What is the difference between the Macbook, Macbook Pro and Macbook Air?
When looking at Macbooks, there is quite a difference between their 3 notebook offerings between the capabilities on what you can upgrade to the selection of CPUs offered.
For portability the MacBookAir wins hands down, with it’s light and thin body it’s designed for those who like to transport the laptop a lot. For sheer compute power and storage space, the MacBookPro will win out. But if you are just a general user, and don’t need video processing or run programs with high computing requirements, and you don’t need to have an ultra mobile laptop, then the MacBook which comprises of the same high Apple standard of attention to detail from the design time.
Apple products have always had their associated extra costs, and the cheapest Macbook which comes in at under €1,000 is a little expensive for what you get hardware wise. But for the design, the easy of use their operating system and over all user experience sometimes paying for a “nicer” laptop is the right way to go. The aesthetics of apple laptops is far ahead of the competition. Apple have seamlessly integrated webcams, flatter keyboards and multi-touch touchpads.
Apple Mac Comparison Chart
|CPU||2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo||1.86GHz or 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo||2.53GHz / 2.66GHz / 2.8GHz 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Hard drive (net)||250GB – 320GB||250GB||250GB – 500GB|
|Optical drive||8x DVD/CD±R(W)||-||8x DVD/CD±R(W)|
|Battery||55Wh / 6 hours||37Wh / 5 hours||60Wh / 6 hours|
|Screen||1280 x 800||1280 x 800||1440 x 900|
|Max external||1920 x 1200||1920 x 1200||2560 x 1600|
|Audio||Analog/digital in+out||Analog out||Analog/digital in+out|
|Height||2.74 cm||0.4-1.94 cm||2.41 cm|
|Width||33.03 cm||32.5 cm||36.4 cm|
|Depth||23.17 cm||22.7 cm||24.9 cm|
|Weight||2.13 kg||1.36 kg||2.49 kg|
|Ports||GE, 2xUSB, FW400, IR||1xUSB||GE, 2xUSB, FW400+800, ExpressCard, IR|
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For those of you with a conscience for the environment, Apple does take these things seriously. In the past few revisions of their notebooks they have moved to reduce packaging, eliminated mercury and PVC from the production process and displays are now Arsenic-free.