2020’s Best Apple Laptops [In-Depth Reviews]

TOP PICK
New Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray
BEST DEAL
Apple MacBook Air Z0UU3LL/A Laptop (Mac OS High Sierra, 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, 13.3" 4K UHD Screen, Storage: 128 GB, RAM: 8 GB) Silver
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5) - Space Gray (Previous Model)
New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Silver
Supercharged
New Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage) - Space Gray
BLW's Score
95
94
83
84
75
MSRP
$1,597.58
$1,117.71
$835.99
$1,371.99
$1,831.58
Processor
Intel Core i7 (6 core)
Intel Core i7 2.9 GHz
Intel Core i5 1.6 GHz
Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
Intel Core i9 (8 core, up to 4.8 GHz)
RAM
16GG
8GB DDR3L
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
128GB SSD
128GB SSD
256GB SSD
512GB SSD
Display
15.4" Retina (2880 x 1800 )
13.3” Retina (1440x900)
13.3" Retina (2560 x 1600)
13.3" Retina (2650x1600)
15.4" Retina (2880 x 1800 )
Graphics
Radeon Pro 555x
Intel Graphics 6000
Intel UHD Graphics 6`7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Radeon Pro 560x
OS
OS X
OS X
macOS
OS X
OS X
Weight
4.2 pounds
2.75 pounds
2.75 pounds
3.02 pounds
4.02 pounds
TOP PICK
New Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Space Gray
BLW's Score
95
MSRP
$1,597.58
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7 (6 core)
RAM
16GG
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
15.4" Retina (2880 x 1800 )
Graphics
Radeon Pro 555x
OS
OS X
Weight
4.2 pounds
BEST DEAL
Apple MacBook Air Z0UU3LL/A Laptop (Mac OS High Sierra, 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, 13.3" 4K UHD Screen, Storage: 128 GB, RAM: 8 GB) Silver
BLW's Score
94
MSRP
$1,117.71
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7 2.9 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR3L
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Display
13.3” Retina (1440x900)
Graphics
Intel Graphics 6000
OS
OS X
Weight
2.75 pounds
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5) - Space Gray (Previous Model)
BLW's Score
83
MSRP
$835.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5 1.6 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
128GB SSD
Display
13.3" Retina (2560 x 1600)
Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 6`7
OS
macOS
Weight
2.75 pounds
New Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage) - Silver
BLW's Score
84
MSRP
$1,371.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
13.3" Retina (2650x1600)
Graphics
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
OS
OS X
Weight
3.02 pounds
Supercharged
New Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage) - Space Gray
BLW's Score
75
MSRP
$1,831.58
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i9 (8 core, up to 4.8 GHz)
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
15.4" Retina (2880 x 1800 )
Graphics
Radeon Pro 560x
OS
OS X
Weight
4.02 pounds

Apple revolutionized the laptop world with their introduction of the MacBook Air in 2008.

Today, many people still consider them to be the most influential manufacturers in the market. This article will bring some of the best to you.

Back in 1975, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had dropped out of college. Both were members of the Homebrew Computer Club, who would meet bi-weekly to discuss emerging computer technology. While there, Steve Wozniak discovered the Altair 8800 which inspired him to build his own home computer.

Wozniak displayed his new machine at the computer club, and Jobs saw the marketing potential behind it. After selling their first computer, the Apple 1, to a local computer store, they were joined by Ronald Wayne. Together they formed Apple on 1st April 1976.

42 years later, and Apple is now a multinational company worth $1 trillion.

We personally use Mac computers to develop the content for this site. We love the products. There are great Windows-based laptops out there, but we are fans of Apple design, durability and ease-of-use.

In this article, we have selected the best Apple laptops available, to suit different requirements and budgets.

5 Best ​Apple Laptops By Category

Overall Pick
Apple 15 Inch MacBook Pro Retina Display

Apple MacBook Pro 13

​​The Apple MacBook Pro has always been the mainstay of the Apple line.

Now, the Apple 15 Inch MacBook Pro MJLQ2LL/A returns with serious improvements over its predecessors.

​Specs

  • ​Display Size: 15.4”
  • ​Resolution: 2880 x 1800 pixels
  • Battery Capacity: 10 hours
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
  • Storage: 512GB Flash Memory Solid State Drive
  • GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • I/O: 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio out, 1x HDMI, 2 x Thunderbolt 2, dual microphones
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds
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​​​​​​​​​Benefits

Firstly, this model includes Apple’s inventive Force Touch (4” x 3”) touchpad. The sensitivity of clicking on the pad itself is customizable. This results in varying pressures allowing for different functions.

What’s more, the Force Touch means that vibration feedback is given through the fingers. There is no clicking, giving a satisfying user experience. There is even the ability to zoom into images, or fast forward through videos, by increasing pressure.

Apple’s top-end laptops have continually been designed with an aluminum casing and black border, and the MacBook Pro reassuringly carries on that tradition.

Absence of seams, sleek thin design and inconspicuous keyboard speakers gives that all-important professional feel.

The ‘Retina display’ in the full name of this laptop is there for good reason. The 2880 x 1800 pixel display shouts out color on the 15.4” screen. Crystal clear is an overused cliche, but in this circumstance it’s perfectly apt.

The usual chiclet-style keyboard remains, with a pleasing 1.35 mm travel. Fast, responsive and light to the touch.

With a 512GB flash SSD and 2.6 GHz Intel core i7, the Apple MacBook Pro boots quickly and opens large files with ease. Even hard-hitting multitasking does not apparently slow this machine down at all.

This laptop is designed to provide nine hours of battery power. Our experience, and other customer testimonials, indicate that it’s not a number picked out of the air. This machine can happily exceed the nine-hour mark with continuous web use.

Data transfer is swift. This MacBook Pro includes 2 x USB 3.0 and 2 x Thunderbolt ports enabling a transfer rate of up to 10 Gbps, or 20 Gbps when running concurrently.

Drawbacks

Although the Apple MacBook Pro has an impressive Retina display, it does lack some brightness capability. Especially when used in natural daylight. In addition, the speed of this machine can enable it to be a second or casual gaming machine.

Extra Features

  • Force Touch haptic response touchpad
  • PCIe-based flash storage for fast booting and quick application opening
  • 2 x Thunderbolt ports

Buying Advice

This laptop, priced at around $2200, looks professional and sleek, and it’s not a design that hides inside flaws. 

Fast performance, a Retina display that screams colors and the impressive tracking pad with Force Touch make for an all-round serious machine.

Best Deal:
​Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop

MacBook Air

​​When Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air back in 2008, it was groundbreaking. At that time it was the thinnest laptop on the market, and redefined how other manufactures approached their products.

Since then, the MacBook Air has continued to have a serious following, and with the Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch priced at around $840.00, it’s easy to see why.

​Specs

  • ​Display Size: 13.3 inches
  • Resolution: 1440 x 900
  • ​Battery Capacity: 12 hours
  • ​RAM: 8GB at 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM
  • ​Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core Intel i5
  • ​Storage: 128GB Flash Memory SSD
  • ​GPU: Intel HD Graphics 6000
  • I/O: 1 x SDXC card reader, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x Thunderbolt 2, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x audio out, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds
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​​​​​​​​​Benefits

The aesthetic design is exactly the same as its predecessor. In fact, this has not changed since 2010 (except the inclusion of additional ports). But as it was an attractive machine back then, there is no need to change.

Portability with the Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch is a pleasure. Weighing in at 2.96 pounds it’s a good machine to have on the move, although it is a little heavier than the Lenovo Yoga Pro.

The portability aspect is further reinforced by its very impressive (actual) battery life of over 12 hours for continuous web browsing.

The main improvements over its predecessor is the inclusion of a powerful 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor and a memory upgrade of 128GB SSD. Data transfer is improved on the earlier model too, with the inclusion of a Thunderbolt port for seriously fast speeds.

The keyboard is the usual chiclet-style, with the sleek beveled edges as a surround. Response is fast and comfortable. It is perfectly suited for those people who complete extensive keyboard input throughout the day.

Drawbacks

The Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch is a great laptop, but there are just a few issues that could have pushed it into the top spot. First, the other laptops in the Apple line have been upgraded to the Retina display. With a 1440 x 900 pixel screen, This model would seriously benefit from this inclusion.

Having already enjoyed the function of the Force Touch tracking pad on the MacBook Pro, going back to the standard pad is a little disappointing. It’s a shame it was not included in this model.

The only other issue is more down to particular taste. The keyboard has travel of 1 mm, where most of the other Apple machines are about 1.5 mm.

Extra Features

  • Improved processor and memory from the earlier model
  • Lightweight design

Buying Advice

The Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch has always been a good laptop, and this incarnation is no different. Sleek, fast, compact and lightweight, it delivers excellent performance for less than $850.

It just loses out on the best overall for a slightly disappointing display and lack of Touch Force.

Best Portable: 
Apple MacBook Air 13

MacBook Air

​​Despite what people say, size is everything. It’s especially applicable where laptops are concerned.

Depending on requirements, either a ridiculously large or a small compact machine could be ideal. The excellent Apple MacBook Air Retina falls into this latter category.

​Specs

  • Display Size: 13.3 inches
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Battery Capacity: 10 hours
  • ​Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core Intel i5
  • ​Storage: 128GB Flash Memory SSD