MacBook vs. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air: Which MacBook Is Right for You?

MakeUseOf | 10/14/2019 | Kris Wouk
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Apple has streamlined its portable Mac offerings into two distinct laptops: the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro.

For a few years, Apple attempted to replace the outdated MacBook Air with the generically-titled MacBook. This never quite took off, so Apple returned the MacBook Air to its former glory with new models. Both the Air and Pro deliver their own experiences, aimed at the needs of different users.

Choice - Money - Model - Bucks

Which one is the right choice for you? Is it worth forking over more money for a better model, or should you save a few bucks by opting for the cheapest instead?

If you’re looking for a desktop Mac, you’ve got one clear choice: the iMac. You could save money by bringing your own monitor and opting for the Mac Mini, or opt to spend several grand on a souped-up iMac Pro or Mac Pro. For most of us, the iMac is good enough.

Laptops - Situation - Price - Points - Intersect

But when it comes to laptops, the situation is less clear-cut. Price points intersect, specs aren’t always clear, and you probably don’t need the most extravagant bells and whistles found on the flagship models.

To start off, let’s take a look at what all MacBook models share. Whether you spend $999 or $2,999, your Mac will run macOS. That’s Apple’s desktop operating system (formerly called Mac OS X) and a large part of why many users remain loyal to Apple’s ecosystem.

Battery - Life - Board - Models - Minimum

Battery life is also great across the board, with all models rated for a minimum of 10 hours under optimal conditions. Apple’s battery estimates are generally fair, but the quoted figure depends on what you’re doing. Using first-party apps optimized for the hardware, like Safari, yields a longer runtime.

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