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You’re not alone if you’ve waited until Black Friday to check out deals on the latest MacBooks. Since these are some of the best (and most expensive) laptops out there right now, many people will be looking for the best MacBook deals during the holiday shopping season. We’re still a week away from Black Friday, but we’re already seeing some solid deals on machines like the new MacBook Air M2 and even the powerful 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
While you’re likely to get the best deal by shopping at a retailer like Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama, and others, Apple also has its own holiday sales. You’ll have to wait until Black Friday for that, though, and they’ll give you an Apple gift card of up to $250 on purchase instead of a discounted price. If you know you’ll be using that gift card, that might be the best option for you. But if you’d rather get a few hundred dollars off right away, we’ve rounded up the best MacBook deals right here so you don’t have to hunt for them.
Macbook Air M1
The 2020 MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chipset is currently at an all-time low — just $800 for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. While, yes, the M2 chip in the latest model will give you a slight performance boost, the M1 processor is still quite powerful. It will certainly be an upgrade for anyone coming from an older, Intel-powered MacBook. We gave the M1 Air a score of 94 when it first came out because of its incredibly fast performance, excellent keyboard and trackpad, beautiful Retina display, and lack of fan noise.
Macbook Air M2
The latest and greatest MacBook Air, the 2022 model with the M2 chipset, is $150 off and dropped to a record low of $1,050. This laptop looks and feels very different from the 2020 version, thanks to the fact that Apple has redesigned the machine to have a uniform frame throughout (no more wedge) and the screen, at 13.6 inches, is something taller. We also appreciated the four-speaker setup and the excellent performance overall, so much so that we called it Apple’s “near-perfect” Mac.
13-inch MacBook Pro
Apple’s most compact Pro laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, is on sale now for $1,149, or 12 percent off the regular rate. It sits, somewhat confusingly, in the middle of the company’s notebook range. While it delivers solid performance thanks to its M2 chipset, long battery life and excellent build quality, it’s hard for us to recommend it outright. Most people would be better served with the M2 MacBook Air, or move up to the 14-inch MacBook Pro for even more power. But if you’re set on the 13-inch size and want the efficiency of an internal fan (which the Air doesn’t have), this MacBook Pro is your best bet.
14-inch MacBook Pro
The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage is a whopping $400 off, dropping to a record low of $1,600. This machine has the most advanced features of any Apple laptop (aside from its larger 16-inch brother), including a Liquid Retina XDR display, remarkable performance with that Pro chipset, excellent battery life, and a host of ports that allow connecting all your peripherals and accessories much easier. However, Apple is overdue for a MacBook Pro refresh, but it’s likely those machines won’t launch until early 2023.
16-inch MacBook Pro
The largest of Apple’s laptops, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, is cheaper than ever at $2,000 thanks to a $500 discount. For that still hefty price, you get an M1 Pro chipset, a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU, 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD. This model is essentially an enlarged version of the 14-inch Pro, sharing most of the same features with it. You get a Liquid Retina XDR display, a ton of ports including an SD card slot, a fantastic keyboard and great battery life.
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