MacBook Pro 13 - 2018 high end vs 2019 low end?

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Which MacBook Pro 13 should I get

  1. New 2018 high end ($1,400)

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  2. Used 2019 low end ($1,000)

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  1. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Well, that was an unmitigated disaster. After hours of trying, I just could not get used to the keyboard. I smack keys pretty hard, and it felt like I was going to put my finger right through the chassis. Worse than that, the WiFi card must have been defective because I could not download any file that was more than 100 MB or so. I had to use a hardwired connection to get the system recovery program to work properly. Back to the store it went.
     
  2. Spartan

    Spartan Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    darn man, I was so eager for you to use it and give me your impressions (if it worked that is)

    What's your plan now?
     
  3. Aivxtla

    Aivxtla Notebook Evangelist

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    My friend just moved from a 2014 13” to a Lenovo after I told him to try the keyboard on the new MacBooks before buying as I warned him he may not like the feel as it’s been pretty controversial reliability aside.

    You could also go for the 2015 one like some have done. Well I hope it works out if you do end up getting a replacement.
     
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  4. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I originally picked up an open box Asus GU501 from Best Buy that was marked down to $575. Its original selling price was around $1,300-$1,400 IIRC. It wasn't in the best physical condition, but it cleaned up decently enough. Specs were amazing for the price, a Core i7 8750H, 16 GB of RAM, full-fat GTX 1060, 120 Hz display, and Thunderbolt 3. Not so good were the obnoxious fan noise and the fact that my Razer peripherals wouldn't work if they were connected to the laptop via my USB hub. It wasn't the hub or cable because it all works just fine on my desktop PC and the Lenovo Y530 I was selling to pay for either the Asus or MacBook Pro.

    When I was at Costco today, they had a Lenovo Legion Y545 with a Core i7 9750H, 16 GB of RAM, GTX 1660 Ti, 144 Hz display, 512 GB SSD, and 1 TB HDD. It was on sale for $1,050, a $150 savings off the regular price. It's not the absolute best specs you can get for the money, but the fact that Costco automatically extends the warranty by a year for no extra charge makes it a decent value. Got it set up this afternoon and am very impressed so far. For a PC from a large OEM, the Windows install was remarkably clean. The only piece of bloatware I've had to uninstall was McAfee AV. The build quality is exceptional - this thing feels like a tank. The keyboard feels great to type on despite the odd placement of the numpad. The color and fluidity of the 144 Hz screen are good, though it could stand to be a bit brighter. There's no Optimus, so while I won't have to worry about any GPU switching nonsense, battery life will take a bit of a hit. At least NVIDIA's Turing architecture is very power efficient. While I'll likely never use it, the webcam in this model points up your nose, so that's something else to keep in mind. Overall, my only real complaints are the numpad placement, the lack of Thunderbolt 3, and the size of the AC adapter. Lenovo could take a lesson from HP or Razer on the latter point and come out with the 200+ watt slimline power brick.
     
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    and there goes the wish for switching to MacOS :eek:
     
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  6. saturnotaku

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    I had the Lenovo completely set up, except for installing games, in about 2 hours. I spent about three times that messing with the MBP, including installing the latest macOS update, dealing with the WiFi issue, etc. This was not the same wonderful experience I had when I was daily driving a 2011 MacBook Pro.
     
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