Best Apple MacBooks To Buy in 2023 – Esquire

Best Apple MacBooks To Buy in 2023 – Esquire

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Let’s find out: which Apple laptop is best for you?
Glance into any coffee shop window, especially close to a uni, and we bet you’ll see a lot of people tapping away at Apple laptops. They are far from just a status symbol: these are computers with crisp displays, smooth software, and they’re known to last years without showing signs of slowing. Sure, they may command a higher price compared to some Windows computers, but we reckon it’s worth it for some of the most capable and compact laptops money can buy.
Still, while they’re impressive machines, Apple is 90% of the way through its transition to making its own chips for its laptops and we’re not about to pretend the current lineup isn’t a bit of a chaotic mess. Shopping for one quickly becomes headache-inducing as there are (at least at a glance) a wide range of variations and a lot of similarities in sizes and designs. Often, it’s not always a case of the newest model being the ideal option for your needs. Much like the latest iPhone 14 series of smartphones, all of them are very impressive, but that buying decision often comes down to portability vs power.
So, here’s your TLDR. These are the best MacBooks you can buy in 2023:

We’ve been using MacBooks for years at this point – and have been hands-on to find the best models for every type of use, whether you’re connecting it to a portable projector, popping it in your backpack when going on holiday, or need a big screen desktop alternative for lengthy video editing sessions on-the-go. Our picks for this list are based on tests and rigorous research – so you can be confident that you’ve made the right choice.
Available at John Lewis, Amazon, Very, Currys and Apple
Our favourite MacBook to buy in 2023? That would be the Air M2. During our tests, we had so few complaints that we can see it working as most people’s ideal daily-use computer for many years. The Air series was overdue a refresh, and this 2022 model ditches the retro tapered frame of the older models in favour of a more boxy design that you could mistake for a MacBook Pro. It also feels fantastic to use: the keyboard and trackpad are extremely clicky and responsive, the 13.6-inch display is bright and colourful and the latest M2 processor is superfast when opening apps and loading up 42 tabs at once (we all do it). This is a companion for work, travel and entertainment. We used it for all three in our tests – and we love typing on it just as much as watching the latest episode of The Last of Us. While it won’t handle intensive editing tasks, it’s great for normal day-to-day use. No matter what we throw at it, it just works.
Display: 13.6 inch
Resolution: 2560 x 1664 pixels
Touchscreen: No
Operating System: macOS
Battery Life: Up to 18 hours
Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Memory: 8GB (16GB or 24GB options)
Connectivity: USB-C x2, 3.5mm jack
Processor: Apple M2
Weight: 1.24kg
Available at John Lewis, Amazon, Currys and Very
Starting up a new YouTube channel or editing some main feed-worthy photographs? You’ll need more computing power and storage than the base models can provide. Your best option, at least for now, is the 2021 MacBook Pro, which comes in 14-inch or 16-inches and houses a powerful “Pro” version of the M1 chip. We like the smaller model for the extra portability, plus you get lots of connectivity – three USB-C ports, one HDMI, one SD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack – and a chunkier body that adds to the feeling of it having a sturdier build quality. Yes, yes, there’s also a more recent 2022 MacBook Pro – but that’s an update to the 13-inch model and still has a standard M2 chip (not as powerful as the M1 Pro), and an old design with a touch bar, fewer ports, a lower-resolution webcam and fewer storage options. Unlike that Pro M2, this 2021 series has a 120Hz display and built-in storage options of up to 8TB – more than enough for saving large video projects.
Apple has announced the 14-inch MacBook Pro is now being updated to include M2 Pro and M2 Pro Max chips. Pre-orders are open ahead of a launch on January 24.
Display: 14.2 inch
Resolution: 3024 x 1964 pixels
Touchscreen: No
Operating System: macOS
Battery Life: Up to 17 hours
Storage: 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB SSD
Memory: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Connectivity: USB-C x3, HDMI, SD card, 3.5mm jack
Processor: Apple M1 Pro, M1 Max
Weight: 1.6 kg

Available at John Lewis, Amazon, Very, Argos and Apple
Defenders of the controversial touch bar won’t have long left to buy a MacBook that features the tech running along the top of the keyboard, in place of traditional function buttons. Apple is clearly phasing it out, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro that was released last year kept the much-debated design choice, while also packing a base M2 chip (the same as the most recent Air). This has a longer battery life than both the Air and the 2021 14-inch Pro, and we like the portability of this smaller display size. For anyone looking to save some money, it’s also a few hundred pounds more affordable than the 2021 MacBook Pros. Still, the older design means there are not as many ports as the M1 Pros and it’s not as capable when it comes to editing due to the less powerful processor, plus there’s no high refresh rate display. This is still a great buy if you’re used to the Touch Bar – such as for changing volume or brightness with a quick swipe of your finger – but for anyone else we still recommend going for the base MacBook Air M2 or the MacBook Pro 2021.
Display: 13.3-inch
Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
Touchscreen: No
Operating System: macOS
Battery Life: Up to 20 hours
Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB SSD
Memory: 8GB, 16GB, 24GB
Connectivity: USBC x2, 3.5 mm jack
Processor: M2 chip
Weight: 1.4 kg
Available at John Lewis, Amazon, Very and Currys
The 16-inch MacBook Pro M1 (2021) is your best choice if a big screen is your priority – and it shines when used for editing photos or videos. What it loses in portability it gains in power – and this is a brilliant option if you plan on keeping it on your desk most of the time. Of course, that extra display size means it’s also a fantastic choice for multitasking, and it gives you the space to have several tabs showing at once. It’s got everything that makes the 14-inch above so special, just in a bigger package. It’s also notable for offering the longest battery life of any MacBook right now. This is really the best laptop alternative to a full-blown Mac desktop computer that you’ll find.

Apple has announced the 16-inch MacBook Pro is now being updated to include M2 Pro and M2 Pro Max chips. Pre-orders are open ahead of a launch on January 24.
Display: 16.2-inch
Resolution: 3456 x 2234 pixels
Touchscreen: No
Operating System: macOS
Battery Life: Up to 21 hours
Storage: 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, 8TB SSD
Memory: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB
Connectivity: USB-C x3, HDMI, SD card, 3.5mm jack
Processor: Apple M1 Pro, M1 Max
Weight: 2.1 kg

Available at John Lewis, Very and Argos

It’s always tempting to want the latest specs and designs, but you’d be wrong if you think the M1 MacBook Air from 2020 is unworthy of attention. It may not have the new chips or the design of the Air M2 from last year, but this still has more than enough power for most people – and it’s fantastic value these days as you can pick one up for £949. That’s the most affordable MacBook you’ll find outside of the refurbished models. The M1 chip is still a beast compared to most other laptops – and if all you use it for is streaming movies, typing documents, looking at social media or light editing, you won’t have any problems with its speed or efficiency. You get the exact same Retina display as the MacBook Pro M2 (2022) and the same battery as the most recent Air M2, and while the design is the older tapered shape – this remains a thin and attractive option.
Display: 13.3-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 900 pixels
Touchscreen: No
Operating System: macOS
Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
Storage: 128GB
Memory: 8GB
Connectivity: USB-A x2
Processor: Intel i5
Weight: 1.3kg
Apple laptops hold their value for years, and it’s rare to see massive discounts or deals on them in the usual sales. But if you are shopping on a budget we recommend checking out older refurbished models via websites like Back Market and Amazon Renewed. On Back Market, we regularly see older MacBook Air laptops for around £400. If you don’t mind not having the latest specs and designs, you can currently get a 13-inch 2017 MacBook Air graded “excellent” (so the screen and keyboard are in great condition) for around £340. These models have been tested and come with a year’s warranty, covering manufacturing faults. If you don’t like the device, you can get a refund within 30 days.
Display: 13.3-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 900 pixels
Touchscreen: No
Operating System: macOS
Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
Storage: 128GB
Memory: 8GB
Connectivity: USB-A x2
Processor: Intel i5
Weight: 1.3kg
Price: MacBooks are expensive, there’s no way around it. You will usually pay at least £1,000 for the entry-level model, and that can easily reach £2,000 if you want a top-spec laptop with the best performance and heaps of storage for photo and video editing, or for using power-hungry graphic design software. Luckily, if you don’t mind getting an older model you can buy MacBooks refurbished – those are even sold by Apple itself.
Size: When it comes to portability, size matters. The MacBooks on our list go from 13-inch to 16-inch in screen size, and while all will fit in a backpack it should be noted that the bigger models are significantly heavier. If you need a laptop for throwing in a bag on the way to work, we recommend the Air M2, which weighs 1.24kg. For comparison, the upcoming MacBook Pro M2 Max is 2.2kg.
Processor: Any new MacBook you buy these days is powered by Apple’s own M-series chips: the base M1 and M2, plus two powerful options: the M2 Pro and the M2 Pro Max. The differences are in speed and efficiency. What does that mean for you? With the Pro and Pro Max, everything is faster – from opening files or apps to processing video files. Apple says the M2 Pro and M2 Max are up to 40% faster than the prior chips, but if you have an M1 or base M2 don’t worry – they’re more than good enough.
Battery life: Catching a lengthy flight? Commuting to work? How about checking your emails over a quiet beer? You’ll need your MacBook to last. The more battery life, the better. All of the models on our list have loads of juice, with the lowest having up to 15 hours of continuous internet use. We find the MacBook Air M2 lasts for multiple days at a time without needing a top-up – based on moderate use such as using streaming platforms, listening to music and looking at websites. Some of the more powerful MacBooks drain faster – with the Pro 14-inch offering up to 12 hours of continuous internet use. If you need extra reserves, invest in a power bank.
Storage/Memory: Built-in storage is used to save files, photos, videos, software and documents. On MacBooks, this ranges from 256 gigabytes (GB) to 8 terabytes (TB). The more space, the more room you have on the computer. We advise aiming for 256GB at a minimum if possible. Memory – RAM – is what your laptop uses to load documents, browse the web and open tabs. The more you have, the faster the laptop handles tasks. You want to aim for at least 8GB of RAM, but we advise 16GB or 32GB if possible. The MacBooks on our list range from 8GB of RAM to 96GB on the new M2 Max.
Connectivity: MacBooks aren’t known for giving you lots of ports for connecting wired peripherals like a mouse, keyboard or headphones. The MacBook Air gives you the fewest slots – just two USB-C ports – while the higher-end Pro models add on a third USB-C port, plus give you an HDMI port for pairing your favourite projector and an SD card slot. Luckily, all of the MacBooks on our list have reliable Bluetooth connectivity, so pairing wireless accessories, like some of the best speakers, isn’t an issue.

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