Best MacBook For Students

Find out which MacBook, Apple’s laptop range, is best to buy for students and teachers with this guide designed to provide the best advice. This guide includes a summary of each MacBook, its battery life, and which one may be suitable for either school or university.

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Models and Summary

There are three different types of notebooks in Apple’s MacBook range. This includes the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. Each of them are portable, include decent battery life, come with MacOS, and run apps from the App Store (including Microsoft Office).

Each MacBook model varies in specifications and other features which may benefit you and your studies. You can learn more about each MacBook below:

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable notebook computer in the Mac range making it a great option for those on a budget or don’t necessarily need the best features. It includes a 13-inch standard display, a full-size keyboard, is thin and light, and has up to 12-hours of battery life.

The display is not Retina, and its processors and graphics are not as powerful as the ones in the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Great for:

  • Those on a budget
  • Basic web browsing, document editing, typing, photo and video editing.
  • Who are doing courses where only typing is mainly required

Not suitable for:

  • Graphic design related courses because the display is not Retina
  • Intensive video or graphic editing including running Adobe Creative Software.

MacBook 12-inch

The MacBook is the most portable Mac notebook computer because it is the thinnest and lightest at just 920g in weight and 13.11mm in thinness. It includes a 12-inch Retina display, a full-size redesigned keyboard, a large trackpad, and up to 10-hours of battery life. It is also available in four colours, silver, space grey, rose gold, and gold.

Great for:

  • Those who want the lightest and thinnest Apple laptop
  • Web browsing, document editing, typing, basic photo and video editing.
  • Who are doing courses where only typing is mainly required

Not suitable for:

  • Intensive video or graphic editing including running Adobe Creative Software.
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MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro range is where you can find the most powerful Apple notebooks available in terms of speed and graphics performance. The Pro range also includes models with the new Touch Bar and Touch ID bringing an interactive touch strip to the Mac.

You can choose models with a 13-inch and 15-inch Retina display, and a range of processor and storage configurations. All MacBook Pro models include up to 10-hours of battery life.

Great for:

  • Thos who want the most powerful Apple notebook computer
  • Intensive photo, music, and video editing including running Adobe Creative Applications such as Photoshop.
  • Studying graphic design, engineering, architecture, and related courses as you will likely need power the MacBook pro offers.

Not suitable for:

  • Are only going to be running basic apps (it may be worth saving money and going for a MacBook or MacBook Air)
  • Who want the lightest and thinnest notebook

Common FAQ

Answers to the common questions asked in relation to Apple Mac and Education.

Why buy a MacBook?

The MacBook is one of the most popular notebooks/laptops used in unversity around the world for a number of reasons.

  • All are constructed using lightweight yet strong alumnium rather then plastic making them long lasting
  • You get free full Apple-designed apps ready for university
  • Long battery life

What is the battery life of a MacBook?

The MacBook Air features up to 12-hours of battery life, while the MacBook and MacBook Pro offer up to 10-hours.

Can you run Microsoft Office on MacBook?

Yes, Microsoft has created Microsoft Office for Mac as well as windows. There is a high chance if you’re studying at university you will be able to get student pricing.

Can MacBook run Windows?

Yes, however you will likely need to purchase Windows seperately. You can run Windows and MacOS at the same time, or dual-boot Windows and Mac.

Is there any discounts for students or teachers?

Yes, you can save on a new Mac with Apple’s Educational Pricing Offer.

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