Good deal on MacBook Pro

I need to buy my high-school junior a MacBook Pro. I have found a 2024 for $899.00 from Apple with an educational discount. Do you know of any better deals out there? Is it worth the risk to buy a refurbished 2020 model for $500.00? I would appreciate any input. Thanks.

A 2020 model is too old. Forget that idea. It will be obsolete sooner than later. $899 with an education discount is a great deal. I doubt you can beat it but check Costco. Apple sometimes blows out previous models through them.