Which MacBook to buy

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by weddlec, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. weddlec macrumors member

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    Spent the last 3 weeks over analyzing this decision. I was in the market for a new MacBook Pro when the 2016 MBP came out. I hate the idea of the touchbar. Useless to me, other than for fun stuff like the Knight Rider mod. It also put the typically low-end 15" MBP from the $2000 price range to the $2700 range. I waited for the 2017 refresh hoping for a 15" with no touchbar. I'm convinced at this point that they aren't getting rid of the touchbar until another big shift comes along. I don't want to wait that long.

    I've been seeing lots of sales lately. My preference would be for something with 16GB ram and 512 SSD, but I can't find anything that fits that in a 2016 or 2017 model for less that $2000. I don't want to go back to a 2015 model. If I could land a 15" (I like that screen size) new for under or right at $2000 I would. I don't see that happening. This leaves me with stuck between a MacBook or 13" MBP without touchbar. I require the 512 SSD, I'm most flexible with the RAM.

    I have seen 2016 MacBooks with 512 SSD for $1275. All the MBP with those specs are in the $1600 range. Is it worth that much extra to go from a MacBook to the MBP? Either one will require a multiport dongle. Either one I will be hooking up to a much larger monitor when at home. I take it with me quite a bit, but no extensive plane traveling. Any help would be appreciated.

    In a perfect world I could snag a 2017 15" MBP without touchbar for $2000.
     
  2. cruisin macrumors 6502a

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    If you are fine with the CPU and performance of a MacBook, then you will be fine with a 2015 MacBook Pro.

    The MacBook is better for travelling based on dimensions and weight.
     
  3. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

    Stefan johansson

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    A 2015 MacBook Pro with 15 inch screen and no touchbar would be perfect for you,as that's exactly what you describe when you write down your specs.
     
  4. CatherineVeraGat Suspended

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    Get the 12-inch MacBook or the MacBook Pro 13.3-inch without TouchBar.

    Both is available with 16GB of memory, and 512GB SSD. Both is available for less than $2000.
     
  5. Vjosullivan macrumors regular

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    You don't mention anywhere what you want to do with your new laptop. Without that information, all advice is useless.
     

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