Apple, the Cupertino-based giant is known for their revolutionary iPhones, iPads, iMac, and MacBook devices. Although, it has been losing a lot of customers in the smartphones market, but one industry where it has been continuously been growing is the Laptop industry.
Apple has designed a laptop for everyone, to make the search easier, it has also categorized them into different product lineups, they are: Macbook, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro.
The basic Macbook are recommended for the ones who don’t a lot on their system, it is highly suitable for teachers who needs a laptop for work, home users who need a machine for entertainment purposes such as watching movies or TV shows on Netflix, YouTube or listening to music. But these are very low performance and are priced close to the MacBook Air, so we always recommend one to extend their budget a bit and get a MacBook Air instead.
The MacBook Air is highly suitable if you are need a medium-performance machine that won’t lag when doing basic tasks such as writing a document, editing the excel sheets, surfing the web, taking notes in nursing, law schools, medical schools, trading stocks, at business meetings, etc. These machines are highly recommended for students, business executives, bloggers, and travelers. (The previous MacBook Air machines didn’t come with a retina display, but the latest Air comes with one!)
The MacBook Pro comes with high-end specifications, the processor has a better speed than the Air. It is highly suitable for high-resource intensive tasks such as video editing, using music production softwares like Ableton, graphic designing, 3D modeling, editing photos, high-intensive web surfing the web, or for computer science enthusiasts who codes a lot, engineering students, etc.
1. Best Apple MacBook: MacBook Pro (16-inch)
Better chip, better screen, and better graphics! What more could you ask for? The larger MacBook comes with Touch Bar, Thunderbolt 3 ports and 16GB memory.
- CPU: 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 (9th-gen)
- RAM: 16GB
- Storage: 512GB SSD
- Display: 16-inch Retina LED (3072 x 1920)
- GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
- Camera: 720p FaceTime HD
- Battery: Up to 11 hours
The much-awaited 16-inch MacBook Pro is finally here! It is stealing the show with its stunning first impressions. Having a 9th Generation 6-core Intel Core i7 with 2.6 GHz clock speed, this device is also one of the best Intel i7 laptops to get!
The MacBook has 16GB RAM, 512GB max storage capacity and battery life of more than 10 hours. It weighs around 4.3 lbs. With an extended key travel of 1mm, we were particularly impressed with the robust keyboard of this new Pro version. It renders superior tactile feedback for which it feels really good and comfortable to type on.
Like most other MacBook Pros, this one comes with a stunning display as well with not much of a difference, even though there is a subtle variation in size. The 16-inch Retina LED model comes with 3072 x 1920 resolution screen and rich sound quality with a more pronounced and crisp bass.
The improvised graphics card, Intel UHD Graphics 630 has brought significant refinement in performance as well as visuals, thus assuring you of having a better gaming experience like never before. But, if you are a professional gamer, consider getting a non Apple Macbook laptop such as MSI GT76 from MSI, Lenovo Yoga 920, Dell G3 or Alienware Area-51M, or HP Omen 17-W033DX.
With everything running smoothly, this is the best value-for-money laptop that the Mac lovers are going to die for. However, if you are afraid of the 16-inch large screen, consider getting 13-inch MacBook Pro that we’ve listed below!
- Comes with Touch ID and Touch bar
- Stronger and longer battery life
- Has powerful six-speaker system along with force-canceling woofers
- Includes 4 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports
- Fantastic keyboard with comfortable typing experience
- Includes the physical ESC key (lacks in other models having Touch Bar)
- Comes with Apple T2 Security Chip
- A bit bulky and heavier
- Not user-upgradeable, can’t add more RAM or internal storage later
- Lacks basic full-size USB ports, SD cards, HDMI, Ethernet jack
- Doesn’t have 4K display
2. Best 13-inch Apple MacBook: The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch
- CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 256GB SSD
- Display: 13.3-inch LED (2560 x 1600)
- GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
- Battery: Up to 10 hours
We have been waiting for MacBook Pro 13-inch, and it’s here! Looking at its first impressions, we must admit that it is a much better upgrade over the previous models. Nothing has been left behind in this model to impress the Mac lovers – be it better performance, faster processors, better display, quicker typing experience, and the list is endless!
One impressive aspect that we found in all our MacBook Pro models is that it starts booting up right from the moment we open the lid. Thus, 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM does its job just right. With Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655, the graphics front has become as well. The laptop has 256GB storage capacity to keep your files handy.
Talking about the main upgrade, the 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a highly responsive Touch bar. It has a 2560 x 1600 max pixel resolution. This version is much thinner, lighter and, most importantly, more powerful than its predecessors. It has a brighter display, a shallow keyboard, and a huge multi-touch glass trackpad with a Force Touch. The keys are much wider, flatter having a 2nd generation butterfly mechanism, which allows a smoother and faster key travel and an enhanced typing experience.
The MacBook is lightweight and easy to carry around. It weighs 3.02 lbs and has a battery life of up to 10 hours which is sufficient to go through a single workday.
- Comes with Touch ID
- Includes high-speed and flexible ports which are quite future proof
- Has 2 extra Thunderbolt 3 ports on either side
- Comes with 3 microphones instead of 2 (as found in the baseline models)
- Better graphics with a fantastic display
- Some of the major ports are missing like display port, HDMI, SD, USB Type-A
- Sound clarity is a bit unclear and muffled due to the changed positions of the speakers (at the bottom)
- Comes with a much louder keyboard
- No physical Esc key
3. Best MacBook Air with Retina Screen: New Apple MacBook Air
- CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 (8th Gen)
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 256GB + 1TB SSD
- Display: 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS (2560 x 1600)
- GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 617
- Camera: 720p FaceTime HD Webcam
- Battery: Up to 12 hours
Finally, the MacBook Air with a Retina display is here! Of course, a much-upgraded version of the original MacBook Air in almost every aspect – better display, better speakers, better performance with modern processors, better form factor, modern keyboard, and touchpad, you name it!
The laptop works on the 8th-Gen Intel Core i5 processor with 1.6GHz clock speed. It has 8GB RAM. And the best part on the memory frontier is its large storage capacity. It has 256GB + 1TB SSD which is quite a lot to store all your files, software and movies. For the graphics, it is aided with Intel UHD Graphics 617.
Mac lovers would be delighted with its three beautiful colors – Gold, Silver, and Space Gray. The most incredible aspect that we found while unboxing the newest Air is that it comes with Apple stickers matching the color of your model.
However, one major drawback that we found in all the Air series, including this one, is that both the USB Type-C ports come on one side and quite close together as well. As a result, some users might find it difficult to plug things in while charging the device unless you use an adapter. Nevertheless, introducing the USB-C support not only makes the model much slimmer than before but also futuristic as it would be compatible with upcoming Type-C peripherals.
Priced higher than its predecessor, the new Air renders a stunning 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS (2560 x 1600) display with much better viewing angles, has a longer-lasting battery of up to 12 hours and is much smaller and weighs just 2.75 lbs. With better movie-watching experience and a premium feel, this new MacBook Air is undoubtedly going to be the game-changer!
- Small, lightweight, extremely portable design
- Stunning Retina display, with a high-resolution improvised screen
- Clear speakers with excellent sound quality having a good range
- Comes with a hands-free Siri
- Has a modern touch ID
- Comes with only 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports
- May feel underpowered at times
- Not a great choice for rampant gamers
Apple MacBook FAQs
Apple has a wide range of laptops like the 13-inch MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the all-powerful MacBook Pro 16-Inch. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is really getting rave reviews in the market. It is a bit on the expensive side, but shoppers are picking it up. The reason being the faster processor and long battery life. It comes with an 8th Gen Quad-Core i5 processor and a Retina display with True Tone technology. The laptop comes with faster than the fast SSD and 2 Thunderbolt ports. The battery life of 10 hours is simply mind-blowing.
The MacBook Pro 16-inch with Retina display makes you ready for the best display of your life. It is your big and beautiful workplace. It is the largest Retina display on a MacBook. It produces 500 nits of brightness. The P3 wide color offers brilliant, true-to-life images.
Some of the cheap MacBook models are the Air 13-inch, MacBook Pro with and without Touch Bar. The Apple MacBook Air is priced at $699 and is really the best in the business & students.
The MacBook Air is the cheapest and the lightweight option. It is portable and can perform extremely well.
If you are looking for a MacBook at the lower end of the spectrum. The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro will surely meet your needs. You can extract more performance compared to the MacBook Air. The Quad-core processor sure makes a difference.