How to Choose the Right Laptop

Deciding on a laptop to use each and everyday means finding one whose style and utility meets yours needs. Apple MacBooks are particularly known for being different than many of their competitors. Of the many versions of MacBook laptop available, the MacBook Pro is known as the larger device with greater performance.

What Are Some Standard Features of a MacBook Pro?

Regardless of which MacBook Pro you decide to go with, there are certain characteristics of the laptop that won't differ between models of the same year, like:

  • Laptop Battery: Feature a 63.5-watt-hour battery made from lithium-polymer, these laptops come with a battery life of up to 10 hours while on Wi-Fi or watching movies.
  • Laptop Web-Cam: So that you can quickly and easily video chat from your laptop, Apple MacBooks feature a built-in microphone and FaceTime camera.
  • Thunderbolt Connection: Allowing the laptop to connect to devices like external hard drives and TVs, modern MacBooks feature a Thunderbolt port, replacing the old Firewire technology.

What Are Some Optional Features on a MacBook Pro?

To gain more utility or provide a more enjoyable user experience, some models of MacBook Pro include optional physical design and features, like:

  • Screen Size: While different versions of the MacBook Pro all feature an LED-backlit LCD screen, there is typically the choice between a 13-inch and 15-inch retina display. See the manufacturer site for size details
  • Touchbar: Besides the keyboard and trackpad, certain designs come with an additional touch bar that is a multi-touch component that offers shortcuts and function keys for the application you're using.

What are Some Technical Upgrades for the MacBook Pro?

Rather than each laptop be exactly the same, there are a number of technical specifications that you can choose from to find the right fit. These can include:

  • Hard Drive: Depending on how much storage space you're going to need for files, photos and videos, you can choose an appropriately sized hard drive. A 500 GB solid state drive (SSD) provides plenty of storage space for everyday needs.
  • Computer Memory: To manage the data being used by multiple applications, a laptop may potentially need more memory. Although 8 GB of DDR3 SDRAM is standard and often sufficient, it is also possible to increase the memory to 16 GB RAM.
  • Computer Processor: Determining the speed and performance of the laptop, the different options for processor usually feature the same chip like the Intel Core i5 or Core i7, but with different levels of speed (GHz). This speed is also amplified by the turbo boost function. Designs can also vary by being either an Intel dual-core or quad-core Core i5 or i7, providing even greater performance.