As a photographer, the system being used is as important as camera gears. We primarily use the system for processing and back up of files. To handle heavy RAW files and 4k videos, I must use a fast and reliable system. While there are few good professional laptops, I narrowed down to MacBook pro as I feel comfortable with its workflow and like its pace.
Recently I decided to upgrade my 2012 model 13" MacBook pro. After doing enough research and consultation with my friends, I bought the 2015 version of 15" MacBook pro (i7, quad-core, 16gb, 256gb).
Here are the four major reasons I have chosen the 215 version against the latest 2017 version.
1. The Keyboard:
While the new version is of latest technology comes with butterfly model, I personally felt more comfortable using the original (old) version. On analysing it further I understand that the old version gives a good feedback every time you press a key, the butterfly model doesn't feel like I pressed it even and it's noisy too.. I may not feel comfortable using it in mid of a meeting or in a silent office.
Though not sure, I heard from few of my friends that there are lot of reliability issues with the new touch-bar and keyboard. I also came across few news links which says the same. I am sure Apple is internally working on this internally.
2. The adapters:
The older version which I bought now has two USB3 ports, two thunderbolt ports, one HDMI port, one SD card slot and a MagSafe charge point. The new version has only Four USB-C ports. For now, I literally don't have any accessory with a USB-C pin. So when I want to connect my stuffs like hard-disk, card reader, external display, I need to buy and carry a big bunch of adapters. This will not only fill my carry bag but will also empty my wallet. I need to buy adapters worth more than ₹10,000.
3. The Look:
For many, this may sound like a silly point, but in gadgets' aesthetic is as important as performance. Like every texture and design is important while choosing a personal garment. I personally like the backlit logo in older version against the flat non-lit logo in latest versions. The latest one looks really non-premium. Of course it's a personal choice which influenced my decision by a small percentage.
4. The Price:
Probably I should have made this as first point. We are investing our hard-earned money in to this gadget. Our prime priority is to get best out of the money we spend on gadgets. On looking out alternate options, I personally felt this has the best value for money. I got an advantage of more than 30% on price tag by taking this decision, moreover I got a killer deal on this, which is equal to a 13" MacBook pro of 2016 version. You can personally message me if you want to know more on pricing.
The trade off:
Of course what I bought is not the best in today's industry, there are some trade-offs for the above mentioned advantages.. For example: the processor speed, touch pad, size, weight, etc.. are few advantages I compromised on.
Please feel free to share your personal opinions in comments below. If you feel this will be helpful for people who are looking to upgrade their gears, please do share. Thank you.