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Would This Macbook Pro Be Suitable for my Development Needs?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Samtastic, Jun 22, 2021.

  1. Samtastic

    Samtastic

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    I been speaking to a well established company who trade in PC's and laptops, and I asked them about if they had a Macbook in Silver, and they came back saying they have a 16 inch Macbook Pro that only has 10 battery cycle counts and has the following specifications:
    Silver 16″ Apple MacBook Pro Touch. Intel i7. 16GB. 512GB


    Condition:

    • Grade A in original box with original power adaptor.
    • Battery cycle count of only 10.
    Specifications
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 (9th Gen) 2.6 GHz (4.5 GHz) / 12 MB Cache
    • Memory: 16 GB DDR4
    • Storage: 512GB SSD
    • Display: 16″ LED backlight 3072 x 1920 – 226 ppi
    • Graphics:
      • AMD Radeon Pro 5300M 4GB
      • Intel UHD Graphics 630
    • Keyboard: UK
    • Keyboard Backlight: Yes
    • Integrated Webcam: Yes
    • Networking: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0
    • Colour: Silver
    • Dimensions (WxDxH):35.79 cm x 24.59 cm x 1.62 cm
    • Weight: 2 kg
    • Operating System: Big Sur

    The games I have planned to make for MacOS are lightweight games like a version of a game called Brain Shift which I call Mob Shift and the biggest graphical game I have plans to do is a fan remake of a game called Tetris Worlds like the GameCube version. In addition, I'm helping out a reverse engineering team who are reversing a light 90's game Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus and planning to make it bigger in 2.5D like New 'n' Tasty. Would it be worth buying an i9 Mac? I have an i7 gaming laptop with an 8GB RTX 3070 that plays all my games fine including Soulstom, Oddworld's biggest Unity game.

     
  2. Schneider21

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    I can't speak to this exact model, but here are the specs of my personal MBP:
    So, pretty much inferior to that one in every way that matters, and I've used it on quite a number of Unity projects. Obviously you won't be doing anything too advanced, including VR, but I think you recognize that.

    Do you just want the MBP for doing macOS builds, since your laptop is vastly superior? If that's the case, I would highly recommend you look into the Mac Mini instead. You can even run it headless and just remote to it from your Windows laptop to kick off builds. I have to imagine it'd save you at least $1000 that way.

    But if you're set on getting the laptop and the price is fine with you, I'd say it's sufficient for what you plan on doing with it.
     
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  3. Samtastic

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    Yes ideally I need a Macbook Pro for my MacOS and iOS builds along with my video editing and music production stuff I do on a Mac with software like Logic.
     
  4. Schneider21

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    If that's what you're looking for, then yeah, go with what you want. The MBP in question should be able to handle that.
     
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  5. Samtastic

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    Cool. Then I will probably go with the Mac they're offering. It will be cheaper to buy one reconditioned than a new one. It hasn't been used that much, only 10 battery cycles!
     
  6. Schneider21

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    Yeah, that's basically new. I just ordered a new PC recently to replace my old MBP, and as excited as I am... I'll miss the MBP. The best thing about them is how -- if you take care of them -- they last for years beyond what I'd ever consider using most Windows laptops.

    Hope you enjoy it!
     
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