We may be done with the final day of the Prime Day deals but there are still plenty of post-Prime Day MacBook deals if you’re an Apple fan. We’ve even roped the best deal on the latest MacBook Air — the best price we’ve ever seen it at, in fact, proving that a new MacBook doesn’t have to put you in the poorhouse. And if you’re interested in non-Apple laptops, there are still some great Prime Day laptop deals and Chromebook deals up for grabs from Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers right now.
Another deal worth the spotlight is the newest 16-inch MacBook Pro, which was named “the best Mac in years” in our review. It can be yours for
right now — one of the lowest prices it has ever been. That’s a great bargain on the best Apple laptop and it’s not exclusive to Prime members, either. If you want to splurge on a high-end MacOS computer, that’s the one, but read on to see some more great deals that might fit your needs for less.
Today’s best Prime Day MacBook deals
Should I shop on Prime Day or wait until Black Friday?
There is rarely a bad time to upgrade your laptop, but Prime Day is particularly great since there are usually heavy discounts on Apple products — and despite Prime Day officially ending, there are still bargains to be had here. Though shoppers usually wait until Black Friday or even Cyber Monday to get their gadgets, it might be smart to get your holiday shopping done earlier this year. Since Black Friday and Prime Day are spaced only a month apart from each other this year, any MacBooks that sell out might not get a restock in time for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. We also strongly believe that prices will be relatively the same for both events. There’s also a possibility of large shipping delays during Black Friday due to increased demand, so save yourself the trouble and shop these post-Prime Day MacBook deals beforehand.
Are any Prime Day MacBook deals too good to be true?
Before you make any big tech purchases, it’s essential to do your research to avoid any pitfalls along the way. There are a lot of MacBook models out there and you want to make sure you’re getting the best possible product even if it’s heavily discounted. If there is a certain MacBook seeing a really big discount on Amazon during Prime Day, the deal may be too good to be true. Make sure to check the model and offerings of the device before you blindly purchase it. Even just checking the product’s reviews on Amazon — and our own MacBook reviews — will help you make an informed decision. We’ve also got a guide on the best MacBook for battery life, if you are on the hunt for a laptop with impressive longevity.
How to choose a MacBook in 2020
If you want to buy a MacBook, right now you have three main choices: MacBook Pro 13-inch, MacBook Pro 16-inch, and the MacBook Air 13-inch. These are the latest versions from Apple and they come equipped with the best features and processors so if you’re looking to invest in a good laptop, always go with these. Here’s a highlight of the best features from these MacBooks to help you decide.
MacBook Air 13-inch
The MacBook Air lives up to its name and is the most portable option of the three, only weighing in at 2.8 pounds. It’s also the most affordable pick — starting at only $999. The lower price point doesn’t mean it doesn’t come packed with some of the best features. With the MacBook Air, you have a 13-inch Retina display as well as integrated True Tone technology, which matches the color of the display to the ambient light temperature. It also carries the latest Intel Core Gen 10 so you know you’ll be able to run all the heavy-duty apps you like with such a powerful processor. You also have Touch ID for added protection and privacy. The beautiful backlit Magic Keyboard also makes for a comfortable typing experience and is a clear upgrade from Apple’s older butterfly keyboards. It’s not as fast as the MacBook Pro and it doesn’t have a fully integrated Touch Bar, but for its price and portability factor, the MacBook Air makes a great match for college students, commuters, and globetrotters alike.
MacBook Pro 13-inch
If you’re willing to spend a few extra hundred dollars, the MacBook Pro makes a power-packed laptop at $1,299. Off the bat, the MacBook Pro carries a stronger processor than the Air (even on its base models), so if you do a lot of multitasking that alone could make it worth the upgrade over the MacBook Air. It also comes with the Touch Bar, giving your laptop a sleeker, more responsive keyboard. The display is clearer too since the Pro features wide color and better brightness integration. It’s also only slightly heavier than the MacBook Air, weighing in at 3.1 pounds making it a portable option as well. The high dynamic speakers also pack a punch and give the MacBook Pro an edge over the MacBook Air.
MacBook Pro 16-inch
This is the king of MacBooks — you really can’t get a better Apple laptop than this. It’s definitely a luxury product coming in at $2,399 but puts most traditional PCs to shame. It’s much heavier, weighing in at about 4.3 pounds, but the extra weight has a purpose. You now have a sleek, slim, 16-inch screen with options to add super-powerful AMD Radeon Pro 5600M graphics — every photo and video editor’s dream. The hefty Intel Core processor can also carry quite a load. Being an everyday user of the MacBook Pro, we can safely say that we can have more than 20 tabs open along with Spotify blasting tunes from the laptop without the fan ever acting up. Its all-new thermal architecture is simply amazing: You can even run heavy-duty games without having the laptop give out. There are also four USB-C ports — an upgrade over the regular two offered by the MacBook Pro and Air — so you have tons of options for additional connectivity. These ports also run at Thunderbolt 3 speeds, making them much faster than your average USB-C ports. If you need a powerful laptop that easily transitions from work to play, you can’t do better than the MacBook Pro 16-inch.
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