Get the ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

It’s a good price, but you’ll be getting the weakest CPU for the model.

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Apple’s most portable laptop is on sale today at both Amazon and Best Buy, and for Amazon, at least, I can confirm that it’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen it listed for. Head over to either site today, and you can get the latest-model 12-inch MacBook for just $800 (Amazon/Best Buy), down $500 from the normal price of $1,299.99.

Here are a few more specs:

  • Intel Core m3
  • 256GB Storage
  • 8GB RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Backlit keyboard
  • 2304x1440 display resolution

That’s a fantastic deal, and I was considering getting one myself. I’m a big fan of the ridiculously portable 12-inch MacBook, as it’s so thin and light that takes up about as much room and weight in my bag as a high-quality legal pad.

I find the 12-inch’s "butterfly" keyboard to be the most comfortable to write on, which I suppose is related to the keyboard’s slight slant and the MacBook’s slim profile. If you’re looking for portability in an Apple product that isn’t an iPad or iPhone, this is technically as good as it gets.

"Technically" is important, though, as this model only has the Intel Core m3 chip. That might be fine if you’re using this MacBook for typing up papers in college or surfing the internet, but it doesn’t do much to future-proof it as the more powerful Intel Core I5 models (which are out of stock). This model should be fine for light workloads, but I know there are already many owners of the older 2015 model who find it’s now too slow. This model dates from 2017, so it won’t be too long before it can’t keep up with apps or new versions of macOS.

This model also only has one USB-C port, which means you’ll always need to stop charging it if you want to hook up anything else. The MacBook is mainly aimed at people on the move, though, and I rarely found it mattered as much as I feared. If you plan on keeping this MacBook hooked up to an extra monitor or plan for frequent use of external hard drives, though, you need to be aware of the limitations.

If you want an extra port, a bit more screen space, a Retina display, and a more powerful processor at the expense of a pound of weight and a slightly larger size, you might be better off getting the new MacBook Air.

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