MacBook Buying Guide for the Uninitiated

Ever since their introduction in 2020, the Apple Silicon MacBook line-up has been touted as the finest execution of the laptop. With good performance, solid build quality, pretty display, and exceptional battery life, they are a good one-size-fit-all choice for students and most people who don’t have any specific reason to use Windows or Linux. Some of my friends have asked me for a specific model recommendation on different occasions, so to save everyone’s time, here I compile a list of my choices for different budgets.



In general, even the entry-level Air M1 is a very solid laptop for most use cases already. The differentiating factors between the options here are mainly the CPU performance and RAM capacity.




The list

The abridged version

The unabridged version