Who needs a MacBook Pro, anyway?

<p>I&rsquo;m starting a new habit today. &nbsp;Whenever Apple releases something new, I want to ask the question, &ldquo;Who needs this thing, anyway?&rdquo; &nbsp;Seeing as most web chatter surrounding a new product is filled with speed comparison charts and tech spec lists, I think my clients would benefit more by a small word on whether or not this product is relevant to their needs. &nbsp;First up in this new habit is Apple's next generation of the flagship Mac, the MacBook Pro.</p>

First of all, let's just admit that 90% of consumers don’t need the power of a MacBook Pro.  These things are the Ferrari of laptops.  Apple designs the MacBook Pro for the HD videographer, professional photographer, and trust-fund sponsored gamer.  It is a mobile monster, especially when in the hands of one who knows how to rev it.

The casual, non-nerd spends their time in Safari, Mail, and iPhoto.  These apps don’t need the might and furry of a MacBook Pro.  If you don’t consider yourself a power-user and are in need of a laptop, I suggest either going to the benefits of a MacBook Air, or saving some cash at the white MacBook.

That being said, I know many “normal” folks feel the need for a 15” screen.  Either poor eyesight or constant text-based research necessitates the additional real-estate.  And the sad truth is that as of right now, Apple’s only option for a large screen is with the MacBook Pro.  (My hope is that in the future, Apple will release a larger MacBook Air.)


Do you think this is a fair opinion?  Let me know in the comments if you know of a justification for the non-nerd to purchase a Pro.  Thanks for reading!

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.