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Which Mac is the right one to buy?
Here are a few questions to ask yourself ~
Will I need a faster Mac with the latest technology or do I use only the basics with my Mac?
If you do a lot of research with many windows open to compare sites for class as well as run software like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro or InDesign for video and photo editing, or even possibly using software for Business Management or Accounting like QuickBooks where more RAM and processing speed is required, then you will want the MacBook Pro over the MacBook or the MacBook Air. More RAM (which is the temporary memory on a computer) allows for more windows open for doing a lot of research while listening to your music, or streaming movies and certain software requires more RAM for optimal performance. Mac’s with a faster processor, like the new 13” and 15” Mac with Touch Bar, can process data at faster speeds like compressing audio files, adjusting photos, or converting video files and a faster processor can even boot up your laptop quicker.
What if I only use my laptop for internet access for things like doing a little research for class or watching movies or getting my email?
Unless you want the versatility of the MacBook Pro for future possibilities of career related responsibilities, the MacBook or the MacBook Air might be a good solution. Priced at lower costs, the MacBook Air is widely one of the favorites here at Middlebury and perfect for the average user due to its light weight of just under 3 pounds. For an even lighter Mac, the 12” MacBook with Retina Display and more storage is another alternative and it comes in a choice of either Rose, Silver, Gold or Space Gray colors.
I really can’t spend that much for a new Mac but need the faster processing power.
The MacBook Pro 13”128GB with 2.7GHz Dual-core i5 processor or the 15” 256GB with 2.2GHz Quad-core i7 processor are priced at $1199.00 and $1699.00 (respectively) and both offer fast processors and Retina Display.
Below is a comparison sheet of Graphics, RAM, Storage capacity, Weight and Color choice-