Here are two competitors from the same parent; two siblings currently being pitted against each other, two of the three, including the new Macbook Apple has to offer. Whilst buying a new Macbook, it often gets very confusing on which Macbook to choose, the heavier yet more powerful, and also featuring the retina display, or the lighter, more beautiful, and relatively cheaper one. We will sort out all the differences for you to help you understand which of these Macbooks is the better one for you.
Pros and Cons
Pro: The lightest and thinnest Mac you can get. Also, crazy beautiful!
Con: The entry-level price of the 13 inch Macbook Air is just $100 less than the entry-level Retina model and a lot less powerful.
Pro: MacBook Pro with Retina has the better specs for your money. The brilliance of the Retina Display cannot be stressed enough. Also, it’s heavily equipped with a lot of RAM, processing power and a lot of other things.
Con: It’s quite costly. Simply put.
This is Apple’s lightest laptop. It comes in two different variants, based on screen size – 11-inch and 13-inch. Although being Apple’s cheapest laptop, the Macbook Air will cost you a hefty sum of $899 for the 11 inch model and $999 for the 13 inch one.
For that price, you will be getting a 1.6GHz processor paired with 4 GB of RAM along with a 128GB SSD storage space. The 11-inch Macbook Air has a native resolution of 1366 x 768, while the 13-inch model uses a 1440 x 900 pixel display. The 11-inch Macbook Air sports about 9 hours of life. The 13-inch Macbook Air, which has almost a third more battery capacity, can last to up to 12 hours without needing to get plugged back in. The processor, RAM and storage of the Macbook Air can be customized to match needs and for increased power.
The Macbook Air is clearly the more beautiful Macbook out of the competitors, and is also the lighter one, weighing at just 1.08KG
Priced just a mere $100 more than the 13 inch Macbook Air, the 13 inch Macbook Pro is quite obviously the better investment of your money. This is the only Macbook left which still uses an internal optical “SuperDrive”, and also the only one still using a regular SATA Hard Drive. The processor is clocked at 2.5GHz along with 4GB RAM. It sports a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels packed into a 13.3-inch display.
Increase your budget by another 200 bucks and you’ll be having a Macbook Pro with a Retina display in your hands. It comes equipped with a 2.7 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage, which makes it lighter than the conventional Macbook Pro. It sports a native resolution of 2560 x 1600- even higher-resolution than the iPad Air. Although the screen is the same size as the regular 13-inch MacBook Pro, the pixel density is doubled to 227 PPI. The Retina display manages to maintain a battery life to an impressive nine hours.
Unlike the different models of the Macbook Air, which feature similar specs, the 15 inch Macbook Pro is a completely different story.
With more screen size comes greater performance on the Macbook Pro.
It’s equipped with a 2.2 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. It also features Intel’s Iris Pro integrated graphics. It however, is priced at a mouthwatering $1,999.
There’s another variant of the 15 inch Macbook Pro with Retina display– an ever more powerful beast. It’s the only model that sports a discrete graphics chip. Equipped with a 2.5 GHz quad-core i7 processor, it also includes Nvidia GeForce GT 750 graphics. But with great power comes a great pricing too, $2,499.
Keeping all this in mind, it will only be personal preference which can help you decide on which laptop you should invest your hard earned cash in. Whether you prefer design or power, lightweight hardware or performance, you choose.