Which Mac is right for you

Over six percent of Australians have made the jump to Apple Mac computers, and it is a figure which is constantly rising. People are switching in droves because of the straight-forward nature of an Apple computer and its relative affordability. But if you are tempted to dip your feet in the figurative Apple computer pool, to a newcomer the switch can be confusing. So, for your ease and convenience, YOURLifeChoices has decided to collate a comprehensive guide to buying an Apple Mac.

The Macbook:
The Macbook is the simplest and in many ways the best Mac computer. Unless you are playing a large amount of games, downloading a vast amount from the internet or completing other high-volume work with your Macbook, then this computer is perfect. Ideal for those who use a computer to surf the internet, read email, listen to music, edit and save pictures and word process, the Macbook is the simplest Macbook, but it is in no means lacking in substance.

The Macbook comes with a huge seven hour battery life, a 13 inch screen, an astronomical 250 gigabyte hard drive and a speedy two gigs of ram. Weighing in at only 2.13 kilograms, it is also perfect for travelling as well. When it comes to affordability, practicality, style and substance, the original makes the most sense as a choice if you were to jump across from the PC to the Macbook.

The Apple Macbook has a recommended retail price of $1199.

The Macbook Pro:
The Macbook Pro is the ‘Rolls Royce’ of the laptops which Apple has on offer. Sleek, stylish and faster than a speeding bullet, if you want the best, then this is it. Coming in a very handsome silver design, packed with four gig of ram and a huge amount of features, the Macbook Pro is ideal for those computer users who are technologically savvy and need a bit more grunt to their laptop.

You also have three options when buying the Macbook Pro. They each have varying prices, sizes and technical specifications. The product is very good, so it comes down to personal preference and which would suit you best when choosing which one to purchase.

There are slight differences between the three Macbook Pros, and to help you make your decision, I have compared them below.

Macbook Pro 13”:
Selling for $1396, the 13 inch Macbook Pro is only a slight step up in price from the original Macbook. However it boasts a large 320 gigabyte hard drive, a zippy 4 gigs of ram, as well as a webcam for Skype, Bluetooth, Intel HD graphics and WiFi.

Macbook Pro 15”: This computer goes up in price a large amount, but again you do get what you pay for. The computer sells for $2094 dollars and is a huge step up from the 13” Macbook pro. Not only has the screen grown considerably, (a full two inches wider), but it also has a much larger memory (an astronomical 500 gigabytes). It remains super quick with four gigs of ram, and also comes with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256 MB Memory. It is worth the jump in price, but it all comes down to wheter or not you need it is a computer user or not. Have a chat to the computer specialist at any Apple Mac store and they will no doubt steer you in the right direction.

Macbook Pro 17”:
This laptops story is akin to the 15 inch. We have a large jump in screen size, speed, storage space and price. The screen jumps to 17 inches, the speed jumps dramatically, and while still using the four gigs of RAM, it now runs on a Intel Core i7 2.2GHz CPU, with Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB Memory. The Hard Drive jumps drastically to a massive 750 gigabytes of storage space; however the real sticking point is of course the price. If you feel that you would properly use all the features and luxuries that come with such a high quality computer, then feel free to spend $2894 dollars on the 17” Macbook pro. The rewards would be unbelievable.

The Macbook Air:

The cousin of the iPad, the Macbook is the ultimate in travelling laptops for those who do not wish to completely cross over to the iPad. Sleek, stylish and virtually weightless, the Macbook Air is a very nice option for those who travel and use their computer primarily for surfing the internet.

Macbook Air 11”: Especially the 11” version. Selling for just $1196, it is a premium computer at a bargain basement price. This is mainly due to its lack of internal storage (only 64 gigabytes) but the smart consumer should know that mass external storage devices are at an all time price low, and that this would be an ideal purchase for someone who mainly uses the computer for emailing, web browsing, using the internet when travelling and saving small documents like pictures or word documents.

Macbook Air 13”: The Air 13” is a very large step up, both in quality and price. The Macbook Air sells for a dear $1943, but has a large leap in storage space (from 64 gigabytes to 250 gigabytes). But the design of the Macbook Air is that of a travel computer, so this amount seems excessive. There is of course a leap in speed as well, but not enough, in my opinion, to quantify almost a $1000 price rise.

Apple iMac:
Not as popular a choice for people crossing over from PC’s, which is strange. It is a very well designed computer, and the removal from a traditional PC is minimal, as you still use the traditional mouse and keyboard. That being said, it still runs traditional Mac software.

The pricing is reasonably affordable, relative to the incredible power and storage space that is available on the computer. Another huge drawcard is that there is no base unit…the processing unit for the computer is literally located in the its monitor, making it a very practical choice for your home office.

The best value comes in the form of the huge 21.5 inch screen computer. It comes with an unfathomable one terabyte hard drive and Intel Core i3 3.20GHz CPU. It has four gigabytes of ram, a webcam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and much more. Most importantly, for those familiar with downloading movies online through iTunes, the gigantic screen can be used as a substitute television screen. With an unbelievable clear graphics card, and the future of internet television, this may be a very smart purchase when it comes to upgrading your television and computer.

The iMac 21.5 inch has a R.R.P of $1797.

What about the iPad?

You may have noticed that we have not mentioned the iPad, of course an incredibly popular part of the Apple range. Yet it is so far removed from the PC, and such a drastic jump, and in some ways so gimmicky and limited, that it makes sense that when you transition from PC to Mac to do so firstly with a Macbook. However, if you have your heart set on an iPad, please check out our explanation of what an iPad actually is and why you need one.

Good luck heading into uncharted waters, PC users, and let’s hope you find some benefits in making the jump to Macs’.

Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).