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Laptop Buyer's Guide

  • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock with MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display
  • SVALTPerformance Cooling Dock with MacBook Air 11-inch display
  • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with 2015 to 2012 MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina display
  • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with 2015 to 2013 MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display
  • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with 2013 to 2012 MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display
  • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with MacBook Air 13-inch display
  • SVALT D2 High-Performance Cooling Dock showing air flow with MacBook Air 11-inch display
While smart phones and tablets are important tools, laptops are essential for handling professional applications and for providing the flexibility to maintain productivity throughout the diverse and modern workday, from meeting at the office to working in the field to working at home. Laptops have become so powerful that many have replaced dedicated desktop computers for even the most intensive computing workloads. However, when professionals, creatives, gamers and others rely on laptops to provide maximum performance and productivity for hours at a time, the laptop’s mobile ergonomics and cooling system can fall short. The SVALT Cooling Dock was created to transform Apple’s compact laptops from incredibly capable mobile computing devices into more ergonomic, productive, powerful, and professional desktop workstations. The SVALT Cooling Dock is compatible with a wide range of devices.

The following lists Apple’s current laptops from the most powerful to the lightest, thinnest, smallest and most portable. Don’t forget to check Apple's refurbished options for considerable savings.

New MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display and Touch Bar / ID (2016)
For users seeking maximum performance and desktop capabilities, along with 2016 updates. The new 2016 MacBook Pros include a thinner and lighter chassis, Touch Bar and Touch ID, and improved storage and dedicated graphics performance. All of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro models use a quad-core CPU and dedicated GPU, and start at a higher price point than older Pro models. All of the CPUs are fast so configure to your budget, while the high-end 460 GPU is a worthwhile upgrade with twice as much memory and improved performance. Unfortunately, Apple removed the air intake that allowed for direct and dramatic CPU / GPU processor cooling.

MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina Display (2012-2015)
For users seeking maximum performance and desktop capabilities, along with pre-2016 configuration. While the new 15-inch MacBook Pro models offer a number of improvements, the previous 15-inch models include more built-in connection options, MagSafe power supply connection, more traditional keyboard design, larger battery capacity, storage upgradeability, and lower price. Only the low-end model with integrated GPU remains as a new option, so look to Apple’s refurbished, retail clearance deals and used models, especially models with the more powerful i7 CPUs and dedicated GPUs. These models include a central air intake that allows the SVALT Cooling Dock to directly cool CPU / GPU processors and turbo charge the laptop’s cooling system to help maintain maximum performance under intensive workloads.

New MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina Display and Touch Bar / ID (2016)
For users seeking increased performance while achieving ultra portability, along with 2016 updates. The new 13-inch Pros are incredibly compact and deliver amazing performance for their size. However, they are more expensive and lack the 15-inch model’s quad-core CPU and dedicated GPU for regularly tackling more demanding professional applications. Going with 16GB is likely a good upgrade for performance and resale at this price point. Unfortunately, Apple removed the air intake that allowed for direct and dramatic CPU / GPU processor cooling.

MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina Display (2012-2015)
For users seeking increased performance while achieving ultra portability, along with pre-2016 configuration. As with the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro models, these 13-inch models lack the latest specs and do not support 5K displays, but include more built-in connection options, MagSafe power supply connection, more traditional keyboard design, larger battery capacity, storage upgradeability, and lower price. Unlike the previous 15-inch model, Apple is offering a full range of configurations, although, there are good deals through Apple’s refurbished store and retail clearance sales. These models include a central air intake that allows the SVALT Cooling Dock to directly cool CPU / GPU processors and turbo charge the laptop’s cooling system to help maintain maximum performance under intensive workloads.

New MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina Display and NON-Touch Bar (2016)
For users on a budget seeking good performance while achieving ultra portability, along with some of the 2016 updates. This new Pro model is less professional as a result of lower specifications and only offering two total ports for power and connections, but it will get the job done unless you plan on regularly using professional applications. Unfortunately, Apple removed the air intake that allowed for direct and dramatic CPU / GPU processor cooling.

MacBook Air with 13-inch and 11-inch Display (2008-2015)
For users on a budget seeking good performance and portability. The macBook Air offers all of the performance most users need in a compact, thin, light, and affordable package, along with low cost, especially through Apple’s refurbished store and retail clearance sales. If performance matters then the i7 is a good upgrade. Refurbished and retailers is where you need to go to find the ultra compact 11-inch MacBook Air, that packs considerable punch for its size and cost when equipped with an i7 processor. These models include a central air intake that allows the SVALT Cooling Dock to directly cool CPU / GPU processors and turbo charge the laptop’s cooling system to help maintain maximum performance under intensive workloads.

MacBook with 12-inch Retina Display (2015-2016)
For users seeking ultra portability without requiring performance on a regular or sustained basis. The 12-inch Retina MacBook is an amazingly compact and light mobile computing laptop, but don’t expect to run professional applications regularly or for extended periods of time without performance throttling because the processor lacks active air cooling and ventilation.

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