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New MacBook Pro: 7 Reasons to Buy, 4 Reasons Not To

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The new MacBook Pro is a great machine for many users, but for others, it is tough to use as their main laptop. This is a look at the reasons to buy the new MacBook Pro and why you should pass on this model for now. Specifically, if you are thinking of waiting until the September Apple event to buy a new MacBook Pro we have advice for you to take to hear.

We’ll focus on the new MacBook Pro with USB C and a new design that includes a Touch Bar on most models. Apple started selling the 2016 MacBook Pro late in June 2016 and now sells the updated 2017 MacBook Pro with a Kaby Lake processor and better discrete graphics on the 2017 MacBook Pro 15-inch. There’s also a better entry level price on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, that starts at $1,299.

While there are definitely some reasons to hate the new MacBook Pro design there are also plenty of reasons to buy it — and the latest macOS Sierra updates help with battery life and functionality. All of the new MacBook Pro models come with macOS High Sierra .

This new MacBook Pro keeps the slimmer design that Apple introduced last year, offers good battery life and on most models you get Touch ID and the new Touch Bar for fast access to some controls. Apple also offers a Space Gray color on the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

We’ll walk through six reasons to buy new MacBook Pro, four reasons to look for an older MacBook Pro or wait for the next MacBook Pro upgrade.

Here’s a list of reasons to buy the 2017 MacBook Pro:

  1. Buy for a Smaller Design & Touch Bar
  2. Buy for More Storage
  3. Buy for Fast Connectivity Options
  4. Buy for More Performance
  5. Buy for Touch ID & Apple Pay
  6. Buy the 13-inch MacBook Pro Instead of the MacBook Air
Why you should buy the new MacBook Pro and why you should buy an older model.

Why you should buy the new MacBook Pro and why you should buy an older model.

Apple announced updates to the MacBook Pro lineup in June 2017, building on the new design introduced in October 2016. We have multiple 13-inch MacBook Pro models, including a new $1,299 option that is a better deal than the MacBook Air. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro is a better deal for professional users with the new Kaby Lake processors. The new models start at $1,299 and go up to $4,199. You can buy a refurbished 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar starting at $1,699.

Now that the 2017 MacBook Pro is here and the MacBook with Touch Bar is in our daily lives we take an updated look at why you should buy this new model and why you should skip it.

Here is a walkthrough of the reasons to buy the new MacBook Pro and the reasons you should look at Windows PCs, buy a 2015 MacBook Pro or wait for the 2018 MacBook Pro. If you decide to buy the new model, here are the best new MacBook Pro cases, covers and skins.

Don't Wait for a March MacBook Pro Announcement

Don't Wait for a March MacBook Pro Announcement

We could see Apple hold a March event or a Spring Event in 2018 to announce the iPhone SE 2 and a new iPad Pro. Even if there is an event, we don't expect to see a new MacBook Pro announcement. If you need a new MacBook Pro and aren't prepared to wait until June or July, you can buy the current model instead of waiting until March. 

Apple started selling the 2017 MacBook Pro in June, and while they have delivered very fast updates to the iPad line in the past, there is no reason for a new 2018 MacBook Pro announcement at a Spring event.

Maybe we will learn more about a modular Mac Pro -- but you don't need to wait for this event to buy a new MacBook Pro. 

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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Still Waiting...

    08/03/2016 at 12:58 pm

    Reason 6 of 8: “The best case scenario is that the 2016 MacBook Pro release date is in early June.” Really? This article is dated August 2. Doesn’t anyone review this stuff??

  2. Paul

    08/03/2016 at 1:32 pm

    Starting to Wonder if Apple will still be in the PC business to much longer?

  3. Sergey

    08/04/2016 at 12:11 am

    Too bad there is not a single decent(performance, battery, weight, case/assemble quality, screen, ssd only, no stupid parts like dvd) alternative to macbook pro, else I’d have bought one already :|
    There are close catch like XPS 15 but this is still far off by some parameters(ssd size – no 1tb option)

    • Jeff Diamond

      10/17/2016 at 11:49 am

      Sergey, the cool thing about the Dell XPS 15″ is that both the DRAM and SSD are user upgradeable. You can, if you wish, buy the low end version and upgrade it to a 4 TB Samsung SSD and 32Gb DRAM! I’ve already priced that out, and the price is about the same as the high end Macbook Pro. And the Dell is a YEAR OLD!

      • M. Connell

        12/24/2016 at 9:54 am

        If you dare to compare a Dell against an Apple. You don’t need an Apple. Stick with your Windblows PC !

    • Conrad

      10/27/2016 at 11:01 pm

      razer blade stealth?

  4. shishir

    08/28/2016 at 5:54 pm

    the new mac will not have a AMD or Nvidia graphics it will have the same intel graphics which sucks .. who is going to even buy it

  5. futunet

    10/10/2016 at 9:12 pm

    Meh. Apple is destroying functionality on the altar of minimalism. I mean seriously, no standard USB ports? Sorry, but I don’t want a bunch of adapters. No Magsafe power port? No port for Apple Cinema displays? Sorry Apple, but you’re doing what you did in the 90’s. You’re not listening to users and you’re making stupid choices by committee. Further proof that Apple without Jobs is a mediocre company.

    • Bradley Gibson

      10/19/2016 at 12:45 pm

      The TB3/USB3.1/DisplayPort ports ARE standard USB ports. They are Type-C USB 3.1. In addition to 10Gbps USB data transfer, they also allow delivery of up to 100W of power, so one can be used to charge the laptop’s battery.

      Worst case is you’ll need a few new USB cables to go from type C to your device (instead of type A). You already need cables to go from type A to your device, so you won’t be any worse off than you are now.

  6. Roman Matysek

    10/19/2016 at 10:15 pm

    I have purchased the best MBP 2015 model with 600USD discount this summer. Even official Czech dealer was thinking new Macbooks Pro are comming out. The price is already high again.

  7. John Marchant

    10/29/2016 at 1:57 am

    Old technology, to keep calling the Macbook a Pro is misleading. Its expensive, 6th and not 7th Gen CPU, still only 16 GB graphics and more expensive. Sorry Apple but people looking for a Pro laptop want power and performance not smaller and lighter. Its not like it is smaller or lighter.

    Dell XPS 15 is certainly better bang for your buck. Yet again Apple does not convince me to move from PC to Mac laptop. Another missed opportunity, but im sure the fans boys will love its looks and shell out whatever price Apple puts on it.

  8. Fahru syuhada

    10/30/2016 at 12:37 am

    So I have a question about how do we use the basic function keys if it’s already replaced by the Touch Bar?

  9. Mike X

    10/30/2016 at 5:35 pm

    The new Macbook Pro, get less for more…

  10. Anonymous Badger

    11/02/2016 at 4:46 am

    On the 13in Non touch bar model there is a 2.0GHz i5. The 2015 model, which costs hundreds of dollars less, has a 2.7GHz i5. Such a downgrade.

  11. SShould

    11/02/2016 at 8:52 am

    This articles is really poorly conceived and just seems like a marketing extension of Apple’s Website. You provide no real reasons to purchase the Macbook Pro , Why visit your site.

  12. walter carroll

    11/02/2016 at 1:24 pm

    Apple has slashed the price of MacBook Pro 2015 to $430 and $270 respectively? Really? Where can I get a MacBook for $430?

    • John Marchant

      11/02/2016 at 1:31 pm

      I wish they had because i would rather buy a 2015 model than an arm and a leg for a 2016 model.

  13. don't buy macbook pro

    11/04/2016 at 3:33 pm

    don’t buy macbook pro dos’t have DDR4 RAM , all new laptop with DDR4

  14. sussko

    11/07/2016 at 1:39 pm

    would you like to buy a macbook pro 2015 or 2016 if it will be your first macbook ever and your current laptop is over 10 years old?

  15. tealynn

    11/19/2016 at 7:58 am

    This site isn’t mobile friendly. The words run off the side of the page and the next button doesn’t take me to the next page :( -iPhone7plus

  16. A Good Person

    11/21/2016 at 4:16 pm

    LOOK AT THE DATE PEOPLE

  17. bigbluetaxi

    03/16/2017 at 3:09 pm

    Did you actually use the MBP before writing the article or are you just rehashing marketing material? Anyway, looks like the general consensus is in: The MacBook Pro with Touch Bar sucks donkey d#ck, it belongs on a lower end model. Battery life sucks, usability with the Touch Bar sucks, not having MagSafe is a PITA. We’ll be waiting for the MBP to release in 15″ without the TouchBar. Otherwise will be buying a 2015 model when the time comes.

  18. Rihanna

    03/23/2017 at 3:30 am

    Bitch better have my moneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyy

  19. Nick

    04/29/2017 at 3:11 pm

    Definitely 32GB ram is an improvement 64GB is par to competition(IBM) 128 means PRO. Let’s get four core I7 in the 13″. If i have the option to choose 2TB and 4TB for HD I do not care if it is soldered on the motherboard. Make them smaller, smaller bezel and the display closer to the hinges a true 13 and 15 inch. Make the screen fold around like a 2-1. Give us touch screen. The price is already excellent and very competitive for equal purchases but a 20% reduction is better.

  20. lwb

    11/21/2017 at 7:40 pm

    Sticking with my mid-2009 Macbook Pro 5,3. I’ve upgraded it twice and it continues to perform just fine. I’ve seen nothing in recent years that gives me any compelling reason to upgrade. Apple just keeps cutting useful features. The really unfortunate thing is there is no real Windows competitor. It’s junk all the way around.

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