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The best MacBook deals for May 2020

It’s enough of a hassle tracking down a worthy laptop deal, even if you’ve already narrowed your search down to a MacBook. Apple keeps a tight leash on major online outlets when it comes to MacBook pricing, so these retailers generally don’t have a ton of room to move when it comes to discounts on MacOS laptops outside of seasonal events like Memorial Day sales and Black Friday. There’s also a confusing array of MacBook models, release years, display sizes, and hardware configurations to take into consideration, and it’s easy to get choice paralysis if you don’t know exactly what to look for.

To make things even more complicated, you’ve also got the option to buy a refurbished MacBook (which is not necessarily a bad idea so long as you get it from a trusted retailer, which includes the Apple Store). You’ll also have to avoid the temptation to snatch up one of the many cheap iPhone and iPad deals you’ll invariably find during your hunt. If you’re looking to skip all that noise and jump right into the best MacBook deals available right now, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s price cuts on the latest 2019 and 2020 MacBooks, discounted last-gen models, or refurbished units that look like new, we’ve got the hottest MacBook bargains right here:

The best MacBook deals

  • MacBook Air 13-inch (2017)$800, was $1,000
  • MacBook Air 13-inch (2020)$949, was $999
  • MacBook 12-inch (2017)$1,049, was $1,299
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch (2019)$2,199, was $2,399
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch no Touch Bar (2017, Amazon Renewed)$875, was 1,299
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar (2019)$1,149, was $1,299
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch with Touch Bar (2019)$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The iconic silver look may have been revolutionary in 2012, but its thick bezels and lower-resolution screen had become outdated over the years. Even though Apple still sells this version, we only recommend it to people with fairly basic computing needs. The fifth-generation Intel processor and DDR3 RAM in the 2017 model will make any kind of significant multitasking or heavy software difficult. Still, it is the cheapest way into the Mac ecosystem, and that’ll be enough to attract some buyers.

If you’re in the market for an older model so you can save some cash, the 2017 MacBook Air below is going for $800, saving you $200.

Macbook Air (2018) Review
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Fortunately, toward the middle of 2019, Apple finally gave the MacBook Air a complete makeover, bringing it up to speed with the rest of its MacBooks. This new version has a new look — thinner bezels, a smaller chassis, higher-resolution display, USB-C, and kept the new 2019 color options like gold and space gray. It also has some of the mainstays of modern Apple laptops such as the low-travel keyboard, oversized trackpad, and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

The MacBook 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.

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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

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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 $875 (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

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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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