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B&H PhotoVideo has Apple MacBook Pro 15.4" Laptop w/ Touch Bar (Silver, Late 2016) on sale for $1899. Shipping is free. Thanks jessts

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  • Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 2.6GHz CPU
  • 15.4" 2880x1800 Retina Display
  • 16GB DDR3 Memory
  • 512GB Solid State Drive
  • AMD Radeon Pro 450
    • 4x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C)
  • WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • Touch Bar / Touch ID
  • Mac OS Sierra
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Apple MacBook Pro (late2016)
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2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD
15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
AMD Radeon Pro 450 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
3.5mm Headphone Jack | Stereo Speakers
Larger Force Touch Trackpad
macOS Sierra
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Been using the current gen macbook pro for a little over a year, so I can provide some of my personal experiences.

Let's start with the good. It's a gorgeous, well built machine overall (that kinda goes without saying for any generation macbook). It has solid specs and more than capable as a primary workstation for most people, even 4k editing (although if 4k editing is pretty much all you do, probably shouldn't be looking at a laptop).

Per usual, screen is gorgeous. Sound is great. Trackpad is big and great.

For me, that's where the good ends. Here's what the reviews don't tell you because reviewers don't use these things long term, so don't know all the nuances over time.

Dongle Hell. Yes, it's real. Yes , it's that bad. Especially if you do video editing and need to import from various media, as well as back up to media. Be prepared to to have an octopus of cabling coming out of your Macbook.

This is a BIG one for me, but the new gen Macbooks have the SAME EXACT SCREEN DETERIORATION issue as my past glossy screen macbook. Basically, in order to make the laptop so thin, the screen itself makes contact with the keyboard and trackpad (most laptops have some sort of space between so they never touch). The problem is that grime and finger oil, over time, WILL start to eat away and peel off the screen's glossy finish. Apple quietly admitted this as a defect in the previous gen Macbook and started replacing them out of warranty. Within less than a year, I noticed the exact same thing happening to my new Macbook. Honestly, this issue alone would prevent me from ever buying a macbook pro (my current one is provided by work). I can't justify spending 2-3k because of this. I'm crazy clean, and it bugs me to end to have a screen that looks like it's peeling.

OLED bar, 150% useless. Yes, OVER 100% useless because so many things that was so quick and easy to do before are now "look down and hunt" activities. Such as adjusting brightness, volume, etc. Sure you get used to it over time, but it doesn't change the fact that it's actually LESS efficient than just having buttons.

Last of all is the keyboard. It downright sucks, especially if you're like me and enjoy tacticle mechanical keyboards. Not that I expect that in a laptop, but the mechanism in the macbook's are mushy, non-tactile, and even worse, defective. My spacebar is quasi-broke, in that sometimes it takes 3-4 presses for anything to register. It's impossible to touch type since there's no travel, so basically you're bottoming out every single time.

You'd think you'd get used to it over time, but you don't. You tolerate it, but you never get "used to it" in a positive sense.

Overall, I would never spend my money on the new macbook pro unless you're using Mac OS only apps and need mobility, so basically FCX or anything of that sort.

My personal solution would be to maybe build a hackintosh for hardcore editing duties, and an alternative, cheaper but just as fast windows based laptop.

I get the apple tax, but i still think there's worth in getting macbooks if you need it.

My personal recommendation is that the best overall value is the 13" macbook pro w/o OLED bar, and slap an apple care on it. Assuming you can get away with not having an i7.
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I hate to say this, but I actually recommend the 2015 model with the more "normal" keys because the new keyboard is the most fragile thing in the world (and the travel is terrible). The keys use a new butterfly design that makes it impossible to fix when any dust gets underneath. The keys don't pop off and so, they have the replace the entire keyboard which, because of the unmodifiable nature of the new MacBook, it's almost a $300 fix because a piece of dust gets caught under a key. Make sure to get AppleCare!
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Please OP put Late 2016 in title
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Please OP put Late 2016 in title
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512GB?? never knew they had one with 2.6GHz and Radeon Pro 450
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Is this a good deal??? I am on the hunt for a MacBook. I have someone offering a 2017 model MPTR2LL/A for 1950? What is better. This will be my first Mac! Thank you
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How is this compared to the latest.. can someone please help
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Is this a good deal??? I am on the hunt for a MacBook. I have someone offering a 2017 model MPTR2LL/A for 1950? What is better. This will be my first Mac! Thank you
I hate to say this, but I actually recommend the 2015 model with the more "normal" keys because the new keyboard is the most fragile thing in the world (and the travel is terrible). The keys use a new butterfly design that makes it impossible to fix when any dust gets underneath. The keys don't pop off and so, they have the replace the entire keyboard which, because of the unmodifiable nature of the new MacBook, it's almost a $300 fix because a piece of dust gets caught under a key. Make sure to get AppleCare!
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I hate to say this, but I actually recommend the 2015 model with the more "normal" keys because the new keyboard is the most fragile thing in the world (and the travel is terrible). The keys use a new butterfly design that makes it impossible to fix when any dust gets underneath. The keys don't pop off and so, they have the replace the entire keyboard which, because of the unmodifiable nature of the new MacBook, it's almost a $300 fix because a piece of dust gets caught under a key. Make sure to get AppleCare!
I kept hearing about this problem...is it really that bad?? are the models before this still enough to do great video editing and get what I need done? I am going to be using it for graphic design and editing. Thanks again and sorry for all of the questions
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close in performance to latest ... touch bar does not add any value .. decent deal though.. might be a price mistake
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I hate to say this, but I actually recommend the 2015 model with the more "normal" keys because the new keyboard is the most fragile thing in the world (and the travel is terrible). The keys use a new butterfly design that makes it impossible to fix when any dust gets underneath. The keys don't pop off and so, they have the replace the entire keyboard which, because of the unmodifiable nature of the new MacBook, it's almost a $300 fix because a piece of dust gets caught under a key. Make sure to get AppleCare!
I can attest to that. Had a 2016 13 inch MacBook Pro 2016 that had stuck space bar issue. Tried to clean the space bar myself and ended up messing it up more to the point that the space bar would attach to the keyboard itself. Luckily it was still under Apple care so I was able to have them replace the whole keyboard assembly which included a new battery, since according to them whenever the keyboard needs to be replace so does the entire bottom aluminum housing. Ended up selling it and getting a 2014 MacBook Pro 15 inch instead since I wanted to the extra screen real estate, power, and it was a steal of a price on CL. Haven't had one issue with it since I've bought it. I'd wait until they fix the keyboard issues and recommend getting a 2014-2015 model instead.
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Anyway to make a 2015 more powerful though? Not having a GPU can be the sux at times
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Is this a good deal??? I am on the hunt for a MacBook. I have someone offering a 2017 model MPTR2LL/A for 1950? What is better. This will be my first Mac! Thank you
Based on your use case, does the 512 SSD have better value than the CPU and GPU? if Yes go with this, if no get the 1950 one.
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I kept hearing about this problem...is it really that bad?? are the models before this still enough to do great video editing and get what I need done? I am going to be using it for graphic design and editing. Thanks again and sorry for all of the questions
Been using the current gen macbook pro for a little over a year, so I can provide some of my personal experiences.

Let's start with the good. It's a gorgeous, well built machine overall (that kinda goes without saying for any generation macbook). It has solid specs and more than capable as a primary workstation for most people, even 4k editing (although if 4k editing is pretty much all you do, probably shouldn't be looking at a laptop).

Per usual, screen is gorgeous. Sound is great. Trackpad is big and great.

For me, that's where the good ends. Here's what the reviews don't tell you because reviewers don't use these things long term, so don't know all the nuances over time.

Dongle Hell. Yes, it's real. Yes , it's that bad. Especially if you do video editing and need to import from various media, as well as back up to media. Be prepared to to have an octopus of cabling coming out of your Macbook.

This is a BIG one for me, but the new gen Macbooks have the SAME EXACT SCREEN DETERIORATION issue as my past glossy screen macbook. Basically, in order to make the laptop so thin, the screen itself makes contact with the keyboard and trackpad (most laptops have some sort of space between so they never touch). The problem is that grime and finger oil, over time, WILL start to eat away and peel off the screen's glossy finish. Apple quietly admitted this as a defect in the previous gen Macbook and started replacing them out of warranty. Within less than a year, I noticed the exact same thing happening to my new Macbook. Honestly, this issue alone would prevent me from ever buying a macbook pro (my current one is provided by work). I can't justify spending 2-3k because of this. I'm crazy clean, and it bugs me to end to have a screen that looks like it's peeling.

OLED bar, 150% useless. Yes, OVER 100% useless because so many things that was so quick and easy to do before are now "look down and hunt" activities. Such as adjusting brightness, volume, etc. Sure you get used to it over time, but it doesn't change the fact that it's actually LESS efficient than just having buttons.

Last of all is the keyboard. It downright sucks, especially if you're like me and enjoy tacticle mechanical keyboards. Not that I expect that in a laptop, but the mechanism in the macbook's are mushy, non-tactile, and even worse, defective. My spacebar is quasi-broke, in that sometimes it takes 3-4 presses for anything to register. It's impossible to touch type since there's no travel, so basically you're bottoming out every single time.

You'd think you'd get used to it over time, but you don't. You tolerate it, but you never get "used to it" in a positive sense.

Overall, I would never spend my money on the new macbook pro unless you're using Mac OS only apps and need mobility, so basically FCX or anything of that sort.

My personal solution would be to maybe build a hackintosh for hardcore editing duties, and an alternative, cheaper but just as fast windows based laptop.

I get the apple tax, but i still think there's worth in getting macbooks if you need it.

My personal recommendation is that the best overall value is the 13" macbook pro w/o OLED bar, and slap an apple care on it. Assuming you can get away with not having an i7.
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