Macintosh buying guide 2010

By Roman Loyola, Macworld |  Hardware, Mac Pro, MacBook

Here's a more personal account as to why you should buy a MacBook Pro. It's the ideal Mac for anyone who demands processing power while out and about.

Read our complete review of the 13-inch MacBook Pros

Read our complete review of the 15-inch MacBook Pros

Read our complete review of the 17-inch MacBook Pro

MacBook Air

When the new MacBook Air was released in October, it had been well over a year since Apple's ultraportable line of laptops had seen an upgrade. Fortunately, the upgrade did not disappoint.

Apple introduced a new 11-inch MacBook Air along with an upgraded 13-inch model. The MacBook Air now features a thinner, lighter design and flash storage instead of hard drives.

Configurations: There are now four MacBook Airs to choose from--two 11-inch models and two 13-inch models. All come standard with 2GB of RAM and Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics.

The entry-level 11-inch MacBook Air has a 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 64GB of flash storage for $999. (Get best current price.) The other 11-inch MacBook Air has the same processor and has128GB of flash storage for $1199. (Get best current price.) Both 11-inch models feature a high-resolution LED backlit glossy display with a 1366-by-768-native resolution.

Like the 11-inch MacBook Air, the only difference between the two 13-inch MacBook Air models is the amount of flash storage. Both 13-inch models feature a 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor, but the $1299 13-inch MacBook Air (get best current price) has 128GB of flash storage, while the $1599 13-inch MacBook Air (get best current price) has 256GB.

Performance: The flash storage and the Nvidia GeForce 320M in the MacBook Air helps boost the laptop's performance. The 11-inch MacBook Air is the slowest Mac in Apple's lineup, but it's still a vast improvement on last year's 13-inch MacBook Air. The 13-inch MacBook Air, which has the same 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor as last year's 13-inch MacBook Air, doubled the performance of its predecessor.


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