Which MacBook Should I Buy In 2019?

Apple's new lineup of MacBooks simplifies your choices by removing the 12-inch MacBook and older MacBook Pro models. But you still have 8 base models of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Which one is the right one for you. But looking closely at the specifications and purchase options, there is really one one MacBook Air model and two 13-inch and two 15-inch models. For most people, it comes down to a low-end but light MacBook Air, a mid-range MacBook Pro 13-inch and a high end MacBook Pro 15-inch. Find out which models you should consider to match how you use your MacBook.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Which MacBook Should I Buy In 2019?”

    Philbrook F Sargent
    3 months ago

    This was a great discussion on choosing a MacBook for the general user. I was hoping for a suggestion for replacing an older iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) which can no longer be updated. I do all my household bookkeeping using Quicken which has a 18 Gb file size. I also use Dreamweaver CS4 which will be needing an update to run on a 64 bit machine. Thanks

    Jim Welch
    3 months ago

    Hi Gary-

    Thanks so much for this info. I do not do a lot of video editing, but anticipate doing more. So the 15” makes sense.

    On a personal note, yesterday my backpack got ripped off with 2 MacBooks in it. Definitely a bad hair day. So your video timing was perfect.

    Dean Kutzler
    3 months ago

    Thanks, Gary! This was TOTALLY helpful in my decision. I’m taking your advice.

    Dan Bajuk
    3 months ago

    Hi Gary. I’m considering an upgrade from a late 2013 13” MacBook Pro with 512gb SSD and 16gb memory to a 15” MacBook Pro with 1tb SSD. I’m not sure if I should upgrade the memory to 32gb. I typically run Parallels for MS Project at the same time with various Office 365 apps on the OSX side. MSProject sometimes hesitates especially while sharing on telecoms. Would 32gb memory be a good decision to improve performance.

    William
    3 months ago

    Thanks for this. Any advice about updating iMacs?

    3 months ago

    Dan: Hard for me to say as I don’t use MS Project+Parallels. Can you look and see how much memory Parallels is using at those times to see if it is really taxing things?

    3 months ago

    William: No new iMacs recently, but some of the same ideas about GPU, storage and memory apply here. It all depends on your needs and budget.

    William
    3 months ago

    Gary, many thanks for the quick succinct answer.

    Karen
    3 months ago

    Thanks for this very good information. I have a 13″ Macbook Air, early 2015 model and it has flash storage. I am by no means an expert on Mac’s, but I was wondering if this is available on the Macbook Air you showed in your video (price point was $1,299 in your video). Thanks!

    3 months ago

    Karen: All MacBooks come with an SSD (solid state drive) which is technically the same as Flash storage, but very fast and high quality. They have for a long time now.

    Dave H
    3 months ago

    I’m so disappointed with my 23″ 2015 iMac – intemitent crashes and losing bluetooth keyboard and touchpad connectivity. All tests out OK but still it slows and crashes- extremely frustrating. My 2012 Macbook Pro (similar spec)is a vastly superior machine that does everything the iMac does with more speed and reliability.Mac quality is not what it was and I am thinking to go to Windows. Macbook Pro may be an alternative – is it upgradeable and serviceable after purchase? I edit RAW images.

    3 months ago

    Dave: Have you taken your iMac to the Genius Bar to have these problems fixed? Some of them could be due to software you have installed. You’ll need to define “Upgradeable and serviceable” with specifics. But the information for each model is easy found if you search. Best to get what you need when you purchase.

    Sandy Kobrock
    3 months ago

    Thanks, Gary. Very helpful!

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