Which is better for uni needs: MacBook Air or 12 inch MacBook? Watch

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So I am currently trying to decide which laptop to buy for university. I have already narrowed it down to Apple rather than Windows (I won’t go into detail) but now I need to decide between the MacBook Air and the 12 inch MacBook.

I am not including the MacBook Pro as I don’t need it to be that powerful, and I want something lightweight with decent battery life. It will mainly be for writing essays, research, presentations etc... no gaming or anything else that puts a lot of stress on the device.

So far, here are my thoughts on each one:

MacBook Air pros:
- cheapest option
- tried and tested (still selling today so must be good?)
- very good battery life

MacBook Air cons:
- dated technology
- bad quality screen for the price
- not very ‘future-proof’ (I will have this for at least 4 years)
- outdated design

12 inch MacBook pros:
- super lightweight
- gorgeous design (not overly important, but I like it)
- I personally prefer this keyboard, having tried both
- excellent screen quality
- has USB-C, so more up to date

12 inch MacBook cons:
- expensive for what it is
- limited connectivity in terms of ports (although this doesn’t bother me much)
- battery life not as good (?)


I am really leaning towards the 12 inch Macbook (I would buy second hand for around £900 probably), but I would appreciate any thoughts and advice. What do you think?
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The MacBook Air is still selling today because it's got outdated technology. The outdated Air is the only Air they offer. With any luck, Apple will finally get around to refreshing their lineup this year, at which point we would hope the Air is in line (spec wise) with other Windows laptops.

The MacBook is the better device and in all honesty, if the Air is updated there will be very little to differentiate it between the MacBook. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple drops the Air lineup altogether at some point in favour of a small, low power MacBook, similar to what they offer now.

It makes the most sense to wait until Apple refresh their lineup of devices but until then, the MacBook is the only real choice. It's incredibly difficult to justify spending so much on the Air when it's such an outdated piece of garbage. The 12 inch MacBook is as expensive as anyone would expect from Apple, but at least you get a semi-decent (if still outdated by todays standards) laptop. The same cannot be said for the Air, it's laughable that a £1000 device still doesn't even come with a 1080p display. Wait for a refresh of the MacBook to update it with gen 8 processors and then it'll only be moderately expensive. As much as the Windows vs Apple argument isn't relevant, it's very difficult to recommend even a £1500 MacBook when you only get a dual core i5 and 8GB RAM. Especially when a £500 Windows laptop will offer a quad core i5 and 8GB of RAM.

As is usual for Apple, neither are particularly good value for money but I've never heard someone buy from Apple and be concerned with price, or value for money. Wait for a gen 8 refresh of the MacBook and either buy a modern device that's at least semi-worth the money or get an older model with a better discount. Even with a discount, £900 is a lot to spend on hardware that launched in 2016.
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Wait for the 2018 refresh if possible, the performance jump will almost definitely be substantial.

If you can't wait, get the entry level MacBook Pro. It's not overly powerful (it's running a normal dual core i5 with no dedicated graphics), is still very lightweight and has great battery life. However it actually has some performance headroom in case your needs change unlike the low power MacBook and the grossly outdated Air, and has a superior keyboard to the MacBook for extended typing sessions, which is invaluable for uni.

If for some reason you still won't get the MacBook Pro, then get the MacBook. The Air is overpriced garbage that hasn't been updated for several years, the only reason Apple sell it is because there is demand for sub-£1000 MacBooks and they know people will buy such a crappy laptop if it means not having to save another £300. The MacBook is generally worse than the Pro without being significantly lighter or having much better battery life, but at least it isn't three years out of date.
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(Original post by Acsel)
The MacBook Air is still selling today because it's got outdated technology. The outdated Air is the only Air they offer. With any luck, Apple will finally get around to refreshing their lineup this year, at which point we would hope the Air is in line (spec wise) with other Windows laptops.

The MacBook is the better device and in all honesty, if the Air is updated there will be very little to differentiate it between the MacBook. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple drops the Air lineup altogether at some point in favour of a small, low power MacBook, similar to what they offer now.

It makes the most sense to wait until Apple refresh their lineup of devices but until then, the MacBook is the only real choice. It's incredibly difficult to justify spending so much on the Air when it's such an outdated piece of garbage. The 12 inch MacBook is as expensive as anyone would expect from Apple, but at least you get a semi-decent (if still outdated by todays standards) laptop. The same cannot be said for the Air, it's laughable that a £1000 device still doesn't even come with a 1080p display. Wait for a refresh of the MacBook to update it with gen 8 processors and then it'll only be moderately expensive. As much as the Windows vs Apple argument isn't relevant, it's very difficult to recommend even a £1500 MacBook when you only get a dual core i5 and 8GB RAM. Especially when a £500 Windows laptop will offer a quad core i5 and 8GB of RAM.

As is usual for Apple, neither are particularly good value for money but I've never heard someone buy from Apple and be concerned with price, or value for money. Wait for a gen 8 refresh of the MacBook and either buy a modern device that's at least semi-worth the money or get an older model with a better discount. Even with a discount, £900 is a lot to spend on hardware that launched in 2016.

Thank you, that’s really helpful. I know that Apple is generally pretty overpriced and it is annoying, but I prefer working on Apple laptops to Windows and I like that it all syncs in with my iPhone etc... I’ve found a couple of second hand MacBooks for around £650-£700 (a couple of scratches on the base but barely noticeable) so I might head in that direction. I don’t need a brand new laptop, but ideally I would prefer to spend the money on a newer MacBook rather than the outdated MacBook Air - I think I’ve made up my mind, although I’ll definitely sleep on it! Thanks 😊
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