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    Macbook Pro 13 Inch (2015) vs Macbook Pro 13 Inch w/ Retina Display (2016)
    I'll make this very simple and to the point in order for you guys to get the best out of the question

    I'm currently looking to purchase a MacBook mainly intended to use for business. (E-mailing, Multiple web pages open, Light Video Editing) I see on every YouTube channel I go to, there's a big fuss over the 2016 MacBook removing the USB Ports and SD Card reader. Honestly, I'm looking PURELY at specs. I don't mind spending a bit more on an adapter, but as far as hardware goes, which will be better?

    Thanks!

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    Newer is better. Simple. The 2016 MBP has faster SSDs than the 2015, newer generation CPU and GPU. Better resale value should you decide to sell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Newer is better. Simple. The 2016 MBP has faster SSDs than the 2015, newer generation CPU and GPU. Better resale value should you decide to sell.
    Thanks for the reply!

    I was definitely leaning towards getting the newer 2016 version, as I said before, dongles aren't THAT big of a problem. While you're here, what are your thoughts on buying the 2016 version refurbished? Checked the Apple website and its going for around $1200.

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    Macbook Pro 13 Inch (2015) vs Macbook Pro 13 Inch w/ Retina Display (2016)
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    Apple refurbished is fine. We recommend it all the time.

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    Macbook Pro 13 Inch (2015) vs Macbook Pro 13 Inch w/ Retina Display (2016)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Apple refurbished is fine. We recommend it all the time.
    - Nick

    +1.

    First choice, but they don't often stay listed for long so grab when you can to get what you want or maybe even a bit better. You're already saving a good bit of cash!!!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Janeway View Post
    Thanks for the reply!

    I was definitely leaning towards getting the newer 2016 version, as I said before, dongles aren't THAT big of a problem. While you're here, what are your thoughts on buying the 2016 version refurbished? Checked the Apple website and its going for around $1200.
    Refurbished is a great way to go. I've owned the 2016 rMBP and now the 2017 rMBP. As far as dongles go, I had the HooToo USB-C hub and now have the Satechi USB-C hub and I would recommend the Satechi over the HooToo since it is not glitchy at all. The HooToo, after a while, caused the machine to hang whenever I plugged in the HDMI cable.
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    Macbook Pro 13 Inch (2015) vs Macbook Pro 13 Inch w/ Retina Display (2016)
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    I would recommend the Satechi over the HooToo since it is not glitchy at all

    Thanks for the info Ashwin, it's always nice to get some knowledgable feedback from a user and in case anyone happens to ask.

    But they do happen to make various models and some not exactly cheap or reasonably priced.




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    Patrick, good point. The HooToo USB-C hub is cheaper and that's why I purchased it. But the new job got me my 2017 MBP and the Satechi hub on their dime and it's a bit more expensive. Interestingly the HooToo worked OK for a little while and then started misbehaving. The primary case was when you had to plug in an external monitor, I had to stage the entire process. First plug the power cable into the hub, then plug the hub into to the MBP, wait a bit for it to start charging and not freak out. Then plug the HDMI cable into the hub (sometimes remove and plug it back in) to make things work.

    With the Satechi, I plug the power and HDMI cable in and then plug the hub into the MBP and it's worked properly (charging and external display) every single time.
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    Macbook Pro 13 Inch (2015) vs Macbook Pro 13 Inch w/ Retina Display (2016)
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    The primary case was when you had to plug in an external monitor, I had to stage the entire process. First plug the power cable into the hub, then plug the hub into to the MBP, wait a bit for it to start charging and not freak out.

    Wow!!! The old voodoo of SCSI was an easy cakewalk by comparison it would seem.

    Maybe the "It just works" should have an adage or two added like, "if you get the order right" and "if you prey and swear correctly".

    Or just "grab a compatible dongle"!!!




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