Which Mac Computer Should You Buy?

Despite being tagged as a high-maintenance computer brand, Apple has dedicated significant effort into creating cost-efficient hardware that will surely give their customers satisfying performance and user-friendly systems that could enhance or address heavy workloads.

When you finally realize you need to switch from PC or you want an upgrade, you should always check these points before you go with your decision. There are multiple models that could specifically fit into any user’s lifestyle and requirements and choosing the right Mac computer could be a hassle if you don’t have a clear view on what you could benefit from each model. If you want to directly know the benefits of each Mac model, let’s discuss.

 macbook airIf you’re a budget-wise student or an on-the-go professional, the MacBook Air could give you just the right amount of power without hurting your budget too much. For below a thousand bucks, you could get fast and reliable performance from the 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor that powers the MacBook Air. Its thin and lightweight structure makes it perfect for active working conditions that require the user to be on their feet most of their time. I can imagine working on those student assignments and wanting sufficient power that will help you especially during finals week or your thesis work. The MacBook Air is perfect for that workload, including light multimedia editing projects (photos, video editing), thanks to its Intel Graphics processor. With 11-inch and 13-inch models available, plus 128GB or 256GB storage, choosing the smaller specs can give you bigger savings if you consider it. The best part? Eleven-inch units can last for up to 9 hours on battery power; even longer with the 13-inch unit with 12 hours of battery life – giving you enough time to finish those priority projects or go through all your classes with still enough juice in your device.

macbook proFor multimedia professionals who want high-quality specs and system performance, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display would definitely either meet or exceed your expectations. With 5 million pixels onscreen, every image becomes realistic and refined. Working on your multimedia projects like video editing, graphic design or 3D rendering will be a breeze, as the MacBook Pro with Retina Display runs on a Solid State Drive that makes launching and operating apps 10-15% faster compared to the MacBook Air. Aside from that, it’s more portable (since it’s lighter), has more RAM and ultimately has better visuals than the standard MacBook Pro. The only con is that users cannot upgrade the hard drive – so buying an external hard drive is inevitable if you really need lots of storage space. So, if you want stunning graphics and exceptional performance for all your media projects or gaming entertainment, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is waiting to be your new buddy.

2012 MacBook ProIf you want balanced specs and customizable options, the standard MacBook Pro would be perfect for you. With a capacity and optimization possibilities that rival or maybe even surpass its PC counterparts, the MacBook Pro has much more hard drive space and an upgradable RAM, giving you more control with what it can do. A built-in Superdrive lets you access CDs and DVDs that could help you transfer, store and share information through an external source. Other than the MacBook Air, this is also the only other notebook that lets you use FireWire-enabled devices and features a Gigabit Ethernet port. With costs, the standard MacBook Pro is relatively cheaper without the Retina Display, so that’s a bonus for those looking at this unit in perspective.

iMacStuck behind a desk at the office or at home or want to work with the best specs? The iMac offers the best system capacity and efficiency that any multimedia artist could utilize towards their goal to create the next big thing. A Quad-core Intel i5 processor gives power to this marvel from Apple; with 8GB, 16GB and 32GB RAM varieties available, add to that an upgradable terabyte of hard drive storage (up to 3TB) and NVIDIA GeForce graphics processor, any graphic and media project will be a breeze. With a 21-inch or 27-inch screen, the iMac provides a work area that makes multitasking easier than ever and gives you a sufficiently high resolution to work closely with your current project. A variety of I/O ports are available to accommodate any other external peripherals that could help you from start to finish.

If you’re still having a hard time deciding, here’s a quick recap on all four Macs:

Which Mac Computer Should You Buy

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