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Which Mac is Right For You?

Written by iHospital. Posted in How To

how to choose a MacSo 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

MacBook Air

  • 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.

MacBook Air Product Page

MacBook Pro

  • 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.

Macbook Pro Product Page

how to pick your MacMac Mini

  • 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 size.  It doesn’t have a disc drive, no included monitor, basic graphic hardware and limited CPU expansion.
  • Type: Desktop
  • Price Range: $599 – $999
  • Notes:  You’ll need to decide between Mac mini or Mac mini with OS X server. If you don’t know what a server is, or don’t need one, don’t bother getting the server. You’ll also need to pick from base or upgraded. If you’re purchasing the Mac Mini for a media center, get the base. If you need top performance from your Mac, you should pass on the Mac Mini and go for the iMac or Mac Pro.
  • Mac Mini Product Page

iMac

  • Positives:  The iMac is sleek, beautiful and everything we love Apple for. It offers expandable memory, lots of storage, dedicated video memory and only needs one cable.
  • Negatives:  The monitor can’t be reused without the attached computer.
  • Type:  Desktop
  • Price Range:  $1199 to $1999 US
  • Notes:  You’ll need to choose from 21.5″ or 27″ monitor. If you can afford it, we definitely recommend getting the larger screen unless space is a constraint. You’ll also need to decide if you need CPU, memory and/or graphic upgrades. Finally, the last choice includes normal, SSD or dual storage.

iMac Product Page

Mac ProHow to choose your Mac

  • Positives:  This is one of the most powerful Macs around. It’s perfect for professionals and serious gamers. It’s easy to upgrade and configurable options include more processor cores, larger drives and graphics options.
  • Negatives:  This is a heavy duty machine. It doesn’t come with a monitor either.
  • Type: Desktop
  • Price Range: $2499 – $2999 US
  • Notes:  You’ll need to decide how much memory you’d like up to 64GB. There are also graphic card, hard drive and SS storage options. The Mac Pro is perfect for demanding users that expect a lot from their computers. The machines are expensive but they deliver. You’ll still be using your Mac four or five years from now.
  • Mac Pro Product Page

We hope that you enjoyed our post on how to choose which Mac is right for you. Whether it’s a Mac Mini or a Mac Pro, we’re sure you’ll love your Mac and you’ll be happy you made the switch from PC. Should you have any further questions concerning which Mac to buy please feel free to tweet us on Twitter at @iHospital or contact us using our contact form.

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