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Old 11 Oct 21, 08:09 PM  
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Calling all technical people!

Looking to get my son either a MacBook or iMac for Christmas.

He is 17 and in his final year of 6th form. He will hopefully be going on to do a degree apprenticeship next year.

We wonít be letting him take it to 6th form if itís the MacBook as heís a bit clumsy and will probably drop it! It will be staying at home.

Give me the pros and cons of either if you have them.

Looking to buy from John Lewis for the extended warranty.

Thank you 😊
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I am no techno geek.

I have had both a MacBook Pro and before that, an IMac.

My son, Dan likewise has had an IMac before selling up and purchasing a MacBook for Uni.

To both of us, it was one simple factor that led to the change, namely size/portability. I run Office for Mac on it.

My MacBook Pro is run on an I7, has a TB of storage and is more than able for any conceivable use. The screen is awesome.
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I have two MacBook Pro's, one for home and one for Work. Love them, do everything I need, and considering I am the IT Manager in work, and we are all windows machines, I won't ever go back to Windows. MacBook Pro is very light and easy to carry around, got office constantly running, I also run a lot Tableau report stuff, Remote Desktop to the servers and peoples windows machines, never slows day. Running the beta OS as well, still yet to have an issue running anything with it
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its not really about pros and cons of a laptop vs a desktop.

also, if you already have a reasonable monitor going spare, you could do a lot worse than the new m1 mac mini.

consider what apps will be run on it. video editing, photoshop, recording music? similar intensive apps need a beefy machine, or at the very least, more RAM and storage

if its just being used for web browsing, ms word, or similar, then the macbook air is more than capable

i have a 2018 mac mini (i7, 64gb ram), a 2014 macbook pro (15", i7, 16gb ram) and a 2020 macbook air (13" m1 base spec) and they all work perfectly for their tasks. the MBA is my portable that i use most of the time, especially when on the sofa, or away from home. the mac mini is more powerful and has much more ram, but it doesnt have the latest m1 chip, which so far, i've had no issues with on the MBA. i use that for heftier stuff, like video editing and encoding. its nice to sit at a desk, with two 28" screens (a 2k and a 4k) and plugged into a nice hefty set of speakers. but it's not very portable!

the 2014 mbp is my main DJ laptop, and has been used for ~5-8 hours a day, 1-3 days a week since i got it in 2014 (not counting last year, where i didnt work in 18 months) and even though its 7 years old, it is still more than capable at the task in hand, so assume it will last me another 5 years before it needs replacing

so yeah, only you can work out pros and cons, because your usage will be completely different from mine!

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I would just get a windows laptop/pc or chrome book instead and save money.
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