MacBooks are beautiful and sleek looking machines capable of running a variety of tasks such as music and video editing, art and design, and web development (coding). That being said, MacBooks are relatively more expensive than your average laptop. So, there’s a lot of considerations to be made prior to purchasing one.
If you’re thinking of getting a MacBook, you need to ask yourself these three questions:
- What are you going to use it for?
Determining what you need a laptop for is one of the best ways to find out exactly what kind of MacBook you need. This is why you need to ask yourself whether you’re going to use the MacBook for work, studying, or simple entertainment. By doing so, you can narrow down your decision.
- How much are you willing to spend?
Since MacBooks cost a lot of money, your budget will play a significant role in your decision making.
- Do you want a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro?
Each MacBook model has different aesthetics and features that attract different kinds of buyers. So, think about what is most important to you regarding things like performance, price point, screen size, and weight before you make a final choice.
If you want to be 100% certain that you are making the right decision, then comparing the different MacBook models is necessary. In order to help you, here’s a rundown of each model.
If you travel a lot, and you like always having a laptop handy, then the standard MacBook is for you. With a screen measuring 12 inches and weighing only two pounds, this MacBook is Apple’s most portable model. Despite its small size, the MacBook’s screen resolution of 2304 x 1440 pixels still packs quite a punch.
One downside of the MacBook is it’s meager battery life, which is approximately 9.5 hours—one of the shortest among all of Apple’s laptops.
Costing $1,299 (same as the 13-inch MacBook Pro), the MacBook can be considered Apple’s mid-range laptop. It’s not as affordable as the MacBook Air, but also not as expensive as the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Being an affordable laptop, the MacBook Air understandably sacrifices certain features. For one, it has a display of 1440 x 900, which is not high-definition (HD) like Apple’s other laptops. This model’s 5th generation processor also lags behind other MacBooks that have 7th generation processors.
Even with its modest price, Apple did not compromise the MacBook Air’s battery. At about 10.5 hours, this model’s battery life is on par with that of the MacBook Pro.
At $999, this laptop is the perfect choice for the budget-conscious.
The MacBook Pro boasts the highest definition display among all of Apple’s laptops. The 13-inch variant has a Retina display of 2560 x 1600 at 227 ppi with a 16:10 aspect ratio, while the 15-inch has 2880 x 1800 at 220 ppi with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
The 2017 version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with Intel’s latest i7 quad-core processors, and that should make a significant difference in terms of speed. Meanwhile, the 13-inch version is fitted with an i5 and has 8GB of RAM. At this time, only the 2017 MacBook Pro comes with a 16GB RAM.
The MacBook Pro (no Touch Bar) has a battery life of 10 hours. Its counterpart with a Touch bar has a battery life of 8 hours and 40 minutes, which is the shortest among all of Apple’s laptops. For its price, the 15-inch MacBook Pro has excellent battery life. Clocking in at a staggering 11 hours, this model certainly gives you your money’s worth.
The MacBook Pro (with a Touch Bar) is the most expensive of Apple’s line of laptops. The 13-inch model has a pricetag of $1,799, and the 15-inch model costs $2,399. However, if the Touch Bar is not an important feature to you, you can get a 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar at $1,299.
Want to save? Buy a refurbished MacBook
Apple has an online refurbished MacBook store for people who are on a tight budget but still want an Apple laptop. The MacBooks sold here are usually either units that have been returned by customers due to defects or older models that were never sold.
Apple repairs any defects, cleans and reconditions the older units, and then repeatedly tests them to ensure that no problems remain prior to selling them at their online refurbished store.
Apple’s refurbished MacBooks still have a standard one-year warranty and come with all the same accessories as new units, which are great advantages if you want a value-for-money purchase.
On average, you can save up to 15% on cash (20% if you’re lucky) by buying from Apple’s online refurbished store. Check it out before you make a final decision just so you cover all your bases.
Keep in mind, though, that Apple’s online refurbished store is the only official source of refurbished MacBooks. Don’t purchase used MacBooks or those tagged as “refurbished” from third-party outlets to avoid any issues. In addition, make sure you read the entire product description on Apple’s online refurbished store just so you know exactly what you’re buying.
Go with the 12-inch MacBook if you want a laptop that’s easy to carry, and the MacBook Air if you want something affordable. If money’s no object, go with either the 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro. For the best value, visit Apple’s online refurbished MacBook store!