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Which MacBook is the most logical one?

Hi, I am planning buy a MacBook for the first time since I need a good quality laptop right now and also Apple has great resale value. I have a budget of $1800 and fine with any price as long as it's worth it. I was going to buy an i5 MBA first but its thermal issues and Y series chipset changed my mind. Most of my friend told me to buy the 15" and try to score for 16" version via keyboard replacement program after a year of usage. I am gonna mainly use it for Android Studio, XCode and heavy media consumption. What do you guys think? Also, if you have time, could you please state the reason?

 

Note: I know about Dell XPS series, and I really like them, but I am currently studying in Turkey and those options are hella more expensive than they normally are since Dell doesn't sell those via official channels.

  1. MacBook Pro 2020 (Base)
  2. MacBook Pro 2020 ($1799 Base)
  3. MacBook Pro 15" 2019 ($1650 - Used For 10 Days)
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what are you using it for?

 

THe cpu is probably plenty for college in the macbook air. You really don't need that much for most uses.

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The used markets are really healthy for Macbooks if you want to go that route instead of new. I picked up a 2012 15" Unibody with the high res screen and 8 GB of ram on eBay for $330. Only issue was the battery so I had to buy a battery, upgraded the ram to 16GB, installed a 1TB SSD and bought an original charger all in all for about $530 on a fresh copy of macOS Catalina. Support for this will probably come to an end in the next couple years. 

 

I'd prefer the MacBook Pro lineup instead of the Air. 

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13 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

what are you using it for?

 

THe cpu is probably plenty for college in the macbook air. You really don't need that much for most uses.

From what I have watched for the past 3 days, It has shit thermals and Y series chipset or am I wrong?

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7 minutes ago, CommanderAlex said:

The used markets are really healthy for Macbooks if you want to go that route instead of new. I picked up a 2012 15" Unibody with the high res screen and 8 GB of ram on eBay for $330. Only issue was the battery so I had to buy a battery, upgraded the ram to 16GB, installed a 1TB SSD and bought an original charger all in all for about $530 on a fresh copy of macOS Catalina. Support for this will probably come to an end in the next couple years. 

 

I'd prefer the MacBook Pro lineup instead of the Air. 

Unfortunately, Turkey's used market is really shitty af. For example, a 1.5 years old MBP 2018 is more expensive than the price of MBP 2020 (Base) on Apple's official website...

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Just now, Sagiri said:

From what I have watched for the past 3 days, It has shit thermals and Y series chipset or am I wrong?

yea, but for things like web browsing, and document editing, college coding, and media consumption its more than plenty. I don't think you will notice those issues.

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1 minute ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

yea, but for things like web browsing, and document editing, college coding, and media consumption its more than plenty. I don't think you will notice those issues.

Really? That's good to hear, but don't you think it's worth the $200 difference for better thermals, chipset and screen? Also, I really like touchbar lol

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1 minute ago, Sagiri said:

Really? That's good to hear, but don't you think it's worth the $200 difference for better thermals, chipset and screen? Also, I really like touchbar lol

If you like the touchbar and the other features, might as well get the pro.

 

If you get it from apple directly, they have a pretty good return policy, so id get one and see if you like it.

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Just now, Electronics Wizardy said:

If you like the touchbar and the other features, might as well get the pro.

 

If you get it from apple directly, they have a pretty good return policy, so id get one and see if you like it.

Yeah, I am gonna buy it from a Apple Premium Reseller.

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