Best MacBook Laptops To Buy In Kenya And Their Prices For 2023

The Apple computer lineup, which formerly included the MacBook, iMac, and Mac Studio, has grown more sophisticated, especially with the introduction of the M1 CPU. In this article, we have done an assessment to assist you in selecting the MacBook (or desktop computer) that is perfect for you.

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Best MacBook Laptops To Buy In Kenya And Their Prices For 2023
Best MacBook Laptops To Buy In Kenya And Their Prices For 2023

While MacBooks have consistently been among the greatest laptops available, the introduction of M1 CPUs in 2020 has brought about a true revolution. The Apple brand has chosen to switch dairy once more, 15 years after releasing the first Mac with an Intel processor. And since we are never better served by ourselves, Apple now provides itself internally.

The M1 CPU, directly derived from the processors used in the iPhone, has proven to be excellent, providing tremendous power at meager consumption. Then came the M2 chip after that. All laptop models, from the lightweight MacBook Air to the enormous MacBook Pro 16, now use both chips.

With a keyboard, an M1 processor, and an iPadOS increasingly geared toward productivity, the iPad Pro M1 constantly blurs the lines a little bit. In our best iPad comparison, we provide more information.

And if you want a more comprehensive view of the market, we offer a guide to the top laptops across all brands.

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To assist you in selecting the best Apple computer, we compare the various models, including MacBooks, iMacs, and Mac Studios.

Let us get started

 APPLE MACBOOK AIR 2020 M1

One cannot discuss Mac without bringing up the MacBook Air. Apple's best-selling product adopted the M1 CPU in 2020 as well. The chassis, screen, and keyboard are all the same as the Air under Intel. Thus nothing has changed in terms of appearance. But when it comes to performance, the M1 chip outperforms and destroys the Intel CPUs in its predecessors. The answer is straightforward: despite costing more than twice as much, the performance is far better than an Intel MacBook Pro. Considering that we no longer require fans, consumption has also drastically decreased. Now, the MacBook Air is silent. This reduces its power slightly compared to the MacBook Pro M1, whose fan enables it to retain peak performance for longer. Be aware that there are two M1 models, one lacking a GPU processing unit.

 Key Specs

  • Colour: Finish. Gold. Silver
  • Display. Retina display
  • Chip. Apple M1 chip
  • Battery and Power 1 Up to 15 hours of wireless web
  • Charging and Expansion. Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports
  • Memory. 8GB.
  • Storage 2 256GB
  • Keyboard and Trackpad. Backlit Magic Keyboard

 APPLE MACBOOK PRO 14 2021

The initial M1 Macs represent a minor technical advance but are unmistakably transitional devices because they use pre-existing chassis and parts. With its new MacBook Pro generation, Apple is increasing the stakes and coming in with the utterly irrational ambition of annihilating the competition. First observation: for once, the company has prioritized content over form and listened to its customers. The result is a MacBook Pro that gains a little weight but fixes practically all of its predecessor's flaws. The Touch Bar is no more; welcome back, reliable function keys! The presence of connectors, including an HDMI output and a card reader, is the second miracle. The remaining connectors are made up of three Thunderbolt 4 ports. Thus, this does not necessarily mean that the dongle's life is over. Last but not least, the MagSafe has returned in an improved form.

 Key Specs

  •  Display. Liquid Retina XDR display.
  • Memory. 16GB
  • Battery and. Power 3
  • Storage 4 512GB.
  • Charging and Expansion. SDXC card slot.
  • Display Support. Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colours
  • Video Playback. Supported formats include HEVC, H.264, and ProRes

  APPLE IMAC M1 (2021)

 With the debut of the M1 chip, the Apple all-in-one PC is making a comeback, redesigned and improved. The iMac M1 2021 presents itself elegantly, as only Apple can do. Both a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse are included with the iMac. It is a small device that is simple to use and always connected. The product's screen design serves as its focal point. This 23.5-inch diagonal LCD panel is of a high calibre. 4480 x 2520 pixels, a stunning definition, provide the best possible visual comfort. The calibration is excellent right out of the box, with a good Delta E that delivers outstanding colour fidelity.

 Key Specs

  •  24" 4.5K Retina display
  • The actual diagonal screen size is 23.5 in.
  • Apple M1 chip
  • 8-core CPU and up to 8core GPU.
  • Up to 16GB unified memory
  • 1080p FaceTime HD camera with M1 ISP
  • Magic Keyboard with Touch ID1 Up to 2TB storage2
  • Colours Blue, Green, Pink, Silver

 APPLE MACBOOK PRO 13 2022 M2

The M2 chip is one way the MacBook Pro 2022 replaces the laptop's 2020 model (M1). Apple uses the same chassis, maintaining its originality. Thus, we discover a flawless finish, a comfortable-to-use keyboard, and a sizable touchpad. Only two USB-C ports are available, and the Touch Bar is now required. We discover a 13.3-inch high-definition display that is precisely calibrated because the screen isn't scaled either. It has the added benefit of being brighter than the MacBook Airs. However, touch is still lacking, which is irritating given that iPad apps are now supported.

 Key Specs

  • Display size: 13.60-inch
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Processor: Apple M2
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: macOS
  • Hard disk: No
  • SSD: 512GB

 APPLE MAC STUDIO (2022)

Yes, let's be clear about this straight away: the Mac Studio is not a laptop. Nevertheless, we have included it in our list since it holds an intriguing position within the Apple ecosystem: the king of performance. This is the MacBook Pro you should use if one of the most recent models isn't sufficient for you. We are aesthetically confronted by a Mac Mini that could have consumed a lot of soup. Although it won't be forgotten, the tower is still considerably more understated. The main thing taking up space here is an enormous cooling system. The latter enables the Mac Studio to function in complete silence and offers the option of embedding a new CPU.

 Key Specs

  •  Finish. Silver.
  • Chip. Apple M1 Max chip. 10-core CPU with eight performance cores and two efficiency cores. ...
  • Memory. 32GB
  • Storage 1 512GB
  • Video Support. Simultaneously supports up to five displays
  • Audio. Built-in speaker
  • Connections and Expansion. Thunderbolt 4
  • Communications. WiFi.

 APPLE MACBOOK AIR 2022 M2

Apple has finally unveiled a new version of its best-selling MacBook Air, outfitted with the most recent M2 chip, two years after the debut of the MacBook Air M1. The change in design is the first thing that stands out. To more closely resemble the MacBook Pro's design, we must say goodbye to the device's tapered edges on the front. There is still an ultraportable, weighing in at 1.24 kg. There is now a new colourway called "Minuit."

What is in his gut, then? The M2 processor is incredibly efficient and significantly improved over the M1, particularly in the GPU area. This MacBook Air features a brand-new, high-definition " Liquid Retina " screen (LCD IPS) with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,664 pixels. We regret, nevertheless, how big the notch was increased. This Mac lives up to its reputation, providing significant autonomy and a day's worth of worry-free use.

 Key Specs

  •  Display size: 13.60-inch
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Processor: Apple M2
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: macOS
  • Hard disk: No
  • SSD: 512GB

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHEN CHOOSING THE RIGHT MACBOOKS IN KENYA

RMA, X86, or QUESACO?

The two primary CPU architectures are concealed under these words. The great majority of fixed or portable computers run on the X86 architecture. In 2005, Apple embraced it.

The ARM architecture, on the other hand, was created in 1983 and took off in the 2000s with the proliferation of smartphones. It is particularly suited for mobile items because it uses low energy. Due to its effectiveness, it is starting to be used for servers and PCs. With its M1 CPU derived straight from the chips used in smartphones, Apple was the first to go in.

 IS INTEL APPS COMPATIBILITY GUARANTEED?

In turn, Apple was anticipated more for software support than for pure performance. Software adaptation is a process that takes time for developers. Finding a means to make the move easier while still " translating" the two architectures was necessary.

 This work yielded Rosetta 2, and we must admit it is a magnificent accomplishment. The vast majority of x86 applications run flawlessly, with the extra benefit of performance that is very near to native. There are still some exceptions, particularly in games, but the wager is successful.

 WILL INTEL MACS BE SUPPORTED FOR HOW LONG?

The two architectures will continue to coexist on the shelves until ARM processors take over, but this changeover will probably happen quickly. Apple has stated that they will provide software support for Intel Macs for "years," nonetheless.

 If no specific timeframe has been supplied, we can use the previous switch from Power PC to Intel, which was supported by software for four years, as an example. 

IS AN APPLECARE+ WARRANTY RIGHT FOR ME?

If Apple products are generally trustworthy, it would be nearly impossible to fix them yourself. As an added benefit, the cost of even minor repairs rises dramatically.

 For this reason, we advise you to purchase the AppleCare+ warranty extension. The latter has a 3-year duration and entitles you to two repairs (accidental or not) for a set fee.

Depending on the model, its price varies and needs to be activated within 60 days of purchase. A price unquestionably not insignificant but which, if you use your MacBook while traveling, soon pays for itself. 

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