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How to choose the right Mac ?

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Whether you're a creative professional, a student, or simply looking for a new device for your hobby, Apple offers a wide range of options that can fit different needs. needs and budgets.

In this file, we will explore the essential criteria to consider to make the most suitable choice, with particular emphasis on the distinction between desktop computers and laptops, screen sizes available and the options are more intended, in our opinion, for a professional niche market.


Why choose a Mac rather than a PC?

Let's quickly get rid of the question of choosing Apple rather than the multitude of PC brands on the market. Today we find excellent options in all price ranges, and/or technical sheets on PC. 90% of these funds run on Windows 11, the most widespread operating system on the market, also very present in businesses.

PCs have the reputation of being a little more targeted by computer viruses and other attacks, which remains true in 2024, given the size of the fleet. But it would be wrong to consider that Macs are immune to viruses. Proportionately, the risks are lower, but an increasing number of attacks and other incidents are reported each year.

The advantage of Macs, in our opinion, is their ecosystem, which is rich, complete, and capable of functioning perfectly. Especially if your smartphone is an iPhone and you already have an iPad or two at home. Everything connects without thinking, copying something to your iPad allows you to simply paste it without any further operation or software to any other device.

If you open your AirPods, and you're working on your Mac, they'll connect to it the moment you put them on your ears. Open your smartphone and launch Spotify, the connection goes to the mobile without you having to do anything else. This intuitive side is difficult to leave for anything else. From this point of view, Apple is clearly and by far the best on the market.

Beyond that, with the new Apple Silicon chips, based on ARM, Apple has taken a lead over the competition, whether in terms of power or autonomy for laptops. A MacBook Pro M2, for example, can allow you to work away from a power outlet for more than 20 hours. And this, whether you are video editing, or anything else. No real equivalent yet exists in the world of PCs, and that includes PCs running the latest Qualcomm chips.

Apple's secret is that by controlling everything, the company is able to quickly provide its customers with a complete experience. Where on PC you have to wait for the goodwill of third-party publishers, in particular to adapt to new processor architectures. Macs are durable devices that you will keep for many years. Apple supports them for updates for a particularly long time.

Desktop Mac or portable Mac: how to make the right choice?

The first criterion is to determine whether a desktop computer or a laptop computer will best suit your needs. Desktop computers, such as the iMac, Mac Studio, and Mac Pro, generally offer more power, storage, and expandability than laptops.

They are ideal for resource-intensive tasks, like video editing, music production, or graphic design. Plus, with a larger screen (needs to be purchased separately on Mac Studio and Mac Pro), they're great for multitasking and provide a more comfortable viewing experience.

Also note the existence of the Mac mini, the cheapest option to enter the Mac universe, and which can be transformed into the Mac mini. central unit which, in our opinion, is suitable for most Apple customers – as long as they only occasionally do demanding tasks like playing video games… In any case, we generally do not choose this ecosystem for this, as PCs are much better equipped in this area.

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Mac laptops, like the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, offer great portability and are ideal for traveling professionals, students, and users who value the flexibility of being able to work from anywhere. Although less powerful than their desktop counterparts, Apple's laptops are known for their solid performance, long battery life, and sleek design.

Choice of screen size for Apple laptops: 13″, 14″, 15″ or 16″ ?

Screen size is a determining factor when choosing a laptop. The 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are perfect for those who value lightweight and portability. They are suitable for everyday tasks like web browsing, word processing, and media viewing. Their compact size makes them the ideal choice for students and professionals who travel frequently.

The 15- and 16-inch models, typically available in the MacBook Pro line, provide a larger display area, which is beneficial for professional tasks such as video editing, graphic design, and software development.

They also have more powerful components and more efficient cooling systems, making them suitable for handling heavier workloads, maintaining their performance for longer in these cases, without the throttling effect. 8221; (automatic clamping which occurs when the chip heats up too much).

Mac Studio and Mac Pro: performance monsters for professionals

The Mac Studio and Mac Pro are’ are aimed at a more specialized and professional market segment. Designed for the most demanding tasks, these machines offer peak performance, large storage capacity and virtually unlimited expansion. The Mac Studio, for example, is an ideal choice for content creators, software developers, and AV professionals, delivering remarkable power in a compact design.

The Mac Pro, on the other hand, is the epitome of power and expandability, designed for professionals requiring unparalleled computing power, such as 3D rendering, large-scale music composition, and video editing in 8K resolution. With extensive customization options, it meets the specific needs of the most demanding professionals.

The price is in both cases very high, but their integration with, for example A recording studio or video editing room makes a lot of sense because they are particularly well optimized for performance. Note on the subject of music that the Mac Pro's fans are incredibly quiet, making its use in audio capture scenarios ideal.

They also constitute the only true “central processing unit” at Apple, with what that implies in terms of customization and subsequent scalability.

Conclusion: how to choose your next Mac? ?

With the introduction of Apple Silicon, Apple has taken a significant step forward in performance and efficiency energy. The M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and later chips transformed the capabilities of Macs, delivering remarkable improvements in processing speed, graphics, and battery life, while maintaining quiet operation .

When choosing your Mac, consider the hardware platform that best suits your needs. The MacBook Air with the M1 chip if you can still find it (or its successors in the Apple Silicon range) is a great option for users looking for a balance between performance and portability, ideal for office work , internet surfing and light editing. Even the slightly older generations are fast and durable and will satisfy most buyers.

For professionals and content creators requiring more power, MacBook Pros equipped with M2 Pro/M2 Max or even M3 Pro or M3 Max chips deliver exceptional performance for video editing, music production, software development and more. The ability to easily handle intensive workloads, combined with impressive battery life, makes it a preferred choice for demanding users.

Be careful though: since the switch to Apple Silicon chips, Apple customers are “married” on most references (excluding Mac Pro) with the amount of internal storage, RAM and chip chosen at the start. We therefore recommend investing a little on this point from the start, to maximize the lifespan of your investment. According to our tests, 8 GB of RAM may make you feel cramped. Especially if you like to collect tabs on Chrome or Safari…

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116