If you’re looking at updating your laptop to an Apple MacBook, you may have noticed there are two main options you can choose from; the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.

Both are excellent laptops that can help you complete tasks quickly and easily, but there are a few subtle differences that make them better suited to different users.

Main differences between the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

We have put together a helpful guide detailing the main differences and outlining the suitability of each choice of MacBook, to help you make a more informed buying decision.

Design

The designs of both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro are very similar and they both have the classic brushed aluminium finish that you can expect from Apple. However, the MacBook Air has a much thinner and lighter design, making it more portable and easier to use on the go.

Although the MacBook Pro is slightly chunkier and heavier to allow for an improved specification, it is still a portable choice compared to other equivalent laptops.

Specification

The specification available depends on the age of the MacBook that you’re looking to purchase, however in general there are a few key differences in spec.

Firstly, the speed is a main factor that may impact your choice. Built with power in mind, the MacBook Pro is far quicker than the Air and capable of running much more demanding tasks.

Secondly, consider battery life. The MacBook Air has a far better battery life than that of the Pro, as it has been designed to be used on the go. The Air has up to 12 hours of battery life, whereas the Pro has around 10 hours.

Finally, what you will be using your MacBook for? Do you need multiple ports to plug in external memory drives, a mouse, headphones, or a second display?

The MacBook Air comes with less ports than the MacBook Pro and the options you get tend to differ depending on the age and spec. Based on the specs of two 2013 MacBooks, you would tend to see the following ports:

MacBook Air

  • Two USB ports
  • A headphone jack
  • A Thunderbolt port
  • An SD card slot

MacBook Pro

  • Two USB ports
  • A headphone jack
  • Two Thunderbolt Ports
  • An SD card slot
  • A HDMI Port
  • A sound in port

Price

There is a bit of a price difference between the two options, this tends to differ depending on the specification of the MacBook and the age. However, in general, you can expect the MacBook Pro to be around £200 more than the MacBook Air.

When buying refurbished, you tend to get a far higher spec than normal for a far lower price. So if a new MacBook Pro is out of your budget, you can purchase an excellent refurbished option for a fraction of the price.

Who would benefit from a MacBook Pro and Air?

Now you know the differences between the two MacBook options, you can make a more informed choice about which option is best for you. However if you’re still not sure, there are different users that we have found benefit more from each of the laptop choices.

If you are a student who is looking for a reliable, long lasting and easily portable laptop, then the MacBook Air is the perfect choice for you. The portability and extended battery life allows you to easily take it between classes, attend group meetings and complete work on the go. The Air is also far more affordable for students, especially if purchasing refurbished.

If you are someone who needs a laptop that has a lot of power, a far sharper, high resolution display and a dedicated graphics card, then the MacBook Pro would be the best option for you. Especially useful for those who are graphic designers or work in the creative industries, the MacBook Pro can handle multiple programs open at once and easily cope with demanding applications.

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