Computers / Laptops

Apple MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: What To Choose?

insights July 20, 2017

Apple gadgets have always been the first choice of users. Be it an iPhone, iPad or a laptop, people prefer to buy these gadgets to enjoy speed, looks and performance. Apple’s laptops come in three ranges – the MacBook, the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. All these laptops are the perfect combination of portability, ultimate design and performance. On the other hand, they can be differentiated by their size, weight and price as well. So, let’s discuss which one is perfect for you?

The MacBook Air is cheaper, smaller and lighter than the MacBook Pro. It comes in 11 inch and 13 inch screen models. The dimension is 11.8in x 7.56 x 0.68 or 12.8 x 8.94 x 0.68, while the weight is 2.38 pounds or 2.96 pounds. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro is pretty much expensive than the MacBook Air, but it has a more powerful processor. The dimension of the Pro is 12.78in x 8.84 x 0.95 or 13.35 x 9.82 x 0.95 and weight is 4.5 pounds or 5.6 pounds.

MacBook Air has more expensive SSD drives, whereas MacBook Pro has HDD drives. Hard disk drives have more storage capability (500 GB to 1 TB), but are slower and heavier, while Solid state drives have less storage (64 GB to 256 GB), but can speed up the performance of the system. The MacBook Pro comes in 13-inch and 15-inch models. It has a faster processor and a DVD drive which is missing in MacBook Air. The price of the Pro starts from $1,199 to $2,199 depending upon the size of the notebook. On the other hand, MacBook Air comes in a price range from $999 to $14,99.

Let’s compare features of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro: 

Processor

MacBook Air has a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. The 11-inch model has a dual-core 2.0HGz Intel Core i7 processor, whereas 13-inch model has a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. When we talk about the MacBook Pro, the 13-inch model comes with 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor or a 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. Differently, the 15-inch model comes with either a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor or a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor.

Storage

The 11-inch model of MacBook Air has either 64GB or 128GB of flash storage. Additionally, the 13-inch model comes with 128GB or 256GB of storage capability. On the contrary, the MacBook Pro models have either 500GB or 740GB of 5400-RPM hard drives. The 15-inch model comes with 256 and 512GB flash storage (configuration to 768GB).

Performance

The MacBook Pro is faster than the MacBook Air. The 13-inch model of the Pro is seconds faster in processing speed as compared to the 13-inch model of Air. The 15-inch Pro model scored 10810 in processing power, whereas 11-inch Air model scored 7004 and 13-inch scored 7007.

Dimensions 

The dimension of the 11 inch MacBook Air is 11.8 inches wide, 7.56 inches deep and 0.11-0.68 inches thick and 13 inches is 12.8 inches wide, 8.94 inches deep, 0.11-0.68 inches thick. The weight of the 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air is 2.38 pounds and 2.96 pounds respectively.

The dimension of the 13 inch Pro notebook is 12.78 inches wide, 8.94 inches deep and 0.95 inches thick and 15 inch is 14.35 inches wide, 9.82 inches deep and 0.95 inches thick. The weight of the 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro is 4.5 pounds and 5.6 pounds respectively.

Display & Graphics 

All the latest models of Air notebooks come with LED backlight, standard display and screen resolutions. Similarly, Pro notebook has LED backlight, standard and screen resolutions. Additionally, the 15 inch MacBook Pro has retina display that provides a fine screen resolution.

As well, the 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air have Intel HD Graphics 4000. The 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro also has Intel HD Graphics 4000.

Battery

The battery of 11 inch MacBook Air lasts up to 5 hours when using Wi-Fi. And, the 13 inch model comes with up to 7 hours.

Both, 13 inch and 15 inch model of MacBook Pro last up to 7 hours when using Wi-Fi.

Connectivity

MacBook Air: The 11 inch has two USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt port as well as a power port. In addition, it has ports for headphones and a microphone. The 13 inch model of Air has the similar features along with an SD card slot.

MacBook Pro: Both of the models have two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, a GB Ethernet port, SDXC card slot, a Kensington lock slot, and an 8x Super Drive. Unlike 13 inch, 15 inch model has an audio line in and an audio line out.

Wireless

The MacBook Air has 802.11n Wi-Fi and 4.0 Bluetooth. The notebook supports wireless networking and wireless technology.

Similarly, the MacBook Pro comes with 802.11n Wi-Fi and 4.0 Bluetooth that support wireless networking and wireless technology respectively.

Similarities 

Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro have either 4GB or 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L on-board memory, OS X Mountain Lion, iLife, and Intel HD Graphics 4000. Both devices provide 90 days free telephone support along with a one-year limited warranty. 

Which one is perfect for you?

Unlike Pro, MacBook Air is portable. It is perfect for students and businessmen who travel frequently from one place to another. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro is suitable for designers and scientists. It is also perfect for the people who work with video editing. If you want a portable laptop, then you can purchase a MacBook Air, while if you want more storage or older ports, then go for the MacBook Pro.

Where to buy?

Do you want to compare the prices of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro before placing an order? Well, there are some authentic online comparison websites available that allow you to compare the prices of Apple’s products and grab the best deals. Also, you can contact directly to the online retailers and crack the best deal and avail the best discount. Go online and shop with confidence.

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