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Which MacBook: we help you choose between the MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro and the 12in Retina MacBook

Karen Haslam | July 21, 2015
Should you buy the MacBook Air, MacBook, Retina MacBook Pro or non-Retina MacBook Pro? We help you find the right Mac laptop for your needs.

However, it's worth noting that the Retina-less MacBook Pro still has an optical drive, and, surprisingly, some universities still require work to be submitted on a CD or DVD. However, Apple does sell an external optical drive for £65.

Which MacBook should I buy if I'm on a budget?

If money is the deciding factor when it comes to buying a MacBook, then the cheapest model available is the 128GB 11in MacBook Air, which costs £749. At £100 more, you can get the 13in MacBook Air, and add another £50 to that and you can buy the Retina MacBook Pro for £999.

The MacBook Pro without Retina display costs £899 but we think that is too much to pay what is essentially a machine from 2012, it hasn't been updated since then.

It's also worth taking a look on Apple's refurbished store, which often has MacBooks available to buy at reduced prices. Apple puts the products in the refurbished store through vigorous testing, so you'll hardly know the difference between a refurbished Mac and a brand new one.

The cheapest MacBook we can see on the Apple refurbished store at time of writing is a June 2014 11in MacBook Air with 128GB flash storage, which has a saving of £130, making it £719.


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