The best MacBook deals we've found for Black Friday |  Engadget

The best MacBook deals we’ve found for Black Friday | Engadget

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You’re not alone if you’ve waited until Black Friday to find deals on the latest MacBooks. Considering these are some of the best (and most expensive) laptops around, many people will be looking for the best MacBook deals this holiday shopping season. We’re still a week away from Black Friday proper, but we’re already seeing strong deals on machines like the new MacBook Air M2, and even the high-powered 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

While you’ll likely get the best deal buying from 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 these, though, plus they’re giving you up to $250 Apple Gift Card with purchase rather than a discounted price. If you know you’ll use this gift card, this might be the best option for you. But if you prefer the instant gratification of a few hundred dollars off, we’ve rounded up the best MacBook deals here so you don’t have to search for them.

Macbook Air M1

Apple MacBookAir M1


The 2020 MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 chipset is currently at its lowest – just $800 for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. While, yes, the latest model M2 chip will give you a slight performance boost, the M1 processor is still quite powerful. It will definitely be an upgrade for anyone coming from an older Intel-powered MacBook. We gave the M1 Air a score of 94 when it was first released for its blazingly fast performance, excellent keyboard and trackpad, beautiful Retina display, and lack of fan noise.

Macbook Air M2

Apple MacBookAir M2


Apple MacBookAir M2

If portability is key to you, Apple’s latest MacBook Air is the best option – and you don’t have to sacrifice performance in the slightest to get it.

$1,050 on Amazon

The latest and greatest MacBook Air, the 2022 model with the M2 chipset, is $150 off and at an all-time low of $1,050. This laptop looks and feels quite different from the 2020 version thanks to Apple’s redesign of the machine to have an even bezel all around (no more corners) and its screen is slightly larger at 13.6-inches. We also liked its quad-speaker setup and great overall performance, so much so that we called it Apple’s “near-perfect” Mac.

13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inch


Apple’s most compact Pro laptop, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, is currently on sale for $1,149, which is 12% off its regular price. It sits, somewhat confusingly, in the middle of the company’s laptop lineup. While it has solid performance thanks to the M2 chipset, long battery life and stellar build quality, it’s hard for us to recommend it outright. Most people would be better served by the MacBook Air M2 or upgrade to the 14-inch MacBook Pro for even more power. But if you’re fixated on the 13-inch size and want the efficiency provided by an internal fan (which the Air doesn’t have), this MacBook Pro is your best bet.

14-inch MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro 14 inch


The 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage is $400 less and up to an all-time high of $1,600. This machine has the most advanced features of any Apple laptop (aside from its 16-inch big brother), including a Liquid Retina XDR display, stellar performance with that Pro chipset, excellent battery life, and a host of ports that make connecting all your peripherals and accessories much easier. Apple is overdue for a MacBook Pro refresh, but it’s likely those machines won’t launch until early 2023.

16-inch MacBook Pro

Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro


The biggest of Apple’s laptops, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, is cheaper than ever at $2,000 thanks to a $500 discount. That still high price gets you an M1 Pro chipset, a 10-core CPU and a 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. This model is essentially a scaled-up version of the 14-inch Pro, sharing most of the same features with it. You get a Liquid Retina XDR display, a bunch of ports including an SD card slot, a fantastic keyboard, and great battery life.

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