Knowing what specs you should choose and which Mac Laptops are best suited to your Graphic Design, Photography or Video Editing work isn’t that simple for a non-technical person who needs something to work out of the box. Apple has made things slightly more confusing with the return of the Macbook to their laptop lineup. Now designers have one more choice standing between them and something simple… yes, that was an intentional dig, Steve Jobs retired the Macbook for a reason… several reasons actually…
This is hands down what I’m going to recommend if you’re planning to do serious graphic design work and you feel you need to use a Mac instead of PC for whatever reason. The MacBook Pro, just like it’s name implies is for professionals using professional programs that need power. With a fast SSD and the Haswell Processors this thing flies when working in programs like Adobe Photoshop. The retina display helps improve clarity and reduce eye strain, and the screen is fairly color accurate when it comes to printing.
The MacBook Air Starting at 9
These light weight models are known for being thin, portable and simple. They also lack in power and substance but honestly they are still your next best choice from the Mac Laptop line up. Although for the specs you will want to upgrade to on this, at that cost you may as well have gotten the MacBook Pro anyway… also this model lacks a retina display.
The MacBook Starting at $1299
Why this laptop cost more than the MacBook Air and almost as much as the MacBook Pro, I’m not sure… why it exist other than for me to make a parody video to “Return of the Mac”… I don’t know… What I do know is while the design and form factor is beautiful and unique, its value proposition sucks. That’s right I’m not pulling punches on that one, this product is completely unnecessary. I didn’t agree with Steve Jobs on everything but I agreed with pulling the MacBook in favor of the Air, reversing that decision and cluttering up the product line with this was a mistake…
In this video I breakdown what Mac Laptop specs you need as a graphic designer to get your work done.