Apple MacBook laptops have a certain beauty and simplicity. They have an aesthetically pleasing aluminum body design. And there’s a simplicity in the model lineup, too: unlike competitors who offer a stream of laptop models with different components and features, there are only three base MacBook models.
Yet even with only three models to choose from, it can be difficult to decide. Is there really a big difference between the 13.3-inch MacBook Air and the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro? Are the extras you get with the more expensive MacBook Pro worth the price hike? And who should consider buying the luxurious and powerful 16-inch MacBook Pro model?
To answer all of these questions and help you choose the best Apple MacBook for your needs, CBS Essentials has rounded up the latest MacBook models for comparison.
Apple MacBook Air
The entry-level MacBook, the Apple MacBook Air, is a great option for a basic everyday laptop. With a 13.3-inch Retina display and a weight of 2.8 pounds, it’s the lightest and most portable MacBook. Still, it still retains a high-end feel, with an aluminum body (in silver and space gray) and a backlit keyboard.
Despite being powered by Apple’s M1 chip, the MacBook Air is not a high-performance machine. But if you primarily use a laptop for browsing the web, editing spreadsheets, taking notes in class, watching YouTube, or communicating on Zoom, that’s probably more than enough to meet your needs.
While you can customize your MacBook Air to higher specs, the base model includes 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage. Its battery lasts up to 18 hours.
Apple also sells an upgraded version of the MacBook Air with an 8-core GPU (as opposed to a 7-core GPU) and 512 GB of SSD storage. It’s slightly better suited to more graphics-intensive tasks like gaming, but if you’re considering it, be aware that you’re probably better off upgrading to the 13 “MacBook Pro for the same price.
MacBook Pro 13 “
An advancement over the MacBook Air, the slightly heavier 13 “MacBook Pro (3.0 pounds) comes with some cool extra features. A powerful active cooling system keeps the 8-core GPU running fast, battery power slightly best that offers 20 hours of battery life and a brighter 13.3 “Retina display. And instead of physical function keys at the top of the backlit keyboard, the MacBook Pro instead has a dynamic touch bar that changes depending on the program you’re using.
Like the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro comes with 8 GB of memory and 256 GB of SSD storage. It’s a more powerful machine than the MacBook Air, so it’s better suited for editing photos and videos, and some light gaming.
If you need a MacBook Pro with a little more storage space, Apple also sells a version with a 512GB SSD for $ 200 more.
MacBook Pro 16 “
Obviously, the biggest difference between the 13 “MacBook Pro and the 16” MacBook Pro is the size of the Retina display – it’s a much bigger and heavier machine (4.3 pounds). You also get a lot more power: this premium MacBook features a 2.6GHz 6-core Intel i7 processor, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card with 4GB GDDR6 memory, 16GB DDR4 memory and 512 GB of SSD storage. You also get four Thunderbolt ports, two more than the 13 ”MacBook Pro, another benefit of its larger size.
The 16 ”MacBook Pro, with its larger screen and more powerful guts, is aimed at professionals who need a high-powered laptop that can easily handle graphics-intensive applications such as video rendering and CAD. It’s priced at pro-level, too: starting at $ 2,199, the larger MacBook costs twice as much as the 13-inch model.
If you want an even more premium MacBook experience, you can upgrade to a 2.3GHz 8-core Intel i9 processor, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics card with 4GB of GDDR6 memory and 1TB of SSD storage for a few hundred dollars. more.
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