A ton of exciting Black Friday sales dropped earlier today, but we’re now only hours away from the end of the biggest retail event of the year. This means that right now — as in, right this minute — could be your last chance before Christmas to buy a new MacBook and save a bundle while doing so. Thankfully, there are still a bunch of enticing Black Friday MacBook deals up for grabs that can leave you with enough cash in your pocket for some of the other stuff on your holiday shopping list.
Note that some retailers are also offering Black Friday price guarantees and will refund the difference to you if the price of an item you bought drops before Cyber Monday, which means there’s no better time to buy a MacBook without worrying about missing out on a better deal later.
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Whether you’re hoping to score a cheaper MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro 13-inch for school or work, or a high-end MacBook Pro 16-inch for video editing at a discount, you’re in luck. We’ve got all the best offers right here, along with some advice on what to look for when shopping for a new MacBook this holiday season. And if you’re not married to MacOS there are plenty of other great Black Friday laptop sales covering Windows and Chrome OS devices, as well as even more Apple Black Friday deals if you want to see what else is on tap from the world’s biggest tech company.
As the most lightweight and portable of all the Apple laptops, a MacBook Air deal is the way to go. We’ve found some pretty good deals on a renewed model and also the latest model below:
If you’re looking for the most powerful MacBook on the market, you’ll want to go with either a 13-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro deal. Here are some of the best sales going on right now:
The standard 12-inch MacBook doesn’t have nearly as many sales going on as the Air or Pro. However, we did find a decent deal on a 512GB version on Amazon going on right now.
How to choose a MacBook during Black Friday
Unlike some manufacturers, Apple has a relatively tight array of laptops on offer. Still, knowing where to get started can still be tricky. That means that the key to getting the best Black Friday MacBook deal for you is to know what you want. It’s not a good offer if you buy the wrong laptop for you, so it’s smart to do some research.
Apple MacBooks can be broken down into three different models right now so let’s briefly take a look at what they offer. If you need even more advice, our MacBook Buyer’s Guide has you covered.
The MacBook Air is the most portable option of the three types of MacBook currently available. It’s lightweight and sleek, and you get a 13-inch Retina display in the thinnest build yet from a MacBook Air. It’s also the most affordable pick of the bunch so it’s the ideal way to dip your toe into the MacBook lifestyle. It’s not as fast as the MacBook Pro and there’s no fully integrated Touch Bar but that’s not really the purpose of the MacBook Air. Instead, it’s ideally suited for college students and folks working from home who need to keep their costs down, thanks to its keyboard which our testers particularly loved. It can even be an alternative to a desktop, as you can see in our Mac Mini vs. MacBook Air showdown.
Need to know more? Our MacBook Air buying guide has the full breakdown.
MacBook Pro 13-inch
If you’re willing to spend a little more, then the MacBook Pro 13-inch is the mid-range laptop choice as far as MacBooks are concerned. The MacBook Pro is faster and more powerful than the Air so it’s a great choice if you multi-task frequently with your work. It also weighs a little more than the Air and it’s a bit thicker but it’s still highly portable and has a good battery life. This one’s a good bet if you plan on using your MacBook a little more than simply typing up documents, although it doesn’t quite pack a punch.
We’ve looked at the MacBook Pro 13-inch in further depth in our MacBook Pro 13-inch’s buying guide. Or if you’re unsure between this model and the Air, take a look at our MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro 13 comparison. And there is a MacBook Pro 15-inch to consider as well, which you can compare with the MacBook Pro 13. Some people even like to use an iPad Pro for work tasks, so check out our MacBook Pro vs. iPad Pro comparison to see why.
MacBook Pro 16-inch
The MacBook Pro 16-inch is Apple’s high-end MacBook choice, which is even winning over lifelong Windows fans. It’s heavier than the others because it has a 16-inch Retina display but it also has a more powerful processor and a dedicated graphics card — the AMD Radeon Pro 5600M. If you want to play some games on your MacBook Pro, or you’re looking for a laptop for video editing, then the MacBook Pro 16-inch is a great choice. Just expect to pay a fair bit more for the pleasure than with other MacBooks.
If you want to know more about the MacBook Pro 16-inch, our MacBook Pro 16-inch buying guide has you covered.
Where to find the best MacBook sales
- Amazon Black Friday: Always a reliable source of good discounts, Amazon has discounts on the MacBook Air and select MacBook Pro models.
- Best Buy Black Friday: Best Buy has its Black Friday Price Guaranteed offer, which means it’s one of the best places to shop, ensuring you always get the best deal.
- Target Black Friday: Target doesn’t have MacBooks on sale, but it does have a bunch of accessories you may want to pick up including power cables, lightning cables, and the Magic Mouse.
- Walmart Black Friday: With Walmart offering to refund the difference should they drop the price after Black Friday, you’re safe in the knowledge of getting the best deal.
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