TL;DR: Select MacBook Pros are on sale at Best Buy for up to $250 off (as of July 29), and they all come with four free months each of Apple Music and Apple News+ on top of a six-month subscription to Trend Micro Internet Security. If you buy one of the 16-inch models, you’ll also get a year’s worth of Apple TV+ for free.
Still working from home? There’s a pretty decent (read: very, very good) chance that your personal laptop is doing double duty as your work computer — and you’re not alone. In a recent survey of about 2,000 U.S. workers who made the switch to WFH amid the coronavirus pandemic, 52 percent of correspondents reported using their own laptops for business purposes.
But crunching numbers all day on top of gaming, video editing, and/or fiddling around in the Adobe Suite can be a lot for one machine to handle; a lot of laptops aren’t build for that kind of heavy lifting.
If you’re getting the sense that your existing laptop is struggling to handle its new dual workload, consider upgrading to a beefier device (especially if it’s looking like your company’s WFH policy will be extended indefinitely). Apple’s MacBook Pro is always a solid choice for power users, and Best Buy conveniently happens to be offering *huge* savings on a couple of newer models.
On top of enjoying a discount of up to $250, you’ll get four free months each of Apple Music and Apple News+ (a $39.96 value apiece) plus a six-month subscription to Trend Micro Internet Security (worth $29.99) when you buy one of the following configurations. (Note: Those Apple freebies are only available for first-time subscribers — see each laptop’s product page for more details.) The 16-inch models also come with a free year’s worth of Apple TV+ (a $59.88 value), so whatever you do, don’t miss out:
MacBook Pro (13-inch) — save $200
Released in May, the latest iteration of the MacBook Pro features Apple’s snazzy Touch Bar, a Touch ID sensor, a brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology, a high-performance Intel Core i5 processor, the new Magic Keyboard (bye-bye, butterfly), and tons of storage space.
MacBook Pro (16-inch) — save $250
Apple debuted its beefy 16-inch MacBook Pro last fall, having equipped it with a Magic Keyboard, a Touch Bar, a hefty 100Wh battery, gamer-friendly AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics, a whopping *six* built-in speakers, a new mic setup that offers 40% hiss reduction, and an improved thermal design for efficient airflow.
Best Buy’s got a couple configurations of this bad boy on sale, the first being a 512GB model with AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics and a powerful Intel Core i7 processor (available in space gray or silver). Normally $2,399.99, it’s yours for just $2,149.99 — a 10% savings.
For $400 more, you can upgrade to 1TB of storage, an Intel Core i9 processor, and a fancy AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics card. Get it in space gray or silver for $2,549.99 (down about 9% from $2,799.99).
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