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An Apple MacBook Pro laptop keyboard and touch bar

If you’re looking for the best Apple laptop, the company currently offers three kinds: MacBook Air (13-inch), MacBook Pro (13-inch), and MacBook Pro (16-inch). The MacBook Air model is the cheapest and lightest of the bunch, starting at $1,099 for a razor-thin laptop weighing just 2.75 lbs.

If you need additional meat, the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro includes discrete AMD graphics and options for eight-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors. The smaller 13-inch model doesn’t have discrete graphics, but you’ll find Apple’s innovative Touch Bar on both. There are designs of the 13-inch model with both two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports, so there’s no shortage of connectivity if you need it.

The best Apple laptops:

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best Apple laptops regularly as new devices launch.


1. MacBook Pro (16-inch)

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple’s latest model in its lineup of MacBook Pro laptops is a 16-inch beast with enough power to get you through even the toughest of tasks. It still features the Touch Bar of last year’s model, but gets rid of the troublesome Butterfly Keyboard in favor of a return to the tried-and-true Magic Keyboard of previous generations.

The base model features a 2.6GHz six‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor, with Turbo Boost for speeds of up to 4.5GHz. It also packs 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M discrete graphics with 4GB of memory, and 512GB of SSD storage. This model will run you $2,399 without pre-installed software.

If you’re looking for even more power, you can configure the Apple’s signature laptop with a 2.4GHz eight‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, up to 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M discrete graphics with 8GB of memory, and a whopping 8TB of SSD storage. Without software, the maxed-out MacBook Pro will cost $6,099, which is actually less than the maximum price for the previous model.

No matter which version you pick, you’ll get four Thunderbolt ports, Bluetooth 5.0 support, a 720p front-facing camera, and up to 11 hours of battery life. All this in a thin .64-inch (1.64cm) chassis weighing just 4.3 pounds (2 kg). It’s available in the Apple-standard colors of Silver and Space Grey.


2. MacBook Pro (13-inch, 4 Thunderbolt ports)

Front side of an opened MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch) - best Apple laptop

Next up is one of two 13-inch MacBook Pro designs, this one sporting four Thunderbolt ports and a 13.3-inch IPS display with a 2,560 x 1,800 resolution. It’s powered by Intel’s 8th‑generation quad-core i5 or i7 processors, with 8-16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, and 256GB-2TB SSD storage.

In addition to the Thunderbolt 3 ports, you get a 3.5mm audio jack, a 720p webcam, Wireless AC and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, plus a 58WHr battery promising up to 10 hours of video playback or web browsing. It measures 0.59 inches thick, weighs 3.02 pounds, and ships in Silver or Space Gray.

However, unlike the 16-inch model, it does not feature a discrete graphics card, instead relying on Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 to handle all of your graphics work. 

Depending on your configuration, this model will cost you between $1,799 and $3,099 without any software included.


3. MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2 Thunderbolt ports)

MacBook Pro 13 inch

If you want all of the power and portability of a MacBook Pro without breaking the bank, this is the model for you. It’s essentially the same as the version above, but with 2 Thunderbolt ports and a slightly lower spec processor.

It’s powered by a 1.4GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, with options for 8-16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory and 128GB-2TB SSD storage. Like the other 13-inch model, it does not feature a discrete graphics card and uses Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645. As always, it’s available in Silver or Space Grey.

Without software, the cheapest Apple laptop in the MacBook Pro range costs between $1,299 and $2,799, although if you’re looking at higher-spec versions, you’re probably better off upgrading to the next model up.


4. MacBook Air

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air is the least powerful Apple laptop currently on the market, and it appeals to a different sort of crowd. Rather than packing it with the latest and greatest hardware available, Apple has set about creating an ultra-light laptop that doesn’t skimp on style. 

With a 13.3-inch screen, it weighs in at just 2.75lbs (1.25kg) and .61 inches (1.56cm) thick, slipping effortlessly into any bag. Promising a battery life of up to 12 hours, you can also rely on it to get you through the day, wherever you might take it. However, it does have the inconsistent Butterfly Keyboard, so keep that in mind if you plan on doing a lot of typing.

Although this is the least powerful Apple laptop, it still performs admirably with a 1.6GHz dual-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8-16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory, and 128GB-1TB of internal storage. If you really need a discrete graphics card, the MacBook Air’s two Thunderbolt ports support eGPUs.

Pricing without software ranges from $1,099 to $1,899. In addition to the standard Silver and Space Grey colors, it’s also available in Gold (the color, not the metal).


That’s it for our look at the best Apple laptops. We will update this list as Apple refreshes its notebooks or introduces new models.