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While we consider Apple’s MacBook Air M1 to be the best in the company’s lineup for most people, there are those who want a more robust machine. That’s where the MacBook Pro M1 arrives, and Amazon has the 2020 model for a little less than usual. The 13-inch laptop with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs $150 at the moment, down to $1,150. Only the space gray model has this discount at the moment, but the silver version costs $100 and up $1,199.
Keep in mind that this is the 2020 model – not the 2021 MacBook Pro, which features an updated design with more ports and Apple’s cutting-edge M1 Pro or M1 Max chipsets. This is not to say that the 2020 model does not have its merits. In fact, it earned a score of 84 from us when we first reviewed it, thanks to its fast performance, fast GPU, lovely screen, comfortable keyboard and trackpad, and its long battery life of 16.5 hours. And because the Pro is different from the Air and has a built-in fan, it can better handle sustained workloads like video encoding.
There are some drawbacks to the Pro M1 such as support for only one external monitor and lack of external GPU support. And when compared to the 2021 models, the port selection is missing. The 2020 laptop has only four Thunderbolt ports, while you get connectors like an HDMI port, an SD card slot and more on the latest machine. However, these upgraded MacBook Pros start at $1,999, so this sale on the MacBook Pro 2020 is a good fit for those on a tighter budget but still wanting an upgraded laptop and feeling comfortable skipping the extra ports.
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