When you’re in the market for a new computer, you’re faced with a greater range of options today than ever before. But while the technology now gives you far more power than you would’ve had just a few years ago, more variety also means making a choice can be more difficult. Let’s say you know you’re looking for an Apple product, and let’s say you know you want a laptop—that’s two key choices you’ve already made, but Apple still gives you a couple great options to decide between: the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. And of course, each of those comes with different options, as well. So how can you go about choosing between different types of refurbished MacBooks in Chandler, AZ?

  • Think about your budget: Particularly when you’re shopping for Apple products, one of the first things you’ll need to consider is your budget. Yes, Apple products are almost guaranteed to be more expensive than other brands, but you already knew that. As far as MacBooks are concerned, a MacBook Pro is automatically going to run a couple hundred dollars more than a MacBook Air. But just as important as price is what you’ll actually be doing with your computer.
  • Consider what you need to do with your computer: Will you be using your laptop primarily for work or pleasure? What kinds of software will you regularly be running? Are you more concerned with speed, storage space, screen size or the ability to hook up to other devices? A technician can help walk you through the differences between the computers, based on your needs.
  • Size matters: One good piece of news is that, if you haven’t handled an Apple laptop in a while, or if you’re only used to competitors’ products, you’re in for a treat with more recent Apple models: they’re more lightweight and thinner than ever. The smallest MacBook Air weighs about half as much as the largest MacBook Pro, but none of these models is anywhere near as heavy as even older MacBooks.
  • Connections and ports: One of the tradeoffs of the MacBook Air is that what you gain in lightweight sleekness diminishes your options for connecting to other devices. MacBook Pros come with two Thunderbolt ports, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI port. MacBook Airs lose one of those Thunderbolt ports and the HDMI port.
  • Storage considerations: Here, your choice needs to factor in whether you want a hard disk drive or a solid-state drive. The former allows for substantially more storage, while the latter is substantially faster. Newer MacBook Pros and all MacBook Airs have solid-state drives, and while Pros can be upgraded to include more storage, those upgrades don’t come cheap.

Buying refurbished MacBooks in Chandler, AZ has never been easier, even if you take into account the differences between Apple products. Fortunately, the team at The Orchard has the experience and knowledge necessary to help you make sure you’re getting the right Apple laptop for your needs. Call or come in today to ask questions and do some shopping!

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