If you need a Macbook that you will use more as your primary device – or main computer, then I suggest you to look at Macbook Pro as it has more power / faster CPU and stronger GPU.
But let me tell you, all Apple Macbooks come with dual core processors and not quad core, it means the difference is not much. The only big difference is, its CPU clocking speed and TDP. Wikipedia explains on TDP.
If you are now looking to buy a MacBook Pro, even though both have the retina display, you might be confused to get the 128 version or the 256 version of MacBook Pro. The price difference is just around $250, and after seeing how do you use your MacBook Pro, as your first or second computer, you may ask yourself, “Which MacBook Pro 128 or 256 GB SSD?, is it really worth to get the 256GB?”. In simple words, more SSD will be the better. This means, it’s recommended to get at least the 256GB model, because the Mac operating system itself will need approx 30GB of your hard drive, so if you have the 128GB, there isn’t enough space. And the apps these days, will mostly need your 2GB of space to install.
Unlike Windows, Mac OSX app has all of its files with the app itself, it doesn’t seem to have the DLL files. This said, you will be able to uninstall your app easily, and you won’t have app files conflict between one version to another, this will increase app’s file size. For example, one same program has 10-20MB file size on Windows computer, will have 40-50MB on your Macbook. Yes, there are cloud storage, SD card, or external hard drive, however, if you need to access your file immediately, having it ready on your computer will be a big plus.
Speed experience on using 128GB and 256GB
I got the 2013 Macbook Pro that has 128GB SSD, and upgraded to a 256GB. Then. I tested it by copying a 2 gig RAR file and 1 gig folder that contains images from their locations to the desktop. Here are the result:
2GB RAR file
1GB folder (images)
Benchmark test using Blackmagic
MacBook Pro 256GB speed with Geekbench
So Which MacBook Pro 128 or 256 GB SSD?
In terms of performance, if you really care about it, compared with 128GB, the 256GB will perform significantly better, but according to this resource, the 256GB and 512GB won’t hardly make a big difference, I would go with the 256GB SSD MBP, unless you use your laptop only for browsing and similar basic use.
For travelling, more on the go, you will want to check out on MacBook Air. However, if you are looking for a primary laptop, or more into your desktop replacement, than MacBook Pro is the perfect choice since it has better processor, better GPU and it has retina display.
I purchase this Apple MacBook Pro MGX72LL/A, which is currently the baseline model of the 13″ Retina versions which has 128GB of SSD. Found it on best price here.
This Apple MacBook Pro MGX72LL/A is the newest line of Mac Book Pros, which are thin, and light, that’s what you would expect in a MacBook Pro device.
I finally sold my MacBook Air and purchase this Apple MacBook Pro MGX82LL/A, because I want to have a laptop with retina display. Other than that, there is no other laptop that is more sturdy and gorgeous than MBP.
In comparison to Windows laptops, MacBooks are superior in terms of hardware. Very expensive, that’s the only downside with MacBook Pro, but I believe it’s worth your extra money for the better hardware and sturdiness.
If you look for the 13″ MBP model, this Apple MacBook Pro MGX82LL/A with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is the best value in terms of features and price.
The Apple MacBook Air MD760LL/B is very light so if you’re traveling a lot with a computer, this is perfect. Having a lightweight computer is a must if you are like me, who always takes a laptop on the road to work with my project.
One thing that you’ll love, the laptop will fold down just nicely, but other laptop can do this too, however, you will love how this will not feel cheap or flimsy whatsoever. I had an old MacBook Pro, and this MacBook Air won’t heat up easily. Even when you run some basic Mac games, it will stay cool.