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7 Reasons to Buy the MacBook Air & 3 Reasons Not To

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“Should I Buy the MacBook Air in 2019?” That’s a question we hear a lot from people shopping for a new laptop, especially with loads of MacBook Air alternatives, the 13-inch MacBook Pro that is on sale for $100 less than the MacBook Air and the new iPad Pro that you can get with LTE built-in.

The MacBook Air starts at $1,199 and is often on sale for $1,119 on Amazon, $999 with trade at Best Buy and $1,099 at B&H Photo. This is the cheapest MacBook you can buy, and it more than meets the needs of many users.

We finally get a Retina Display on the MacBook Air and while you lose the good keyboard for the new mediocre keyboard, you get a massive Force Touch trackpad. The new MacBook Air is a much better value than the older MacBook Air, but you may still be tempted to go with a 2018 iPad Pro if portability is a major concern.

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The MacBook Air is the cheapest laptop that Apple sells and for many users it is more than enough. Here are the reasons to buy the 2018 MacBook Air;

  1. Buy for the Retina Display
  2. Buy for the Smaller, Lighter Design & Colors
  3. Buy for Touch ID & FaceTime HD
  4. Buy For All Day Battery Life
  5. Buy for Performance with Upgraded Specs
  6. Buy Because It’s the Cheapest MacBook
  7. Buy if the iPad Pro Isn’t a Computer to You

Here are the reasons to wait, or to skip the the 2018 MacBook Air;

  1. Wait for Bigger MacBook Air Deals
  2. Don’t Buy if You Really Need a MacBook Pro
  3. Don’t Buy If You Need LTE

Keep reading to learn why you should should buy the MacBook Air, and why you should wait and see how this new device handles, or explore other options.

Buy for the Retina Display

Buy for the Retina Display

The new MacBook Air features a Retina Display. This is a first for the MacBook Air, and it's a much-needed upgrade. The new screen packs in 4 times as many pixels as a standard HD display and is on par with what you get on the MacBook Pro and MacBook with a 12-inch screen.

This is a 13.3-inch MacBook Air Retina Display and it includes 48% more colors than the screen on the 2017 MacBook Air. The bezels are smaller, which puts a bigger focus on the screen.

Having used all the MacBook screen sizes going from 11.6-inches to 15.4-inches, the 13.3-inch MacBook Air display is the sweet spot for most users, and now that it's available with a Retina resolution it's an epic value.

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