When deciding what MacBook is for you and/or your staff it can become a complicated task because there is simply so many variants to choose from. Now we at HardSoft want to make it a less daunting task for you, so here I will be comparing the different models and highlighting where each MacBook is suited best…so here we go.

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12”MacBook’s Dual Core Intel Core M processor compared to the Airs i5 and i7 processor

We start with the MacBook 12” (which starts at only €10.90 per week, on a 3 year business lease). This model comes with either a 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 GHz Dual Core Intel Core M processor which are also all turbo boosted in excess of 2.4Ghz. This means that it can handle office work, web applications, downloads, uploads and editing like a breeze. This model also comes with a huge 256GB or 512GB of flash storage which benefits from being exceptionally fast and a crystal clear Retina display with Intel HD graphics 5300 for viewing 4k images and video effortlessly. So where does this model stand out? Well if you’re looking for something that weighs in at only 0.92kg and is only 13mm making it simple to carry on the go and functional enough to replace your desktop, it could be simply all you need.

Now we go on to the MacBook air range which feature as the cheapest options of the MacBook models (starting at a modest €7.80 per week, on a 3 year business lease) however does not fall behind a huge amount because it still features an impressive 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor which (turbo boosted to 3.2 GHz). In addition the  MacBook Air boasts up to 9hr (or for the 13inch 12hr) battery life, up to 512GB of flash storage and the latest 0S X El Capitan operating system which the more expensive MacBook also features. The key difference between a 12inch MacBook and MacBook Air is that the air comes in 11.6” and 13” respectively but features a slight downgrade in display quality and processing speed which still however packs some impressive specs and is great for such things as editing and web surfing in the office and on the go.

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MacBook 15″ with Retina Display

Lastly we have the MacBook Pro 13” in addition to the 13” and 15” Pro Retina display models (starting at a simple €10.40 per week, on a 3 year business lease). The clear difference we see first-hand is retina display. This varies from the widescreen display Pro’s screen by having a superior 4k screen rather than a 1080p making it almost impossible to make out the individual pixels in the display at any viewing angle. It also boasts a superior graphics processor with Intel Iris Graphics 6100 compared to the Intel HD Graphics 4000 of the pro 13” without Retina display. Similarly to the MacBook 12″ and the Air range, the Pro with Retina display boasts up to a dual-core Intel Core i5 or 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor (turbo boosted up to 3.6 GHz). However from there the Pro with Retina Display goes on to completely overshadow the MacBook’s 12” and Air models specs with up to 1TB of flash storage and up to 16GB of RAM meaning high usage rate applications and files will load at truly exceptional speeds.

So to summarize hopefully this blog shows how different each MacBook model really is in terms of specifications and has clearly highlighted which one would be best for you and your business.

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