So you’ve made the big decision. You’re switching from PC to Mac and now you need to decide which model to choose. The great thing about Macs is that unlike PC manufacturers, there aren’t dozens of models to pick from. But, when you walk into your neighborhood Apple store, you’ll be met with a number of options and configurations. Should you buy a tablet, notebook or desktop? Once you make that decision, you’ll need to decide which model. Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices are here to make this decision easier by creating the below guide for you!
How To Decide Which Mac is Right For You
- Positives: The MacBook Air is extremely portable due to its light weight. It also has a long battery life and a super fast start-up. This Mac is perfect for multi-tasking and solid state drive storage comes standard. All models come with Intel HD Graphics 3000.
- Negatives: The downside of MacBook Air includes no disc drive, limited memory, smaller storage and limited ports.
- Type: Laptop
- Price Range: From $999 – $1499 US
- Notes: There are two sizes to choose from: 11″ or 13″, and 128GB or 256GB. We recommend that if you are using your MacBook Air for work you purchase the 256GB.
- Positives: The MacBook Pro has an upgraded storage, expendable memory and lots of ports and drives. The best part of the MacBook Pro is that it has a dedicated video memory.
- Negatives: The MacBook Pro is heavier than the MacBook Air due to its upgraded features. It’s also more expensive and SSD storage doesn’t come standard.
- Type: Laptop
- Price Range: $1199 – $2799 US
- Notes: You’ll need to choose from a 13″ or 15″ display. The weight also varies from 2.38 pounds to 4.46 pounds. The most expensive version has a Retina display while the others have LED backlit glossy displays. You’ll also need to decide if you’d like CPU, memory and graphic upgrades. If cost is no issue, go for it. If you don’t know, don’t worry, you probably don’t need the upgrades. The MacBook Pro offers you the power of a desktop with the portability of a notebook.
- Positives: The Mac Mini is great for students because of its low cost and tiny size. It also includes ample ports.
- Negatives: The downside of the Mac mini is also its small