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Oi guys!

Posting this after a while here but can't think of any other place to ask this at. I am actually stuck in this dilemma where I have to choose between price and quality. So I have these options at a local store:

- Macbook Pro 2016 - 2ghz skylake, 8GB DDR3 1866mhz, 256 GB SSD = $1,135 (converted from local currency)
- Macbook Pro 2017 - 2.3ghz kaby lake, 8GB DDR3 21XXmhz, 256 GB SSD = $1,445 (converted from local currency)

My main use is browsing, word, excel, watching movies, downloading things - multi tasking etc..

What do you guys suggest? is extra $300 worth it? Is 2017 better cooled because of the latest CPU etc?

Cheers.
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So I have a Macbook Pro 2016, though my Skylake is clocked higher, with more RAM and a larger SSD. That being said, for all intents and purposes the two laptops you are comparing are virtually the same. You're paying more for a newer model, but the gain from Skylake to Kaby Lake is minimal. Yes you gain 300 mhz is clock speed on the CPU and the RAM is clocked higher, so you would have some performance gain, but I don't think it's anywhere near a $300 gain.

For the tasks you'll be doing, the 2016 Macbook Pro will do you just fine and if you had both laptops sitting next together, you probably wouldn't notice a difference.

Now there's the question of are tied to getting a Mac, but that's probably getting off-topic.
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So I have a Macbook Pro 2016, though my Skylake is clocked higher, with more RAM and a larger SSD. That being said, for all intents and purposes the two laptops you are comparing are virtually the same. You're paying more for a newer model, but the gain from Skylake to Kaby Lake is minimal. Yes you gain 300 mhz is clock speed on the CPU and the RAM is clocked higher, so you would have some performance gain, but I don't think it's anywhere near a $300 gain.

For the tasks you'll be doing, the 2016 Macbook Pro will do you just fine and if you had both laptops sitting next together, you probably wouldn't notice a difference.

Now there's the question of are tied to getting a Mac, but that's probably getting off-topic.

Thanks for the reply. I’m taking your word for it. Also I am not considering a Windows laptop again. I think macs are probably the best for mobile computing as long as you’re not using any windows restricted softwares (boot camp ftw). It’s just so seamlessly fast that I’d not go back to windows any time soon. I tired 12” but it felt slow and battery isn’t that amazing once you start multitasking. Now the only option was to get one of these. I think I’ll get the ‘16 version and save 300 bucks.

One question though. Does it ever get hot and the fan goes crazy for a while?
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I haven't had an issues with the fan. I can't really speak well to the laptop getting hot because I rarely use it on my lap. I mainly use it for work related tasks as it is my work laptop. To be honest, and I've told people this since I got it, it's my first Mac and it's the best laptop I've ever owned. Everything about it is super smooth. My CPU is clocked at 3.3ghz unlike the 2ghz you're looking at, so I'm sure there is a difference there, but speed wise the RAM is the same.
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I haven't had an issues with the fan. I can't really speak well to the laptop getting hot because I rarely use it on my lap. I mainly use it for work related tasks as it is my work laptop. To be honest, and I've told people this since I got it, it's my first Mac and it's the best laptop I've ever owned. Everything about it is super smooth. My CPU is clocked at 3.3ghz unlike the 2ghz you're looking at, so I'm sure there is a difference there, but speed wise the RAM is the same.
Aj, you’re using the touchbar version. It does have two fans compared to one on non touch one. Thanks though.
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Out of curiosity, what does the 2015 macbook pro 15 inch cost for you?

The 2015 macbook pro has a much larger battery, more useful ports, and it would have a true 4 core cpu compared to the 13 inch models.

Maybe the 2015 15" model is old enough to be price comparable to the new 13" model?
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Out of curiosity, what does the 2015 macbook pro 15 inch cost for you?

The 2015 macbook pro has a much larger battery, more useful ports, and it would have a true 4 core cpu compared to the 13 inch models.

Maybe the 2015 15" model is old enough to be price comparable to the new 13" model?
It’s not even available in the store I’m looking at. Both 2016 and 2017 non touch models are on sale that’s why I asked this. 15” would be too big. And in regards to having a bigger battery, the quad core would take more battery than the ‘16 dual core so doesn’t it cancel out the advantage of having a bigger battery?

Also please help me understand the ‘16 mbp 8 bit HEVC vs 10bit on ‘17. I have been doing some research and it seems like it’s a huge advantage and will be useful in future to have a 2017 macbook because of that 10 bit. Is the difference visible on the display?
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