conker wrote:34iplaw wrote:Rednala wrote:Make sure you go to the store and test drive both before you make a decision. I bought the MacBook online to find out I hate the keyboard. I'm actually very nervous about eventually taking it to law school because I already find it hard to work on it. I've read online that it just takes time to get used to it, but I've had it for 7 months now. Something else to consider is that you can't charge your MacBook and use a USB drive at the same time.
tl;dr - I regret not spending the extra money on the MacBook Pro.
Macbook Pro has the same keyboard I think. That said, I think they've made improvements. I'm planning to buy a late model high end Macbook Pro pre-butterfly keyboard. It's nonsense made for people who grew up typing on touch screens or something I think... far too little key travel. I find them very difficult to type on.
That said, your ability to type on the keyboard is probably the single most important item for a laptop. SSD is fairly nice. Retina is mostly a marketing gimmick.
The 2017 MacBook has a 2nd generation butterfly keyboard that has more key travel. Check it out.
Will do. Ultimately, I think I may try to buy a 2015 that's lightly used with low cycles. I saw some online where you'd be getting <60 cycles with battery at near 100% original charge and minor wear on case where you'd also have two years of apple care remaining. I'd be doing a 2015 with 2.5ghz i7 (not most recent gen, one before it), 512ssd, 16gig ram, and 2gig discrete graphics. All for ~$1600 seems like a kind of good way to go (rather than ~2700 for a marginally faster 2017 with a year more of coverage with a keyboard I dislike)