The MacBooks have always been expensive computers. Apple does have a low-price range called MacBook Air; however, it's not comparable to any Windows computer, and a high-end known as MacBook Pro. Does this justify the price, why are they so expensive, and should you get one or move to a different device?
This has always been one of the most common questions everybody asks any "techie" computer guy in the family, should I get a Mac or a Windows Laptop; even if I wanted the answer to this and previous questions is not a straight answer.
Let's narrow down each question, so you can decide if you should get an
Pro or something else.
Are you in the Apple Ecosystem?
If the answer to this is yes, you are accustomed to the Apple way, but not too fast, there are a few more questions that we should answer first.
Have you ever used MacOS?
With use, we mean use, daily. macOS is very different from Windows, if you have never used it, prepare to relearn everything you know so far about using a computer.
macOS is quite different from Windows, there is no "start menu" there is "Launchpad" which seems remarkably like the iPad home screen; there is no "Search" we have "Spotlight Search"; and the biggest shocking difference is the "My PC" on Mac we use "Finder", being honest here, Windows My PC (Folders) is better than Mac.
Are you willing to pay a premium for software?
Mac has created a reputation of never being cheap, so it's assumed (by developers) that the average user will spend money on subscriptions or software licenses; this is true, several close friends and multiple reports affirmed this.
On the contrary, Windows users are used to "cracked" software, which allows them to work around the paywalls to use expensive software such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and some other specialized programs.
Are you willing to pay a premium for accessories?
Welcome to Dongle Life, jokes aside, Apple requires Dongles for anything.
You will need a dongle to connect anything aside from USB-C, and depending on the machine you buy, you will be limited to the number of devices or dongles you can connect to the machine.
Do you need a good warranty?
Apple's limited warranty applies worldwide, which means you can walk into any authorized Apple retailer and get official replacements to repair or change your Mac; on top of this you can pay Apple+ Care; Apple+ Care extends your laptop warranty, and it covers:
- Your Mac computer
- Included accessories such as the power adapter
- Apple memory (RAM)
- Apple USB SuperDrive
- Up to two incidents of accidental damage protection every 12 months, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax1
Almost no Windows OEM offers a similar service, some enterprise-level laptops offer a similar thing but in those, you deal with "certified" third parties and there aren't as many worldwide available as Apple's offering.
MacBook Air or MacBook Pro?
MacBook Air M1 are mighty machines, so powerful that many reviewers praise them, however, MacBook Pro M1 or Intel-based are still in some scenarios better (and worse).
We'll summarize and extend this topic into another article.
- If you are a casual user, buy the MacBook Air M1
- If you are a pro user, buy the MacBook Pro 16"; if you can compromise, buy the MacBook Pro 13" M1
If you want to compare all the Models, you can head up to this Apple page:
You should buy the computer that works for you; yes, Apple's machine is objectively better than Windows-based machines, but this is irrelevant if all your tools only work on Windows or if you can't put up the money to buy, again, all the software you bought already.
Overall, it's a matter of preference and user needs, we recommend Mac over Windows-based but let's not forget what Microsoft is doing right with Windows 10 and its incoming Windows 11.