Most desirable products of the year: MacBook Air

The MacBook Air and the Retina MacBook Pro are portable, sleek and high-performance laptops. But there is a £250 price difference between the two types of MacBook. To decide in which one you should invest your money, you have to know their specifications first. Apple’s Retina-screen MacBook Pro adds internal upgrades to its Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt, SSD, graphics card, and CPU. The result is a faster laptop with better battery life and a lower starting price. The small upgrade to the stock CPU in Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air results in improved performance. The multitouch track pad is still the industry’s best, and even better, the 13-inch Air now starts at $999, which is $100 less than the previous model.

Both MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are beautifully built and finished devices, but the 2014 11-inch MacBook Air is 490 g lighter than the lightest Retina MacBook Pro, at 1.08 kg. While the MacBook Air gives the impression of being slimmer, it’s still 1.7 cm at the thickest point. MacBook Pro has its very high screen resolution, which results in crisper text and clearer photos (2,560×1, 600 pixels for the 13-inch model, 2,880×1, 800 for the 15-inch model). MacBook Pro models feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, faster PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) storage, and Thunderbolt 2 ports for data and video output. The 15-inch version defaults to 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. The MacBook Air model has an Intel Has well-generation CPU, and also Intel’s improved HD5000 graphics. With game services such as Steam and EA’s Origin now being Mac compatible, it may make some small inroads for OS X gaming. Battery life remains a big selling point for MacBook Air, despite not being the newest design on the block; still it is one of the most universally useful laptops you can buy.

Most desirable products of the year: MacBook Pro

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is more desirable than the 13-inch, especially considering that its slim chassis includes a decent discrete graphics card. The keyboard and track pad remain essentially the same as seen on the last several generations of MacBook. The 15-inch Retina Display remains a main selling point and the Retina branding now crosses over between the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air has a backlit keyboard and track pad that are the same as on the previous models, and the track pad particularly remains the standard by which all others are judged.

The HDMI and Thunderbolt video outputs can drive two additional external displays, at up to 2,560×1, 600 pixels which is the same in both devices. One small visible change for the new MacBook Air is an extra pinhole on the left flank, marking an additional, second microphone. This trusted tech trickled down from the Retina MacBook’s, adding noise cancellation to improve voice clarity in Face Time and Skype calls.

The MacBook Air might seem to be the cheapest option, but it’s still worth considering paying just £150 more to can get a lot more power and features from the MacBook Pro with Retina display. However, you my prefer to keep your £150 and spend it on an external monitor so that you can have a second display for your MacBook. It really depends on your requirements. There is an almost of 0% chances for you to be disappointed either way.