2020 MacBook Air 13″ vs MacBook Pro 13″ we compare the two

14th October 2020
Turquoise and Pink background with MacBook Air 13" and MacBook Pro 13" and versus in between

If you looking for your next laptop computer, then you can’t miss this guide to the 2020 MacBook Air 13″ vs MacBook Pro 13″.

Apple computers have more than 28% of the market share in the UK. That means roughly one in three desktop and laptop computers in the country is an Apple product.

If you’re looking for Apple computers for your business, then you can’t go far wrong with a MacBook. With a number of options to choose from, the hardest decision will be which model of MacBook to go for.

Read on as we compare the MacBook Air 13″ and MacBook Pro 13″ to help you decide.

Front view of the open MacBook Air
MacBook Air 13″


As you would expect with both products being 13″ laptops, there is very little difference in size.

The MacBook Air 13″ is 11.9 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches. The MacBook Pro 13″ is 12 x 8.4 x 0.6. One area where there is a slight difference, however, is in their weight. The MacBook Pro is 3.1 pounds compared to 2.8 pounds for the MacBook Air.


As a business, one of the most important factors for your computers is their performance.

This is one area where the MacBook Pro has a clear advantage. The MacBook Pro uses the faster U-series Intel processors. In comparison, the MacBook Air uses the Y-series processors which are optimized more for everyday use rather than running heavy-duty apps.

The SSD in the MacBook Pro also has a read speed nearly twice as fast as the MacBook Air. If you’re going to run applications that require a lot of effort then a MacBook Pro is definitely your best bet.

The new 2020 MacBook Pro 13" open keyboard looking down view
MacBook Pro 13″

Touch Bar

The Touch Bar is a strip along the top of the keyboard where the function keys usually sit that can be customised for use with various applications. For example, with video editing, it can be used to scrub through footage.

The Touch Bar isn’t included with a MacBook Air, so if this is something that would speed up your workflow, then you might want to consider the MacBook Pro.

Battery Life

The more powerful processor in the MacBook Pro comes at a cost. Apple state’s that the battery life of the MacBook Air is up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing or up to 30 days of standby time. In comparison, the MacBook Pro offers 10 hours of wireless web browsing with the same 30 days of standby time. It’s not a huge difference, but it’s certainly something to consider.


Of course, the final decision may come down to the cost. A new MacBook Pro 13″ starts at £1,299 for a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and 256GB SSD. In comparison, a MacBook Air 13″ starts at £999 for a 1.1GHz Dual-Core Core i3 Processor with 256GB SSD. These prices will rise if you need a larger SSD or a faster processor. And that’s where leasing helps you make things more affordable.

Is the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro for you?

Hopefully, this article has helped you make a decision about whether the MacBook Air 13″ or MacBook Pro 13″ is better suited to your needs.

Whatever your decision, we’re here to help. If you’re unsure about investing in a MacBook because of the upfront costs, there is another alternative. Our Flexi-Lease and Pure-Rental solutions mean you make affordable monthly payments rather than pay large upfront costs, you also benefit from our 3-year warranty which includes accidental damage cover and technical support.

We’ve been leasing computers since 1984 and today we support more than 5000 customers who have given us outstanding five-star reviews on Google and Trustpilot. With a range of leasing options to suit all businesses, you also have the option to own the computer outright at the end of your lease.

Take a look at our MacBook leasing options today. For more information, talk to our expert team on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk