With a starting price of $1,499, a 3-pound chassis and a brilliant Retina display, the MacBook Pro 13-inch offers the best balance between cost and functionality in Apple's lineup. Though it doesn't have the innovative Touch Bar, this laptop offers solid processor performance, a speedy SSD and over 12 hours of battery life.
Even though the most-recent MacBook Air is nearly two years old, it still offers plenty of value for Mac fans on a budget. The only MacBook with a starting price under $1,000, the Air weighs just under 3 pounds and lasts over 14 hours on a charge. It also has full-size USB ports and relatively deep key travel, both features the latest Apple laptops lack.
This last-generation MacBook Pro has some advantages over the newer models. Not only does this 2015 model start at $200 less than its successor, but it also has a keyboard with much deeper travel and a much wider array of ports, including two USB 3.0 connectors, HDMI-out and an SD card slot. The older MacBook Pro also provides a sharp Retina display, snappy performance and over 12 hours of battery life in a highly-portable, 3.5-pound package.
This laptop comes with Apple's new Touch Bar, which replaces the keyboard's function row with a context-sensitive navigation screen that changes based on what app you're running. You'll see buttons for tabs in Safari or editing buttons in Photos. In addition to the Touch Bar, this 13-inch, 3-pound laptop features a snappy 6th Gen Core series CPU, fast PCIe storage, Intel Iris graphics, four Thunderbolt 3 ports and a brilliant 2560 x 1600 Retina display.
You'll barely notice this super-slim, 2-pound MacBook when you stick it in your bag, but you will appreciate its gorgeous Retina display, snazzy design and 9+ hours of battery life. However, serious productivity users will want better performance than its modest Core m CPU can provide and more flexibility than you get with just a single USB Type-C port for data and charging.
Ideal for creative professionals who perform demanding tasks like video editing or animation, the MacBook Pro 15-inch packs a quad-core CPU, AMD Radeon Pro 450 or 460 graphics, 16GB of RAM and plenty of high-speed PCIe storage. It also provides a vibrant 2800 x 1800 display, the new Touch Bar and four Thunderbolt 3 ports.