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Advice for those Considering the 2016 MacBook Pro Deals

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Apple claimed the 2016 MacBook Pro sold like gangbusters. I believe it. But for pro users, it left a bitter taste. For those considering the huge savings now in play for the 2016 MacBook Pro, I did extensive commentary and testing about a year ago:

I am still using the 2015 Mac Book Pro and it’s perfect—built-in USB ports and SD card slot along with uilt-in Mini Display Port for connecting an external display are a big deal versus having to use adapters at extra cost and hassle.

The top-end 2015 MacBook Pro is the same speed as the 2017 MacBook Pro for all my work and the top-end 2015 MacBook Pro can still be purchased brand-new for $2649 at B&H Photo . Interesting that it is discounted only $250 while its 2016 successors get up to $1000 off.

Still: for web/email and light duty work, saving $500 to $1000 on the 2016 MacBook Pro has a lot of appeal over the 2017 model, which has all the same annoyances as the 2016 model. The 2017 model is faster and with a smidgen better battery life. Both have the same useless touchbar; the only 2016/2017 model I’d consider would be the 13" non-touchbar model, which actually has the best battery life.

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