Buying a new macbook pro (non touchbar)

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  1. Peter Griffin

    Peter Griffin Notebook Guru

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    Hello! I am going to buy a new 256GB macbook pro 13" (non touch bar) from United States.
    My use is quite simple: Browsing, emailing, movies, music, occasionally photo and video editing, (no gaming)

    I am confused between 2016 model and 2017 model with kaby lake.
    The price difference is of 180$ for which I will get new kaby processor, higher frequency RAM (2133 over 1866Mhz).
    Does 180$ difference worth paying more or should I save and get older 2016 if you think it doesn't worth.

    Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro (Mid 2017, Space Gray) MPXT2LL/A
    or
    Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro (Space Gray, Late 2016) MLL42LL/A
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    Performance difference is less than 10% between the 2. I'd suggest saving some money and buying the 2016 model.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    You could save even more by buying a refurbished 2016 model. The only real difference is that refurbs don't come in the fancy, white Apple packaging.
     
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    I am not into refurbished things except movies, games and music.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    Refurbished Macs have the exact same warranty as new ones. But if you want to waste your money, that's none of my business.


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    Looks like the OP is from India, which will make buying a refurbed Mac from the Apple.com clearance section more difficult. I'd agree with others, the higher clocked memory and CPU will only make a noticeable difference in the benchmarks. During normal usage, you won't see any difference, so I would save the $180.
     
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  7. Peter Griffin

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    what about keyboard has been improved a bit on the 2017 based on reports and others experience like build quality and internal maturity as it's hardware v2?
     
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    Peter Griffin Notebook Guru

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    They actually do. I had a late 2016 13" that I bought refurbished and it came in a white box and it was sealed. Only difference with a new box was that it had the word refurbished printed on the bottom half of the box.
     
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    kiomon Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would get the 2017 because the built in support for 4k video decoding and some other small tweaks. If you plan on keeping the computer for a long time, then it would be useful to have those optimizations. They also help if you do any light video editing as well, as some apps tie into those build capabilities.
     
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