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Top Newest Apple Mac Laptops Reviews 2013 - 2014

Updated on December 3, 2013

Review of the MacBook Air and Pro

Apple has designed an array of notebooks to meet the needs of any consumer. Decades of research, consumer feedback and designer imagination have led to a number of innovations that keep Apple at the forefront of the industry.

Notebooks come in two basic formats: the Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro. Though all Apple notebooks come with many of the same ground-breaking features, each has some distinctions that distinguish the two design categories.

Unibody Construction

All Apple notebooks are constructed with a unibody aluminum case. This allows for superb durability and a much sleeker style than PC competitors. Fewer parts make the notebook much thinner and lighter, and minimizes seams that crack and wear on other computers.

Each Macbook is made with a three sheets of aluminum — one sheet for the lid, one for the top and one for the bottom. Aluminum has a tremendous strength/weight ratio, but is light and permits a beautiful finish.

Multi-Touch Trackpad

All MacBooks are designed to be instinctual. Instead of trying to transform humans into computer operators, Apple designs computers to be easily used by humans. The trackpad is one example of this attitude. Instead of pointing and clicking a mouse, use two or three fingers to open documents, rotate images, flip through pages or apps. Use the pinch technique to zoom in and out, or double tap fingers on the trackpad to magnify.

FaceTime Camera and Mic

Every Macbook notebook has a built in camera right at the top of the display. It’s hidden unobtrusively behind the glass, but features a wide angle to allow friends and family to see a lot of you…but you don’t have to see a lot of camera.

MagSafe Power Connector

A big hit with anyone who is working around children, pets or just clumsy adults. The MagSafe Power Connector allows the power cord to quickly disengage from the computer when the cord is jerked away. Have you ever had your laptop yanked off the table when someone trips on your power cord? Never again. Now, your cord might go flying, but your delicate computer won’t land on the ground.

Back-lit Keyboard

Apple notebooks come with distinctive black keyboards that are backlit to light up in dim or dark rooms. Now you can work through that office presentation without hitting all the wrong keys.

The ambient light sensor lights up the keyboard automatically when it detects dim lighting — this conserves power by allowing normal daytime use without battery-draining backlighting. Keys at the top of the keyboard allow for manual adjustment, as well.

Processors and Other Hardware

Every Apple notebook includes Intel processors and DDR3 memory. Technology includes the newest AMD Radeon HD graphics for great performance, and blazing fast 802.11n Wi-Fi for great Internet connection no matter where you carry your notebook.

Environmentally Friendly

Apple products are made with the most environmentally friendly parts possible. They’ve worked to eliminate most harmful chemicals, and displays are all free of mercury and arsenic. Inside, all components are PVC and BFR- free.

The aluminum and glass that your MacBook is made of is highly recyclable. You can even recycle your notebook for free at Apple stores when buying a new computer.

Every Mac in the United States has a rating of EPEAT Gold from the Energy Star Program designed by the EPA. Apple notebooks have a plethora of energy-saving features designed to reduce the amount of electricity used to power them.

Software

MacBooks come with an assortment of software that makes them ready to use right out of the box. Included software: Mail, iCal calendar, Address Book, Safari web browser, iChat and FaceTime, Preview PDF and image viewer, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.

You’ll find that you can quickly store, edit and organize photos, edit and create movies, organize your files and schedule and surf the web without ever downloading another program. If you need a few more options, iWork includes Pages (word processing), Numbers (spreadsheets) and Keynote (presentation software) for a low price.

OS

The newest operating system is simple to use and designed to be as intuitive as possible. The dock features easy access to the most frequently used applications, files and downloads. It’s super fast — every single application is designed to run as 64-bit processes. And, with a Mac, you’re safe from all those pesky PC viruses that can really ruin your day.

5 stars for MacBook Air

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air’s main purpose is to provide a high-powered notebook in a super-light format so that you can carry it anywhere without straining your back. Flash storage enables speed and function without much added weight or storage room.

Apple recently reduced the size of its MacBook Air to include this smaller, 11-inch version that might offer PC net books a run for their money. It’s older cousin – the 13-inch MacBook Air is still available as well. The 11-inch version weighs a puny 2.38 pounds; the larger 13-inch is only 2.06. Both measure only .68” high at their thickest point.

The 11-inch MacBook Air comes standard with a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache and options of either 64 GB flash storage or 128 GB flash storage. The 13-inch model has a 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB shared L3 cache and options of either 128 GB flash storage or 256 GB flash storage. The base model 11-inch comes with 2GB of memory that can be upgraded to 4MB; the 13-inch comes standard with 4MB.

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MacBook Pro 13, 15 and 17 Inch

The MacBook Pro is designed for speed, memory and efficiency. It comes in three different sizes, with various options. The 13-inch Macbook Pro has up to a 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor, a 13.3-inch backlit display, and 4GB or 8GB of memory. Get up to a 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive. It has a 63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery.

The 15-inch Macbook Pro is a big brother to the 13-inch. In addition to the larger display (which is also available in antiglare), the 15-inch comes with up to a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and high performance AMD Radeon HD graphics. It sports up to a 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive. It has a 77.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery.

The Big Daddy of all Macbook Pros is the 17-inch. Here, you’ll have even more options. The processor size is the same, but the hard drive can be increased up to a 500GB 7200-rpm hard drive for increased storage. It comes with a 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery. An added feature is the ExpressCard/34 slot, which replaces the SDXC card slot on the other two Macbook Pros.

© 2013 Jackie Jacobs

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