Need Advice: Which MBP to upgrade to & other Q's?

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  1. PYREXSWERVE

    PYREXSWERVE Notebook Guru

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    Hi all:

    I currently have a MBP, 13-inch, Mid 2012.
    2.5 Intel Core i5
    8GB Mem
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB.
    500 GB

    I'm trying to decide which MBP would be an appropriate upgrade for me & to gauge certain responses about features. I'm a basic user, I do not use photoshop, final cut pro, video editing, etc. Just use the device for Microsoft Office related work, browsing the internet, watching movies/HQ content, downloading content, iMessage, taking calls on mac etc.

    I'm mainly concerned with having a unit in which the performance/speed is top notch (very fast, minimal loading, very responsive) the display is great & will last me a long time like my current unit.

    What would you guys recommend? Does an upgrade to 16GB of memory make a substantial difference? (I would like to experience this, but not sure if needed). Are the incremental processor bumps that can be added under the 13" dual-core i7 & 15" quad-core 17 noticeable?With the prices so expensive these days, i was initially leaning towards the 15" since me maxing out the 13" with keeping the HD at 512 is similar in price. But seeking opinions on the smartest choice.

    Also, what is everyone's opinion on the touch bar? Is it smart to just get a model with that feature? Can you all see it becoming useful in the future? Also, are there are good recommendations for a USB-C Hub? I have heard of Hyperdrive & Satechi, but wanted to see what everyone was using to connect USB, SD, HDMI, etc.

    Finally, will update the MBP again anytime soon? Just didn't want to purchase & then a new model/update drops.

    Thank you for reading. This forum has always been helpful. I appreciate anyone's response.
     
  2. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    If you're not taking advantage of any of the features that make MacBooks worthwhile, why not go for a Windows PC? It will certainly be cheaper. It will also perform better likely.
     
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    PYREXSWERVE Notebook Guru

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    Hi Don:

    I just enjoy the user experience on the mac a lot. I don't think i've ever dealt with a virus & I like applications such as iMessage, so that i text/call people on my cell phone from my computer, etc.

    Are there some features you recommend i utilize? Thanks for your response.
     
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    don_svetlio Notebook Virtuoso

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    I mean, the main appeal of MBPs is the absurdly bright and colour-accurate screen as well as the battery life. Other things are better on machines like the XPS 15 or and UX550.

    Though - as to the question. If you don't NEED the "novelty" of the touchbar - skip it. It just drains battery. As for performance, ULV CPUs are moving to quad-cores in a few months and HQ CPUs are moving to 6-core chips so getting the base model 15.4" may be a better investment long-term if you are a power user.
     
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    Thanks for your comments Don.
     
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    For the OP's use case, a quad-core ULV or 6-core HQ CPU isn't going to matter. What's available currently will do just fine. Besides, even when Intel announces new products, Apple is often 6-12 months, if not more, behind the curve to update its lineup.
     
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    But if he is spending that much money on a luxury device such as a MBP, why not get the most value per dollar and keep it for longer? It makes sense to buy a more powerful system and have it potentially last longer overall.
     
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    saturnotaku & don, thanks. Yeah that is my dilemma. I know the 15" is not ideally for the type of user i am, but the prices are so similar in the TB MBP's that I almost feel compelled, as don stated, to get the most bang for buck.

    For example (under education discount):
    A 13" MBP, 16GB mem, 3.5 dual core i7 & 512 HD is $2500 after taxes shipped to me.
    A 15" MBP (standard config) 16GB mem, 2.9 quad core i7 & 512 HD is $2800 after taxes shipped to me.

    saturnotaku, Is there a 13" configuration you feel I should opt for instead of the above?

    Thanks everyone for their responses and comments.
     
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    Pick any 13- or 15-inch from here. They're hundreds off retail, come with the same warranty as new, and can be extended with AppleCare.
     
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    Thank you sir
     
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