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How to Find the Right Apple Laptop

March 2nd, 2011

apple-laptop.jpgApple’s line of laptop computers includes three separate models, and deciding which one is best for you can be a challenging process, especially if you have never bought a Mac before.

In order to pick the right Apple laptop for yourself, you must first understand the basic differences between the three models. The MacBook is the base version of the laptop line and is considered Apple’s consumer model, designed with the average person in mind. The MacBook Pro is the most powerful laptop manufactured by Apple and features more memory and processing capabilities than the basic MacBook. Finally, the MacBook Air is intended to be an ultra-portable computer, and it lacks some of the features in the MacBook and MacBook Pro in exchange for its slim size.

When deciding which Apple laptop to buy, you should focus your thinking in five important areas.

1. Screen Size – The MacBook Pro is available with three different laptop screen sizes: 13 inches, 15 inches, and 17 inches. The standard MacBook is only available with a 13-inch screen. The MacBook Air comes with either an 11-inch or 13-inch screen. If you are used to working on a desktop computer with a large monitor, you may want to consider a MacBook Pro with a bigger screen. Otherwise, the 13-inch options on the MacBook and MacBook Air will be suitable for most consumers. The 11-inch MacBook Air is primarily intended for frequent travelers and people who are looking for a very portable computer.

2. Power – All three models of Apple laptops run the latest version of the Mac OS X operating system, but you need to consider what types of programs you plan to run on your computer. The MacBook Pro line features the fastest processors and the most random access memory (RAM). If you need to do lots of video or picture editing, the MacBook Pro will be your best option. If you primarily do Web browsing and other basic functions, the MacBook or MacBook Air is appropriate. The only major downside to the MacBook Air is that its RAM cannot be upgraded.

3. Connections – The types of data connections and drives differ between the three models of Apple laptops. All three have USB ports for connecting flash drives, cameras, and printers, but only the MacBook Pro has a FireWire port and a port for the brand new Thunderbolt technology. These high-speed ports are used with certain types of external hard drives and digital video cameras. Because of its thinness, the MacBook Air does not have a CD or DVD drive at all. If you regularly use disks with your current computer, you may need to opt for the MacBook or MacBook Pro.

4. Portability – Before making a decision, you need to think about where you will use your laptop and how often you will be traveling with it. If your laptop will be your primary computer and will sit on a desk most of the time, the MacBook Pro is probably your best option. People who travel regularly should consider the MacBook Air, because it is substantially lighter and thinner than the other two models.

5. Price – Your budget may be the most important factor when picking out an Apple laptop. In general, Apple computers are considered expensive hardware devices, but both the MacBook and the MacBook Air can be purchased for less than $1,000. For those with a higher budget, the MacBook Pro can be specially configured to include extra RAM or hard drive space for additional costs. Screen size is one of the biggest factors in laptop pricing, so if you want the power of the MacBook Pro but need it to be affordable, look at the 13-inch model.

This article on finding the right Apple laptop was supplied by Bennett Gavrish from Constant Content.

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