There are a couple of small changes this week when it comes to finding the best MacBook deals that are available to buy today. The biggest discounts that we saw over the last couple of months are still long gone, but there are still some decent savings to be found on Apple's premium ultrabooks, including the Air and older 2020 Pro models.
Back in December, we saw the latest M1 MacBook Air model at Best Buy for just $799 - that's $50 off the cheapest ever deal we saw during Black Friday. It's now back up to $899 at most retailers, which isn't bad considering it was $949 a couple of weeks ago. For the UK, you can currently find a £110 saving on the same model at the likes of Amazon and Currys, which is only £40 away from the record low.
As for the 2020 MacBook Pro, there are savings on just the 256GB model this week. The record low price for the 512GB version has since expired but it has been reduced by an extra $50 which brings it back down to the standard deal price we've seen multiple times over the last six months.
When it comes to the latest MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) and MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021), though, you can actually still find a $50 saving on the smaller model in the US. Act fast to get the ultrabook for its best price so far as we're not sure how long this offer will be in stock. For those in the UK, Amazon had discounted the 14-inch model by £100 but it's now back up to the normal price.
That's it for now. We'll be back to update this hub every week with all the latest cheap MacBook deals, so you can pick up a luxury laptop without breaking the bank. If you decide you need something more flexible, you can always find the best iPad deals right here. Or, if your budget doesn't stretch to one of these machines, our hub dedicated to all the best cheap laptop deals on offer this week is where to look.
This week's best MacBook deals
Where you're in the US or the UK, you'll find the week's best MacBook deals just below. We've picked out the best prices across the full range of models and specifications so you can find the ideal ultrabook to suit your needs and budget.
This week's best cheap MacBook deals in the US
MacBook Air (M1, 256GB):
$999 $899 at Amazon
Save $100 - Amazon had the best ever price on the M1 MacBook Air over Black Friday of $749. It was then $799 for a week at Best Buy. Sadly, those MacBook deals are no longer available and it's back up to $899 at Amazon. This is still decent value – especially considering it's been $949 for a while and the might of the M1 processing chip that's included. It'll be a while before those big savings return, too.
MacBook Air (M1, 512GB):
$1,249 $1,049 at Amazon
Save $200 – The 512GB version of the M1 MacBook Air is back down to a record low at Amazon. If you've got the extra budget to spend it's definitely worth considering this version to double your available storage capacity.
MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) (M1, 256GB):
$1,299 $1,149 Amazon
Save $150 - After falling to as low as $1,049 at the start of November, the 256GB version of the 2020 MacBook Pro is now back up to $1,149 at Amazon. That's actually $50 less than last week, so an improved price but still $100 more than the record low we saw over Black Friday.
MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) (M1, 512GB):
$1,499 $1,349 at Amazon
Save $150 - The 2020 Apple MacBook Pro with a larger 512GB SSD is back to its fairly regular deal price of $1,349 this week. That's only $50 away from the cheapest ever price it was available for over Black Friday, so not a bad offer if you wanted to buy today.
MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) (M1 Pro, 512GB): for
$1,999 $1,949 at Amazon
Save $50 – It's not huge but there's still a saving on the latest MacBook Pro model this week. Apart from one or two brief reductions, all major retailers have held the price at $1,999 for the entry-level version since launch so any discount is a bonus right now. Considering this range of ultrabooks just launched a couple of months ago it's not all that surprising it's just $50 off. We don't think you'll see a bigger price cut for quite some time yet.
This week's best cheap MacBook deals in the UK
MacBook Air (M1, 256GB):
£999 £889 at Amazon
Save £110 - After a fall to an all-time low of £849 earlier in the year at Amazon, we haven't seen any MacBook Air deals this cheap ever since. Right now, though, you can now pick up this model for £889. It's not as strong an offer, but still £110 lower than the recommended price. We can't be sure just how long the discount will last so be sure to make the most of it while you can.
MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 256GB):
£1,299 £1,159 at Amazon
Save £130 – After falling to an all-new low of £1,129 for almost half a year, unfortunately, this model has now shot back up in price. It's still a good chunk less than it has been for a while, so there's still a saving to be had, It's just not as exciting as it was from May to August.
MacBook Pro 14-inch (M1 Pro): from £1899 at Amazon
In a twist, Amazon actually discounted one of the new MacBook Pro 14-inch models by £100 just last week, making it the lowest we've seen since launch. However, it's now back up to the normal price for the new ultrabook featuring the latest M1 Pro chip, which promises to offer much better performance.
Cheap MacBook Air deals
If you're after a performance boost, but still need that lightweight form factor, the new MacBook Air M1 might be your best bet. Don't worry though, there's a serious performance boost in this model but you're not paying as much for it as you may think. In fact, we even saw some early discounts over Black Friday 2020, so Apple certainly isn't afraid to introduce MacBook deals on this model every now and then.
The new M1 chip gives Intel a serious run for its money, and battery life doesn't even suffer for it. Plus, you're getting it all for the same price as the previous model which makes this the go-to for a 2020 release right now.
The original 2020 MacBook Air doesn't look quite so good now that the M1 version is out in the wild. However, as prices start to fall on the early-2020 model, you may well find some significant MacBook deals up for grabs here.
You'll find Intel 10th generation processors with up to quad-core CPUs available here. Plus, this model was the first to offer 256GB of storage space at entry level, with up to 16GB RAM on offer as well. Like the M1 model, the entry level 2020 MacBook Air also starts at a lower sub-$1,000 / £1,000 price.
Cheap MacBook Pro deals
The new M1 MacBook Pro is now available, which means you'll want to decide whether you go for a potentially cheaper price point with the previous generation or what looks like a stark performance upgrade with Apple's own chip. We've already seen some surprise price cuts over Black Friday - mere weeks after the latest MacBook Pro was released, however, which means the latest model may be more affordable than you think.
The new MacBook certainly delivers on Apple's promise of a revolutionary experience. Performance sees a considerable boost from the new M1 hardware, even running legacy apps designed for previous Intel machines. Things still look pretty similar from the outside, but you're running a serious powerful machine here, with a price that even manages to undercut other high end ultrabooks in value.
The 2020 MacBook Pro (Intel) does have its place in the market now that the M1 model has hit the shelves. While you're only picking 8th generation processing here, which is a little old for a laptop priced well over $1,000 / £1,000, you're able to configure far more RAM and storage in this model. That makes it a go-to if you're looking for bigger storage but you're happy to grab a cheaper processor to do so.
The M1 version does retail for a similar MSRP, which would make it a go-to for most users. However, if you spot a MacBook deal below the standard $1,200 / £1,200 above, it's worth a look.
Released just as 2019 was drawing to a close, the 16-inch MacBook Pro was set upon the world in order to replace the 15-inch model released earlier in the year. There's far more than a few inches tacked onto the display, however.
Top of the range specs will bring you an 8-core 9th generation i9 processor, 64GB RAM and an 8TB SSD - at a price that pushes $6,000. That means there's some mind-blowing power on offer here, but very few will actually get to experience it. At entry level you can expect a MacBook Pro price of just over $2,000, which is far more manageable but far from the cheap MacBook sales we all dream of.
Keeping all that power contained is, of course, the larger 16-inch chassis, but there's also an improved keyboard and brighter Retina display on offer here. 11 hours of battery life is an impressive feat at this spec, but if you're after a portable laptop to throw into a backpack, you might want to take a look at some smaller models - this beast weighs in at 2kg.
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Cheap MacBook deals
Apple hasn't released a standard MacBook in a while, which means the prices below are likely on refurbished units. However, if you're looking for an Apple machine under $800 then this is likely your best shot. MacBooks are made to last, which means many of these older models will still hold up for everyday usage as well.
This is the newest regular MacBook you can buy. The screen and compact dimensions on the 2017 MacBook are the same as the 2016 edition. The main improvement with the latest version is the inclusion of the 7th-gen Kaby Lake processors in either m3, i5 or i7 configurations.
2015 MacBook owners are the most likely to notice and appreciate the improvements, but if you're still looking for cheap MacBook deals and don't want to go near a $1,000 price tag, this could be the model for you.
The internal specifications on the 2016 12-inch MacBook might be lagging behind the most recent version nowadays, but if you're not planning on pushing the device too hard with demanding tasks then it could be a great money-saving option for you.
While some of the cheapest prices might be reserved for refurbs, the 2016 MacBook is still a fantastic device and it's one of the most portable options in Apple's laptop lineup.
How to find the best MacBook deals
MacBook deals are hard to come by for a reason - these machines last. That means Apple rarely discounts its older laptop lines with new generations, so it's harder to find that standout price if you're willing to swallow a few years on the market.
That doesn't mean you're stuck with launch prices, however. In fact, MacBook sales are fairly common around certain times of the year, and do generally fall in line with new releases. While you might not find major discounts on cheaper entry level models, those shopping for the more specced out lines can enjoy some significant price drops around the holidays and major Apple launch windows.
Cheap MacBook prices: is it worth buying a pre-2017 MacBook?
We'll say it again, MacBooks last. Many 2015 MacBook Pros are still running healthy to this day, though you might struggle to cram the latest MacOS releases onto them. But we'll say something else again, cheap MacBooks don't tend to lose their value. That means you can easily spend $1,000 on a MacBook from before 2017 and miss out on the latest processors, RAM speeds, hardware features, and SSD storage sizes of the newer models, sitting at similar prices.
That means if you do spot a particularly good MacBook deal on an older model, it may well be worth your time. If you find yourself shopping between the $1,300 and $2,000 mark, however, double check you can't pick up something newer for the same price.
What to look for in MacBook sales
MacBook sales tend to offer creepingly reduced prices on the entry level Air and Pro models while reserving the big drops for the more expensive configurations. While these deals tend to stick around the same sale prices every time they are reduced, keen shoppers will notice that traditional discount does grow a little every now and then. That will knock an extra $50 off the price sporadically in order to make headlines, but it also means that if you spot a particularly good MacBook deal it's not worth sticking around and waiting for a better sale in the future.
It's worth shopping older models if you're looking to score a more impressive price drop, as retailers are keen to shift these units before any big release. Shop these MacBook deals if you're after a bigger spec in particular, as you'll often find the older mid-range models offering bigger power than entry level fresh releases for either the same price or slightly less.
However, it's always worth keeping one eye on the prices of those latest versions. As we've learned with the 2020 MacBook Air, Apple is looking to make the MacBook more cost effective moving forwards. That means you might be able to find MacBook deals offering entry level new releases for less than their ancestors.