If you’re on the hunt for a new Mac, Sweetwater is the place to be! Our selection of MacBooks is curated especially for musicians and sound professionals. If you’re wondering which Mac you should get, let us help you with an overview of your options.
First off, you should know that Apple has three lines of laptop computers – the MacBook, Macbook Air, and the MacBook Pro. We carry all three of them. The issue most people encounter when trying to choose is that they all seem quite similar at first glance. But, if you know what your needs are, the choice won’t be that difficult.
Are you looking for an affordable laptop that’s easy to take with you and still delivers impressive functionality? The MacBook Air is the way to go! We carry two types of MacBook Air, both with 13" screens. Both models include an excellent processor and 8GB of RAM, so you’ll enjoy great performance whenever you’re browsing the web, sending and receiving mail, or using software. MacBook Air laptops also have built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to a network, as well as Bluetooth, and Thunderbolt and USB ports for connecting your gear. All of these features combine to make the MacBook Air the perfect laptop for those who are often on the road but can’t let a tour slow down their work.
On the other hand, if you don’t need great connection abilities and want something even smaller and lighter, Apple’s latest Macbook is the right choice. Its 12-inch screen is even thinner and lighter than the Macbook Air, while still offering decent processing capability. It can easily handle simple day-to-day tasks, and is even good for some of your professional work, but it won’t be the fastest laptop out there. It’s important to note that it has only one USB-C port, so you will need adapters if you want to connect multiple pieces of gear or anything that requires a VGA or other type of USB connection. On the other hand, the ultra-high Retina display makes viewing images and videos from your latest performance truly satisfying.
Do you need something that can really handle high-end professional production tasks? Then the MacBook Pro is the right call for you. Mix, edit, and sample to your heart’s delight. The MacBook Pro is a top-of-the-line option for a demanding user who wants the ultimate in performance. The price tag on this laptop is higher than the other two, but it is well worth it if you want a smooth and crisp display, easy connectivity and amazing processing power. Its speed is 25% faster than that of the Macbook Air, and some models are equipped with a AMD graphics card. We offer both 13" and 15" models, and if you want even more functionality, check out our models featuring a Touch Bar. Apple’s newest innovation, the Touch Bar is a touch screen located on top of the keyboard. The controls on the Touch Bar change depending on the software you use, putting the power right at your fingertips.
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