Worth selling 2016 Pro for 2017 Refresh?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NJRonbo, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

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    Bought the maxxed out 2016 15" Macbook Pro.

    I can get about $1,600+ on Gazelle for it. Perhaps more elsewhere.

    A new maxxed out Kaby Lake Macbook Pro, minus my old selling price would be just under $2k.

    Is it worth that price just for the increased performance of Kaby Lake and whatever else has been upgraded?

    Thanks
     
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    The latest models appear to be Apple's first introduction in years, where I feel they went all in and delivered some decent specs and even current technology.

    If you could move up to them from your current machine for a few hundred dollars, I'd do it.

    If it's going to cost you $2000 beyond the sale price of your 2016 machine, then I'd skip it.

    I felt like the 2016 machines were a minimal effort rush to market. And they delivered outdated hardware.

    But, I also don't think you'll see $2000 worth of better performance over your 2016 machine.

    If you could sell your machine for $1600, and buy a replacement for $2000, then I'd do it.

    If you're going to spend $3600 on a replacement, then I'd skip it.
     
  3. woo macrumors newbie

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    I have a maxed out 2016 15" TB as well and I'm keeping it... Not worth it to me...
     
  4. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks guys!

    I would only be spending just under $2k with my Gazelle sale.

    However, if I am not going to see $2k worth of performance increase then I shall just wait till 2018.
     
  5. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    That's a good decision. I'd just wait until it's worth the money.
     
  6. vipergts2207 macrumors 65816

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    No way. The upgrades were minimal. It will literally be just a few percent increase in performance.
     
  7. caramelpolice macrumors regular

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    Absolutely not. You would not see more than a 10% difference, tops. Super minor update as far as performance goes.
     
  8. justinf77 macrumors 6502

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    It's definitely not worth it, but just a heads up... You can get WAY more than $1600 by selling it on eBay if your machine is a maxed out 15".
     
  9. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    Not worth it all - that $2,000 is about half of an iMac Pro...
     
  10. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502

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    If you absolutely need to get those small gains for your job at the price of $2,000 then maybe think about it. If you want it just to have it then you can't be helped.

    I have years of experience with upgrade-itis, so I feel your pain.
     
  11. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No, I can abstain. It definitely does not look like the cost is worth it.

    I upgrade my Macbook Pro every two years anyway. So in 2018, there will a reason to upgrade at the cost.
     
  12. monkeydax macrumors 6502

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    If they fixed those keyboard issues...then maybe it'll be worth it :)
     
  13. NJRonbo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Even more so, if there were a 32GB ram option which I am shocked Apple did not include in this refresh.
     
  14. monkeydax macrumors 6502

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    Seems they are just limited by the CPU offerings available, as none of them are compatible with LPDDR4 RAM.
     
  15. zippster macrumors regular

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    I bought a new 2016 13" 256gb on may the 1st.. I took it back for a full refund and walked out with a 512gb 13" today and paid the extra for the upgrade. I did the same last year when they bought a new MacBook out a month later after purchasing mine.. apple are flexible and allow this its just not written on the wall ..

    I decided to pay the extra £188 for the double SSD size as 256gb just didn't feel right.

    the apple guy asked me what killer feature I wanted from the 2017 model that the 2016 didn't have to which I replied .. "I paid £1800 a month ago only to find a newer faster version comes out a month later.., ill take the faster one thanks and ill upgrade to the bigger SSD"

    he didn't quibble, just thought it was a little rude question really.

    I'm sat here watching the tv an surfing the web and I can defiantly feedback that its snappier and the battery life (well for me anyways ) is defiantly improved.. I've been sat here surfing for over an hour and the battery is on 92% with both keyboard illumination and screen brightness over 80% ..

    Im very pleased with it.. and defiantly feels different to my previous one..

    just thought id share ..

    Andy..
     
  16. NBAasDOGG macrumors regular

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    According the the new benchmarks the KabyLake chip can be up to 20% faster than SkyLake chip with just a minimal 200Mhz increase in clock speed. I think if you're a huge FANBOY (in a good way), it's worth to upgrade if you always want the fastest :)
     
  17. vipergts2207 macrumors 65816

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    Scores for the 2016 MBP are actually significantly higher than reported in the article. It's more like an 8% increase than 20%.

    http://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu..."Intel Core i7-6820HQ" frequency:2700 bits:64
     
  18. fokmik macrumors 65816

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    Yes i feel the difference from my 15" mbp 2016 with my newest 15 2017,both base models with lates macos sierra
    -better keyboard, if you take one key away they applied something,i dont know what but there is no click noise when the keys are warm
    -better battery from around 8 h on my 2016 mail music web to 11 hours an 4 minutes
    - in benchmark i see around 14% improved
    -in dGpu around 9-10%
     
  19. RickG macrumors regular

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    crazy to upgrade if you just got the 2016
     
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  21. kjvmartin macrumors member

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    What about upgrading from a 13" 2016 to a 15" 2017. Something I'm considering.

    I play light gaming (Cities Skylines, Civ 5) but otherwise it's just web content, writing in Pages, etc.
     
  22. macintoshmac macrumors 65816

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    Then I don't fancy you need the new 2017. It doesn't really have anything more to offer against the 2016.
     
  23. MichaelDT macrumors member

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    I wouldn’t sell a maxed out MBP from 2016. I will be selling mine though, I bought the 2016 entry level without Touch Bar. Being a desktop user I haven’t used a laptop in a long time and underestimated my needs. I will replace in with the 13” 2017 3.5 GHz i7 with 16GB of ram and 512GB SSD Touch Bar model. I don’t really need the Touch Bar but I wanted the higher clock speed because I often divide my CPU using VMs.
     
  24. NBAasDOGG macrumors regular

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    It's worth it! Obviously most 2016 owners are butthurt and won't give you the right advise.

    My 13" Touch Bar 2017 is exactly 13% faster in Geekbench 4 and I get exactly 79 mins more battery life by looping a movie in ITunes until the machine turns off! I tested this side by side with my 13" TB 2016.
     

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