Before you buy a MacBook, you should be aware of their shortcomings. The 16-inch and 13-inch MacBook Pro models don’t have very many besides a crazy-high price.
1. MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020)
The best Apple laptop for most users
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel Iris Plus | RAM: 16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB | Display: 13.3 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels | Size: 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.1 poundsUS$10.15VIEW AT AMAZON£8.99View at WaterstonesSee all prices (3 found)Elegant designSolid performanceGreat keyboardExcellent SSD speedsA bit heavy
It’s not the huge leap forward that you wanted, but it is the incremental changes that you needed. So while it’s true that the latest MacBook Pro isn’t the 14-inch beauty that had been rumored, it’s still got a lot going for it. Number one, Apple has doubled the amount of storage you can get with every configuration. Number two, the company has closed the chapter on the much-maligned Butterfly keyboard in favor of the highly-lauded Magic keyboard.
Making the jump to a 10th Gen Intel processor, the 13-inch MacBook Pro held its own against top-rated competitors in the competitive premium laptop space and even excelled. The system proved itself as a top-ranked laptop with great performance, lightning-fast transfer speeds and over 10 hours of battery life. It’s a solid upgrade that Mac fans will appreciate.
2. MacBook Air (2020)
The most affordable MacBook
CPU: 10th Gen Y-Series Core i5 | GPU: Intel Iris Plus | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Display: 13.3 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels | Size: 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 poundsToday’s best Apple Macbook Air (2020) deals
No price informationCHECK AMAZONWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricesSleek designGreat battery lifeMagic KeyboardUnderwhelming performanceLimited ports
The new MacBook Air is top among the best MacBooks for those who don’t want to spend too much. This latest model not only starts at a lower $999 price as its predecessor but it now features the Magic Keyboard, which is a huge improvement in both reliability and comfort over the doomed Butterfly keyboard.
On top of that, you get the latest Intel 10th Gen CPUs. Yes, they’re still Y-series, so don’t expect amazing performance, but they are a notch up from the previous model. Another benefit of the new model is that it starts with 256GB of storage — no more measly 128GB.
Everything else about the 2020 model is about what you’d expect from a MacBook Air. It’s a slim, sleek laptop that weighs just 2.8 pounds and comes in at 0.6 inches thick. Those numbers don’t break any records but they keep this notebook easy to carry around. Battery life is also great, at 9 hours and 31 minutes, and the speakers sound remarkably good.
3. MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
The best MacBook for serious pros
CPU: 9th Gen Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M/5500M | RAM: 16GB/32GB/64GB | Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB/8GB | Display: 16-inch, 3072 x 1920-resolution | Size: 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 4.3 poundsNo price informationCHECK AMAZONSee all prices (1 found)Radically improved Magic KeyboardImmersive 16-inch display with slimmer bezelsPowerful 6-speaker audioUp to 8-core Core i9 CPU and 64GB RAMNo full-size USB port or SD card
With an improved keyboard, powerful speakers and a larger, more immersive display, the new 16-inch MacBook Pro — the latest member of the MacBook family — is an improvement over the now-discontinued 15-inch model in every way that matters. Yes, it’s larger and a bit heavier, but that hit to portability is forgotten once you get your eyes on the MacBook Pro’s gorgeous, 16-inch, 3072 x 1920-resolution display, which is flanked by thin bezels.
Continuing the tradition of its predecessor, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the most powerful of Apple’s laptops thanks to its 9th Gen Core i7 or Core i9 CPUs, up to 64GB of RAM, up to 8TB of storage (no, seriously) and AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is the best Apple laptop in years…if you can afford one.