The 2014 MacBook Pro… is it worth it?

IN a previous article, we discussed the recent release of the new MacBook Pro and the benefits and possible downsides of upgrading. In this article, my goal is to evaluate the 2014 model of the MacBook Pro and ascertain whether or not it is still worth the money (since Apple still sells it as its “base model”), in light of the recent release.

When Apple released the newest generation of the MacBook Pro, instead of discontinuing the previous generation, they now have it as the “base model” for the MacBook Pro series. What are the advantages and disadvantages to purchasing the previous generation? Lets take a look:

2014: 

  • 2.7GHz or 2.9 GHZ Intel i5, & 3.1GHz i7 (Haswell)
  • 3.48lbs
  • 8gb RAM
  • Up to 1TB SSD
  • Intel Iris 6100
  • sRGB Display
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • Two USB 3 ports
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
  • HDMI
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • SDXC slot

2016:

  • Touch Bar
  • Touch ID
  • 2.9GHz or 3.1GHz Intel i5, & 3.3GHZ Intel i7 (Skylake)
  • 3.02lbs
  • 8gb RAM
  • Up to 1TB SSD
  • Intel Iris 550
  • Wide Color Display (P3)
  • 4 USB-C ports
  • Bluetooth 4.2

So there are some significant improvements from one generation to another, but in my opinion, the 2014 model is far from out-of-date. If you are looking into purchasing a new MacBook Pro, but don’t want to spend the $$$$ on the newest and best, this is an incredible option for several reasons. First, the computing power is still formidable, even if not top of the line. Unless you are doing hardcore coding, large amounts of video editing, intense graphic design, or a hefty amount of gaming, this computer will work admirably with no issues.

 

Second, you’ll have ports for days. One of the drawbacks to the newest update to the MacBook Pro is the lack of ports. And while this is an effort by Apple to move the industry forward and get away from ports that have been used for decades, people still haven’t gotten used to it. So if you’re the type of person who loves the old ports and uses them frequently, this generation will be superb. Additionally, since the new MacBook Pro charges via USB-C, the newest generation no longer uses a MagSafe power supply, which is a drawback to many who have enjoyed this feature in the previous generation. I, personally, couldn’t count the number of times the MagSafe supply has saved my bacon when I tripped over the cord.

 

Thirdly, if you care about the light-up logo, you’ll want this model, because, unfortunately, Apple decided to replace the glowing logo with polished aluminum.

Finally, its great value for the money. If lots of power for the lowest cost is what you want, then this, also, is a great option. A fully upgraded 13.3” 2014 model is $2599.00, while the same upgrades in the newest generation total up to $2899.00.

All things considered, the 2014 model is still a very relevant laptop, and is a great option if you’re on a budget, want ports, or just have to have the glowing Apple logo!

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