If like millions of people, you do a lot of work on a computer every day, then the only thing as good as a perfect laptop is a perfect laptop deal. We all know how expensive these devices can be, though, and that’s even more true if you’re one of many MacBook users. Not only are MacOS laptops some of the priciest around, but deals on them are fleeting at the best of times and Apple itself keeps a close eye on retail pricing both in stores and around the web.
But if you’re hungry for laptop deals and are determined to score a bargain on a MacBook, don’t give up just yet. Below, we’ve smoked out the best MacBook deals available right now on new and refurbished MacOS laptops that can save you hundreds — meaning you might just have enough left over to jump on any of the iPhone and iPad deals you’ll also encounter in your search.
The best MacBook deals
- — $779, was $919
- — $949, was $999
- — $1,049, was $1,299
- — $2,199, was $2,399
- — $885, was 1,299
- — $1,149, was $1,299
- — $2,249, was $2,599
MacBook Air deals
Before 2018, the MacBook Air hadn’t received a serious update for many years. The iconic silver look may have been revolutionary in 2012, but its thick bezels and lower-resolution screen had become outdated over the years. There have thankfully been a couple of revisions since then, and we can recommend this one to people who have basic everyday needs and don’t want to shell out for a Pro. The updated Intel Core processors and much-needed slimmer bezels on the 2019 model are also welcome upgrades to the pre-2018 models which will feel long in the tooth in 2020. It’s also the cheapest way into the MacBook ecosystem, and that alone makes it worth your consideration.
If you’re in the market for a slightly older model and are willing to buy refurbished (in like-new condition since it’s directly from the Apple Store) so you can save some cash, the 2019 MacBook Air below is going for $779, saving you $140.
In the middle of 2019, Apple gave the MacBook Air a complete makeover, bringing it up to speed with the rest of its MacBooks. These 2019 and 2020 revisions have a new look — thinner bezels, a smaller chassis, higher-resolution display, USB-C, as well as new color options like gold and space gray. The new MacBook Air also has some of the mainstays of modern Apple laptops such as the low-travel keyboard, oversized trackpad, and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
The Air saw some hardware updates in 2020 too, including the addition of the newer 10th-gen Intel Core CPUs. We found it more than capable of handling day-to-day tasks, just don’t expect to be editing 4K video on it. It has the best battery life of all the MacBooks, and also comes with the lowest starting price of around $1,099 right now.
If you’re in the market for the latest MacBook Air from 2020, it’s on sale for $949, which is a modest but welcome $50 discount off the usual price. This deal gets you a 10th-gen Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.
In July 2019, Apple stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook on its website and in its stores, but you can still get it from third-party resellers. There are plenty of reasons to opt for it, too. Compared to the Air, not only is the MacBook’s screen smaller, but the device is also extremely thin and light. It hasn’t been updated since 2017, but it has the modern Mac look, including the large trackpad, butterfly-style keyboard, Retina display, and simplified port selection. Aside from a headphone jack, the laptop comes with just a single Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. That means you can’t plug in a wired mouse and power at the same time, for example, unless you have an adapter.
The most recent version from 2017 received a bump to dual-core, seventh-generation Kaby Lake Intel processors. Like the MacBook Air, we found it to be fast enough to get through a normal day of productivity and web browsing. We’d recommend the MacBook Air to most people, but for those who want the absolute smallest, most portable MacBook, this is your best option.
The 2017 update is the last refresh that the classic MacBook has seen, and it looks like it may be the last one we ever see. You can grab this model that’s packing an Intel Core m3 CPU, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD for $1,049 and save $250 while they’re still on the shelves.
MacBook Pro (16-inch) deals
It had been rumored for months, but there was still a sense of excitement when Apple finally unveiled the 16-inch MacBook Pro in mid-November 2019. Many of the rumored features — the higher-resolution display, the new keyboard, and the Navi graphics — proved to be correct.
That means this is the biggest upgrade to the MacBook Pro line since it was redesigned in 2016. It takes features that had become standard in the MacBook Pro 15, like the Touch Bar and USB-C ports, and adds all-new features. For example, you can give it an 8TB SSD, the largest SSD available in any laptop, or if you need a huge amount of memory, there’s a 64GB RAM option. If you’re a pro and need power, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the one to get.
The deals have started already. Amazon is offering $200 off a new 16-inch MacBook Pro, bringing its price down to $2,199. You get a 9th-generation 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card.
MacBook Pro (13-inch) deals
With its more powerful specs, the MacBook Pro represents the top of the MacBook lineup. These are laptops for people who want to run heavy applications such as Photoshop or Lightroom — or even just for people who want to multitask like nobody’s business. However, there are several important distinctions you should be aware of, even concerning the 13-inch models.
Apple has now added the Touch Bar to all of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. The Touch Bar is a slim OLED touchscreen that takes the place of the function keys and is purpose-built for navigating MacOS and its software. That addition means your main decision now comes down to internal specs and ports, as well as the size of the chassis. Apple updated almost the entire MacBook Pro range in 2019, bringing 8th- and 9th-generation Intel processors, including eight-core chips to the 15-inch Pro for the first time.
Right now, Amazon has this professionally Renewed 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro from 2017. This unit looks and works like new and is backed by a warranty, making it by far the best way to buy a refurbished Apple computer. For $885 (considerably cheaper than its $1,299 MSRP) you get a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 128GB SSD, and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. It’s a great deal if you want to save yourself some cash by going without the Touch Bar.
Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro in 2019 to come with the latest-generation Intel processors, with slight speed bumps to both the base clock and Turbo Boost speeds. With the MacBook Pro 16 coming out, prices of last-gen and smaller-sized MacBook Pro models have been slashed.
You can now save a tasty $150 on the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro complete with Touch Bar from mid-2019 by buying this brand new unit, bringing its price down to $1,149. That gives you a quad-core Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The new 2020 MacBook Pro is coming down the pipe (and we’ll be posting deals for those as soon as they become available), but if you want a deal, then buying this still-excellent 2019 model is the surest way to save right now.
MacBook Pro (15-inch) deals
Now that the 16-inch MacBook Pro has all but replaced its 15-inch sibling, we should start to see some excellent deals appearing for the MacBook Pro 15 as retailers sell off their stock. That’s great news because this is still an excellent laptop to get if you want a good helping of power and portability. The 15-inch MacBook Pro not only has the fastest processors, but it also includes discrete graphics. You can pair up an eight-core Core i9 processor and an AMD Vega 20 GPU, which should handily push through high-resolution video renders and graphics modeling with ease. All versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro also come with the Touch Bar and four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports.
In May 2019, it was updated with new processors and a tweaked keyboard. The 2019 model now comes with ninth-generation processors up to the whopping eight-core Core i9 for some serious power. And the deals have started rolling in for the latest version, including the corker we’ve found below.
The price of the 15-inch MacBook Pro normally makes it a tough sell, so a good deal is always welcome. The price of 2019’s high-end model has been slashed by $350, bringing it down to $2,249. What do you get with this configuration? A quad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and a Radeon Pro 555X discrete graphics card.
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