Why Did You Buy Your Late 2016 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by deliriumxy, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. deliriumxy macrumors member

    Nov 21, 2016
    Thought it could be fun and informative for people to post about this topic.

    (1) List your specs

    (2) Provide brief explanation about why you decided to buy your specific model (including reasons for upgrading CPU, RAM, SSD, choosing 15" over 13", etc.)
  2. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    (1) 13" nTB base model

    (2) I needed a new computer and decided that I wanted to stick with the handoff and continuity compatibility between the Mac and iPhone..

    I know I overpaid for what I got but handoff and continuity are pretty big deals for me.
  3. ManuCH macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2009
    (1) 15" / 2.9 GHz / 455 graphics / 1 TB SSD

    (2) I needed a big screen, I like having a faster CPU, I don't do any graphics stuff (that's why I didn't get the 460 upgrade) and I like having a lot of local storage (for all my photos, music, etc)
  4. BondFancy macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2016
    1. 15" based model with 512 SSD
    2. Don't need a dGPU as I don't do graphic intensive work so I stuck with the base, it was a couple hundred dollars cheaper to just make it a BTO base than getting the higher end model. I'm currently using a 15" (non-apple) laptop, I prefer having large screen real estate and a quad core hence the 15" option. This is my first Mac, so I had considered the 2015 15", however the price difference wasn't that huge so I went with the newer one. Looking forward to handoff features with my iPhone and I'm sick of ridiculous windows updates so I made the switch to Apple.
  5. Fozzybadfeet macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    1. 13" Base Non-Touch model with 16gb RAM.

    2. Sold my iMac and moved across country. Needed something portable, due to not wanting a workstation to take up space at home.
  6. RobinInOR macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2014
    13" touchbar i7, 1T 16G space gray

    I mostly use my iPads, but needed macOS for a couple of applications that I run. I bought a laptop because my current iMac is old and on Snow Leopard - I couldn't keep it upgraded because we're on internet satellite with a small data cap and couldn't update it from home. Taking it in to work was awkward.

    Bought the 13" because I didn't like the look of the 15". I've got an old 15" PowerBook that I didn't mind, but this new one looked weird to my eyes - the keyboard looked out of proportion. And with an external monitor I wouldn't really miss the extra screen size.

    Since I rarely update my hardware, I always buy the highest end so it will hopefully last longer.
    I bought the touchbar model because I'm a Programmer/analyst - I'm always interested in new ideas and like to see how they're implemented.
  7. john g. macrumors member

    john g.

    Jul 11, 2012
    1] 13" nTB model with 16/256 GB

    2] The screen!
  8. cchangx macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2016
    1) 15" base model
    2) Need a portable, solid laptop since I will possibly be moving around a lot in the next year. First time MBP user, so don't have much to compare it to. Don't do photo or video editing, so didn't need a dGPU. Wanted the 16GB 15" for development purposes.
  9. CookieInYaFace macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2016
    1) 13" TB model with 8/256 and upgraded to i5 3,1Ghz

    2) Hated my HP Spectre with Windows. Don't need more SSD Space, never needed more than 8 gb as im not working with Pictures or Movies and as a student it must be easy to carry with me. The 3,1Ghz because I got it 1 week earlier that way than stock (2-3 Weeks) ;)
  10. Cincyguy74 macrumors newbie


    Aug 16, 2016
    1) 15" base with 512

    2) few reasons. Replacing my 2008 Macbook which barely boots any more. Already in the apple Eco System with Iphones and iPads. I went with the 15" for my eyes that aren't working as well as they once did. Plus wanted the option of the dGPU for editing some photos in PS. Upgraded the base 256 SSD to 512 to keep some pics and music on it locally and 256 just didn't seem like enough.
  11. Epicberry macrumors newbie


    Nov 29, 2016
    Currently have the 13" TB 8/256 GB because it was literally one of the the last few machines left in my region. I'm thinking of upgrading to 16gb ram but I'll have to see. Currently, I'm seeing a slight lag when loading pages in safari that chrome loads faster in (non cached pages). Just wondering will I even see the 16gb in performance and a reduced battery life?

    This is my first macbook ever, I spent a pretty penny. As an early buyer of the 6s and apple watch, I felt that getting a macbook would benefit with the whole apple ecosystem I am accustomed to. The transition was seamless and great. The biggest selling points for me are:
    1. SPACE GREY! Everything I have is space grey! I'm sorry, but I really found the silver to be super boring
    2. Keyboard is stellar - I had reservations because I am used to thinkpad keys with very good travel but testing this new butterfly 2 keyboard out really impressed me. I actually get the mechanical feel without that much force. I really enjoy it. It looks great too! A big improvement over that macbook one with the first gen butterfly key I tested.
    3. Nice and bright vibrant screen with a tiny bezel
    4. Reliability with Apple and good customer service
    5. It's very sext, big fan of the slab design
    6. Works great with my 6s and watch (unlock)
    7. Touch ID to sign in, purchase or authorize downloads
    8. 4 USB C ports
    9. Touchbar is neat
    10. Trackpad is top of the class and IMO looks great!
    I originally bought a Razer Blade Stealth as it's a sexy little ultrabook but it had a cpu overtemp condition within 2 days. Though they updated it with a new version including 16gb and kaby lake for a very good price, I didn't want to have issues even 6 months to 1 year down the line so I hopped on the macOS train. So far so good! Still miss a few Windows tricks but I'll manage.
  12. iNewbie macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006
    1 15 Inch. 2.7 Ghz, 16GB, 2TB, Space Grey, 455 with 2GB - coming next week.

    2 My current MacBook Pro is 5-ish years. It's still ok but some problems (external apple monitor connectivity and internal isight camera for instance). I need something I can rely on and be portable with. I do a lot with videos and photos so I wanted the disk space.
  13. BasicGreatGuy, Nov 29, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2016

    BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I upgraded because I wanted to be irresistible to the geek / technology / Apple loving ladies. :eek:

    1 - 800 - TCH - BARR

    Call me ladies. :cool:
  14. Balaamsdonkey macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    I'm coming from a mid-2010 MacBook Pro and haven't used either handoff or continuity. I had a iPhone 6+ so I will be able to use these features when I get my new machine. Can you tell me under what circumstances you use these features? I only ask because I've ever even thought about since I knew my machine didn't support it.
  15. Hustle macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2007
    1) 15" 2016 MacBook Pro - 512GB/16GB/2GB dGPU

    2) Because there was just enough room left on the credit card to squeeze it in. :-/
  16. raqball macrumors 68000

    Sep 11, 2016
    I mainly use it for messages and apps.

    I can send and receive SMS right on the MacBook even when iPhone is in another room or charging. I also use the copy and paste function a lot between the 2.. I also like and use the ability to open a website on the MacBook (or iPhone) and then instantly pick right up where I was on the other device..
  17. thesaint024 macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2016
    suspension waiting room
    13" tMBP 2.9/16/512 - Was waiting for MBA refresh that never happened. MM's thin, 3 lbs, usb-c, last MBP was '09. Everything else is gravy. Yum, daddy like.
  18. shareef777 macrumors 68020


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Thee only reason why I'm still with Apple. And iCloud, having my notes/messages synced between all my devices is why I pay the Apple premium.
  19. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    13" TB base - i5 2.9GHz, 8GB, 256SSD

    I had the early 2016 12" m7 MacBook, my wife needed a newer laptop--hers was dying after a coffee spill into the keyboard--so I passed down the 2016 12" MB and snagged the Pro at my local Apple Store last week for me. Another reason: I'm a computer consultant and always like to use the latest and greatest (though, not necessarily the fastest) and I already loved the newer keyboard since it is very similar to the 12" MB, and I thought the Touch Bar was a pretty cool solution for basic touch without getting the screen covered in fingerprints. One more reason: I do, rarely, need a second port from time to time and it's nice to now have four to choose from instead of pulling out my USB-C to USB-A hub with ethernet and power pass-thru. Bonus reason: being able to charge on either side is cool! I no longer have to pay attention to how I put it in the sleeve so the USB-C/TB3 charge port is available.
  20. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    1. 15" 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 w/ Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz & 8MB shared L3 cache, 512SSD, 16GB ram,
    Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching, Intel HD Graphics 530

    2. I had a 2015 12" MacBook and I wanted to do more iOS development on my Mac without the performance issues I was seeing with my previous Mac. I also wanted to have more space and a larger display. I vastly prefer the MacBook keyboard to any keyboard that I've ever used.
  21. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2014
    1. 13inch top spec with 16gb ram upgrade.

    2. I bought it to replace my 5k iMac. yes they have huge difference performance wise, but I am no video editor, occasionally edit some vacation photos, mostly browsing web and office stuff. I bought 5k iMac for it's screen, but hate it due to lack of portability. tried to have another laptop standby when I need to go out, but syncing between two computers is always a headache. so right now, I essentially have a 5k--laptop. so problems solved.
    another thing is, whenever I need more performance or new stuff comes out, I just need to upgrade my laptop, instead of when using an iMac, I would need to upgrade the entire iMac setup, which is much more expansive.
  22. kathyricks macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    13" nTB base model i5 8/256

    I do a lot of photo and video editing and web surfing so wanted the improved screen, speakers and computing speed. It's also MacBook Air light and even more portable since it has a smaller overall footprint.
  23. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    (1) 13" non-TB with base CPU, base RAM and upgraded SSD to 512

    (2) I didn't need the extra horsepower of the 15" and, from experience, lugging around a laptop that sizeable is cumbersome despite the fact that it is smaller and lighter than previous 15" models. The 13" isn't as portable as my 2015 base 12" MacBook but I feel it is a decent compromise between power and portability and will take care of the minor quibbles I had with the 12" such as occasionally UI lag and shorter battery life.

    I would say I'm a pretty light user as my workflow usually just includes email, Word, Excel and browser usage, while personal use is usually web browsing and watching YouTube/movies, so no need to upgrade the CPU or RAM. I upgraded the SSD since I was getting pretty close to full on my 12" MacBook that also had a 256 SSD, so I figured I'd pay the extra for piece of mind and in hopes that the laptop would be able to last me for a good 4-5 years (provided I can get a handle on my need to constantly go after the newest and latest tech).
  24. Mr. Bean macrumors member

    Mr. Bean

    Nov 20, 2016
    10 Downing Street, Not-in-England.
    13-inch, 2.9/16GB/1T.

    Upgrading from a 2010 maxed out 15-inch that is on its last leg. My needs have changed considerably since then where I'm on the move more often now, so portability is important. The internal specs are fine for my specific needs, so I didn't have to go for the biggest and strongest. For most of the time (~90%) I'll be using it at a desk with a monitor, so no need for larger screen size. The rest of the time would be on the plane, train, or automobile :D
  25. Stephencovar macrumors member

    May 20, 2015
    Pasadena, California
    1. 3.3GB i7/16GB RAM/512GB SSD

    2. I am replacing a 2007 20" iMac, maxed out at 4GB of RAM. I was running El Capitan on it. Although the computer still ran, it was time for an upgrade. I wanted something powerful and portable that I can start editing photos in Photos and movies in iMovie. I also wanted something that would last me a minimum of 5 years.

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