So, you want to get a Macbook. That’s great; once you go Mac, you never go back. But, your choices don’t end with the Apple vs. Windows debate. Apple’s Macbook range is split into two models: the Air and the Pro. Both are great computers, but which one is right for you? Keep on reading to find out:
If you’re commuting: Macbook Air
If you’re after a lightweight laptop to put in your briefcase so that you can read up on reports or complete one last spreadsheet on the bus or train, the Macbook Air will probably offer all that you need. As its name suggests, the Macbook Air is incredibly light, weighing just above 1kg for the 13-inch model. This means that it is the perfect Macbook for those of us who whinge about having to lug around a heavy laptop.
But, while the Macbook Air wins the lightweight division, you can’t make a laptop that light without sacrificing something on the inside. In the Apple’s case, that something was battery life and key ports. Generally, Macbook Airs have one fewer USB port than their Pro equivalent (in terms of screen size.) They also have a shorter battery life. If you’ll need to be doing some serious work on the field, without access to a charger, the Macbook Pro is the best option.
For a home entertainment device: Macbook Pro
However, if you are looking for a laptop that can also act as a DVD player, a gaming console, and a TV, you are much better off investing in the Macbook Pro. The Macbook pro features Apple’s Retina Display, which means that the screen performance is crystal clear. Moreover, the Pro features a disc drive. This can be purchased for the Air as an external accessory, but it is so much easier to have the disc drive in the computer, so that you can watch your movies and TV shows on the go.
For a cost effective computer: Macbook Air
Sometimes you’re not really too concerned with the nitty gritty of your yet-to-be-purchased computer’s performance, and really just want to know how big a hole it will blow in your bank balance. If this sounds like you, the Macbook Air should be your choice. With roughly $1000 difference in price between the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro models of the same screen size, it is pretty obvious why the Macbook Air is a popular choice amongst university students; it’s the most cost-effective choice.
This really is a case of different strokes for different folks. If you want a high performance laptop that can take on the role of many other devices in your home, invest in a Pro. But if a little laptop to take around with you is all you need, the Air is more than enough. Regardless, however, each is a great choice that can help you get the most out of your laptop on the go.
Frances Ward is a Mac enthusiast from Sydney. Her tip for making good IT decisions is to always rent a laptop before you buy.