Which MackBook Is Right For You?
In this article I'm going to be comparing and contrasting the three main notebook lines Apple has to offer in the hopes that by the end you'll have a better understanding of each and be able to make an informed decision as to which would be best for you. Regardless of which you choose, rest assured that each is a high-quality, well-built, and intelligently designed and programmed computing machine that will more than be able to handle all of your general computing needs (web surfing, word processing, general photo editing, etc.). Below I'll be attempting to highlight the unique aspects of each so that you'll make the best decision to fit your specific needs:
- MacBook: The newest iteration of the popular MacBook brings us perhaps the smallest and lightest ever. Digging into the technical specifications reveals that the processor is nothing to get excited about, the memory is just about average, the storage is on the low end though it is incredibly fast, the graphics are meh, the battery life is equally unexciting, and the display, while generally average, is actually pretty good. All of that is to say that the computer is pretty much baseline. You'll find yourself doing basic computing with incredible ease, potentially even being able to edit together a quick home movie, but anything more intensive than that and you'll likely experience major slow downs. I give it style points for coming in three sleek colors for consumers to choose from, and I definitely don't want to undersell Apple's incredible feat of engineering for being able to create a fully functional, powerful computer that's so small and light weight, but coming in with a base price tag of about $1,300, interest in this computer may be limited to diehard Apple fans.
- MacBook Air: The MacBook Air is a great first computer and is generally excellent for students. For it's size the processing speed, memory, display, and battery life are about average, while the storage is configurable up to half a terabyte (more than you'll likely ever need if you're using an Air). Coming in at a base price of only $899, this computer is probably an attractive candidate to a lot of people. Unless you're a film student regularly using Final Cut Pro or you find yourself running countless applications at once, the MacBook Air is probably your best bet.
- MacBook Pro: My favorite, the most powerful, and most expensive notebook is the MacBook Pro. This is a computer for professionals; those serious about getting the job done quickly and efficiently. With high-speed processors, plenty of on-board memory, solid graphics and display, above average battery life, and configurable amounts of storage to fit any needs, there's simply nothing not great about the MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it's usually the price that pushes people away coming in at a baseline of about $1,300. Regardless, if you can afford it, get it. In terms of features and functions, there's nothing else like it.
I hope my breakdown has given you a comprehensive overview of the different notebook models that Apple has to offer and that you're ready to enter the market with the knowledge you need to make the right decision.