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Which Mac is right for you?

Q. I've finally had it with the limitations of our family PC. This holiday we're getting a Mac. However, I'm not sure which one would be best. Please help me make the right choice. Thanks!
- Leanna from Hyannis, MA, listens to my national radio show on WXTK 95.1 FM

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A. Good decision, Leanna. I absolutely love my Mac; it's a great computer for work and home. You won't be disappointed.

I do understand your confusion, though. Apple has a number of models on the market. Picking just the right one can be tough. Let me break it down for you.

Just as a reminder, this tip is the second installment in my product Buying Guide series. From now through Christmas, I will answer many of your tech buying questions. This way, I can give you the essential information you need on all the popular tech products you might consider purchasing this holiday season. If you have a particular buying question, email it to me using this form on my website.

You can also subscribe to my other daily newsletters for even more shopping and money saving information and services throughout the season. Now, let's look at buying a Mac.

Let's start with the more popular choice: laptops. Apple offers two different Mac laptops. These are the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. As of July 2011, the regular MacBook has been discontinued.

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