Comparison of Apple MacBook Laptop Models
If you're thinking about switching from a PC to a Mac, consider Apple's MacBook laptops. Compact and elegantly designed, MacBooks up more and more at meetings where clunky Windows laptops used to predominate. Quality construction matters more in mobile devices like laptops, and Macs are among the best-built machines out there.
One unique feature of Apple laptops is the Multi-Touch glass trackpad. You can pinch an image to shrink it, for example, or swipe with two fingers to scroll or with four fingers to move windows out of the way so that you can see your desktop.
Apple builds their laptops into sturdy unibody aluminum cases and backlights the keyboards, so you can work during airplane movies, in a darkened presentation room, or in bed at night when someone else is trying to sleep.
All new Apple laptops include a built-in FaceTime video camera. It’s located on the lid, above the display, along with an omnidirectional microphone. Stereo speakers and a headphone jack are also provided. Coupled with easy, high-speed Internet connectivity and iChat and FaceTime communication software, these cameras let you videoconference from just about anywhere.
Speaking of the lid, it’s kept closed by a magnet; you find no mechanical catch to break. That’s not the only magnetic feature of Mac laptops: The power cord is magnetically attached, designed not to pull your laptop off the table if you trip over the cord.
Apple laptops come with a separate power supply that runs on 100–240 volts AC, 50 to 60 Hz, so they can be used anywhere in the world with an adapter or power cord for the wall outlets in the country you’re visiting. Apple power supplies meet U.S. EPA Energy Star requirements, reducing energy waste. An airplane power cord is available as an option.
All Apple laptops come with built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless, supporting the 802.11a, b, g, and n standards and Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate (EDR). So you can use your Apple laptop with any Wi-Fi hotspot and any Bluetooth device.
|MacBook Air (11-inch)||MacBook Air (13-inch)||MacBook Pro (13-inch)||MacBook Pro (15-inch)||MacBook Pro (17-inch)|
|Screen size (inches diagonal)||11.6||13.3||13.3||15.4||17|
|Resolution (pixels)||1336 x 768||1440 x 900||1440 x 900||1440 x 900||1920 x 1200|
|Finish||Glossy||Glossy||Glossy||Antiglare option||Antiglare option|
|Weight||2.38 lbs.||2.96 lbs.||4.5 lbs.||5.6 lbs.||6.6 lbs.|
|1.08 kg||1.35 kg||2.04 kg||2.54 kg||3 kg|
|Thickness||0.68 in.||0.68 in.||0.95 in.||0.95 in.||0.98 in.|
|1.7 cm||1.7 cm||2.41 cm||2.41 cm||2.5 cm|
|CPU||Dual-core||Dual-core||Dual-core i5||Quad-core i7||Quad-core i7|
|Speed (GHz)||1.4– 1.6||1.86–2.13||2.3–2.7||2.0–2.2||2.2–2.3|
|Graphics||Integrated||Integrated||Integrated||Integrated+ AMD Radeon HD 6490M (opt. 6750M)||Integrated + AMD Radeon HD 6750M|
|Optical SuperDrive||External option||External option||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|USB 2.0 ports||2||2||2||2||3|
|Ethernet port||External option||External option||Gigabit||Gigabit||Gigabit|
|FireWire port||None||None||800 Mbps||800 Mbps||800 Mbps|
|Card slot||None||SD Card||SDXC Card||SDXC Card||ExpressCard/34|
|Headset jack in/out||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Audio line in jack||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Power adapter||45 watts||45 watts||60 watts||85 watts||85 watts|