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Which MacBook Should You Buy?

The MacBook line offers a simple yet sophisticated design that does not compromise its performance due to the fast processors and generous memory built in it. And when it comes to variety, the MacBooks have more than enough to meet any kind of preference.

Every member of the MacBook family is individually equipped with their own set of features and specifications to offer something different to a wide range of users. The MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air, however, are two of the most reliable notebooks that can operate like a full–featured desktop computer. So if you’re thinking of getting a Mac notebook, your first step is to identify which model best suit your needs. Here are some important points to help you know which Mac notebook is worth your investment.

Fast, Efficient Processors Like No Other

Professionals dealing with urgent, demanding tasks will find all MacBooks their reliable work companions. No matter how intense the duties are, Mac laptops can meet any kind and amount of demands as they are equipped with top-of-the-line Intel processors.

The MacBook Pro, the fastest Mac notebook, is now powered by the latest Dual-core Intel Core i5 2.8 GHz processor. For an additional $200, only Apple can swap in an even faster Intel i7 processor for Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The MacBook Air now features the 4th generation Intel Core Haswell ULT processors, and an addition $150 can get you a faster 1.7 GHz Intel i7 processor.

Generous Memory Capacity

What makes MacBooks ideal for professionals is their generous memory capacity. This allows MacBooks to become perfect choices for professionals who need to keep heavy document files. Both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air can support up to 8 GB of RAM. However, the MacBook Pro can be purchased with 16 GB RAM for a $200 surcharge, only if you customize your order at Apple.com.

Better Visual Experience

Clear, panoramic, and glossy, the displays of all MacBooks come with LED-backlit widescreen format, giving users a more refined visual experience that is comfortable to the eyes. The MacBook Pro offers a larger screen size with its 13-inch and 15.4-inch models. The breakthrough Retina display of the new MacBook Pro offers over 5 million pixels on a 15.4 inch screen. It packs more pixels than an HDTV and a higher pixel-for-pixel accuracy to render needle-sharp text and lifelike images. The only thing that even comes close? The supercompact 13-inch model.

On the other hand, the MacBook Air has 1330 x 768 pixels in 11.6-inch display and 1440 x 900 in 13.3-inch screen size.

Also, both laptops are equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor, giving no trouble and better visual experience as you watch movies and author multimedia content, or play video games.

The Convenience of Portability

The MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro differ in their physical dimensions with varying degrees of portability so consider how much mileage you can expect on your notebook.

If you are a business traveler who is always shuffling from one flight connection to the next, then the incredibly light and compact MacBook Air is the perfect choice for you. For half a pound to two pounds more, you can have all the power and larger display of the MacBook Pro.

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Battery Life

If battery life is most important, surprisingly, the 13-inch MacBook Air gets you an extra three hours of use time. It even outlasts all the Pro notebooks, achieving up to 12 hours of battery life. However, actual battery longetivity during real-life usage doesn’t usually last as long as Apple claims.

Fit For Your Budget

The MacBook Air has a very reasonable price with all the features you need in one compact, robust package. But if you want more than a MacBook Air can offer, the MacBook Pro, is the perfect choice for you.

Everything will eventually come down to how much your budget can accommodate. Identify your needs and choose the notebook that can best provide them. Whichever MacBook model you end up with, it will surely be a worthy investment.

(this post is sponsored by MacMall, with minor editorial edits, corrections and additions)

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  1. ecoustics

    January 27, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Correction: Article has been updated to say 8 GB of RAM, and that MacBook Pro can be customized at Apple Store to get 16 GB of RAM.

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