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Recently, more and more people have switch to Mac laptops. The reasons are more than obvious. Mac computers have long had a history of being easy to use, secure, and stable. As Windows PCs become inundated with an increasing number of viruses and bloated software, people have clearly begun wanting the opposite of anything Windows related. Since Mac is the clear alternatives to Windows, people have looked to Apple for the alternative solution to Windows.

In addition, since many people want the portability that laptops afford, they have been looking towards the many laptop computers from Apple. Currently, Apple sells three primary models of laptops: the MacBook Pro, the MacBook, and the MacBook air.

Each of these models serves different needs, and no single laptop is for everyone. Which Mac laptop is for you?


The basic, entry-level laptop for individuals who want to get started with owning a Mac is the MacBook. The MacBook is white plastic, and currently has basic specs. Not bad, but not a work power horse as other computers may be. The MacBook is ideally suited to students and individuals who don't want to spend more than $1000 on a laptop. (Please note: you will not find any laptops under $1000 when shopping at an Apple store. If that is the out of your budget, you're out of luck.)

The MacBook is upgradable, so if you find you need more memory or a faster processor sometime down the line, you can add more later.

MacBook Air

The new kid on the block is the MacBook air. The MacBook Air, particularly the model that was introduced in late summer 2010, is incredibly light and thin. Instead of hard drives, it has SSD flash memory drives. This is the same kind of memory in your iPod or smart phone. SSD drives, or flash drives, are incredibly fast.

Unfortunately, the downside to SSD drives is that they are very expensive. The baseline MacBook Air comes with only 64 GB of hard space. Is this prohibitive limit for someone looking for a laptop? If it's going to be your main laptop, then probably. However, if you just want a travel laptop, it will be difficult to find a better travel laptop than the MacBook Air.

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is the true work horse of the three models. It focuses on power above all else, while still retaining the portability of a laptop. The most recent MacBook Pro models, released in Winter 2010, are comparable to fully fledged desktop machines in terms of their sheer power power.

If this will be your main work computer on which you will be doing graphic-intensive work such as Photoshop, video editing, programming, or designing, a MacBook Pro suits your needs. You can connect screens to your MacBook Pro using the new thunderbolts ports. That way, you can use a widescreen monitor when working in your office, and then unplug and use your MacBook Pro at the laptop when out and about.