Which MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by boombox15, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. boombox15 macrumors regular

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    I am getting a new MacBook Pro, but I am having trouble deciding which one to buy.

    These are the configurations I am considering

    2016 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 512GB
    2017 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 256GB
    2017 13 inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar 512GB

    All of these are around $1700. I could get the 2017 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with 512GB but that would be a bit more than I would like to spend. My main concern is that the 2016 will be slower than the 2017 model, and I feel like the 2016 model won't have as good of a resale value as the 2017 model would have when I get a new one. I tend to upgrade around every 2 years.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    I don't know what you are doing, but you probably wouldn't notice the difference In terms of speed. Also, someone may correct this, but the 2016 TB will be faster than the 2017 sans TB, it has a more powerful CPU.

    Resale? Generally the non base spec models are harder to find and therefore desirable. I think the 2016 is the way to go, personally.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Are you going to "fill up" 256gb in two years (your self-stated ownership period)?

    If not, get the 2017 tb.
    If yes, get the 2017 ntb.
     
  4. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    Do you like the touchbar?
    Is your work CPU-intensive?
    How important is good battery life?
     
  5. boombox15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    My work is not really CPU intensive, I mostly just use internet, iTunes, and do some photo editing in the photos app. I do have interest in the touch bar, I don't want the 2016 model to be slow.
     
  6. jerryk macrumors 68020

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    A 2016 will definitely not have the resale value of a 2017. But you need to factor in the cost discount of a used/refurbished 2016 machine. My guess is it will be a near wash.

    Regarding performance unless you watch a lot of 4K video I suspect the two TB models will seems just as fast as each other.
     
  7. boombox15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thinking of refurbished 2016 13 inch 512GB with touch bar from apple for $1609 or the 2017 13 inch MacBook Pro with touch bar for $1799 with 256GB.

    What is the best choice for me?

    If I get the 2016 model, I want to be able to sell it for a good price when I upgrade and not take a huge loss.
     
  8. Seekingshred macrumors member

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    I'm in the same boat as you however I'm editing and playing back 4K so I think I should be more worried going with 2016 rather than you. I think for you would be just fine. Now resale value you never know but I reckon the dif won't break the bank
     
  9. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 65816

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    Resale value will be exactly the same as the 2017, the 2017 is 8 months newer so will depreciate 6 months later than the 2016... Either way that's no reason to buy a computer, you're talking minimal amounts of difference vs. living with the machine for 2+ years!

    Speed wise you wouldn't notice anything, even a 2014 MBP is going to be fast, not as fast as a 2016, but still a very fast computer.

    If watching 4k (On a 3K screen...) is a priority, then either is absolutely fine. 2017 only really makes a difference on 4K 60Hz 10bit editing, which isn't a mass market thing at the moment anyway.

    From what you've said you use it for, a 2010 machine will be absolutely fine. Just look at how much storage you are using today and double it, then get whichever one you want.
     
  10. Retromac2008 macrumors regular

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    Performances are bad in all of these: they re dual core.
    To have good performance you need the 15" model (but it s bigger of course)

    Just take the less expensive: performance is about the same on all the 13 (bad dual core)
     
  11. Seekingshred macrumors member

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    So you would go with the 15'' 2015 model using hashwell and currently sold as new in Apple? Could the 15'' playback and edit 4K with the Hashwell? really doubt..:confused:
     
  12. Retromac2008 macrumors regular

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    are u kidding?
    sure! 13" are toys compared to 15" MBP (quad core) doesn t matter if they re 2015 or 2017
     
  13. Seekingshred macrumors member

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    4K !! o_O:mad:
     
  14. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    I'd also get the 2017 without touch and 512GB
     
  15. Seekingshred macrumors member

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    which one shall I get?

    13'' 2016 skylake /16/256
    - 13'' 2017 Kaby /16/256
    - 15'' 2015/16/256
    o_O:p
     

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