Apple has launched the Mac Mini, which packs the Apple experience on a desktop for budget buyers. Interestingly, the specifications of this new offering are at par with the Retina MacBook Pro. Lets see how they compare against each other.
Good choice for budget buyers
Updated in 2014, Mac mini range of Apple is available in three configurations and supports some of the high-end features that every user might be looking for. The budget model priced at £549, Mac mini comes with Intel Iris Graphics, 1TB hard drive, 8GB memory and 2.6GHz processor. While the other Mac mini model, which is priced at £799 offers smooth performance with 2.8GHz processor, 1TB Fusion Drive, 8GB memory along with Intel Iris Graphics. This model is almost in par with the MacBook Pro model that is priced at £999 and comes with 2.7GHz processor, 128GB SSD, 8GB memory along with Intel Iris Graphics 6100.
Priced at £1,199, this MacBook Pro also has quite similar features. The device comes with 2.7GHz processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB memory as well as Intel Iris Graphics 6100.
The deaerest model in comparison is priced £1,399 and boasts of a better 2.9GHz processor, 512GB SSD, 8GB memory along with Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Though Mac mini has some shortcomings compared to MacBook Pro, Mac mini can be a good choice for people interested to get hassle free performance at a budget price.
It has been long that we pitted two laptops against each other that were as powerful as Macbook Pro 13 with Retina and Dell XPS 13. At around $1299 and with 13 incher displays onboard, there are chances that both win this battle. Moreover, the design specs for both are so good that at best—they are a draw. The Macbook Pro is sleek with an aluminum uni-body that renders it extra class; the Dell XPS 13 is made from carbon fiber with an aluminum frame as well. The soft touch style makes it lighter and the edge-to-edge screen style is a winner. The touch and key styles fare better on the Macbook Pro 13 incher as does the backlit style.
Processing Prowess Weighed
The Dell XPS 13 is not slow in terms of performance thanks to the Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 1.6 GHz clock speed and Turbo Boost speed of 2.6 GHz. However, this sheens off against the Macbook Pro 13, thanks to the Intel Core i5-4258U processor with a base clock of 2.4 GHz and Turbo Boost 2.9 GHz. Both laptops come with 128GB SSD RAMs but the Apple can be upgraded to 1 TB while the Dell can go up until 256GB only.
Battery Life Weighed
The Macbook Pro 13 lasts six hours, 23 minutes on a standard browsing usage while the Dell XPS 13 takes honors here with seven hours and 48 minutes battery life.
It is a well-known fact that any model from MacBook series does not comes cheap. Even for the cheapest MacBook you will have to shell out a minimum of $899 which is a steep price for a laptop.
Which one is better?
If you are looking for high performance machine to fulfill your entertainment and work needs Apple Mac Book Pro is the perfect product for you.The laptop looks quite handsome on the first instance as it is aesthetically built with all the right curves.
With all aluminum chassis, the idea pad is undoubtedly one of the best-looking laptops in the market. With an option to choose between 13.3 inch and 15.6 inch screen, MacBook Pro is highly portable and weighs around 1.2 kilograms.
What experts say?
According to Laptop magazine, the best pick amongst MacBook series is MacBook Air (13 Inch). MacBook’s offer high-end performance and Apple Mac Book Air 13 is no exception. The latest generation Intel Pentium core I 5 processing unit offers seamless performance so that you can run multiple tasks at the same time.
This laptop not only offers seamless multitasking but also provides a great battery life making it a perfect option for working professionals. But when it comes to portability, MacBook (12-Inch) leads the other models due to its small size and low weight. It weighs just 2 pounds which makes it extremely portable. The 13- inch MacBook air offers the best battery life in the series. On normal usage, the laptop can last for more than 12 hours which is truly exceptional.
US-based tech giant Apple is most likely scheduled to release its next line of MacBook Pros in the third quarter of 2014. There have been rumors that the company will introduce a major redesign in the product, the first since 2012.
It is expected that the 2014 MacBook Pro line-up will be equipped with Intel’s fifth generation Core i processors, codenamed Broadwell. This is likely to give 30% more efficiency than the existing generation of Intel chips, known as Haswell, while also giving faster performance.
However, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that the next-generation Broadwell processors are most expected to be in the market during the Christmas shopping period, signifying that the company is anticipated to resort to slightly-faster Haswell chips in its MacBook Pros and use the Broadwell chips in future models.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has said that the company is presently working on a brand new MacBook Pro having a 12in screen. The MacBook Pro line-up are already equipped with Retina displays, so the company will concentrate towards manufacturing laptops in the range in different sizes.
Apple recently won patent for a “touchpad that utilises force sensors and acuator feedback.” The design makes use of several sensors and an actuator to emulate the function and tactile feedback of the current trackpad which are installed in the company’s current MacBooks.
Since the past several years, Apple has started the trend of annual launch patterns for its most important products. The company commercially released its latest MacBook Pros during October in both 2013 and 2012. There is a great possibility that the company will continue the trend and will launch its next MacBook Pro during October 2014.
We have tried to provide you all the information that you need to know about the Apple MacBook Pro 2014. We will keep on updating the post once we will receive any new details related to the device.
Possibly one of the slimmest devices ever designed, MacBook Pro Retina looks similar to the MacBook Air. Their features also look dangerously close. So, what is it that sets them apart?
The MacBook Pro Retina is known to be equipped with a lot of features and hence, is known to be one of the best among the Apple products. However, MacBook Air can be a wonderful choice for those who are looking for a budget product. The MacBook Pro is also heavier than the MacBook Air. While the Pro weighs 3.46 pounds, Macbook Air weighs 2.96 pounds. Pro is known to be sturdy considering the build quality and hence, it is heavier in the hand as well as backpack.
MacBook Air is known to be amazing as it is known to provide with battery life of about 12 hours. It is also known to be easily portable and the memory capacity is also appreciable if you go for 8 GB. Considering the MacBook Pro Retina, it is known to be larger when compared to MacBook Air in terms of the retina display and the options for good speed.
However, we should not miss that both the devices are mostly close in terms of nature and factor. They are known to have permanent RAM and no superdrive. They are equipped with 802ac wifi and are featured with PCIe SSD. Here are the MacBook Pro Retina and MacBook Air features compared:
The MacBook Pro 15-inch comes equipped with standard MacBook Pro features such as retina display with a 178-degree view. The MacBook Pro is faintly thinner and also lighter. With fourth-generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processors, it is faster than any other but it’s clearly part of the same family.
The MacBook Pro 15-inch sports a 2,880 x 1,800 pixel resolution screen and is ideal for all media professionals, owing to its incredibly smooth edges and minute pixels which make it difficult to remember whether any pixels exist at all.
On the other hand, the MacBook Air 13-inch is designed for anyone who wants to buy a laptop without any worries. It is leading the pack of ultrabooks with an exciting blend of portability and power. The MacBook Air does not weigh more than 2.85 pounds and is just 0.68 inches thick, dramatically thinner and lighter than the MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina Display laptop. The MacBook Air 13-inch is less expensive than the MacBook Pro, equipped with Retina Display and the price difference is almost of one grand dollars. … Read the rest
Here we go again. Brand new rumors state that Apple will now publicly release the MacBook Mini along with its Flagship MacBook Pro. Just a day before the release date, 22nd October shall now see two big releases instead of one.
It’s being said that new displays are also going to accompany these much-awaited models. There is also a possibility that the MacBook Mini might just move to utilize the likes of the Intel Haswell along with the Retina MacBook Pro.
A question has been lingering in the minds of various apple loyalists. Will there be a non-retina MacBook Pro? Will another Haswell MacBook Pro model enter the market to satiate the needs of lower-end byers? All this considering the persistence of the MacBook Air (also rumored to go cheaper).
This event shall also see the lift-off phase for the iPad Mini with the Retina Display alongside the iPad 5. Apple is till date flaunting its Touch ID (fingerprint scanner) as a breakthrough in security (let’s not forget iOS 7); a brand new camera and new color options for the iPad lineup.
With the release date here, let’s see what Apple offers us next.… Read the rest
Having released the much anticipated iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5S, rumors are going strong that Apple will soon release the all new MacBook Pro line somewhere in October. Though features of the new MacBook Pro have not been confirmed yet, there are several hinted features which are highly likely to be seen in the new MacBook Pro 2013.
What’s in store for the new MacBook Pro 2013?
Apple has powered the iMac as well as the MacBook Air with Intel’s Hawell processor. So, it is highly likely that the Haswell processor will also be seen in the new MacBook Pro 2013. Haswell chips from Intel are known for extending and enhancing the battery life of the device by nearly 70 percent to 80 percent. This converts into 12 hours of more battery life, a feature that seems truly hard to resist.
The Macbook Pro might also get the 802.11ac WiFi which is also seen in MacBook Air. It is also expected to get the PCIE storage, which provides faster and improved data storage.
Though the Sony Vaio may lack in the aforementioned features, it gets touch enabled features. Exceptional audio is also what the Sony Vaio Pro 13 promises. … Read the rest
There are many people wondering whether to buy the MacBook Air with Intel’s latest Haswell micro processor or to wait for a MacBook Pro to be release with the same processor. It is quite a good question really, the Haswell processor is much faster that the Ivy Bridge processors that the MacBook Pros currently use and the Haswell series also use much less power.
But life is never that simple. Deciding on which of the two laptops to buy comes down to a variety of factors, probably the most important being usage. The MacBook Air is a great machine for on the go business people and students. If most of your work is word processing or making spreadsheets, then the MacBook Air should be sufficient for your need. It is great for browsing, is really light and compact and can last for almost 12 hours on moderate usage.
The MacBook Pro is a much more serious laptop. It is powerful and is actually a better desktop replacement than a mobile computing solution. A MacBook Pro running the latest Haswell processor would be great for serious gamers and video editors. … Read the rest