Would you still buy a MBP 13"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacChinoNyc, Aug 19, 2016.

  1. MacChinoNyc macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2008
    Especially if you can get a new 256/8GB version for $1199?
  2. UndercoverDotNetGuy macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2016
    Well I just did couple of months ago.
    Could not care less of the long awaited new version coming out.

    Does everything i need.
    Included single instance Windows 10 + Visual Studio with medium sized project in the Vmware Fusion.
    Running on two external monitors. One through DisplayPort. Another through HDMI + Internal monitor.
    Works like a charm.

    Just take a look of the specs and decide if it is enough for you or not.
    P.S do not forget that you can not upgrade anything besides the SSD later on ;)
  3. MacChinoNyc thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2008
    Thats good to hear. I'm going back and forth between the rmb 12", mba 13" and this one. The mba 13" 8gb/128gb version can be had new for $750, while a good price that screen resolution worries me. I definitely need to run vmware occasionally and not confident the rmb 12" can handle that let alone the mba. That $750 sure sounds like a deal right now for the mba 13" though.
  4. UndercoverDotNetGuy macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2016
    I decided purely on the number of available ports.
    Loved the idea of (MBP)two thunderbolt ports, but one would have been enough for me also, but just had to have full sized HDMI port.

    Did not even consider MacBook 12" since it has only one port that is shared between charging and peripheral devices.
    Great for some. Total annoyance for me.

    While deciding between MBA or MBP i would just go to the shop and try them out.
    I prefer when my palms are resting a little higher from the table and air was not as comfortable for me, but it did look awesome.... :D
  5. friedkimchi macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2011
    You need to consider where you will be using the laptop most of the time. If it's mostly a desktop replacement, any one will do the job.

    I used my 15" rmbp for school and it was heavy and I was worried about damaging it constantly since I commute on a motorcycle daily. Soon enough, the dreaded "stains" appeared . . . sigh.

    I'll probably pick up an Air or a refurb 2015 MB. Real estate/resolution is not an issue as I connect to an external monitor 95% of the time.
  6. Suture macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2007
    They're great laptops (I had a 13" current gen MBP for a while) and that's a nice deal. I also had mine sort-of in a dock setup most of the time, with a 27" monitor and external keyboard and trackpad.
  7. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I bought my 13" rMBP in April of last year and it's still a great computer. If you can get a good discount on a model that meets your needs, go for it.
  8. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Depends on your needs. If it is fairly moderate the 13 is fine. I need something a bit heavier duty for my software development, so went with the 15 inch with 512 GB,
  9. bbrks macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2013
  10. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    I just got a nice deal on a used late 2013 13" MBP for my wife - 16GB RAM, i7, 256GB SSD - meh on the drive size, but for $700 including Applecare for a bit...will replace the SSD with 512GB or 1TB in a year when the prices drop in half.

    I normally run a 15" max RAM, dGPU...mine's getting old in the tooth now so looking for the next model to come out already, but it still beats her numbers with the quad-core i7 vs dual-core. Before this one, it was another 15" maxed MBP, a maxed white macbook C2D, and whatever workstation replacement laptops I could find, promptly replacing Windows with Linux.

    Having said that...the 13" retina MBP is quite nice. The SSD performance on even the late 2013 model is very nice vs my SSD-upgraded 6GB/s Sata MBP. If Apple would manage to do a copper heatsink 'sandwich' letting them run a quad core in the 13" MBP, I'd be willing to take it and forego the dGPU.

    Sort what your real needs are, and go from there...I expect my wife's 2013 MBP to give us at least 3-4 years or more.
  11. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    Yes! I have the 13 inch model with the 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM which I bought last January and would do it again. Minor spec bump to Skylake or whatever isn't a big deal and the other rumors i don't care for much. Runs awesome still :)
  12. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    My mid 2010 MBPro remains functional and fast (with added SSD) even after 6+ yrs. of usage...
  13. arbj macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2013
    I just bought the 13 inch non-retina macbook pro model. I opted for the i7 CPU, 8GB RAM, and 1TB hard disk.

    I am not sure maybe I should have gone for the 15 inch retina, but unfortunately I am on a tight budget..
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Probably not at this point. Maybe once Apple finally updates the line, but I think I'd get either the Dell XPS 13 for about 1,000 (after coupons and what not) or the HP Spectre laptop. The HP looks great and the price point is 1019 (with the OP's configuration) and like the Dell, its running Skylake.

    I'm liking what the HP has to offer more then the Dell, but I have to say Apple has sat on their laurels long enough that these two machines have out Appled, Apple
  15. Tolien, Aug 21, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2016

    Tolien macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2005
    With those upgrades (and the i7 gets you single-digit percentage improvements for £120, it's really not worth it) , the non-retina is more expensive than the base 13" rMBP which has 8GB RAM and a significantly faster SSD:


    You do get less storage but if you paid Apple Store price for the non-retina model, you could spend that £140 on an external disk (and a DVD-RW, if that's your thing) and have change left over. If you're on a budget...
  16. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    Anytime w/o thinking twice.
  17. jerryk macrumors 601

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    If budget is a concern, the way to go is get a used 2012 or 2011 13 MBP (non-retina). i5 or i7 perform about the same. Replace the original HDD with an SSD and increase memory to 8 or 16gb depending upon need. You can do all this for around $550-600 USD depending upon SSD size.
  18. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    I have the HP spectre and while it's a good laptop the battery life is lacking.... Plus the cpu does throttle because if the heat...just saying for those who care. For normal usage it works fine.
  19. Suture macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2007
    I have a Spectre for my work laptop. I had to bring it as part of a recall to get checked out. One of our employees' Spectres caught fire from the overheating.

    Otherwise, I like my Spectre. I have the G2 version and it's been quite the improvement over my Latitude -- especially in regards to the fan noise.

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