Hi guys. 2019 is coming to an end, and for sure one of you has planned to upgrade your computer or switch to some MacBook, but don’t know which one to buy. So, this material is for you. In the article, I took into consideration those models that can be easily bought in the official and gray retail, as well as in the secondary market. So let's go.
I decided to start the material from the laptop, which I’m going to switch to in the near future from my 2015 MacBook Air. What is so special about it? Firstly, this is the most compact Apple computer that can be purchased in 2019. He has a recognizable design, modest dimensions (comparable to A4 sheet) and low weight - only 900 grams. Well and most importantly - the divine 12-inch Retina-display, which is nice to do everything - from working with text and processing photos to watching movies and TV shows. In official retail, it costs from 80 thousand rubles (for the basic version with an Intel Core m3 processor). In gray stores you can find cheaper - from 60 thousand rubles. In the secondary market there is no minimum threshold at all - it all depends on the condition of the machine. But for the acquisition, I recommend considering only the version with the Intel Core i5 processor, since the capabilities of the M-series processors in basic configurations are enough for basic tasks. In any case, the computer will have passive cooling (that is, it will not make noise under load), and also generally will not get very hot due to the perfect layout of the iron inside the case. Definitely recommend for purchase. By the way, there are rumors on the Internet that in 2020 Apple may introduce a new generation of "dvenashki" with a proprietary ARM processor and increased autonomy.
MacBook Pro (2018 and later)
Pro version for those who need everything at once. Powerful hardware, a choice of two screen diagonals (13.3 or 16 inches), a modern design, a fingerprint scanner, True Tone, Touch Bar and USB-C connectors. I believe that considering the MacBook Pro is only for those who know that the tasks that will be assigned to the computer are superior in their complexity to working with text and photos. As a result, in the case of the MacBook, I do not recommend looking at the basic configuration. If you want the basic configuration of the MacBook Pro for a reasonable price, then I recommend that you take a closer look at the hero of the next paragraph, but for now a little about the problems and cost. Among my colleagues there are many users of the latest MacBook Pro models, and everyone, like one, had problems with the keyboard. Unfortunately, this is so; the new type of “butterfly” used in the latest models is not ideal. Under the keys, garbage, dust is easily clogged, because of which the keyboard has to be cleaned (purged) periodically, otherwise you will suffer from sticking keys. Someone had problems with duplicate clicks at all. Fortunately, problems with the keyboard were solved in the recently released MacBook Pro 16 - abandoning the butterfly mechanism in favor of the time-tested scissor mechanism.
MacBook Air 2018 and 2019
Last year, Apple finally updated the MacBook Air, this time not only internally, but also externally. The laptop received a new design, Retina-display, fingerprint scanner and support for True Tone technology. In official stores, its cost starts from 90 thousand rubles for the basic configuration. In gray stores - from 70 thousand. In the secondary market, even less. This is the very computer that should be considered for purchase instead of the base MacBook Pro. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, it offers more functionality than the basic MacBook Pro (True Tone and a fingerprint scanner - the latter is only available on MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, which are much more expensive), and secondly, it is more compact with the same diagonals of the display (if we talk about the 13-inch version, since in the case of the MacBook Air only this option is available).
2015 MacBook Pro
Surely it’s unexpected to see among the selection of current MacBook laptops that came out in 2015, but despite this, the 2015 MacBook Pro remains a great acquisition at the end of 2019. The fact is that almost all of its computers, especially the MacBook Pro, Apple does with a margin of performance for several years to come. The 2015 MacBook Pro is a great example. The version with the Intel Core i7 processor in the secondary market costs an average of 75 thousand rubles. In gray, and even more so official stores, this animal, unfortunately, is no longer for sale. It's a pity, because for many users, the presence of almost all the ports necessary for life - from HDMI and human USB-A would be extremely useful. I recommend to those users who want to get the most for little money. You will not find such performance and iron in any new MacBook of the latest generations for such a price.
MacBook Pro 16
The hottest new product of the outgoing year. In terms of processors, nothing new, the same Intel Core i7 or Intel Core i9 of the latest generation that were offered for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Updated the graphics - AMD Radeon Pro 5300M or 5500M for the younger and older versions, respectively. There was a configuration with 64 GB of RAM and 8 TB of internal SSD-drive in the most expensive version. A distinctive feature of the MacBook Pro 16 from last year's MacBook Pro 13 and MacBook Pro 15 is the new, or even more correct, good old scissor mechanism, which does not have problems with sticky keys when printing. The company from Cupertino decided to abandon the new-fashioned, but problematic mechanism "butterfly" in favor of the mechanism "scissors" just for this reason. The stroke of the keys has changed, it is now 1 mm. The Escape key has become physical. Despite the advanced stuffing, according to Apple, the MacBook Pro 16 is able to work up to 11 hours without recharging. The cost of the MacBook Pro 16 in the official store starts from 199,990 rubles for a model with an Intel Core i7 processor, 512 GB SSD-drive and 16 GB of RAM.
Do not buy an old MacBook Air
This computer is already outdated. The last time the classic MacBook Air was updated in 2017, and there is still no Retina display, and there is no need to talk about any other goodies like True Tone and Touch ID. In official stores, its cost for the base model with a 128 gigabyte SSD-drive starts at 65 thousand rubles. Let it be the cheapest MacBook that you can buy from authorized resellers, but the price-quality ratio, unfortunately, is not about him. Paying 5 or 10 thousand rubles, you can buy a brand new MacBook Air with a Retina-screen in some gray store. Even if you were thinking about buying this computer in the secondary market, it will still not be the best laptop option for every day. If the budget does not allow you to buy one of the current MacBooks, then it is better to look at the old MacBook Pro with a Retina display or watch something on Windows. Some Xiaomi Redmibook could be a good alternative to this old man. With the basic tasks it will certainly cope.