A Recovering Windows User's Guide to Buying a Macbook

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Dec 28, 2018

Dec 28, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

Studies show that most Americans have a computer at home. And most people stick to what they know. That is, if you grew up with a PC, you're probably also still using one for home and work. But are you curious about transitioning to a Mac? If you were to buy one, which Macbook computer would fit your needs?

In this article, we'll talk about some of the best Macbooks for each type of professional and student.

Read on to discover where your loyalty should lie, and if making the switch to an Apple is in the cards for you.

Traditional MacBook

The traditional MacBook now comes in a variety of colors. And it's compact as well.

Once upon a time, only MacBook Air laptops were thin and easy to transport. But now, regular MacBooks are so small, they're not cumbersome and very easy to transport.

As opposed to some of its Microsoft cousins, the newest models of the basic MacBook lack a CD or DVD hard drive. While this may be an issue for some users, it does make the entire computer itself much lighter and easier to tote around. And, if you want a DVD player or CD-ROM drive, you can always purchase an exterior version.

Weighing at a little bit over 2 pounds, it's the lightest in the entire collection. It also packs a heavy punch when it comes to portability: the lack of USB drives makes it even smaller than most other Apple laptops. But, you can purchase USB-C plug-ins that create USB ports in order to keep up with your external items.

Its screen is also the smallest, at just 12 inches. This is smaller than even the previous tiniest versions of the MacBook Air.

Where it scrimps on size, it doesn't scrimp on memory. The introductory model comes with 256 GB of space.

This makes it a great introductory computer for someone who dabbles in video making or creating art but doesn't use a ton of room on the computer.

You can always upgrade the memory, as well, if you find it lacking.

The traditional MacBooks also come in a variety of colors, harkening back to the candy-coated iBooks of yore.

The MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is perfect for someone on the go, who wants to transition to a Mac, but doesn't have a ton of cash to drop.

Let's face it, Macs aren't cheap. Many people stay loyal to Microsoft because their brand is a little bit more accessible to the average consumer. But the MacBook Airs are a little more affordable. The older of the two models available on the market start at $999, while the newer models start at $1200.

The cheapest MacBook air starts at 128GB, which isn't a huge amount of room for a computer user. But, if you don't have a massive music library and aren't editing videos or art, it may not end up being much of an issue for you. For a higher price point, you can upgrade the system's memory.

The newer MacBook Air models also come in a variety of colors, which look gorgeous on your desk. The older models, however, only come in the traditional silver.

MacBooks also come with either a widescreen display on the older models or a stunning retina display on the newer versions.

The main difference between the two models is that the newer version's aesthetics are different. The picture emanating from the computer itself is much more vibrant on the newer model. And, then newer model lacks USB drives or SD card slots but has two USB-C ports to allow you to connect external drives and card slots.

The newer model also comes with Touch ID technology, so you can sign into your computer with your fingerprint.

MacBook Pros

The MacBook Pro comes in three models: the older 13-inch, the newer 13-inch, and the 15-inch. These models start at $1300 and only increase in price.

The MacBook Pros also have LED-backlit Retina displays, and the newer versions have Touch Bars and the Touch ID system, as mentioned above.

The Touch Bars give you access to your favorite sites, like Facebook or Twitter, with relative ease. It also allows you to pay for items quickly on your computer using Apple Pay. With integrated Touch ID technology, you can authorize purchases with a literal touch of a button.

MacBook Pros are a bit larger than their other counterparts, thanks to their larger memories and bigger keyboards. They weigh in at 4lbs each, which is just slightly smaller than an average Microsoft computer. But, if you are toting it around, you can buy a handy Apple MacBook Pro case to take it with you on all of your outings. Be sure to pick one that matches your style and aesthetic. 

With a beautiful display and a memory capacity of 4 terabytes, they're great machines for individuals who do a lot of video editing on the fly. They're also good for artists or students getting into media production or other similar trades.

Which MacBook is Right for You?

When choosing a MacBook, you'll need to consider what you want in a computer. Do you want one that's portable, one with a lot of memory or one with old-fashioned accessories like USB portals? What's your budget?

All of these questions will ultimately influence your purchase. But, keep in mind that MacBooks, in general, are incredibly user-friendly. So while you might get tripped up a bit when making the big leap, it won't be as painful as you might think.

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