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Buying a MacBook: Which is the right one for you?




Apple’s newest MacBook has just arrived in the Philippines, along with refreshed MacBook Airs and a new MacBook Pro with Force Touch, all with their respective configurations and prices, but which one should you look into and buy? Read on to find out!

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The following table below shows base model configurations and price as indicated in Apple’s Online Store. All run OS X Yosemite and have backlit keyboards.

New MacBook 12"MacBook Air 11"MacBook Air 13"MacBook Pro 13"MacBook Pro 15"
12-inch 2304 x 1440 Retina Display11.6-inch 1366 x 768 Display13.3-inch 1440 x 900 Display13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina Display15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core MFifth-gen 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5Fifth-gen 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5Fifth-gen 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5Fourth-gen 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
8GB RAM4GB RAM4GB RAM8GB RAM16GB RAM
256GB128GB128GB128GB256GB
0.35 - 1.31 cm height0.3 - 1.7 cm height0.3 - 1.7 cm height1.8 cm height1.8 cm height
0.92 kg1.08 kg1.35 kg1.58 kg2.02 kg
Intel HD Graphics 5300Intel HD Graphics 6000Intel HD Graphics 6000Intel Iris Graphics 6100Intel Iris Pro Graphics
480p camera720p HD camera720p HD camera720p HD camera720p HD camera
Php64,990Php44,990Php49,990Php64,990Php99,990
Force Touch Trackpad, USB-C, other color optionsForce Touch Trackpad

As you can see from the specs above, the MacBook is the thinnest and lightest, even more than the 11-inch MacBook Air. It’s also very generous in terms of storage, both ROM & RAM, compared to its other siblings. However, it only has one port and it’s really underpowered with the Intel Core M CPU.

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Also, if you noticed, it’s priced similarly to the 13-inch MacBook Pro at Php64,990, and if you’re wondering why this is the case when the other MacBooks are a lot more powerful, it’s because the MacBook’s value lies in its style and portability while still packing a Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB flash storage and claimed no compromise in battery life.

Who should buy the new 12-inch MacBook?

  • People who value style and portability
  • People who need more mobility (compared to having an Air)
  • People who want a good laptop but do not need heavy processing power (great display, enough storage for a lot of things, force touch trackpad, still great backlit keyboard)

Who shouldn’t buy the new 12-inch MacBook?

  • People who use a lot of ports (for memory cards and other cables)
  • Heavy application users
  • If you need higher resolution front-facing cameras

macbook air

As for the MacBook Airs, they’re still Apple’s most affordable laptops, and they’re still great buys because they barely bring any compromise in power and ports compared to the new MacBook. However, that’s basically it.

The MacBook Air is no longer the most portable laptop, nor is it the most powerful. It doesn’t boast a Retina Display, a new breathtaking design nor Apple’s new Force Touch technology, which leads us to saying that this is Apple’s all around laptop for everyone – the middle ground MacBook. With this, you get enough power and enough portability – and if you need more, you can ask for more (base starts at 4GB RAM, 128GB ROM, compared to 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM on the MacBook and 8GB RAM, 128GB ROM on the MacBook Pro).

Who should buy the MacBook Air?

  • People who need a balance between power & mobility
  • People looking for the most affordable Apple laptop
  • People who need very long battery life

Who shouldn’t buy the MacBook Air?

  • People looking for a Retina Display
  • Graphics-intensive application users

And finally, there’s the MacBook Pro. Two stories follow here: the updated 13-inch model and the 2014 15-inch model. Let’s start with the 13-incher.

MacBook Pro

The 13-inch Retina MBP has just been updated with a 5th-gen Intel Core i5 CPU and a new Force Touch trackpad, and that makes it one notebook jam-packed with a lot of latest technologies, and it’s just Php64,990 like the 12-inch MacBook.

The 15-incher on the other hand is just pure power. It starts with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and Intel Iris Pro graphics. You can also get it configured with an NVidia GeForce 750M GPU if you needed it, but this one goes all the way up to a hundred thousand, but it’s also more than double the weight of one 12-inch MacBook.

Who should buy the MacBook Pro?

  • People who need superior processing & graphics prowess
  • People who need large storage capacities

Who shouldn’t buy the MacBook Pro?

  • People who value portability & mobility

But if you were to ask me personally, I think I’d save up for the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro in any way I look at it. The new MacBook lacks a lot of power, and the Air does not please with the lack of a Retina Display and a Force Touch trackpad. For the same price as the 12-inch MacBook, you can get a machine that’s a lot more powerful and still fairly portable in a way (compared to the 15-incher at least). But that’s all just me.

Did we help you decide on which MacBook you should get? Did we miss anything? Feel free to leave a comment and share this with your friends to help them out!

Notes:

2015 Macbook Air 11.6-inch Php43,999 (128GB, 4GB, Core i5) here.
2015 Macbook Air 13.3-inch Php48,200 (128GB, 4GB, Core i5) here.
2015 Macbook Pro 13.3-inch Php62,000 (128GB, 8GB, Core i5) here.



Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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10 Responses

    • DTech says:

      Of course you can, if you wait for stocks to be replenished. It’s not yet the end of the world, dude!

  1. FiatLux says:

    Just my 2 cents:
    Who shouldn’t buy any of the MacBooks?:
    -People who don’t have above 45 thousand pesos to buy a decent laptop (in this case, anyone)

    • mirror says:

      haha. I was also thinking the same thing before having to read the entire article. But i guess it was needless to say that “people on tight budget” are exempted. But thanks for voicing out what’s obvious that others may neglect.

  2. Macbook says:

    SIMPLE:

    Who should buy the MacBook?
    • Mac OS users

    Who shouldn’t buy the MacBook?
    • Non Mac OS users

  3. Carlo Ople says:

    The Macbook Air’s resolution is pathetic. So nobody should buy one anymore. The new Macbook, on the other hand, performance-wise leaves a lot to be desired. So don’t buy this one just yet. Just wait for the second generation (Or maybe even third).

    I think the Pro line hits the spot just right. The screen is great. The performance is ample. Its a better bang for your back. If its size is not an issue, just get this instead.

  4. satisfieduser says:

    I’m using the macbook retina. just noticed that i rarely use the other ports. i only use the the port of the charger.

    my macbook retina is 3-4 years now, and it’s still running fast and smoothly. im very happy with the performance of my laptop.

    • mirror says:

      me too! 4 years and still awesome! Mine is the model before the retina version came out, but the screen resolution is still way better than most! nobody gets wrong with a macbook; processing speed wise, design wise, screen resolution- AWESOME, brand- WOW, durability- great

  5. SlighMD says:

    Still rocking the 2014 11″ MBA 256gb ssd and loving it. I can play a few games on it in my spare time (D3 and Divinity: OS) still have great performance and battery life, and still very portable especially in my line of work. Retina display is ok but I’m not really looking for it on a laptop.

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