If you are still wondering whether to buy a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro, the comparisons below can help you make your decision.
MacBook Air and Pro 2020 are both equipped with M1 chip with 8 CPU cores including 4 high-performance cores and 4 power-saving cores. However, the MacBook Air graphics card only has 7 GPU cores instead of 8 cores like the MacBook Pro. In addition to the slight difference in GPU, MacBook Pro has an active heat dissipation mechanism, thus allowing high performance to be maintained under continuous load conditions for a longer time.
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In particular, the 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) is upgraded with an M1 Pro or M1 Max chip with options for more CPU and GPU cores, increased RAM, a FaceTime full HD 1080p camera and many other improvements.
MacBook Air and Pro 2020 are equipped with a 720p FaceTime camera, if you want a FaceTime full HD 1080p camera, you need to buy a MacBook Pro 2021.
The MacBook Pro has stereo speakers with high dynamic range and studio-quality three-microphone array, while the MacBook Air is a speaker with wide-format sound and a regular three-microphone array.
One difference between the MacBook Air and the Pro is the Touch Bar. The Macbook Air still has the traditional dedicated keys while the Pro model will come with a Touch Bar that displays many convenient shortcuts, which are placed in place of the function keys from F1 to F12.
In general, both MacBook Air 2020, MacBook Pro 2020 and 2021 are three products with high performance, but you should consider choosing based on the nature of work. If the workflow is heavy and requires frequent use, you should choose the MacBook Pro, and if the workflow is medium to light, the MacBook Air will be a more suitable choice.
Monitor, connection port
If screen brightness is what you’re interested in, the MacBook Pro has a slight edge with 500-1600 nits of brightness compared to 400 nits on the MacBook Air.
The 14-inch MacBook Pro has a thinner screen border with a notch design for the camera cluster, although the maximum brightness is up to 1,600 nits only when displaying wide dynamic range (HDR) content, you still get speed. refresh rate up to 120Hz with ProMotion technology and Mini LED backlight.
MacBook Air and Pro 2020 only support up to one external monitor with 6K resolution at 60Hz while the 14-inch MacBook Pro includes 3 USB-C / Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, SDXC slot, MagSafe and supports up to 3 external screen.
Size, weight, color
The MacBook Air is the lightest (1.29 kg), followed by the 13-inch MacBook Pro (1.4 kg) and the heaviest is the 14-inch MacBook Pro (1.6 kg).
MacBook Air is also the thinnest laptop with a slim design at only 0.41-1.61 cm thick and comes in three color options: space gray (Space Gray), silver (Silver) and gold (Gold). The 14-inch MacBook Pro 1.55 cm thick is only available in two colors Space Gray and Silver.
The switch from Intel to Apple Silicon chips makes the MacBook’s battery life significantly improved. The battery life of the MacBook Air is slightly better than that of the latest MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air 2020 is equipped with a 49.9Wh battery that allows 15 hours of wireless web surfing, while the MacBook Pro 2021 is 11 hours with a 70Wh battery.
Depending on the configuration, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will cost between 300-1,000 USD. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999 for the M1 Pro, 512GB chip version, while the MacBook Air starts at $999 for the 256GB version.
All in all, if you need a powerful computer with high performance that caters to heavy workloads, a bright screen and more ports, then the MacBook Pro is the right choice.
While if you have light-to-medium performance needs and prefer a compact, slim machine with long battery life, the MacBook Air is the logical choice.
However, if you are eyeing the MacBook Air, then you should wait a little longer because it is likely that Apple will announce the next sea session at the new product launch event taking place on March 8.
Huong Dung(According to 9to5Mac)
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