12th April 2019 | Guides, MacBook Seven Reasons You Should Upgrade to a Retina Model MacBook For a number of years, MacBooks have been the go-to standard for ultra-portable laptops. Lightweight, slimline and high processing power has allowed them to retain the crown as perhaps the best consumer machine on the market. Because of their excellent build quality and state-of-the-art design, it is possible for older machines to still be running as quick as they did out of the box. That said, there are still a number of reasons that you may want to upgrade to the new retina Model MacBook. In this article, we’ll be looking at the benefits that come with the retina MacBook and why you should consider upgrading. New and Faster Connections One of the immediate benefits of upgrading to a retina model is the support of more modern data transfer connections such as HDMI and USB3. As these are Apple machines, you’ll need to use a USB-C connector when using HDMI, but these are super common so you’ll have no trouble grabbing one. The benefit that comes with these upgrades is significant, especially when it comes to plugging into a big screen to enjoy entertainment or to conduct a presentation. Amazing High-Resolution Display Perhaps the most obvious improvement when upgrading to a retina MacBook is the improvement in display resolution. When comparing the numbers, they really speak volumes, with the pre-retina MacBook supporting 1280 x 800 pixels. The pre-retina MacBook Pro models bring a slightly more powerful offering by supporting a 1440 x 900 display; comparing these numbers to the 2015 model MacBook and the 2012 retina MacBook Pro, the first in their series to boast the retina title, which offer a whopping 2304 x 1440 and 2560 x 1600 respectively. This can easily be seen when comparing the two screens, with bright, vivid colours and crisp textures, the newer display breathes life into previously dull colours. Aesthetically Superior Apple is renowned for its beautiful product design and sleek finish across its product range. Not only do Apple products perform well, but they also look amazing while they do it! The newer retina devices are thinner, lighter and have a cleaner finish than previous models. The simple finish of the machines with the sole Apple logo on the front creates an instantly recognisable product. Force Touch and Trackbar This is one of the features that will appeal to some and be less relevant for others. For students or professionals that require a device for browsing the web, word processing or watching videos, then the Force Touch feature will play a minimal part in day to day usage. However, for those that require precise cursor control and pressure sensitive capabilities, then this will be a dream come true! The touchpad also allows for multi-touch capabilities meaning you can quickly and accurately control what’s happening on your monitor. Compatibility and Mojave Support As we all know, Apple likes to bring out regular updates for both hardware and software. Although these can seem like an annoyance at the time, the purpose is often to create a much more enjoyable and user-friendly experience whilst packing in more functionality and tools. Mojave, named after the desert in California, is Apple’s most recent operating software, released in September 2018. The OS bought in a number of new features such as the much appreciated Dark Mode. We expect that further down the line, Apple will continue to bring updates to their operating systems and the retina MacBooks will be the prime candidates for further compatibility. Flash SSD Technology As the name suggests, flash memory is pretty quick, much quicker than the standard hard drives that are fitted by default to the pre-retina devices. Along with being a much quicker storage solution, there are also other benefits to using flash such as: – No moving parts: compared to other storage and hard drive solutions, flash can be more reliable as there are no moving parts, such as spinning disks. This is also a benefit from when a machine is moved as the storage device is less likely to be affected by the movement. – Easily rewritable: flash memory is easily rewritable which makes it the ideal storage solution for MacBooks. 4K Display Output If you’re looking to go all-out and grab yourself a top of the range machine, you’ll want to ensure that your device supports 4K. With many machines and televisions now supporting this functionality, you’ll want to make sure that your MacBook has plenty of longevity to last you over the next few years. If you’re unsure as to whether an upgrade to 4K is necessary, the comparison between 4K and 1080p is mind-boggling! 4K resolution translates to 3840 x 2160 pixels, comparing this to 1080p which is 1920 x 1080 pixels, the difference is obvious. To really get the most out of your machine, a 4K upgrade is a must! If, after reading this, you’re convinced that you need to upgrade your MacBook machine, why not check out our online catalogue where you can buy a used MacBook? We have an extensive range of high quality and fully refurbished machines!