Choosing the Right MacBook For You

With the new MacBook Air the MacBook line is stable for the next few months, making this a good time to buy a new MacBook. But which one is right for you? The MacBook is the lightest, the MacBook Air is the least expensive and good middle-ground, and the MacBook Pro is the most powerful with several major options. There are several factors that can help you decide. You should always make a trip to a store to compare them for yourself as there is no substitute for hands-on experience.

Comments: 11 Responses to “Choosing the Right MacBook For You”

    Dave Hall
    11 months ago

    RAW photo editing- you did not mention this. My 2015 iMac with 8GB of RAM struggles with my 12 MP RAW photo files, especially if I am playing with HDR images. These days not many cameras have much less than 20MP files sizes, so some advice on the best devices would be helpful.

    11 months ago

    Dave: Well, I do say that pro graphics work will benefit from a good GPU, even mentioning images. And processing RAW photos certainly falls under that. It sounds like a good reason to choose a MacBook Pro if working with RAW images is what you do. Most users would not be working with RAW images so it wouldn’t be a good reason to spend more money/carry more weight.

    Mac Carter
    11 months ago

    Good review, Gary. One aspect that I think is important to consider that you did not mention is the new keyboard and trackpad on new Macbook Air and Macbook Pro. The keyboard in particular is quite controversial — it has different key spacing and feels quite different to use. Some people like it and some hate it.

    mark zborowski
    11 months ago

    Hi Gary- Great video as usual. I have been going back and forth between a MBP15 and the new Mac-Mini. I do photography (raw) and web design. Hoping you can weigh in as the MBP15 has a good GPU and the Mac-Mini does not. Looking at plug-in GPUs for the Mini, they are in the $1k range, so negates the price differential.

    Thanks Mark z

    11 months ago

    Mark: The difference between a Mac mini and a MacBook Pro is very fundamental: One sits on your desk and the other can come with you (travel, meetings, coffee, living room, etc). That’s a huge deal. But if you NEVER need to take it with you, then I guess you can compare it to the Mac mini. But add the price of a good UHD display that matches the 15-inch MBP too. I would go into the Apple store with a few of your raw photos (maybe on your iPhone to AirDrop) and try working with them on each.

    Daniel
    11 months ago

    Hi Gary, I have a 2017 13″ MacBook Pro with two thunderbolt ports. These are not enough for me. I bought a Char Jen Pro hub to add more ports. But this hub hangs down from one of the MB thunderbolt ports and occasionally loses contact with the MBt. It is a hassle when it disconnects external hard drives, for instance. Wonder if you can recommend a better hub. Thanks for this useful video.

    11 months ago

    Daniel: Sorry, I don’t have a recommendation since I don’t use one. I rarely plug anything into my MacBook Pro other than power. Just read reviews and take a chance with another one.

    Lee
    11 months ago

    I’m replacing a MacBook Pro 13 from 2011 because it won’t take Mojave. How long can I expect a new MacBook to last before it can no longer upgrade the OS?

    11 months ago

    Lee: Well, there’s no way to tell for sure, of course. But if you look at the requirements for Mojave, they are all 2012 machines. So that’s 6 years. But High Sierra worked on 2009 and 2010 machines, so that was 7-8 years. So using that to guess, it would be between 6-8 years. Of course you can still use a Mac well beyond that, and Apple still provides security updates for one or two versions back of macOS. A 2008 iMac and MacBook Pro still get regular use in my house.

    Signe
    11 months ago

    Can the MacBook Pro With the GPU of 640 be upgraded to the 655 and what is the difference?

    11 months ago

    Signe: If you look on Apple’s site, you can see the configurations of the MacBook Pro. One model comes with the 655.

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