MacBooks are one of the most premium and desirable laptops for everyone, that goes from students to professionals. The MacBooks does not have much variety and they all do look the same but still, when purchasing a MacBook, people do get confused. The price of MacBooks goes from $999 to over $3000 depending on the configuration. If you want to purchase MacBook, your final confusion will result in deciding between Apple MacBook Air Vs Apple MacBook Pro. Which laptop to purchase especially when adding $200 in MacBook Air price, you get MacBook Pro with additional features and exciting offers.
With our in-depth research, people’s reviews, and a lot more testing, we have pinpointed few keynotes to decide which MacBook you should purchase and avoid purchasing MacBook which either is too expensive or isn’t enough performer.
A few years back it was quite simple to decide which MacBook you have to purchase, there were 12-inch MacBook, 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro without touch bar/ with touch bar, and 15-inch Pro. But in 2020, everything is simpler yet confusing at features and price. Comparing just the prices, you will surely get attracted to other models or configurations, here is the quick overview of MacBooks and their notable features-
|MacBook Pro (13-inch)
|MacBook Pro (16-inch)
|1.1GHz dual-core 10th-gen Intel Core i3 processor
|1.4GHz quad-core eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor
|2.6GHz 6-core ninth-gen Intel Core i7 processor (plus AMD Radeon Pro 5300M)
|8GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X
|8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3
|16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory
|256GB SSD storage
|256GB SSD storage
|512GB SSD storage
|Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
|Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
|Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
Let’s breakdown the confusion and help you decide whether MacBook Air is the best MacBook for you or MacBook Pro.
Apple MacBook Air-
With a starting price of $999 for any professional and $899 for any student (Apple’s Education Store price), Apple MacBook Air has been a favorite and most popular laptop. This MacBook is inexpensive, thin, and lightweight that could take a few bumps and with a price of $999, it would be the first choice for many people.
At first look, the MacBook Air looks very similar to the Pro model, and with the price tag of $999, it would seem a pretty good deal, but there is a catch: Processor. The MacBook Air comes with 10th Gen Intel Core i3 processor so you would likely spend $100 more to get 10th Gen Intel Core i5. The storage you get at $999 would be 256 GB and for additional storage, you will have to invest $200 more for 512 GB of internal storage.
The main things you will be missing in the MacBook Air over Pro are a fast processor, Thunderbolt ports, and touch bar which according to most people won’t matter much.
Apart from the fact that $999 would give you only Intel Core i3, the Apple MacBook Air seems a very fair deal. If you are a student, you will get a $100 discount so you will get Intel Core i5 at $999.
13-inch Apple MacBook Pro-
The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro model has Intel Core i5 processors from 8th Gen to 10th Gen getting it the ideal performance boost for high CPU intensive tasks like photo editing, video editing, Programming, and so on. All the Pro models now have the touch bar which is a nice addition to the MacBook but not often used by people.
Since the Apple MacBook Air and Apple MacBook Pro are quite closely priced, you would definitely be tempted to go for the MacBook Air model but do remember that the MacBook Air has the low powered chips, not ideal for handling heavy programs such as adobe premier. For regular usage like web surfing, media consumption (watching movies, listening songs), Air models would be a good choice. But if you are planning to use the MacBook for performance-intensive tasks, you will be better off with MacBook Pro models.
Additionally, if you are willing to invest $300, you can upgrade your MacBook Pro’s Chipset to Intel Core i7 8th Gen processor for more performance-intensive tasks. Although the i5 processor would be sufficient for most people, the $1,499 MacBook Pro would be the most ideal choice for most people.
16-inch MacBook Pro-
With the innovative ways of cramping and making the laptop as thin, light, and portable, Apple took a great bite by bringing in the 16-inch MacBook Pro line and they may sound big but in reality, they are quite portable like the 15-inch laptops.
There are several selling points of the 16-inch MacBook Pro including big screen, Intel Core i7 processors and, discrete graphics card. Yes, 16-ich MacBook Pro has a discrete graphics card but NO, Gaming is still not possible. If you want to keep all things in front of you and want absolute top-notch performance, then and then only 16-inch MacBook Pro is for you.
Firstly, the 16-inch MacBooks are ridiculously expensive. Starting at $2,399 till up to $6,500 max out every component like Intel 8 Core 9th Gen i9 processor, 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 5600M with 8GB of HBM2 memory, and 8 TB of Internal storage. This configuration is hardly purchased by anyone but its good to have options.
Which MacBook Should You Buy
MacBook Air is the best choice for you if you are a student, writer, or just a macOS fan who wants to have a premium laptop. This model will not give you high performance but still, you will notice no difference in MacBook Air and MacBook Pro while web surfing, video streaming, and some lightweight tasks. I would recommend you to purchase MacBook with Intel Core i5 so as to get some more power in a portable, thin and light MacBook.
If you are a student who is using power-intensive software like Adobe Premier or do Photo, Video editing on a regular basis, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be ideal for you. I would recommend you to purchase the $1,799 model so you get Four Thunderbolt 3 ports as you will likely to connect an external display often.
16-inch MacBook is your option if you are purchasing an iMac but you need a thin, light alternative with portability. It does have a discrete graphics card but the price is hefty. Yes, it would be totally worth it if this MacBook will be your only laptop for home & school work and it also has a beautiful display.
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