Which MacBook is right for me?

I'll be starting college in the fall, and I'm very tech savvy and just love technology in general, so it's hard for me to "just pick something", especially when that something is around $1000+. I'm also very thorough in researching new products I'd like to try - I've been looking for a new laptop for about four months now, and I think I'm definitely beginning to lean more toward a Mac instead of staying with a PC, I'm just getting overwhelmed between all the different specs between Mac models now.

So yeah, I'm definitely not a casual technology user, especially now that it's summer and I spend probably 5-8 hours a day on my laptop, I'll have a college course load soon (and I'll be carrying it around campus all day), Netflix is important to me, along with clarity and portability but also power and speed because I've had the mediocre laptop I nearly randomly picked out a few years ago, and I just really want something that isn't so clunky and obnoxious to deal with and handle throughout the day that also performs very well.

Not that this really affects anything, but I'll probably be looking to purchase around fall when Yosemite is released, not sure why since it's a free upgrade and I assume the actual laptop and its parts aren't being upgraded as well. (Please feel free to correct me but that is what I picked up from scanning a couple articles.

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    I just had to do this too. I researched tons of laptops and I narrowed it down to the MacBook Air 13" and the MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13". The Air has 12+ hours of battery (great for all day use) and the Pro has 9+ hours of battery. I don't know if these were the sizes you were looking into but I personally thought that the 11" and 15" were too big. I went back and forth for a while and I finally decided on the Pro. It is a pretty close call though. I don't know what your price range is or what else you would do with it so I can't give you a great answer.

    Pro: Better GPU (It is still Intel), Better CPU (If you pay to upgrade), More RAM (Up to 16 GB not 8 GB), Better Display (If you can tell the difference that much), More Ports (2 Thunderbolt 2.0 and an HDMI port)

    Air: Bettery Battery (By a few hours), Weighs Less (By 1/2 a Pound), Costs Less (A few hundred dollars depending on the specs)

    It's up to you, I am preparing to order my Pro in a few days, but I am still deciding on what specs I should upgrade. Also, I wouldn't wait for OS X Yosemite, by then the $100 apple store gift card offer may be gone.

    Hope this helps.

    • Answered by Brett D from Naperville
    • Jul 9, 2014