Back to school Mac buyer's guide

IDG.TV | Aug 17, 2015

Can't decide on what Mac to buy for school? You've come to the right place. We've got the lowdown on which Mac you should buy.

You know what time it is? It's time to get ready to go back to school!

Oh sorry, did I bum you out? Well, think of it this way: back to school is a great time to buy a new Mac. Score!

And to help you out, here are some suggestions for the best Mac to take to school.


If you want a Mac that gives you the best bang for your buck, get an 11-inch MacBook Air.

For about a thousand dollars, the MacBook Air has enough power to handle all your schoolwork.

It won't weigh you down, either.

And the battery life lasts a long time—long enough to get through a day of classes.


Want the lightest laptop you can carry all day long? Get a MacBook.

It weighs just over two pounds—it's lighter than the MacBook Air. You probably won't even notice it in your backpack.

It's also the only Apple laptop that comes in three different colors, so you can get one that matches your style.


Are you studying to become the next J.J. Abrams or Pharrell Williams? You need a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

It has all the power to you need for your video or audio projects, and the high-resolution display is great for photos.


If you really want an iPad instead of a laptop, get an iPad Air 2 and pair it with a keyboard case, like this one from Incipio, the ClamCase Pro.

It's a lot easier to type reports on a hardware keyboard, and it can protect the iPad's screen when you're carrying it around.

There you have it, our picks for going back to school. No matter which one you pick, you'll have a great computer to help take you to the head of the class.