Laptops being the ideal device for any job whether that’s composing documents, writing emails, staying connected to people or for entertainment purpose, APPLE’S LAPTOPS long being held up as a gold standard for portable computers. It becomes necessary to find the right MacBook for oneself. MacBooks were the first to bring technologies like aluminum unibody construction, super-sharp IPS screens, backlit keyboards, and multitouch trackpads to the mainstream. Apple currently has a variety of remarkable models making it difficult to find the one that’s best for you.
MacBooks prices vary a lot, but you have to treat them as more of an investment than lower cost HP, Dell, Lenovo laptops. So you need to choose wisely.
THE ALL-INCLUSIVE LAPTOP:
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, $1,199)
The new Air is almost like the new MacBook Pro models, with a sharp, 13-inch Retina display, a responsive trackpad, an improved butterfly keyboard (with a dust shield), potent speakers, and two
USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging and hooking up peripherals. And it comes in striking gold. It comes with a 1.6 GHz dual-core eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, a 128-gigabyte solid state drive, along with 8 GB of RAM be it any version you pick. The only limiting thing is that it has only two USB-C ports. You will need to buy multi-port adapters to plug stuff in and stay charged.
A few things that might be missing from higher-end MacBook Pros are wider color gamut, extra USB-C ports, and faster insides. In case you have a lot of files, get the 256 GB MacBook Air for $200 more. For a little extra processing power, the low-end MacBook Pro is a nice upgrade and less expensive, though it lacks Touch ID.
THE POWER USERS LAPTOP:
Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, $2,399)
This is a high-end big laptop and has the fastest internals and biggest, highest-resolution display of all the MacBooks. Behind the big screen are a six-core, eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, and AMD Radeon graphics which make it well suited to everything even massive Lightroom batch exports. Its big screen helps in making side-by-side document editing and web browsing a cinch making it more productive.
In case you handle big files you need a larger SSD than the stock 256 GB configuration offers, but Apple will gladly upgrade this MacBook Pro all the way to 4 terabytes if you can pony up the $3,400 upgrade fee.
You also get an Apple Touch Bar with this model. This small display above the keyboard is touch-sensitive and can be handy but many apps have yet to truly take advantage of this skinny touch interface. If 15 inches is too big for you, get a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,799, and deck it out with16 GB RAM and an Intel Core i7 for $2,299.
THE FREQUENT TRAVELERS LAPTOP:
Apple MacBook (12-Inch, $1,299)
This MacBook Air is quite superior to the standard MacBook. It is super skinny, light, thin laptop which makes it perfect for travel and it’s based on Intel’s power-sipping Y-series chips, which translates into fantastic battery life while you’re away from power outlets. It’s fast enough for web browsing, knocking out spreadsheets in Excel, and occasional Photoshop dabbling. This laptop has its single USB-C port, which is used for charging and hooking up devices. An adapter with a power pass-through port is a must-have for this laptop.
MacBooks TO AVOID
The Old MacBook Pro: It still has 2014-era Intel chip inside, and in spite of its appealing array of USB and Thunderbolt 2 ports, this 15-inch model is a poor value for money. The Old MacBook Air: This slim laptop debuted in 2010 but unfortunately, the MacBook Air didn’t change much until now. It has a non-Retina screen and weak Intel chips that are years old. It might not require the dongles that a newer MacBook might necessitate, but the newer laptops will feel faster for longer. Don’t let the $999 price tag tempt you—there are way better laptops you can get for that kind of
QUIRKS AND ISSUES TO BE AWARE OF
- Bland Touch Bar
- Palmy Trackpad
- Keyboard Killer
- Parched for Ports
IS IT A GOOD TIME TO BUY
Apple may unveil a MacBook Pro or two in June. We can’t say when the next MacBook Air will come out. As these came out in November 2018, so it’s not due to get an upgrade for quite some time. So, yes now it is a good time to get a one.