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    Default 2015 MacBook v 2016 MacBook, worth a $300 difference?

    Good Evening All,

    I currently have an early 2015 MacBook Pro. I use it a medium amount, not a huge amount but also not so little that it becomes a paper weight. Most of my browsing is actually performed on my iPad Pro, but I recently got a new a job that will have high amounts of travel. I need something light, but I can do work on. As much as Apple want to make me believe that the iPad Pro (9.7") can be a laptop replacement, it just simply can't.

    Now, with this new job I could use the MBP as my daily driver and the battery life in it is just amazing, but (and this is kind of a big but) it is large and quite heavy. It cannot come close to fitting in my sling bag that I use when I am going to be running around a lot and don't want to be weighed down. That being said, I purchased the 2015 MacBook yesterday at Best Buy as they were on "sale" for $300.00 off. But...they weren't really on sale, they were just clearing inventory of the 2015 models.

    I like the MacBook and the single port isn't a big problem for me as I truly don't use USB that often. But, I was thinking about my purchase from Best Buy and I'm debating is the $300 difference worth the difference in processor, graphics (yes it's integrated, but the Intel 515 is quite a bit better than the 5300, and some light gaming would be nice while on the road), and a smidge higher battery life. For those that have it, is it worth the price difference?

    I have 14 days to make a final decision on if I should return it and get the 2016 edition instead, but I want some feedback form the community on this. As the $300 was a good ~25% off .

    Thought and opinions?

    (And yes, I know could get a PC with great specs as well for the price of the MacBook, such as the Zenbook 3 and the XPS 13, but I needed something that was this size or smaller and I love OS X.)
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    Default Re: 2015 MacBook v 2016 MacBook, worth a $300 difference?

    This is my question by the way, I did not mean to post it anonymously. Apologies, I thought I was logged in.
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    Default Re: 2015 MacBook v 2016 MacBook, worth a $300 difference?

    I see nobody replied to your thread, and I also see that you're past your return window time. What did you end up doing? Sticking with the 2015 model or springing for the 2016? Personally, I would spend the extra $300 and get the 2016 model only to have the slightly better graphics. Just going to last a little bit longer down the road.

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