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The best MacBook
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Why you’ll love it: The 13-and-15-inch MacBook Pro models boast top-tier specs, a beautiful design, and Apple’s excellent macOS operating system.
More interested in Apple’s macOS than Microsoft’s Windows? Then perhaps the latest MacBook Pro is the right laptop for you. However, as you might expect from Apple, it won’t come cheap. Generally speaking, Apple’s laptops are very powerful, and the new MacBook Pro models are no exception.
The laptop comes with 15- or 13-inch screen sizes. The 15-inch model has a resolution of 2,880 x 1,800 pixels, while the 13-inch model boasts 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. The 13-inch model is more portable and weighs less, but the 15-inch model gives you more screen real estate.
The MacBook Pro comes outfitted with your choice of an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chip, along with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of storage. The price varies widely based on which processor, RAM, and storage options you choose. Bigger is better in terms of all those specs, but better internals make for one helluva expensive laptop.
Apple has been pushing boundaries with computer design of late, and in this computer, that takes the form of the optional Touch Bar. It’s a touch display that’s found right above the computer’s keyboard that allows you to control different aspects of some apps. That Touch Bar also has a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, meaning you can secure your computer to your specific fingerprint. You can also use it to buy things online with Apple Pay. You will pay extra for the Touch Bar, though.
For ports, the computer comes with four USB Type-C ports, so while there are plenty of ports to connect to all your peripherals, you may need to buy adapters, especially if you have a lot of USB Type-A peripherals.
Then there’s the all-important software. Often, users find that getting used to Apple’s macOS software can be easier than Windows, though that might not be the case if you’re more used using a Windows computer.
There are downsides to buying an Apple computer. For starters, they’re quite a bit more expensive than Windows laptops, especially when you add the Touch Bar and the top-end specs. The lack of alternative ports may also be a major headache if you need to use peripherals.
Pros: High-powered, nice design, Touch Bar, sharp screen, macOS
Cons: Expensive, only USB-C ports