If you’re reading this page, chances are you’ve been searching for hours on which portable Mac to buy. You probably can’t seem to make up your mind between the MacBook Air, and the MacBook Pro with Retina display, as both are good options. I’ll do my best to explain the differences between the two, and hopefully help you decide which one is best for you.
Who’s it for?
The MacBook Air is a solid option for people on the go. It’s thin and lightweight design makes it very portable. There’s enough oomph under the hood to complete most day to day tasks such as web browsing, email, writing documents, watching videos, viewing photos, listening to music, some gaming, and FaceTime calls. The MacBook AIr is also capable of doing light video/photo editing and music producing on it. I wouldn’t recommend doing large projects on it though.
Why should I choose the MacBook Air?
The MacBook Air is great for someone on the go, who wants a portable Mac with enough power to get their daily tasks done. If this fits your usage case, then you can’t go wrong with either the 11-inch or 13-inch models. The MacBook AIr is also significantly more affordable then the MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Who’s it for?
The MacBook Pro with Retina display is great for people who do tasks that require a lot of computing power. These tasks include video/photo editing, animation rendering, software development, and more graphically intense gaming. The MacBook Pro’s Retina display is fantastic, and is really a must have if you do a lot of visual media work.
Why should I choose the MacBook Pro with Retina display?
The MacBook Pro with Retina display is a great choice for users who need that extra power, and want a gorgeous display. Also, the MacBook Pro with Retina display is still portable enough for users on the go, but not to the same extent as the MacBook Air.
So, which one should I buy?
It comes down to which types of tasks you do, and if you want the higher resolution display of the MacBook Pro with Retina display. If you plan to use your Mac for general tasks, like web browsing, email, and writing documents, then then the MacBook Air will suit you well. However, if your tasks frequently have you in Photoshop, Maya, Xcode, and/or Final Cut Pro, then the MacBook Pro with Retina display would be the better choice. If you’re worried about the portability of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, then the 13-inch model might be the way to go. However, if this isn’t an issue for you then the 15-inch is the better choice in my opinion.
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