Cyber Monday 2016 Deals: 12-inch MacBook, MacBook Pro Deals Are On At Best Buy – Forbes

The 12-inch MacBook. (Credit: Apple)

The 12-inch Retina MacBook. (Credit: Apple)

Typically some of the best MacBook deals can be had at Best Buy. And that seems to be the case for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

After briefly discounting (by $100) the new 13-inch (non-Touch-Bar) MacBook Pro on Black Friday, Best Buy has cut the price on the latest 12-inch Retina MacBooks by $150. That includes reducing the price of the entry model (1.1GHz, 256GB) to $1,149.99 from the regular price of $1,299.99 and the higher-end model (1.2GHz, 512GB) to $1,449.99 from $1,599.99.

The 12-inch MacBook is Apple’s most tablet-like MacBook, weighing only 2 pounds and sporting Apple’s first “Butterfly” keyboard. Apple updated the 12-inch MacBook earlier this year with Intel’s 6th generation “Skylake” processors (updated from last year’s 5th gen “Broadwell”). The new Skylake processor and graphics deliver modest speeds improvements over Broadwell. But those speed boosts seem to be enough to make it a more mainstream computing platform (see review here).

I’ve been using the 2015 version of the 12-inch MacBook (after switching from the 13-inch MacBook Pro) for almost a year and believe it’s one of Apple’s best MacBook designs ever.  Though it’s not as fast as the MBP, it’s fast enough for what I do. The Butterfly keyboard works for me and connecting to an external display and peripherals with Apple’s USB Type-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter – via the MacBooks single USB Type C port – works for me too.

2015 MacBook Pro Retina discount: Best Buy is also selling the 2015 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina at a $150 discount. The price of the 512GB model has been cut to $1,649.99 from the regular price of $1,799.99. That comes with a 5th gen Broadwell processor and 8GB of memory.


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