When it's time to buy a new Mac, you're faced with many options, making it difficult to choose which computer best suits your needs. You may need a desktop Mac, and you currently have four options. If you want a laptop, you have three options. But you may also want to use a laptop on your desktop and increase the number of possibilities. In this article, I'll help you choose which Mac you need according to your usage.
The first thing to consider is the cost. If money is not an object, do not waste too much time. Go to Apple's Pro computers: iMac Pro and MacBook Pro. The previous, at $ 4,999 and upwards, is Rolls Royce on the desktop Mac, and you can configure it at a staggering cost if you want it to be lightning fast, with a lot of RAM and SSD storage.
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Most do not have unlimited budgets, so it's important to choose carefully. Most Mac users will keep their computers for a few years, so you want a Mac that works now and in the future, and you want one that is customized to the data processing you do.
What do you use Mac for?  Do you only use a Mac to surf the web, send email, maybe streaming music or simple games? If yes, you do not have to buy the most expensive Mac. But if you are a serious gamer or if you shoot many videos or edit photos, you want a Mac that can handle the load.
And do you want portability? If yes, how much weight are you willing to carry around? Do you want a computer that you can use on your desktop, but that you can fold up when you do not need it? Today's laptops can offer the best of both worlds to many people. Even if you find the screen a bit small for home or office use, you can connect to an external display, but you can put it out of your way when you do not use it and do not want to see it.
If your computer usage is quite easy and if there are no special programs you need – and if you do not have to work with specific files you copy to and from your computer, you can even rate the iPad.
Desktop Mac Pros and Cons
If you're working on a desk – at home or in the office – and do not need a laptop, iMac is the best choice. You can choose the 21.5 "or 27" model, depending on the size of a screen you need. I recommend that you do not scramble and buy a 21.5-inch iMac model. There is a difference between an older display and a retina where you can not see the pixels because they are so small and when you have started using your retina, you will not want to go back.
The disadvantage of an iMac is of course portability. If you ever need to use your Mac in another place, it's hard to carry around. So you're stuck in one place, even a position in your home or office. (Certainly, you can disconnect it and move it to another room, but you will not do this often.)
There are two other desktop options for Mac: Mac Pro, launched five years ago, and still sold with five-year-old technology of 25% less than the original price, and the Mac mini, which was recently updated after four years. Both of these computers appear so you have to add it for your price and the Mac mini comes without keyboard or mouse / trackpad.
It's real There are no cases where Mac Pro is a good deal unless you like the circular form factor and have money to burn. But Mac mini can be a good, compact Mac to put on your desktop to any size screen. It's a bit weak compared to, for example, a MacBook Pro, and does not have the type of graphics card you need for games, so it's mostly for those who want to run it as a basic workstation or small server or want to use it. a screen they already have with a compact computer.
Mac Processors and Benefits
Apple has three portable lines: MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. The MacBook comes in a 12-inch model, MacBook Air in a 13 model, and MacBook Pro is available at 13 and 15.
MacBook Air has recently been updated, making the older MacBook the strange and the technology is not updated. But the 12-inch MacBook is the lightest laptop and if your weight is important and your usage is also bright, you might want to consider it.
MacBook Pro is more expensive, but more flexible with more ports and much larger storage options. You can get the MacBook Pro with and without the touch bar, a strip that replaces the top row with the keys on the keyboard. This feature is loved by someone and hated by many and significantly increases the price of the MacBook Pro.
Rate the size and weight. As mentioned above, the MacBook is the lightest Mac at 2.03 lbs, and the 15 "MacBook Pro weighs at 4.02 lbs. If you plan to carry your Mac with you, this makes a difference. (As a comparison, it's just a slight difference between 13 "MacBook Air and MacBook Pro: 2.75 lbs vs. 3.02 lbs.)
With regard to actual usage, the MacBook Pro has more power, provides more storage and RAM, and with the Thunderbolt connectors, you can easily turn on external monitors, making it a Mac you can use on both the desk and on the go. Use an eGPU (an external graphics card) with some applications that make it quite flexible. For casual use, MacBook Air is probably the best, especially since it has just been updated and has some of the latest technologies, including Touch ID (which can also be found on MacBook Pro.)
Storage and RAM
Apple adds lots of money on their "build-to-order" models where you add storage and RAM to your Mac. For example, if you purchase the 21.5 "iMac Retina with 8GB of RAM, the base price is $ 1299. If you want to add another 8GB of RAM to it, it's so much $ 200 more. To move from pokey 5400 rpm hard drive to a 256GB SSD, it's also $ 200. You can almost double the price of this model with upgrades: Add a faster processor, go to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage for the cost of $ 2199.
Imagine how much money you should put in. Extra storage can be tempting, but at a price: If you want 1TB SSD in a 13-inch MacBook Pro, you count an additional $ 800.
Do you really need extra RAM and storage? You can not add RAM to anyone but Mac Pro or 27 "iMac so you need to decide how much you need when you buy Mac. For most, 8 GB of RAM is enough; If you are using programs that need more RAM, you probably already know. (And if you really need a lot of RAM, 27 "iMac can buy third-party RAM and upgrade it at a much lower price than when you buy it from Apple.)
When it comes to storage, a rule of thumb is to look at your computer today and see how much you spend and twice as much. Because over the entire life of your computer, your apps grow bigger, you get more pictures, more music and more videos. But if you have a very big music or video library, you do not have to pay for extra storage space, with a desktop Mac, you can use an external hard drive. (See this article for more information on choosing the right drive type.)  One way to save money on
You do not need to buy the latest Mac, and you can save money by checking the Refurbished and Clearance section of Apple's online store, where you can find Macs and other Apple products at a generally 15% discount. These are last year's models, but they benefit from the entire Apple-go rantien, and you can even purchase AppleCare protection. I've bought Macs like this and they're a great way to save money. You have no configuration options, but you must find a Mac that matches your needs.
Then set your needs and you will find that there is a Mac that matches the user box. There are many options today, both in terms of size, weight, power and price. It's a Mac for everyone!
About Kirk McElhearn
Kirk McElhearn writes about Mac, iPod, iTunes, Books, Music and more on his blog Kirkville.
He is co-host of Intego Mac Podcast, The Next Track and PhotoActive, and a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS and several other websites and publications.
Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar and Scrivener.