Knowing which macbook to buy isn’t easy so let me give you some pointers to help you in the decision process. Bying a new Mac is for most people a big investment and getting the right computer for your use is essential.
What you need to think about is your usage. Do you travel a lot and need something that weighs little? Maybe you prefer using laptops but don’t need it to be light and easy to carry?
You also need to think about form factor versus performance. If you want something small and light you have to realise that the performance is generally lower on smaller lighter machines.
When a MacBook logic board is so small that it fits in the palm of your hand, it is obvious that they need to use lower performing components to fit all of that in a small space. Some compromises always have to be made.
The list below sorts the different MacBooks by performance only, the slowest on top and fastest on bottom. Use it as a rule of thumb when deciding which macbook to buy. Exceptions to a list like this always exist.
- 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display
- MacBook Air
- 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
- 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Many of the models above can be configured with faster processors, more RAM and more storage. Your budget is the deciding factor here.
So that means if you want the highest performing MacBook the 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display is a good choice. If you need more portability but still something that performs good the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is a great choice.
If portability is extremely important for you but not performance, take a look at the 12-inch MacBook or the MacBook Air.
How much performance do I need?
If you do standard office work any of these computers will be able to handle it without any issues. With standard office work I mean things like reading e-mail, surfing the web, spreadsheets. Listening to music, streaming a video, communication. These tasks are not demanding. Computers have come to a point now where basically any computer is able to do tasks like this.
When we begin talking about image editing, video editing, music production and gaming you will benefit from more performance. Because those tasks demand more from the computer compared to office work. That doesn’t mean slower performing Macs won’t be able to handle stuff like that, it just means it may be a bit slower in doing so.
When you are deciding which macbook to buy, take what I have said above into consideration before you spend hard earned money. Make sure to select the right amount of RAM, storage and CPU when you order because that is more or less impossible to upgrade later on todays Macs.