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

    Sep 25, 2012
    The Netherlands
    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
    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

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


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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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