Macbook Pro advice??

almost 4 years ago from , Junior Designer

So I start at a new agency in the spring (thanks to everyone who responded to my last post!), and I've been told that the work is gonna be rigorous and consistent, so I'm considering upgrading. I currently have the mid-2012 13-inch non-retina model, 2.9 GHz with 8gb of ram and a 120 gb ssd in place of the disk drive. There's definitely signs of wear and tear, the screen is wobbly and I'm all out of space on the ssd, not to mention the random resets and scalding hot fan. So I have a couple questions:

Aside from storage, what's the best specs to splurge on?

Those of you that already have the new model, is it worth it? Is the touchbar actually helpful, or is it a gimmick? How's the #donglelife?

This one's a stretch, but is there any known discounts on these things?

Would it be worth going the half step and upgrading to 2015 model? It's less than ideal, but it'd definitely be cheaper.

Worst case I just hold off, my computer hasn't totally crapped out (yet), but I wouldn't mind a shiny new upgrade. I'd love to hear what ya'll think :)

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  • Beni GartenmannBeni Gartenmann, almost 4 years ago

    I recently upgraded to the new MacBook Pro 15-inch with TouchBar. I decided to buy the base model (2.6GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD). I upgraded from a mid-2011 MacBook Air 13-inch, 1.8GHz i7, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, which served me well for the past years.

    Regarding the TouchBar: It doesn't get in the way (no esc-key didn't bother me), but I don't use it very much... often there are too many taps necessary... maybe this changes over time.

    Until now I did not buy any dongle for my new MacBook Pro and hadn't any problems so far. But to be honest I don't have an external monitor yet and I do have another MacMini at home. So for me it was a no-brainer to upgrade to the latest MacBook Pro!

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