13" is dual core only and an inferior iGPU compared to what you can get with the 15" model.
     

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