Would it be better to buy a refurbished ntMBP for $1269 or a new MacBook for $1299?

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  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68030

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    I love the ntMBP. But I was also thinking maybe I'd like the new MacBook coming out. Right now I'm not interested in the refurb MacBook bc I think it has Bluetooth 4.0. My ntMBP has Bluetooth 4.2.

    To my ears, Bluetooth 4.2 sounds better than even a wired 3.5mm connection! I love it. Great if you play a lot of music.
     
  2. leman macrumors 604

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    The MBP is faster and heavier, the MB is slower and lighter. Pick your poison :)
     
  3. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Is the bezel smaller on the ntMBP
     
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    I recommend you check them out yourself, or even going to apple.com to view the bezels.
     
  5. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Another consideration is the iPad Pro 12.9, but with the keyboard it's pretty high up there in price. I don't see the value when for a little more you can get an actual laptop!!
     
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    Does the iPad Pro run the software you want? Contrary to Tim Cook, I don't view the iPad as a laptop replacement, at least for me.

    I prefer the ability to easily attach files in emails, access the file system, run desktop level software, easily use a mouse, have TB and USB ports, etc etc.
     
  7. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I saw them on apple.com. The MacBook's look bigger...at least to me.
     
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    But does it do what you need it to do?
     
  9. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    True. Yeah I mean honestly if the 12.9 was like 600 with keyboard and taxes then I'd go for it but I mean I think even refurbished with keyboard is like around 900 with taxes? I know that's less for sure but still would rather pay more for a full comp.
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    I have no idea tbh. I've never tried a MacBook. I'm thinking it might be good though because all I need it for is YouTube.
     
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    I recommend you educate yourself by trying the products, seeing what they can and cannot do and then as an informed consumer you can make a determination of what fits your needs the best.
     
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    The better alternative:
    Buy neither of them.

    Instead, buy a 2015 13" MacBook Pro.
    If you shop carefully, you can find a NEW one for less than either of the prices you posted above...
     
  12. Hieveryone, Mar 25, 2017
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    Ok! Is there a way to try them without buying/returning? Like I understand Apple is rich, but I feel guilty returning too many times bc then Apple will lose money and it just seems unfair.

    Ideally I could get a MacBook for a week and see how it goes.

    I got the ntMBP and I loved it. Had to return it though but bc it had a problem or at least I thought it did. The screen was flickering but now people are saying it could've been a Firefox glitch.

    Whatever the case I ended up ordering another one from refurbished store and it was flickering again. Which then made it seem more likely a Firefox glitch. But then when I tried chrome it happened again just worse. Today though chrome has been fine. I have yet to try Safari.

    Now I'm thinking about the new MacBook but I'm not sure will have to research. I want it mainly for music on YouTube so might be enough but at the same time it does have a smaller screen. The lightness is definitley appreciated bc then I can move it around. So I guess I'll just research and see what's good.
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    I have a late 2013 currently. I mean it would be nice logically.

    But I really appreciate the ntMBP form factor. Plus Bluetooth 4.2 is nice. Im not sure if the 2015 model has 4.2 or 4.0
     
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  14. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Are the bezels the same size? Hard to tell
     
  15. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Hi everyone, I just ordered a Chromebook from HP. Thinknig that might be good for my use!
     
  16. mrex macrumors 68020

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    Fot youtube, any laptop starting with the price tag 100e/$ old, used or new. You dont need any of the macbooks to be able to watch youtube. If you prefer to get a nice screen, i would take a laptop with ips-panel rather than tn - even the cheapest one.
     
  17. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    Enjoy you new device. I find I use my iPad Pro 9.7 more than my macbook pro for non-work related tasks. The smaller devices are jut more convenient. And I have a BT keyboard case, so I can type longer emails and documents. Having Office 365 on the device let's me do quite a lot of light business work also.
     

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