Choosing the Right MacBook For You

Apple announced the new 16-Inch MacBook Pro today. This replaces the 15-Inch model. You can now choose between the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13-Inch and MacBook Pro 16-Inch. For most people the choice will be clear with the MacBook Air being the cheapest and lightest, the 16-inch MacBook Pro being large and expensive but much more powerful, and the 13-inch MacBook Pro filling lots of needs in between. Watch as I break down the differences between these models.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Choosing the Right MacBook For You”

    Larry Wayte
    4 weeks ago

    Thanks for this comparison. However, you say you can’t imagine who would be satisfied with only 128GB storage. Here’s who: people who use the cloud for storage and who don’t use their computers for video production. 128 GB is actually plenty of storage for many (most?) users if they use cloud storage (which is quite inexpensive, convenient, and serves as a backup).

    Larry Wayte
    4 weeks ago

    Another question: You say the MacBook Pro has “Bluetooth 5” but you don’t say why one might want it (or not). What’s the advantage of Bluetooth 5? Thanks!

    4 weeks ago

    Larry: I was thinking more about photos. I suppose if you just don’t take any digital photos then maybe you don’t need any drive space. But the System takes up roughly 15 GB at least, depending on what you have installed. Add a few basic apps and you are quickly down to half that 128 GB. If you want to rely on cloud storage for the bulk of your files you should have a strong and fast connection. But if you are paying for good bandwidth then why not pay for a larger drive.
    It is just that I hear all the time from people in distress because they bought too little storage on their Mac. It may be the biggest mistake people make when buying.

    4 weeks ago

    Larry: Each version of Bluetooth is faster with better range. Plus if a device you purchase requires version 5 to work better (or at all) then you want that. Today that isn’t an issue, but having a Bluetooth 4.2 device could be a problem 5 years from now when you get something that needs 5.

    Ernst Knoop
    4 weeks ago

    Most people will already have a new MacBook after 3 years why would they bother if something like Bluetooth 5 is the only way to go after 5 years. The people that have the same laptop after 5 years. Are the same people that don’t invest a lot in new electronics

    4 weeks ago

    Ernst: 5 years was just an example. And while many people do get new machines after 3 years, there are also many than wait 8 or 10 or even more. I hear from people with older Macs every day. And note that I couldn’t care less about Bluetooth versions. I was just pointing it out as some people do.

    Lindy
    4 weeks ago

    Another great video that could save people money, time and aggravation by using the info you provided. Thanks so much.

    Henry
    4 weeks ago

    Gary

    Would the 2019 1,4 GHz quad core really give material performance improvement over the older dual core ( macbook pro 2017) running Office for Mac 2019 and internet browsing? Both have comparable Geeckbench SC scores: 4697 and 4233.

    The 2019 model runs significantly higher Geekbench MC scores. 16955 vs 8958. What applications would typically benefit from the multi-core capability (except for video editing)?

    Regards

    Henry

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