Which MacBook Pro

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  1. oddfodder, Jul 18, 2019
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    oddfodder macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2019

    I'm a long time Mac user (since 1997) and I'm thinking of upgrading my Mac Mini. Aside from normal internet, word processing, etc I do some video editing on Adobe Premiere Elements (this is the cheapie version but I push it pretty hard) and will be doing some music mixing on Logix X pro.

    because of budget restrictions, I'm concerning myself most with thr processor and amount of RAM. I've narrowed it down (unless someone has a better idea! to (both refurb from the apple website, both pushing my budget limit hard, as I'd hope to spend a couple of hundred less):

    13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 - $1,659.00

    Originally released July 2018
    Touch Bar with integrated Touch ID sensor
    13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch
    16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    256GB SSD
    720p FaceTime HD camera
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

    complete specs:

    2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM
    16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    256GB SSD
    Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
    Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with support for:
    Thunderbolt (up to 40 Gbps)
    USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10 Gbps)
    VGA, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 2 output supported using adapters (sold separately)
    Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
    Three microphones
    3.5 mm headphone jack
    802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
    Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
    Height: 0.59 inch (1.49 cm)
    Width: 11.97 inches (30.41 cm)
    Depth: 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)
    Weight: 3.02 pounds (1.37 kg)3


    15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 - $1,699.00

    Originally released May 2015
    15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch
    16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    720p FaceTime HD Camera
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics

    complete specs:

    2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
    16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    MagSafe 2 power port
    Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
    Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
    HDMI port
    Headphone port
    SDXC card slot
    Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter (sold separately)
    Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)
    Stereo speakers
    Dual microphones
    Headphone port
    Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone
    Support for audio line out (digital/analog)
    802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
    Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
    Height: 0.71 inches (1.8 cm)
    Width: 14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
    Depth: 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
    Weight: 4.49 pounds (2.04 kg)

    It seems to me there are pros & cons to both. I like the bigger screen and faster processor, but the newer model has the latest gen processor. I'm a little nervous buying something from 2015 - but maybe that's naive - and I'm unclear if there's a big difference between the SSD and the PCIe-based flash storage. I'm also not sure if the 665 at the end of Intel Iris Plus Graphics in the newer model is a big deal.

    After a little more research, apparently some people still hate the keyboard on the 2018, even though it's supposed to be better than the '16 & '17. Most seem to love the 2015 keyboard. I wonder how that factors in?

    Any input or ideas is much appreciated!

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