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Which MacBook to Buy in 2018? Apple Laptop Guide!

Which MacBook to Buy in 2018? Apple Laptop Guide!

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.

Currently there are 3 MacBook models: MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro
(All MacBook models come standard with an SSD and at least 8GB RAM)

MacBook

  • Apple’s 12″ screen laptop; Base model starts at $1299
  • Only MacBook available in 4 different colors: rose gold, space gray, gold, and silver
  • Base model has 7th-Gen 1.2GHz Intel Core m3 mobile processor; configurable to dual-core i5 or i7
  • 8GB RAM (up to 16GB) and 256GB SSD (up to 512GB)

Get MacBook if you

  • Care about looks more than performance (sexy; IPS Retina display with 226 ppi; colors)
  • Want something ultra portable and mobile; Apple’s thinnest lightest laptop (2 lbs and up to 10 hours battery life)
  • Want the smallest screen of any Apple laptop (12″ diagonal)
  • Mainly run basic applications, nothing too CPU dependent (base model has mobile processor)
  • Don’t need a lot of ports (only 1 USB-C port for charging/input/output)
  • Don’t mind having a crappy webcam (only 480p)

MacBook Air

  • Base model starts at $999
  • 13.3″ screen; 8GB RAM; 128GB SSD (configurable to 256GB or 512GB)
  • 5th-Gen Intel dual-core i5 processor (can be upgraded to 2.2GHz Core i7)

Get MacBook Air if you

  • Have the lowest budget (Apple’s most affordable laptop)
  • Care about battery life more than anything (up to 12 hours; longest battery life of any Apple laptop)
  • Want a small lightweight laptop like the MacBook but with more ports (great for students and travelers)
  • Don’t mind having a mediocre display (it’s not an IPS Retina display; 1440×900 not even Full HD)
  • Don’t mind having silver bezels (has fairly large bezels relative to its size)
  • Run the same basic applications that the MacBook is good for and if you know you don’t need more than 8GB RAM (this is Apple’s only laptop that is limited to 8GB)
  • Need an HD webcam (720p)
  • Don’t need a lot of storage space on the laptop and you utilize Cloud storage or external drives (base model only has 128GB storage)

MacBook Pro

  • 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 Mag-Safe
  • 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)

 

Which Mac Should You Buy in 2015?

Which Mac should you buy? MacBook Buyer’s Guide 2015

Since I’m a Mac user and I’ve reviewed many Apple products I decided to make a Mac Buyer’s Guide video to help you decide which MacBook would be the best for you.

3 MacBook Models
MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

MacBook

  • Brand new; available in April 2015; Base model starts at $1299
  • 1st MacBook to be available in silver, gold, and space gray (like iPads and iPhones)
  • 12” IPS Retina display with 3 million pixels
  • Intel Core M mobile processor
  • 8GB of RAM and at least 256GB of flash storage

 The MacBook is for you if you

  • Love having the newest Apple features (Force Touch Trackpad and new butterfly mechanism keyboard)
  • Care about looks more than performance (sexy; Retina display; colors)
  • Want something ultra portable & mobile; Apple’s thinnest & lightest laptop (2 lbs & 9 hours battery life)
  • Running basic applications like web browsing, email, productivity software, and nothing too CPU intensive (has a mobile processor)
  • Don’t use USB drives or other external devices often such as SD cards, cameras, charging phone/tablet, connecting to a monitor (has only 1 USB-C port for charging/input/output)
  • Don’t Skype/FaceTime much and don’t need to record HD videos with the webcam (only 480p)
  • Want something that resembles an iPad
  • Most of your digital life is all wireless and on the cloud
  • Have the budget for it (expensive for what you get)

MacBook Air

  • Comes in 2 sizes: 11” starting at $899 and 13” starting at $999
  • Does not have an IPS Retina display
  • 4GB of RAM (can be upgraded to 8GB) and 128GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 256GB)
  • 5th-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (can be upgraded to i7)

MacBook Air is for you if you

  • Want a small, lightweight and thin laptop
  • Are always on the go (great for students and travelers)
  • Don’t mind having a non-HD display
  • Care about battery life more than anything (13″ gets up to 12 hours; longest battery life of any Apple laptop)
  • Run typical everyday applications and even do some light photo/video editing
  • Still need access to Thunderbolt & USB ports and an HD webcam (720p)

MacBook Pro Retina

  • Comes in 2 sizes: 13″ starting at $1299 or 15″ starting at $1999
  • Both models have IPS Retina displays (13″ has over 4 million pixels; 15″ has over 5 million pixels)
  • 13″ comes with 8GB RAM (can be upgraded to 16); 15″ comes with 16GB RAM standard
  • 13″ has 128GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 256GB or 512GB); 15″ comes with 256GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 512GB)
  • 13″ comes with 5h-gen Core i5 dual-core processor (can be upgraded to i7)
  • 15″ comes with 4th-gen Core i7 quad-core processor

MacBook Pro is for you if you

  • Want the best performance and fastest speed out of all the Apple laptops
  • Run CPU-intensive or graphics-intensive applications such as gaming, HD video editing, 3D modeling, CAD, virtual machines, Photoshop
  • Don’t mind having a heavier laptop compared to the other MacBook models
  • Want a desktop replacement
  • Need as many ports as possible (HDMI, Thunderbolt, USB, SD)

13″ or 15?

Get the 13″ if you want long battery life, the new Force Touch Trackpad, and fastest read/write SSD speed.

Get the 15″ if you want the bigger display and the best processor/graphics performance.

2014 MacBook Air Review: Best Laptop for Students

This is my review of the new 2014 MacBook Air. I’m going to go ahead and quickly say in my personal opinion this is the best laptop for students or people on the go. Now let’s get into the full review so I can show you why that is. The 2014 MacBook Air is an absolute beast when it comes to portability. It’s sleek. It’s slim. It’s lightweight, but at the same time it’s fast and powerful enough for the casual user. It comes in 2 different sizes: 11” or 13” and those come in 2 different variations as well. You can either get a 128GB hard drive or a 256GB hard drive, and those are both solid state drives.

The one I’m reviewing is the 13 inch model with the 256GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Now let’s start off with the processor. The Air sports a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz. That means the normal CPU speed is 1.4 GHz, but when it needs more processing power for heavy applications the Turbo Boost kicks in and it goes all the way up to 2.7 GHz. This is why you can consistently get over 11 hours of battery life on this 13″ model. The ridiculously long battery life is one of the main reasons why this laptop is perfect for students who may have classes all day long.

The 256 GB SSD has extremely fast read/write speeds so you can copy huge files within seconds. The 128 GB hard drive is a little slower than that, but it’s still fast because it is an SSD. The overall workflow on the 2014 MacBook Air is snappy. Apps start up quickly without slow load times. Though I did notice that when you’re booting the laptop up from a cold boot it’s slower than I expected, but the wake from sleep is instantaneous.

Of course this is an Apple Mac laptop so you get all the perks that come along with that. You get Mac OS X with all the built-in iLife apps, responsive chicklet keyboard with backlights, smooth and clickable multi-touch trackpad, FaceTime HD webcam, magnetic power adapter, thunderbolt port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, dual microphones, an SDXC card reader on the 13″ model, and of course the illuminated fruit on the back.

This is a MacBook Air so this shouldn’t be a surprise, but this thing is extremely portable. It’s quiet because there is no spinning hard drive inside. It’s lightweight, weighing in at less than 3 pounds, and the 11″ model is even lighter than that. It is super thin at 0.68 inches at its widest and down to 0.11 inches at its thinnest. The built-in speakers seem pretty loud to me so you should be able to jam out to your #ThrowbackThursday Spotify playlist with no problem.

Having said all that, there are a couple negatives about this laptop. I don’t like the fact that you cannot add RAM yourself. The RAM is actually soldered onto the motherboard so whatever RAM that you choose at checkout (4GB or 8GB) that’s what you’re stuck with for the life of it. But for the casual user that shouldn’t be a big deal. Also the 2014 MacBook Air does not have a Retina display, which is kind of a bummer. The native resolution on the 13″ is 1440 by 900 which is not even full 1080p HD. Other than that, I’m a huge fan of everything else about this laptop.

The pros of this laptop are it’s a good value. It’s less than $1,000 and that’s pretty standard nowadays for a nice laptop that should last you at least 4-5 years. The portability aspect is great. It’s super lightweight and small. It’s probably the most portable laptop available as of right now. Of course with an Apple MacBook you’re going to get an aesthetically pleasing design. I’ts everlasting. The battery life is extremely long. You can go all day with this and not worry about it dying. It’s high quality and quite powerful for its size. The cons for this laptop: again you can’t add RAM yourself and it doesn’t have a Retina display.

Bottom line this is perfect for for college students, high school students, law school students, or just people who are on the go in general. If you travel a lot or if you frequent coffee shops, this is perfect for you. You’re going to love this laptop, highly recommended.

By Andy Slye

How To Speed Up Your Mac & Clean Up Your Mac

Download CleanMyMac2 to clean & speed up your Mac!

Video Transcript:

In this video I’ll be showing you how to clean up your Mac and speed up your Mac using a great application called Clean My Mac 2.

Okay so this is going to be a quick overview on how to use Clean My Mac 2 to clean up your Mac and speed it up, make it faster, and get more hard drive space. So at any time during this video if you click on the annotation on the top of this video it’ll take you to Clean My Mac’s website where you can download it. Or you can click the link in the description below, and that will take you to the site as well.

So once you’ve downloaded and installed Clean My Mac 2 it will take you to this opening screen here. Now what I love about Clean My Mac is it does exactly what its name says. It cleans up your Mac and it does it in a very simple and powerful way. And the design is very, very beautiful. It’s got a very elegant design. They really made this app look pleasing to the eye.

Now the Automatic Cleanup represents a complete cleanup guide which incorporates all other modules of Clean My Mac. Automatic Cleanup is the most efficient and rapid cleanup, and it’s divided into three main steps. The Full Scan will look through all possible areas on your Mac and automatically identify all the items that it can safely get rid of. The full scan involves System Cleanup, iPhoto Cleanup, Trash Cleanup, and Large and Old Files. There’s also an inbuilt Ignore List so you don’t have to worry that Clean My Mac will select anything for removal that it shouldn’t. All important items will not be listed in the scan results at all.

Now after the full scan is over you’re presented with a brief results list which includes items suggested for automatic cleanup. Clicking the Clean button at this point will remove all the stuff that clutters your Mac. For instance, removed items will not include any of your personal or vital system files. What you get after Automatic Cleanup is a faster Mac with a significant amount of additional free space on it with literally no effort from you at all.

And right after Automatic Cleanup you’re presented with the Manual Cleanup steps you should take to free up even more space. When you’re done with Manual Cleanup you can click the Summarize Cleanup button to see your overall results so that you clearly know how much space was saved.

The System Cleanup section helps you take care of all the unneeded items generated by your system and applications. After you start a scan, Clean My Mac will use an algorithm to determine what files can be safely removed automatically so you shouldn’t worry about system stability. What you get after the scan is a visual representation of items that can be instantly removed with no harm. In order to review the particular stuff you’re about to remove just click the Detailed Results button, and you can see all the items that it’s about to remove. Clicking the main Clean button will remove all the unneeded items and free up a significant amount of space.

Large and Old Files helps you locate, review, and remove large files and folders that you haven’t opened for months and probably don’t need any more. The default location is your home folder, but you can select any location to analyze such as internal or external drives, network folders, or any other places where files are stored. Now once you’ve selected all the places that you want to scan just hit the Scan button to analyze the files. After the scan is over you’ll be presented with a list of all the large and old files that you have. Now what I really love about Clean My Mac is the customization. For instance here you can customize the filter by setting the minimum size of displayed items and the time they were last accessed. So now you can select the unwanted files and click Remove to finalize the process and clean up your hard drive

iPhoto Cleanup is a powerful space saving feature for those who have large iPhoto libraries. This feature looks through your iPhoto library to locate unneeded original copies of images kept by iPhoto after you’ve edited them. You can start scanning your default Library or select a different library to analyze. After the scan is over, Clean My Mac will show you the results and allowing you to automatically remove items that are completely safe to get rid of. These may include rotated and fixed redeye original copies. Then you can decide what items you want to remove and click the Clean button and it’ll finalize the process. After the cleanup is over you get the same iPhoto library but it weighs a lot less.

Trash Cleanup helps to empty all system trash folders of your internal and external drives including iPhoto trash. Now here there’s no need to initiate any scans. Clean My Mac automatically locates all trash folders and presents you with a list of them from the very start. You can use the main Empty button right away and permanently remove all the stuff you had in all the listed trash folders. Or you can click on a trash folder and go through the items to remove its contents. Then after you decide on all the items that you want to remove permanently just click the Empty button. And again you’ll be left with more free space on your hard drive.

The Uninstaller provides easy and complete application removal from your Mac. It presents you with a list of all the applications that are installed on your Mac even if they are not in the main applications folder. The applications list represents all supported applications that are installed in your default applications folder or anywhere else on your Mac. If you wish to uninstall an application just select it. You’ll see the main app file itself and all of its related items. Now the Leftovers section provides you with a list of items on your system that earlier belonged to applications that you’ve already trashed. Basically the files that are no longer used by any of your apps and only waste space. The Unsupported section will list all the applications that are present on your system but cannot be used with it. Now once you’ve selected all the items that you wish to remove you’ll just click the main Uninstall button at the bottom.

The Extensions Manager allows you to remove or disable your widgets. Apart from your ordinary applications there are quite a lot of other software components on your system that can be generally described as extensions, and they’re all listed here. After you’ve reviewed the list you can click the Disable button next to virtually any item to isolate it from your system, or you can select items for complete removal using the corresponding checkboxes. After you’ve looked through the sections and selected the unwanted items you can go ahead and use the main Remove button at the bottom to completely remove them and clean up your system.

The Eraser lets you quickly dispose of any unwanted files from your Mac without going to the trash first. If you have any file or folder that you wish to permanently remove just click the Select Files button and add the unwanted items to Eraser. Now when you’re all set you can just click the main Erase button and it’ll get rid of all the unwanted items.

So that’s my overview on how to use Clean My Mac 2 to clean up your Mac and speed it up, make it a lot faster, and gain a lot more hard drive space. This is a highly recommended application for your Mac. It’s won a Reader’s Choice award for the best Mac system utility application two years in a row. So if you don’t have it go get it right now. Click the link at the top of this video or in the description below. It’s a must-have if you’re a Mac user. So if you enjoyed this video give it a thumbs up, and leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know how much free space you’ve gained after using Clean My Mac. And make sure you subscribe to my channel so you’re notified when I upload more helpful videos like this in the future. I will see you all next time.

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