MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Which one to buy?

Apple recently released MacBook Pro 2016 which is powerful than MacBook Air but this upgrade comes with a cost, and it’s higher than you think. The MacBook Pro 2016 and MacBook Air looks similar according to the design. So, if you are going to buy a new MacBook and got confused in both of them, then we are here to break that confusion. We are comparing both of the MacBook variants so you’ll be clear about your choice.

Design

MacBooks comes with a unique design, but there is a not much difference in MacBook Pro and MacBook Air design. MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are both ultra thin, MacBook Air is 0.21 cm thick then MacBook Air, which could not be visible to eyes. And you’re not going to carry a Vernier calipers to compare your laptop to other and tell him that his laptop is thicker than yours. So if you want a thin laptop then you can with either one and also the weight of both laptop are nearly equal; MacBook Air (1.35 kg) and MacBook Pro (1.39 kg) the difference is 27 grams.

Features

We are going to compare the features of 13.3 inches model of both MacBook variants to keep the comparison fair. The very first feature which everyone liked about MacBook is the glowing logo; I don’t know what Apple was thinking while removing that logo, maybe they tried to copy the shiny metal logo from the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

The biggest addition Apple did in MacBook Pro 4 is the touch bar with touch ID, well yes it’s a good feature, but you will only get that feature in 15 inches MacBook Pro which costs around Rs. 40,000 more than the 13.3 inches model. So, there is nothing much new in 13.3 inches MacBook Pro than the MacBook Air.

Both models comes with Intel core i5 but with different frequency; MacBook Air comes with 1.6 GHz which turbo up to 2.9 GHz and MacBook pro comes with 2.0 GHz which go up to 3.1 GHz. Both of them comes with 8 GB LPDDR3 memory but with slightly different frequencies.

Connectivity

OK, now this is the biggest issue in every ultrabook and as these, both are ultra thin laptops you have to choose according to your needs. MacBook Air comes with two USB 3 ports supports up to 5Gbps, one Thunderbolt 2 port, one SDXC card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack, and one MegaSafe 2 power port for charging. MacBook pro 13.3 inches is a lot behind; you’ll get two Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C ports and headphone jack only. And you have to use one of the Type-C port for charging, so all you left is one USB Type-C port, If you want to extend the connectivity, then you have to buy different converters from Apple.

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Conclusion

Apple is not an innovative brand anymore; it is just borrowing features to compete in the market. First the dual camera in iPhone 7 (even Samsung haven’t done this still) and now the MacBook Pro with almost none connectivity. If you want to buy a MacBook then choose the MacBook Air, it gives more connectivity options and costs less too. And for Apple; we need more powerful laptops with more connectivity options not more slim laptops with delicate design.

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