So you’re interested in buying an Apple laptop. Congratulations, a laptop is a big purchase so it’s very important to choose the right one. In this video I’ll explain which MacBook model is best for you in 2018.
Comes in silver or space gray and 2 screen sizes: 13.3″ starting at $1299 (non-TouchBar) & $1799 w/ TouchBar. 15.4″ starts at $1999 (2015 non-TouchBar model) & $2399 w/ TouchBar
All MacBook Pro models have IPS Retina displays (13″ has 227ppi; 15″ has 220ppi) and all MBP models can expect 9-10 hours battery life
13″ comes with 8GB RAM (configurable to 16GB); 15″ comes with 16GB RAM
13″ starts at 128GB SSD (configurable up to 1TB); 15″ starts at 256GB SSD (configurable to 2TB)
13″ starts with Intel 7th-Gen Kaby Lake dual-core i5 (configurable to dual-core i7)
15″ 2015 non-TouchBar comes with 4th-gen quad-core; 15″ TouchBar comes with 7th-Gen Kaby Lake quad-core i7
Get 2015 15″ MacBook Pro if you
Want an awesome laptop for under $2,000 (some say it’s the best laptop ever made)
Want all the other ports besides USB-C (HDMI, SD slot, USB-A, Thunderbolt 2)
Don’t mind having an older processor (4th-gen)
Want 15″ size but no Touch Bar
Get newest MacBook Pro if you
Want the best performance and fastest speed of all the Apple laptops (for professional work; 15″ Touch Bar has the best specs out of all MBPs)
Need the most internal storage (only Apple laptop to be configured for 1-2TB of storage)
Want the best/brightest display out of all Apple laptops (The newest 13″ and 15″ MBPs have 25% more colors than sRGB and 500 nits of brightness; 2015 MBP has sRGB and 300 nits; 13″ has the most ppi)
Run CPU-intensive or graphics-intensive applications like gaming, HD video editing, 3D modeling, CAD, virtual machines, hardcore Photoshop (For best graphics performance get 15″ which has dedicated Radeon Pro GPU with up to 4GB memory)
Don’t mind having a slightly bigger laptop compared to the other MacBook models (having said that, the 13″ is a very compact and portable laptop)
Absolutely want TouchBar/TouchID (even though 13″ MBP doesn’t have it)
Are okay with having USB-C ports (USB-C to USB-A adapters are a must-have)
Have a large budget (expensive; can go over $4,000 for certain configurations)
The Mac Mini is the entry-level Mac desktop. It’s the cheapest and most suitable for people on a tight budget who already own a monitor, keyboard, mouse. It doesn’t come with any accessories. I own a Mac Mini and it’s worked out great for me. Powerful and fast for such a compact machine. I highly recommend getting a fusion or SSD. Avoid 5400 RPM hard drives.
Mac Mini starts at $499, $699, and $999
Dual-core i5 processor, configurable to dual-core i7
500GB HD, 1TB fusion drive, or 256/512/1TB SSD on highest model
4GB RAM configurable to 16GB
Good amount of ports
Last update was October 2014 so new version should be coming soon.
Can’t replace RAM (unless you get older 2012 version from Apple Refurbished).
The iMac is Apple’s all-in-one desktop and probably their most popular desktop model. It comes with Magic Mouse 2, Magic keyboard, and a lightning cable. Best for users who want a more powerful and simple setup than a Mini and who don’t already own an HD monitor. The all-in-one setup looks cleaner and less cluttered on a desk. Incredible Retina screens. Overall a beautiful computer/monitor combo.
Starts at $1099 for non-Retina (still full 1080p HD display)
Cheapest 21.5″ Retina starts at $1499 (4K)
Cheapest 27” Retina starts at $1799 (5K)
Ultra thin; just updated October 2015
The Mac Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line desktop. The most powerful and the most expensive. Recommended for power users – people who need the fastest and most powerful Mac computer who have a very large budget (can be configured to nearly $10,000). It has a unique design that may look weird to some people but is very sleek. Con: for the high price you don’t even get a keyboard/mouse 🙁
Starting at $2999 for quad-core and $3999 for 6-core
Intel Xeon processors
At least 12GB RAM
At least 256GB flash storage