Best back-to-school MacBook for 2020: MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro


With the back-to-school season in full tilt (whatever going back to school means to you), picking the right laptop for the fall semester is a top priority. While a lot of online school tasks can be accomplished with a simple Chromebook, a full-featured MacBook is still the first choice for many students in high school and college — especially with some decent student discounts and extras available from Apple right now.

MacBooks are among the most universally useful laptops you can buy, but it’s not always easy to pick the right one. They range from $999 to $3,000 or more, even though they look and feel similar. I get a lot of reader questions about how to decide, especially when you’re torn between, for example, a slightly upgraded MacBook Air and a similarly priced 13-inch MacBook Pro.

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