Macbook 12" (2017) 256 GB vs 512 GB?

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  1. enuhski

    enuhski Active Member

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    Hi!

    Been reading up on the Macbook and am planning to semi-retire my 2009 macbook unibody. I already ruled out the Macbook Air (I'm using a 2013 model) and Macbook Pro because I want the lightness of the Macbook.

    Price-wise, the difference between the base model (256 GB) and the next one is almost 20k for an upgraded processor and storage. My question is, is it worth it?

    Any other issues I should know about before deciding?

    Thanks :)
     
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    hitme64 PhilMUG Addict Member

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    You’ll be fine with the 256gb...enjoy your new machine if ever you get one
     
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    Depends on your use case. For me, 512gb is a must. Right now I only have 100gb left. And since it looks like you plan to keep it for the long haul, too much storage is a nicer problem to have. With that 20k difference you're also getting the "i5" variant. From the research I've done, performance is definitely a step up vs just the entry level model. Another factor to consider if you're keeping it for the long haul.

    I came from a 15 inch late 2013 top of the line model, and noticed almost no difference in performance when I switched to the 12 inch i5 model. (My work involves a lot of chrome tabs, local mysql servers, multiple excel spreadsheets).

    But you may not even need to worry about this problem. Shot you a PM ;)
     
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    I have a 2015 MacBook 512GB and I don't regret it at all. What the others said is true: Get the 512GB variant if you can, but if you don't you'll still get the full Mac experience. Just be prepared to have dongles for a lot of things. But you'll get used to it.
     
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    get the 512GB Variant. I have the 2016 256GB version and Regretted not getting the 512GB. hehe Photos and Videos take most of the space. There are solutions like external SSD like the Samsung T5. if you plan to expand in the future. but nothing beats the built in storage.
     
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    Hi enuhski!

    I'm planning to replace my wife's Macbook, heavy as hell, she's had it since 2011. What made you decide on the Macbook instead of the Air? She's not really much of a techie so the Retina display and the specs won't really matter to her. The plus for the Macbook is that it's almost half a kilo lighter, and can come in gold (her iPad and 8 Plus are Gold). But not sure if that's enough to pay 23,000 more (Well, to me, LOL) Just want to get your thoughts?
     
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    IMO the Air is such a heavily dated system. the non-retina screen sticks out like a sore thumb if you're already used to retina iphones and ipads. the macbook is stupidly portable - it's just like bringing around an ipad with you.
     
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    @mokmoki Yup I bought a retina MBP and put it side by side with my 2013 MBA. Ang layo ng difference. Don't think I'll ever go back.
     
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    docjbr PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Apparently, all 3 (Macbook, Air, Pro) all got updates last June. Read somewhere though that the Air would also be "killed"? Seems like the Macbook is the way to go. Wife would probably have to get used to the USB-C Port though.
     
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    Macbooks can also be charge with anker power banks. Definitely, macbook 12 will be my next purchase. I really like the macbook air but the non retina display is a huge turn off to me.
     
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    You might find these very recent MacWorld articles useful in helping you decide which among the MacBook Air and MacBook is best for your wife:
    In addition, here's MacWorld's in-depth review of the latest MacBook: MacBook 2017 review: The bang for your buck gets better.
     
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    Thanks for the links! Yeah, looks like it's the Macbook for her, good enough for Keynote and Powerpoint, and isn't that heavy, and she can stick to her gold colored gadgets. I'm just glad she's not into the Touchbar, that would've been painful on my wallet. :ROFLMAO:
     
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    I also bought a macbook for my wife. She's very pleased with it. The odd times she might need to plug in USB type A is quite rare so this is not an issue for her daily use.

    As for 256 vs 512gb, I agree with what most people said here. If you can, get the 512gb. I didn't get her the upgraded version. I regret that decision since this laptop is likely to be with her for the next 5-8 years at least. Her previous macbook pro 13" 2012 version is still going strong. If I didn't push the purchasing, she would still be using that. IMO, since the unit is not upgradable after purchase, going for more ram and hdd would be best to future proof it for at least 5 years.

    HTH
     
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    not to sound impertinent, but is there any service center that offers macbook cleaning?
    the idea of mixing alcohol and water sounds like something i won't trust myself to do. :eek:
     
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    Try Ynzal in QC. Here is their website -> http://www.ynzal.com/services/

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    thanks a lot! good to know. :)
     
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    hi guys!

    wow, I didn't expect so many responses to my query. :)

    too bad I didn't see them before my husband convinced me to buy the 256 GB model instead because he doesn't agree that the almost 20k price difference for the storage is worth it. add to that the fact that I soon discovered that my credit cards (with the 24 months 0% interest charge installment option) which I had intended to use for the purchase had been cancelled by the company almost a year go for being 'inactive.' I went instead with the 12 months, 0% interest charge which is reasonable for 76k but a bit exorbitant for 94k. :p

    I also bought a seagate wireless hard drive - which is a bit hard for me to figure out and use, but it gets the job done.

    for someone who was never into managing storage judiciously I'm forced to learn now :D :D :D

    between the MacBook and the MacBook Air, @docjbr, I agree with the sentiments of the other posters that the Air has become outdated. although if apple had retained the 11.6" variant I might have still gone for it even with the MacBook around since the Air is usually lighter and cheaper. However, that's not the case anymore with super light and thin MacBook.
     
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