macBook Air vs macBook Pro: The REAL Winner!

 Apple is always known in the market as the leader of innovation. Apple is manufacturing devices in all formats like mac, iPhone, MacBook, and so on.

All the Apple products are innovative, different and precious in themselves. Apple products make people addicted and brand conscious.

If you are looking for a new laptop and does not want to leave the Apple universe, the question quickly arises:

Which MacBook should you buy to be well equipped in the long run? Below you will find an overview of the respective MacBook models and their properties.

In this way, you can weigh up which product is suitable for your needs.

MacBook Air

Apple has renovated its MacBook Air: on the outside, not much has changed on the 2020 model. But there are serious improvements under the hood. So it should be an alternative to more expensive devices. 

macBook Air vs macBook Pro:

The new MacBook Air 2020 has improved thanks to an improved keyboard and faster CPUs and is currently touted as the best MacBook in many articles. However, if you take a closer look, there is still a major weakness in performance and associated cooling.

Apple has certainly missed an opportunity here. After the new MacBook Pro 16 was given a conventional keyboard, Apple is now replacing the error-prone butterfly keyboard with the compact MacBook Air.

However, this requires more installation space, which is why the housing of the 2020 MacBook Air has become a bit thicker. There are also new and special processors from Intel.

Although these still come from the energy-saving Y series, they are now based on the faster Ice Lake architecture and for the first time, there are also quad-core CPUs in the air.

Also, Apple has improved the speakers in this generation, doubled the memory of the models and slightly reduced the price.

Otherwise, not much has changed, which is why we refer to our detailed reviews of the predecessor for more information about the MacBook Air.

The test is the quad-core i5 configuration for $1,620, which we regularly bought in Apple’s online shop (no press sample). There is a Core i5 processor with 4 cores, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD storage. 

An innovation long-awaited by many MacBook users: Apple says goodbye to the fragile butterfly keyboard, which drove many customers to white heat.

The MacBook Air 2020 gets a keyboard with scissors mechanism – like the larger professional model MacBook Pro 16 inch.

The keyboard made a good impression at the first trial typing: more key travel than with the butterfly keyboards, clear pressure point – but also a bit louder when typing when the user hits the keys.

As mentioned earlier, the keyboard is the biggest change to the 2020 model. Apple goes back to scissor buttons and leaves the much-criticized butterfly keys behind.

The author personally appreciated the butterfly keyboard in the MacBook Pro 15 due to its precise stroke and clear pressure point. As of 2018, the swallowed buttons due to dust particles no longer occurred.

In principle, the new “Magic Keyboard” will surely satisfy more users and should also be more durable in the long term. Especially users of older MacBooks do not have to get used to it and get a familiar stroke and a similar layout.

The large Force Touch trackpad is as always a pleasure thanks to its excellent sliding properties and the still unique Force Touch. We don’t find any criticisms here.

Also, even the smallest MacBook supports True Tone technology, which automatically adjusts the colour temperature to the environment.

The panel ID has changed compared to the 2019 model (now APPA042), but there are no significant differences in the measured values.

Casing of MacBook

Nothing has changed on the casing of the MacBook Air. It is still compact, light and thin. At the thickest point, the 2020 model has become slightly thicker, whereby the difference between 16.1 vs. 15.9 mm can not be felt in practice. 

Casing of MacBook

In terms of quality, the aluminium housing is still beyond any doubt: perfect workmanship, high-quality surfaces and good stability. There are also the known options for the colours: silver, space grey or gold are available.

Compared to the more expensive Pro variants, we like the tapering of the case towards the front edge.

First, it makes the notebook appear even thinner, but it is more important that the sharp front edge does not pierce the forearms even during long typing sessions.

This is quite a problem with the Pro models. MacBook Pro 3 is still faster than MacBook air.

Here, the new Dell XPS 13 9300 has a very clear advantage and both the Dell and the Acer Swift 3 also have a slight advantage in terms of weight. The stable aluminium housing made of one block pays for its higher weight.

Connections

There is still no fast Wi-Fi 6 for the communication modules. As in our MacBook Pro 16 test, the WiFi 5 WiFi, unfortunately, has some problems with perf and keeps stopping the transfer.

Connections

In use, however, the wireless connection to a FritzBox 7590 was easy and with a good range. The measurement results are only slightly below the MacBook Pro 13 from 2019 and are practically identical to the 2019 MacBook Air.

In comparison to current top WLAN cards like the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 or the Killer AX1650, we see a clear distance and the air is, unfortunately, the only average in the class comparison.

Where Apple sets standards in smartphones, they continue to neglect the notebook division. We feel no improvements since the introduction of the 720p cameras.

Unfortunately, especially in times of video conferencing and home office, the picture quality is very poor. Although Apple ranks on average among other notebooks, you cannot be satisfied with the performance.

More Speed and Storage

There were serious changes when you look under the hood: Apple has now given the MacBook Air 2020 brand new 10th generation Intel Core I processors.

More Speed and Storage

In the entry-level version, a Core i3 processor works with two cores that run at a clock rate of 1.1 gigahertz. The second, larger model has a Core i5 with a clock frequency of 1.1 gigahertz, but four computing cores.

In the first benchmarks, the 2018 and 2019 models with a two-core processor (Core i5-8210Y) could significantly outperform. With programs that only use one processor core, the 2020 MacBook Air was almost half faster.

With programs that utilize several cores, even up to twice as fast. For an extra charge, there is an even stronger Core i7 processor with four cores and a clock speed of 1.2 GHz.

The second, larger model has a Core i5 with a clock frequency of 1.1 gigahertz, but four computing cores. In the first benchmarks, the 2018 and 2019 models with a two-core processor (Core i5-8210Y) could significantly outperform.

With programs that only use one processor core, the 2020 MacBook Air was almost half faster.

With programs that utilize several cores, even up to twice as fast. For an extra charge, there is an even stronger Core i7 processor with four cores and a clock speed of 1.2 GHz.

As before (2018 and 2019 models), the MacBook Air 2020 comes with a Touch ID sensor and T2 chip: Touch ID for convenient login, but also for unlocking password-protected documents.

Touch ID should also be used for Apple Pay payments. The Apple chip T2 manages fingerprints, passwords and credit card data in protected memory.

So data thieves should not have a chance to tap the data. The built-in 49.9-watt-hour battery should last even longer and ensure a battery life of up to 13 hours. Let’s wait and see how big the lead is in the testis.

An improvement for the Thunderbolt 3 connections: If you want and have the necessary change, you can connect Apple’s top monitor, the Pro Display XDR with 6K resolution (6016×3384 pixels).

If you are satisfied with 4K, you can even connect two external monitors.

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro models are sorted by year of launch, starting with the latest model. The different MacBook models differ in the size of the storage space and the working memory.

MacBook Pro:

Also, the processor and graphics performance varies depending on the model and price level.

In terms of battery performance, the models all take very little – the MacBook and MacBook Pro last an average of about ten hours per charging cycle, the MacBook Air even manages twelve hours.

Likewise, all MacBook models now have a modern retina display. Potential buyers should, therefore, ask themselves in advance what tasks the new MacBook has to perform.

If you want to use it to stream, surf the web and write primarily, lower processor performance and smaller working memory are sufficient.

The MacBook Pro can shine compared to MacBook and MacBook Air with significantly stronger processor performance. 

So if you often deal with image editing and editing programs, regularly open several programs and tabs at the same time, or want to use the laptop for games that require a lot of computing power, you should consider purchasing a MacBook Pro to be able to work faster and more fluently.

13-inch MacBook Pro

The Pro model with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz) is available with 128 GB * or 256 GB * storage space. The even faster version with a 2.4 GHz quad-core processor * (Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz) and four instead of two.

Thunderbolt 3 ports are a little more expensive. A model with 512 GB * storage space is also available here. On request, the memory of the MacBook 13 ‘can even be expanded to 2 TB.

13-inch MacBook Pro:

All MacBook Pro models have TouchID and the Touch Bar, a smart input bar that replaces the previously used function keys. For an additional charge, the RAM can be expanded from eight to even faster 16 GB.

The MacBook Pro with a 13-inch display is, therefore, suitable for anyone who needs a professional and fast laptop for everyday work or hobby requirements.

Gamers also benefit from the powerful graphics performance of the Apple model. However, a larger display is recommended for long working hours – to protect eyes and nerves when reading, writing, retouching or playing.

Speed And Display

The new MacBook Pro has made a big leap in performance. This is ensured by the new four-core processor (Core i5-8257U), which Apple has donated to the two smaller Pro models.

Speed And Display

This makes the Pro fast and, especially with performance-hungry programs like Photoshop, significantly faster than the cheaper MacBook Air.

Games also run more smoothly on the Pro, but it is still too slow for passionate gamers: In the test, games only managed 22 frames per second with a reduced resolution (1366×768 pixels).

With a maximum power consumption of 15 watts, the new processor is a particularly economical four-core model – so far, Intel’s four-core models from the powerful core series for notebooks have already swallowed up to 28 watts

In the U version, and the stronger H models even up to to 44 watts. The lower power consumption protects the battery: In the test, the MacBook Pro lasted six hours on one battery charge.

Also, the fans have to run less frequently. The MacBook Pro is barely audible in normal operation (operating noise 0.1 sone). The fans only turn up properly at 4.0 sone under full load.

A special feature of the MacBook Pro is the touch bar: Instead of function keys, there is a mini touch screen above the keyboard that adapts to the programs: For example, sliders are shown for brightness and volume.

The built-in display is top: razor-sharp, very high-contrast and with good colour rendering. Somewhat surprising: the new display in the MacBook Air 2019 works even more precisely in terms of colour.

As is typical for Apple, the glossy surface of the display reflects quite clearly. This can be annoying in bright surroundings or with ceiling lamps.

 15-inch MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro with a 15-inch screen is a comfortable size for frequent users. Here, too, different variants are tailored to the needs of customers: The cheaper version * has a 2.6 GHz 6-core processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz) and 256 GB SSD storage space.

 15-inch MacBook Pro:

Those who prefer 512 GB * SSD storage can opt for the MacBook Pro version with a 2.3 GHz 8-core processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz). Up to 4 TB of storage is possible for an additional charge.

Both models have a fast 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM, which satisfies demanding gamers, photographers, editors and programmers.

MacBook Pro 16

 Apple brings a new top model for its MacBook Pro series: the MacBook Pro 16 inch. As usual with the Pro devices, it is not a bargain. Even the smaller version costs $2900, the larger version tested (MVVK2D / A) costs over $3250.

MacBook Pro 16:

There is said to be the best and fastest MacBook to date. The test by COMPUTER BILD clarifies whether the new laptop lives up to this full-bodied promise!

 Which One Should You Consider?

MacBook Air

With the MacBook Air, Apple continues to provide a good compromise for everyone who values ​​low weight, a slightly cheaper price and fast work.

MacBook Air:

The MacBook Air with 13-inch display is available with 128 GB * and 256 GB * storage space, 512 or 1 TB are also possible on request.

Both versions have a fast-working 1.6 GHz dual-core processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz) and 8 or optionally 16 GB of RAM.

MacBook Pro

Retro-fitting does not work with the MacBook Pro. More memory or a faster processor is only available when you buy it for a hefty surcharge: 16 gigabytes of RAM cost $260 extra, a 1 terabyte SSD even $542.

MacBook Pro:

Apple is back-to-school again this year (until October 17, 2019). Schoolchildren and students not only get the Apple MacBook Pro 2019 (13 inches) a little cheaper but also free Beats headphones.

 15 Inch

The MacBook Pro with a 15-inch screen is a comfortable size for frequent users. Here, too, different variants are tailored to the needs of customers:

 15 Inch:

The cheaper version * has a 2.6 GHz 6-core processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz) and 256 GB SSD storage space.

Those who prefer 512 GB * SSD storage can opt for the MacBook Pro version with a 2.3 GHz 8-core processor (Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz). Up to 4 TB of storage is possible for an additional charge.

Both models have a fast 16 GB 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM, which satisfies demanding gamers, photographers, editors and programmers. In my opinion for you, mac book pro 15 inch is a better option for the apple user.

It is cheap in price, fast speed and big display all in one option. Hope this article will help you to choose the best one of all.

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