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MacBook 2015, 2016 or the coming late 2016?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

As title the new MacBook, is there a major difference between 15-16 and will I be worth waiting for the upcoming one?

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I have the 2015 version and the only difference between the 2015 to the 2016 models is that the 2016 model has Rose gold as a colour option and has a slightly faster CPU.


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6 minutes ago, Aleksiandrovich said:

As title the new MacBook, is there a major difference between 15-16 and will I be worth waiting for the upcoming one?

As big as Haswell to Skylake.

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I mean the newer models are pretty shit depends on your use case what do you need it for and would you be opposed to a Windows laptop?


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1 minute ago, 1823alex said:

I mean the newer models are pretty shit depends on your use case what do you need it for and would you be opposed to a Windows laptop?

 

To further the argument for a windows laptop, http://www.amazon.com/ZenBook-UX501VW-Touchscreen-i7-6700HQ-Thunderbolt/dp/B01CQRNBJG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464143121&sr=8-1&keywords=zenbook+pro

Asus Zenbook Pro

15.6" Touchscreen 4K IPS Display
Intel Skylake i7 6700HQ Quadcore at 2.6GHz
Nvidia GTX 960M
16GB DDR4 RAM

512GB NVME SSD (Up to 1400MB/s transfer speeds)
Thunderbolt III (Via USB Type C), 1x USB 3.1 type C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, SDXC Reader, 802.11AC Wifi
Windows 10 64-bit Signature Edition

 

All for $1500.

 

If I had $1500 to spend on a laptop, I would pick this laptop without a doubt.


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9 minutes ago, ThatCoolBlueKidd said:

I have the 2015 version and the only difference between the 2015 to the 2016 models is that the 2016 model has Rose gold as a colour option and has a slightly faster CPU.

How is it for usablility? I'm buying it for school (1year)  and then university 

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2 minutes ago, Aleksiandrovich said:

How is it for usablility? I'm buying it for school (1year)  and then university 

I bought it for Schooling & University and personally Its "alright" but nothing special to be very honest. I only use it when I have to and prefer to sit at my desktop for most things.

 

The keyboard is basically horrible though, so that's something I'd advocate against it (if you're writing essays or taking a lot of notes, the Macbook really is NOT for you. It has elevator buttons for a keyboard). 

 

Perhaps look at the Razer Blade Stealth? It's the same price, size and thickness as the Macbook Retina but has a better keyboard and more ports.


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1 minute ago, ThatCoolBlueKidd said:

I bought it for Schooling & University and personally Its "alright" but nothing special to be very honest. I only use it when I have to and prefer to sit at my desktop for most things.

 

The keyboard is basically horrible though, so that's something I'd advocate against it (if you're writing essays or taking a lot of notes, the Macbook really is NOT for you. It has elevator buttons for a keyboard). 

 

Perhaps look at the Razer Blade Stealth? It's the same price, size and thickness as the Macbook Retina but has a better keyboard and more ports.

But does it have the MacBook´s famous battery life?

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2 minutes ago, Starelementpoke said:

But does it have the MacBook´s famous battery life?

It has a better keyboard, similar screen, more ports, a more powerful CPU and the additional functionality of supporting external GPUs. I'd gladly trade in a few hours of battery life for that.


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1 minute ago, ThatCoolBlueKidd said:

It has a better keyboard, similar screen, more ports, a more powerful CPU and the additional functionality of supporting external GPUs. I'd gladly trade in a few hours of battery life for that.

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Just wait till the Macbook Pro 2016. The Macbook is still extremely limited in compatibility as not many things current support USC-C. I have a Macbook Pro first-gen retina from 2012 and it's just a fucking beast today. quad-core ivy bridge with GT750m. Does everything productivity related perfectly fine. drop this thing down a flight of stairs and it still works. Despite what people say about Apple, the product quality is there. 

 

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4 hours ago, TheKDub said:

 

To further the argument for a windows laptop, http://www.amazon.com/ZenBook-UX501VW-Touchscreen-i7-6700HQ-Thunderbolt/dp/B01CQRNBJG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464143121&sr=8-1&keywords=zenbook+pro

Asus Zenbook Pro

15.6" Touchscreen 4K IPS Display
Intel Skylake i7 6700HQ Quadcore at 2.6GHz
Nvidia GTX 960M
16GB DDR4 RAM

512GB NVME SSD (Up to 1400MB/s transfer speeds)
Thunderbolt III (Via USB Type C), 1x USB 3.1 type C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, SDXC Reader, 802.11AC Wifi
Windows 10 64-bit Signature Edition

 

All for $1500.

 

If I had $1500 to spend on a laptop, I would pick this laptop without a doubt.

Hardly comparable! Cracks me up when people are looking at MacBooks, clearly drawn in by the size, weight and battery life and get recommended 15.6" Windows machines

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5 hours ago, ThatCoolBlueKidd said:

Perhaps look at the Razer Blade Stealth? It's the same price, size and thickness as the Macbook Retina but has a better keyboard and more ports.

Thermal throttling and well they have no quality control. If you use the cpu for something a little intensive expect 90c+. We all know that when a laptop get's so hot it will make the life span shorter.


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2 hours ago, Dackzy said:

Thermal throttling and well they have no quality control. If you use the cpu for something a little intensive expect 90c+. We all know that when a laptop get's so hot it will make the life span shorter.

I'd rather have thermal throttling than no CPU power though. Yes, the Macbook doesn't thermal throttle, but it's a single-core Broadwell Core M.


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2 minutes ago, ThatCoolBlueKidd said:

I'd rather have thermal throttling than no CPU power though. Yes, the Macbook doesn't thermal throttle, but it's a single-core Broadwell Core M.

the first macbook 12 has thermal throttling... Linus water cooled it and it got I think it was double the score in a test. I don't know if the new macbook also has the same problem.


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6 hours ago, LordLeewee said:

Hardly comparable! Cracks me up when people are looking at MacBooks, clearly drawn in by the size, weight and battery life and get recommended 15.6" Windows machines

MBP 13" - $1500 version:
2.7GHz Dual-core Intel i5
8GB LPDDR3 RAM
256GB PCIe-based flash storage
Intel Iris Graphics 6100.

"Hardly comparable", the zenbook pro is a fuckload better for the same price.


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4 minutes ago, TheKDub said:

MBP 13" - $1500 version:
2.7GHz Dual-core Intel i5
8GB LPDDR3 RAM
256GB PCIe-based flash storage
Intel Iris Graphics 6100.

"Hardly comparable", the zenbook pro is a fuckload better for the same price.

we're talking macbook, not macbook pro. 

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1 minute ago, LordLeewee said:

we're talking macbook, not macbook pro. 

 

$1600 model of the Macbook:
 

12" 2304x1440 IPS diplay
1.2GHz dual-core Intel m5
8GB LPDDR3 RAM
512GB PCIe-based flash storage
Intel HD Graphics 515

And not to mention, only two ports. (USB 3.1 type C and 3.5MM Headphone)

 

 

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on power, not on size or battery life. its an ultraportable laptop, so a big chunky 15.6" with 4 hour battery life can be as powerful as you like but if it op needs something that will fit easily in a small bag and last all day on a single charge then a zenbook is useless. 

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55 minutes ago, LordLeewee said:

on power, not on size or battery life. its an ultraportable laptop, so a big chunky 15.6" with 4 hour battery life can be as powerful as you like but if it op needs something that will fit easily in a small bag and last all day on a single charge then a zenbook is useless. 

you want something that can destroy the macbook in battery life get the x260, some people can get it to run just a little over 24 hours and most people get it to run 17-18hours.


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13 minutes ago, Dackzy said:

you want something that can destroy the macbook in battery life get the x260, some people can get it to run just a little over 24 hours and most people get it to run 17-18hours.

 

Ah how could I forget the ultra stylish and lightweight x260... 

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1 minute ago, LordLeewee said:

 

Ah how could I forget the ultra stylish and lightweight x260... 

only 1.3kg and it looks fine and it is just build better than a macbook and have a much much much much much better keyboard. Looks are not everything m8.


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DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

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Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

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To actually address OP: I personally don't care for the MacBook (the 12" one with only USB-C). If you are looking for a mac, I would recommend picking up a macbook air while they are still around. The keyboard on both models are actually great, and they both get great battery life. If you go that route, I would recommend customizing it from Apple and bumping the processor up to the i7 option. 

 

That being said, if it were between the 2015 macbook and the one coming later this year, I would go for something coming later this year since they may fix the keyboard on the macbook, because it is honestly terrible for typing anything longer than a google search. 

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