Which Macbook is best for students?


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Apple computers have been a mainstay in businesses and schools at all levels for years. It’s only right that they’re also popular, effective choices for a student’s personal computer.

MacBooks can be expensive, though, and it only gets worse if it offers more power and ability than a student needs. At the same time, high-end MacBooks can be excellent investments for a college student’s post-grad professional life, especially if they’re in a creative field.

Don’t fret, there’s a great MacBook for every section of the spectrum.

In this article: MacBook Pro 2022, MacBook Air 2022 and MacBook Air 2020.

Current MacBooks

Apple currently makes five MacBooks.

  • MacBook Pro 2022: This is Apple’s newest MacBook Pro, and it’s an update to the previous entry-level MacBook Pro. It’s got a great mix of power, ability and cost, making it perfect for all but the highest-level students.
  • MacBook Air 2022: The MacBook Air 2022 and MacBook Pro 2022 have nearly identical features, and the features that are different aren’t much different. For example, the Air 2022 has a slightly better display but slightly poorer battery life.
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch 2021: This MacBook is Apple’s current best model. It is brimming with power but also comes at the highest cost.
  • MacBook Pro 14-inch 2021: This slightly downgraded version of the 16-inch is a great way to save a few hundred dollars for essentially the same product.
  • MacBook Air 2020: Apple’s oldest current MacBook still has plenty to offer students, though its “low” cost of $1,000 is likely its best feature.


The MacBook Pro 2022 costs $1,250 to $2,500. The MacBook Pro 16-inch costs $2,500 to $6,100. The MacBook Pro 14-inch costs $2,000 to $5,900. The MacBook Air 2022 costs $1,200 to $2,500. The MacBook Air 2020 costs $1,000 to $2,000.

Buying refurbished

School is expensive, especially college. If you have a razor-thin budget and are only considering a new computer because your 10-year-old one just bit the dust for good, chances are you can’t afford a new MacBook.

If this is true for you, consider buying refurbished. You can save several hundred dollars on an identical computer with the only difference being someone…