Best Apple Laptops 2019
Apple's laptop lineup is now a lot more streamlined. The 12-inch MacBook and original 13-inch MacBook Air are gone. Now, there is only the new 13-inch MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro (two versions) and a powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro. So what should you buy?
Based on our testing, our top pick for most shoppers is the $1,299 13-inch MacBook Pro. Yes, it's pricier than the $1,099 MacBook Air, but you get a faster processor and longer battery life. But there's still reasons to opt for the Air, as well as the much more powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Looking to the future, Apple is expected to release a new 16-inch MacBook Pro this year with a revamped keyboard. Here are the best Apple laptops for your money now. Our MacBook vs MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro face-off will help you decide which system is right for you, and our Apple Warranty Check instructions can help you discover the remaining days on your AppleCare+ plan.
Most Affordable: MacBook Air with Retina Display (2019)
Slimmer, lighter and sporting thinner bezels than ever before, the new MacBook Air is a very good Apple laptop for those who don't want to spend too much. You get a sharp Retina display (which was recently updated with True Tone support), loud speakers and Touch ID. This helps you log in, use Apple Pay and unlock third-party apps with your fingerprint. While the Air's Y-series Core i5 CPU isn't as fast as we'd like, its SSD speeds are super-fast. We just wish Apple included 256GB of storage standard instead of 128GB. To find out which of Apple's 13-inch laptops is best, check out our MacBook Pro vs Air (2019) face-off.
Quick Specs: CPU: 8th Gen Y-Series Core i5| RAM: 8GB, 16GB | Display: 13.3 inches (2560 x 1600 pixels) | SSD: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB | Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3, headphone | Weight: 2.75 pounds
Best Apple Laptop for Most: 13-inch MacBook Pro (2019)
The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is now our favorite Apple laptop for most shoppers. It packs a fast 8th-gen Core i5 processor and more than 10 hours of battery life in a fairly light 3-pound design. You also get a Touch ID sensor for unlocking your Mac with ease, a bright and sharp display and powerful speakers. Yes, we'd like to see more Thunderbolt ports than just two, but you'll need to step up to the $1,799 configuration for that perk.
Quick Specs: CPU: 1.4-GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 8th gen | RAM: 8GB, 16GB | Display: 13 inches (2560 x 1600 pixels) | SSD: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB | Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3 | Weight: 3.02 pounds
More Speed to Go: 13-inch MacBook Pro with 4 Thunderbolt Ports
This higher-end version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro gives you more power and more ports. It starts with a faster 2.4-GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, more powerful Iris 655 graphics and 256GB of storage, and Apple throws in four Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can connect more peripherals at once. In our testing, this version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted 8 hours and 51 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test. That's above average but behind the cheaper entry-level 13-inch Pro. So you have to decide if more oomph or more endurance is worth it.
Quick Specs: CPU: 2.4-GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 | RAM: 8GB, 16GB | Display: 13 inches (2560 x 1600 pixels) | SSD: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB | Ports: Four Thunderbolt 3 | Weight: 3.02 pounds
For Serious Pros: 15-inch MacBook Pro (2019)
Whether you're a video editor, a programmer, a photo editor or some other pro with a demanding workload, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro should be able to handle it with ease. You can opt for up to a 6-core Core i9 processor that plowed through our benchmarks, including our demanding 4K video editing test. Starting at $2,399 15-inch MacBook Pro also packs a graphics punch, with up to a AMD Radeon 560X GPU. Last but not least, the 15-inch Pro can last nearly all day on a charge, as the system turned in a great battery life test result of 10 hours and 20 minutes.
Quick Specs: CPU: 2.2-GHz six-core Intel Core i7 | RAM: 16GB | Display: 15 inches (2880 x 1800 pixels) | SSD: 256GB | Ports: Four Thunderbolt 3 | Weight: 4.02 pounds