When we talk about laptops, MacBooks are always part of the discussion. And there is a constant debate about MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, their similarities, their differences, and which one is best for you. In 2020, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are more alike than ever. Apple finally replaced its very controversial butterfly keyboards with better ones for all its notebooks, taking another difference out of the scene. Still, there are many differences between both and in this video, we will discuss the top 10 different things between MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro.
So, let’s begin.
No matter how much money you have, the price is always on your mind while making a purchase. So, the first difference between MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is of course the price. Starting with the 13-inch MacBook Pro which features a 10th generation CPU and an improved Magic Keyboard, starts at a whopping $1299. MacBook Air offers a cheaper option to customers that starts at just $999. MacBook Air is the best choice for most people due to its price and not too-bad features. So, if money is the only deciding factor for you, you know right away what’s best for you.
After price, perhaps the most important thing for any user is the performance of the laptop. And to a large extent, the performance is determined by the processor in a machine. Both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro come with a 10th generation processor, but MacBook Air starts from a 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and goes up to 1.2Ghz quad-core Intel Core i7. While MacBook Pro comes in two variants. A 1.4Ghz quad-core Intel Core i5 and a 1,7GHz quad-core Intel Core. MacBook Air has a Turbo Boost up to 3.8Ghz while MacBook Pro has Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz. The heavy duty processor translates to an unmatched performance which makes MacBook Pro a better choice for professionals.
A key difference and a deciding factor for most of the people is the battery life of a laptop. Surprisingly, the battery life of MacBook Air is slightly better than that of MacBook Pro. MacBook Air has a battery life of up to 11 hours while MacBook Pro has up to 10 hours of wireless web usage. MacBook Air features an Integrated 49.9-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery, whereas MacBook Pro has an Integrated 58.2-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. This extra hour of the battery life along with a lower price tag makes MacBook Air a better choice for most people.
- Power Adapter
When you have a jam packed work routine and need to charge your laptop faster, the wattage of the power adapter becomes an important factor. MacBook Air comes with 30W USB-C power adapter while MacBook Pro comes with 61W USB-C power adapter which enables it to be charged way quicker than the other. Everyone has a super tight routine these days and not all have the time and patience to wait for hours for their laptop to be charged, making MacBook Pro a better option in this case.
- Touch ID
Apple Touch ID has been around for years in various Apple devices which makes it easier to unlock the system and make secure payments. Another difference between both is that MacBook Air comes with just the Touch ID while MacBook Pro has Touch Bar along with Touch ID that makes it a better choice for power users. You can have access to various shortcuts and features through this Touch Bar.
No matter for what purpose you use your laptop, its graphics are a strong determinant of the decision whether you are going to buy it or not. Being a Pro model, MacBook Pro features better graphics than MacBook Air, but obviously at a cost. MacBook Air has Intel Iris Plus Graphics while MacBook Pro has Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645. This enables MacBook Pro to give a better graphics performance but with reduced battery life, and a higher price tag.
Both MacBook Pro and MacBook Air feature a 13.3-inch LED backlit Retina display with IPS technology. The difference is in the brightness of these devices where MacBook Air has 400 nits brightness while MacBook Pro has 500 nits brightness making it a slightly better option to be used in different conditions. Moreover, MacBook Air has Full standard color (sRGB) while MacBook Pro features Wide color (P3) making the colors crispier and more prominent.
For a device like a laptop that you have to carry around in your workplace, its weight becomes an important differentiating factor. MacBook Air has a weight of 2.8 pounds or 1.29 kg while MacBook Pro has a weight of 3.1 pounds or 1.4 kg. The difference is not much but when you know you have to carry it all the time wherever you go, the slightest of the differences matter.
- Number of Ports
For power users, the number of thunderbolt ports becomes an important factor in their decision about which option they should go for. They need to plugin multiple external devices at a time to work efficiently and they won’t settle for a laptop having fewer ports. Although MacBook Air is a bit cheaper than MacBook Pro, it comes with just two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports while high-end variants of MacBook Pro come with four Thunderbolt 3 ports, making the life of power user easier.
While I don’t have the stats to back this claim, but the speakers in MacBook Pro are way better than those of MacBook Air. You’ll be thinking that why does it matter, well, it does. When you want to play a video at your workplace for everyone to see, or you are tired from your work and decide to watch a movie on your MacBook or listen to songs, having a good speaker would make your life a lot easier. You don’t want to spend such huge money on a laptop and still not get a good speaker. So, MacBook Pro is a clear winner in this aspect.
While these two devices have their own pros and cons and are best in their own way, this blog was intended to highlight the top 10 different things between MacBook Air and 13 inch MacBook Pro.
There are so many choices these days for any tech item, especially laptops and it is really hard for you to pinpoint the differences between them to know what is the right option for you. I hope This blog enabled you to make an informed decision in case you are considering buying a new laptop.
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