“They’re thinner, lighter and speedier. And, in the case of the 13-inch model, it’s cheaper too: The starting price is [about $400 less than last year’s].” — Dana Coleman, on Endgadget.com

As the smaller screen version of laptop computers, Mac’s newest MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2013) has stayed somewhat under the radar as Mac unveiled some new iPads late last year. But the December 2013 rendition of high-performance laptops combines worthy upgrades with a lower starting price.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the second generation of the Retina display models. (Retina is a liquid crystal display that basically crowds more pixels for an amazingly sharp screen.) Still not as thin and lightweight as the MacBook Air, according to Coleman, the thinner and lighter design of the 13-inch model “puts it within spitting distance of the 13-inch MacBook Air, which measures 0.68 inch at its widest point.”

Battery life for the 13-inch MacBook Pro now extends into the eight-hour realm of the MacBook Air. The two models are similarly priced, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs 3.46 pounds — somewhat lighter than last year — compared to the 2.96 pound MacBook Air.

So why not buy the lighter MacBook Air? Here are some tiebreakers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro features include:

  • the spectacular graphics of the Retina display
  • more port selections for access to peripherals
  • a 2.5 or 2.6HHz processor with 8GB of off-the-shelf RAM

Essentially, the MacBook Pro is for the power/professional user. The Air is Mac’s offering to the wider consumer market.

On the other hand, there are rumors afoot that Mac is looking to redesign the MacBook Air with a 12-inch Retina facelift during the summer of 2014.

Whatever your personal or professional needs, if you’re considering scrapping your old PC laptop and want to experience the superior design, performance and elegance of Mac hardware and the Mavericks operating system, contact us. We’ll let you take a test drive of the new Mac products. We’re locally owned operated and we’ll be here to provide Mac’s incomparable service after the sale.