Oct 28, 2015

How to choose between MacBook and MacBook Air?

I’ve been using Windows PCs and laptops since Windows 95, so I’m pretty late to the Apple party. Frankly, I’ve always thought that they were overpriced for what they offered, but now I’m at the point in my career where I can justify spending a little extra, but I’m not sure which Apple laptop is best suited for me. I mainly used laptops for communication (email, text messages, etc.), research, word processing and spreadsheets. I do travel a fair amount, and like to use them for media consumption when doing so to pass the time. Which MacBook would be best suited for this type of use? What are the main differences between a MacBook Air and MacBook?
MacBook is less powerful the Air, it is a little lighter, but is also more expensive. MacBook comes with a retina display (great for video quality), while the smaller air doesn't. MacBook has only one port - USB C (which is also used to charge the laptop)so it's meant to connect to everything wirelessly. Air has a thunderbolt 2 and a couple of USB 3 ports. Air has a larger 13" model as well. There are different configurations that will bump up the price for both. Either option should work ok for the purpose. Here's the link with a side by side comparison:
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