Apple isn’t exactly known for offering discounts on new products. Thankfully, other retailers that sell Apple items have no such aversion to deals. Right now, Amazon has nearly all models of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on sale for between $70 and $300 off (you may have to click a coupon box to get the discount). So if you could use a new laptop, now’s a good time to pick one up.
All of these laptops are the latest models, and they all sport the Magic Keyboard, which is a huge improvement over the keyboard in the models these replaced. Thanks to the scissor switches used in place of the previous (and infamously unreliable) butterfly switches, the keyboard on these computers offers a superior typing experience.
MacBook Air Deals
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These machines also all have Touch ID, which lets you enter passwords using your fingerprint, which honestly still feels pretty futuristic.
As for which MacBook to pick, the two questions you need to ask yourself are: how much power do you need, and what’s your preferred screen size? The MacBook Air has a 13-inch Retina display, as does the 13-inch MBP. As you climb up the price point ladder, you’ll get more power, which should come as no surprise. But if you just need a laptop for everyday tasks, a MacBook Air will suit you just fine for years to come.
13-Inch MacBook Pro Deals
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Those who do more demanding computing tasks like programming or audio/video editing should look at the MacBook Pros. In addition to packing more power, all of the Pros come with the Touch Bar above the keyboard. It’s a long touchscreen whose buttons change depending on which app you’re using. The idea is that it’s more versatile than the physical buttons on the MacBook Air.
16-Inch MacBook Pro Deals
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The 16-inch MacBook Pro offers the largest screen yet on a MacBook.
Any machine you choose, you’re getting a deal, so grab one if you want one. As usual with Amazon, there’s little rhyme or reason for when its prices go up or down. Usually the online retailer seems to price match the sale prices of competitors when it has the same item in stock. As such, there’s no telling when these deals will go away.
Chris Reed is IGN’s shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed.
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