MacBook vs. MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Apple laptop should you get?

MacBook vs. MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Apple laptop should you get?


Should you get the MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro? Here’s how to decide!

Apple currently has three laptops in their product lineup — the ultralight MacBook, the previous, but now cheaper ultralight MacBook Air, and the powerful and brand-new MacBook Pro. Together, they cover a wide range of portability, performance, and yes, price points. So, which Apple laptop is perfect for you?

See our pick for the best Apple laptop.

Apple laptop lineup

Apple’s MacBook line comprises three product categories: the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. The systems are differentiated by their size, weight, and relative performance, as well as their price.

Note: Apple has also chosen to keep the previous-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro (with the full complement of ports, from USB 3 to HDMI to an SD card slot) on the market, which I’ll refer to as MacBook Pro 2015, while calling the current generation MacBook Pro 2017. The older 13-inch MacBook Pro is no longer on sale, but you can still find some in Apple’s Refurbished Mac store.

Still, it’s useful to look at the current baselines.

Displays

The display is your window into apps and the internet. The bigger the display, the more you have to carry, but the more you can see.

MacBook is currently offered in one size, 12 inches diagonal. That houses a 2304×1440 16:10 aspect ratio display at 226 pixels-per-inch (ppi). That’s what Apple terms a “Retina” display, meaning that at normal viewing distance, you can’t really see the pixels anymore, and it appears like you’re looking at a photo or out a window.

MacBook Air now only comes in 13 inches (the 11-inch model was discontinued in…



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