Question from Alveda F.: Hi Rick. My daughter is a college freshman. Her laptop was stolen a few days ago during a visit to the library and she needs to replace it.
Price is an issue, but it’s important to me that she get the best computer for her needs even if it costs a little more.
I know they are more expensive than Windows laptops, but her friends have convinced her that she needs to buy a MacBook. That’s fine with me, but she’s confused about which model to get.
Which do you think would be better for her? She’s a History major if that makes any difference.
Rick’s answer: Alveda, both of those machines are great, and plenty powerful enough to serve your daughter well. That being said, I would recommend that she go with the MacBook Pro, simply because it is a more durable machine.
The typical college environment can be hard on a laptop, and the MacBook Pro will be better able to withstand drops and other types of rough handling.
The MacBook Air is a bit lighter than the Pro, which is always a welcome benefit. But in my opinion, the durability factor trumps the lighter weight in this case.
Another advantage of the MacBook Pro is there are several extra I/O ports available around the edge of the case, including both HDMI and Thunderbolt connections.
I hope this helps Alveda. Good luck!
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