Best MacBook deals in October 2021
By Louis Ramirez
The best MacBook deals and sales right now
MacBook deals can be found everywhere this month. In fact, we're currently seeing some of the best MacBook deals of the year with never-before-seen discounts on all of Apple's M1-based MacBooks. So if you're in the market for a new MacBook, now is an excellent time to make a purchase.
Best MacBook deals right now
MacBook deals and Black Friday
Chances are you aren't thinking of Black Friday deals right now. However, the retail holiday is just weeks away and it's bound to offer the best MacBook deals of the year. To date, the MacBook Air has dropped to an all-time low of $749 this year. (It was a Best Buy student-only deal). Unfortunately, we don't expect to see that price point again. However, we do expect to see the MacBook Air selling for $799 at multiple retailers. Likewise, you can expect to see the MacBook Pro get from a $200 to $300 discount in November.
Best MacBook deals — MacBook Air
MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $849 @ Amazon
The new MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new Apple Silicon. The new M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. For a limited time, Amazon has it on sale for $849. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The 512GB model is also on sale for $1,099 ($149 off). View Deal
Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,179 @ Amazon
Save $120: The new MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 chip delivers performance that runs circles around Windows laptops, and you get a brighter display than the MacBook Air and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. Need more storage? The 512GB model is $150 off at Amazon.View Deal
MacBook Pro 13 (Intel/2020/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,699 @ Amazon
This 13-inch MacBook Pro features an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645. It's $299 off its normal price and one of the best MacBook deals on
the previous-gen systems. View Deal
Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro 16"
Apple MacBook Pro 16" (2019/512GB): was $2,399 now $2,285 @ Amazon
Apple's largest MacBook Pro has a 9th-generation 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7 6-core processor, a 512GB SSD, and 16GB of RAM. Graphics-wise, it has an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M Graphics with GDDR6 memory and Intel UHD Graphics 630 for non-intensive tasks. This model also comes with a Touch Bar and Touch ID, and a Retina Display with True Tone technology. It's now on sale for $2,285. View Deal
How to find the best MacBook deals
Amazon and Best Buy tend to offer the best MacBook deals. The MacBook Air M1 and the MacBook Pro M1 tend to see from $50 to $200 off discounts. However, we've noticed that Amazon offers slightly better MacBook sales that its competitors. For instance, the new M1 MacBook Air has dropped to $899 a few times at Amazon.
If you're looking for deals on previous-gen MacBooks, B&H Photo is a good place to start, particularly because they usually have stock of the older MacBooks. However, keep in mind that the new MacBook Air M1 is the better bargain (especially if it's on sale). That said, B&H Photo usually has the 2020 Intel MacBook Air on sale from $949 to $869.
As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.
Best cheap MacBook deals and sales for October 2021
Everybody knows Apple for its industry-leading mobile devices, but those of us who lived through the golden days of the consumer PC revolution will always remember this brand for bringing the famous Macintosh computers into the world. In the mobile age, the flagship of the Mac fleet is Apple’s excellent MacBook, which remains a favorite of professionals, creatives, and average folks all around the globe. MacBooks can get pricey compared to most Windows laptops and Chromebooks, though, but our roundup of the week’s best MacBook deals and sales can help you keep some of your hard-earned cash.
If you love everything with an Apple logo and you’re hungry for more savings, then also check out these iPhone deals and iPad deals.
Today’s Best MacBook Deals
Released in late 2020, the new Apple M1 MacBook Air has better battery life and performance and is more secure than the older MacBook Air models with Intel processors.more
Buy at Amazon
Students and teachers with a valid .edu email address can enjoy exclusive pricing on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro directly from the Apple Store.more
Buy at Apple
Packing the latest M1 CPU, this 13-inch MacBook Pro is an incredibly capable machine that will handle your work and daily needs for years to come.more
Buy at Amazon
The latest MacBook Pro is usually the priciest laptop in Apple's stable, but this 2017 model won't feel too long in the tooth in 2021 (and this refurbished deal lets you score it for much less).more
Buy at Amazon
The gorgeous new MacBook Pro boasts Apple's new M1 CPU, a brilliant retina display, Touch ID for added security, and the productivity-boosting Touch Bar. more
Buy at Amazon
Treat yourself to a MacBook Pro with a brilliant 16-inch Retina display and a powerhouse of a processor which happens to be a six-core, ninth-generation Intel Core i7. more
Buy at Adorama
The 12-inch MacBook was recently discontinued, and this might be your last chance to score one for this cheap before it's gone for good.more
Buy at Amazon
Need a ton of storage in a portable package? Look at this 13-inch MacBook Pro: You'll get all the space you need with a 1TB SSD and a solid workhorse of a quad-core, eighth-gen, Core i5 processor.more
Buy at Amazon
It doesn't have the biggest screen, but it more than makes up for it with a spacious SSD storage and solid specs. With 11 hours of battery life, you'll have plenty of time to work or play. more
Buy at Amazon
With top-notch ease of use, this MacBook Air is ideal as a starter Mac. Its thin and light design is great for traveling, too.more
Buy at Amazon
The new MacBook Pro is pricey to be sure, but buying this mint condition Renewed unit from Amazon is a great way to stack up the savings on Apple's premium 16-inch laptop.more
Buy at Amazon
If your work has an emphasis on graphics (like game developing or film-making) then you can't go wrong with this 16-inch MacBook Pro. It features AMD Radeon Pro 5500M graphics for quicker rendering.more
Buy at Tiger Direct
Score one of the latest and greatest 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops with a Touch Bar and great modern hardware for a nice discount. With specs like these, this MacBook will last you for years to come.more
Buy at Amazon
Frequent video conferences? The Apple 15" MacBook Pro comes with a built-in FaceTime HD camera and omnidirectional mic to enhance the quality of your virtual meetings. more
Buy at Amazon
Looking for an entry-level MacBook? This MacBook Air is the ideal starting point, with its fantastic build quality and top-notch ease of use. Its thin and light design is great for traveling, too.more
Buy at Amazon
If you don't mind using a pre-owned Apple product, then you can snag this Apple MacBook Air for a steal, and it should work and look like new.more
Buy at Amazon
In July 2019, Apple stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook on its website and in its stores, but you can still get it from third-party resellers. There are plenty of reasons to opt for it, too. Compared to the Air, not only is the MacBook’s screen smaller, but the device is also extremely thin and light. It hasn’t been updated since 2017, but it has the modern Mac look, including the large trackpad, butterfly-style keyboard, Retina display, and simplified port selection. Aside from a headphone jack, the laptop comes with just a single Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. That means you can’t plug in a wired mouse and power at the same time, for example, unless you have an adapter.
The most recent version from 2017 received a bump to dual-core, seventh-generation Kaby Lake Intel processors. Like the MacBook Air, we found it to be fast enough to get through a normal day of productivity and web browsing. We’d recommend one of the newer MacBook Airs to most people, but for those who want the absolute smallest, most portable MacBook, this is your best option.
Amazon is currently selling the professionally Renewed and warranty-backed 2017 12-inch MacBook for as low as $500, which gets you an Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.
MacBook Air Deals
Before 2018, the MacBook Air hadn’t received a serious update for many years. The iconic silver look may have been revolutionary in 2012, but its thick bezels and lower-resolution screen had become outdated over the years. There have thankfully been a couple of revisions since then, but we can still recommend this reasonably recent 2017 model to people who have basic everyday needs and don’t want to shell out for a Pro. Its Intel Core processor and 8GB RAM will ensure it won’t feel too long in the tooth in 2020, even if it isn’t sporting the upgrades of the newer units. It’s also the cheapest way into the MacBook ecosystem, and that alone makes it worth your consideration.
If you’re in the market for a slightly older model and are willing to buy refurbished (in nearly like-new condition and backed by a warranty since it’s Amazon Renewed) so you can save some cash, the 2017 MacBook Air below is going for around $400 including delivery at the moment — a steal at this price.
In the middle of 2019, Apple gave the MacBook Air a complete makeover, bringing it up to speed with the rest of its MacBooks. These 2019 and 2020 revisions have a new look — thinner bezels, a smaller chassis, higher-resolution display, USB-C, as well as new color options like gold and space gray. The new MacBook Air also has some of the mainstays of modern Apple laptops such as the low-travel keyboard, oversized trackpad, and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
The Air saw some hardware updates in 2020 too, including the addition of the newer 10th-gen Intel Core CPUs as well as the introduction of Apple’s own new M1 processor. We found it more than capable of handling day-to-day tasks, just don’t expect to be editing 4K video on it. That said, that MI CPU is pretty amazing and punches well above its weight. It has the best battery life of all the MacBooks, and also comes with the lowest starting price of around $1,000 right now.
If you’re in the market for a new M1 MacBook Air, then you can currently can enjoy a welcome discount off the usual price that knocks it down to $850. This deal gets you the superb new M1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD — perfect specs for an everyday laptop.
16-inch MacBook Pro Deals
It had been rumored for months, but there was still a sense of excitement when Apple finally unveiled the 16-inch MacBook Pro in mid-November 2019. Many of the rumored features — the higher-resolution display, the new keyboard, and the Navi graphics — proved to be correct.
That means this is the biggest upgrade to the MacBook Pro line since it was redesigned in 2016. It takes features that had become standard in the MacBook Pro 15, like the Touch Bar and USB-C ports, and adds all-new features. For example, you can give it an 8TB SSD, the largest SSD available in any laptop, or if you need a huge amount of memory, there’s a 64GB RAM option. If you’re a pro and need power, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the one to get.
Right now the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has a haircut that brings its price down to $2,250. You get a 9th-generation 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an AMD Radeon Pro 5300M graphics card. Want some boosted specs? The Core i9 MacBook Pro 16 with 1TB of storage and a Radeon Pro 5500M GPU is on sale for $2,625, saving you $175.
13-inch MacBook Pro Deals
With its more powerful specs, the MacBook Pro represents the top of the MacBook lineup. These are laptops for people who want to run heavy applications such as Photoshop or Lightroom — or even just for people who want to multitask like nobody’s business. However, there are several important distinctions you should be aware of, even concerning the 13-inch models.
Apple has now added the Touch Bar to all of its recent MacBook Pro models. The Touch Bar is a slim OLED touchscreen that takes the place of the function keys and is purpose-built for navigating MacOS and its software — but it’s admittedly not for everyone, so if you’d prefer a MacBook Pro without it, then you’ll have to opt for a last-gen model from 2017 or earlier.
Right now, you can score has this refurbished 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro in renewed condition from 2017. For $529, you get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 128GB SSD (the 256GB model is also on sale if you need a little more storage), and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. It’s a great deal if you want to save yourself some cash by going without the Touch Bar.
Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro in 2019 to come with the latest-generation Intel processors, with slight speed bumps to both the base clock and Turbo Boost speeds. With the MacBook Pro 16 on the market now, prices of last-gen and smaller-sized MacBook Pro models have been slashed.
You can now save hundreds on the 13-inch MacBook Pro complete with Touch Bar from early 2020 by buying this nicely specced unit at a discount that brings its price down to $950. That gives you a quad-core Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256B SSD. The new 2020 MacBook Pro with M1 chips were recently released and we’ll be posting any worthy discounts for those as they appear, but if you want a deal, then buying this still-excellent Intel Core model is the surest way to save right now.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro was given a couple refreshes for 2020. Although innovative, Apple isn’t exactly a company known for re-inventing the wheel — it typically sticks to a good design once it’s found it — and the first 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro update wasn’t an exception to this rule, featuring a very similar overall aesthetic to previous models (outdated bezels and all) with some modest hardware updates under the hood. One major noteworthy upgrade is the new Magic Keyboard, which is fantastic. It’s comfortable, it’s quiet, and it even has a proper escape key this time around. The second update, however, added Apple’s fantastic new M1 CPU to the lineup.
This model packs that eight-core M1 CPU along with 8GB of RAM and a snappy 256GB SSD, pairing what are pretty much ideal specs for an everyday laptop with the sort of quality you’d typically associate with the Pro line. You can grab the new 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro for $1,170, which is one of the better prices we’ve seen for this new model.
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New MacBooks will be here soon. At its hardware event last month, Apple unveiled the iPhone 13, Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and a new entry-level iPad but nary a new MacBook. Apple's computers will get their own event on Monday, Oct. 18.
Apple introduced the first MacBooks with its own Apple silicon M1 chip last year, and the models expected to be announced on Monday could introduce an M2 (M1X?) processor. The next MacBook Pro models are rumored to announce the return of the MagSafe charger, HDMI port and SD card slot -- while jettisoning the Touch Bar in favor of physical keys.
At this point, it makes sense to wait to see what Apple unveils on Monday before plunking down for a new MacBook, but if you're ready to buy a first-gen M1 MacBook and can't wait another second, you'll find some discounts at Amazon. You can save up to $150 on a M1 MacBook Air or M1 MacBook Pro.
The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro lines received the M1 update, but the big 16-inch MacBook Pro still uses an Intel Core i7 or i9 chip. And Apple still sells two higher-end configurations of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel parts; the company has stated that it will support all the Intel-powered Macs for years to come. While you might be tempted by a discount on an Intel-based MacBook, it had better be significant to convince you to get that instead of a new M1 MacBook. Our tests of the M1 machines show a significant performance increase over their predecessors. Plus, the M1 MacBook Air boasts a fanless design for silent operation.
Read more: A pro photographer tests Apple's M1 MacBook
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Pricing for new M1 MacBooks
The new MacBooks maintain the pricing of the models they replaced: The new MacBook Air starts at $999; the new MacBook Pro starts at $1,299. There are a couple of ways to grab either at a discount.
Want to buy new? The new M1 MacBook Air models are discounted by $100 and $150 right now on Amazon, while the MacBook Pro models are $130 and $150 off. One benefit of paying full price and buying from Apple, however, is you can customize the machine and add more RAM or a higher-capacity solid-state drive, whereas the models sold on Amazon and other retailers are fixed configurations.
Want to go the refurb route? You can now find refurbished M1 MacBooks on Apple's Certified Refurbished Mac page. Refurb inventory changes rapidly so you may not always see an M1 MacBook Air or Pro listed. It's worth keeping an eye out, however, because you can lock in substantial savings, up to $200. Rick Broida, CNET's Cheapskate emeritus, is a big fan of refurbs, particularly Apple's -- which are often as good as new.
It's also worth noting that the Apple Store offers students an educational discount, which can trim hundreds of dollars from the price of a new laptop or tablet.
Keep reading to see the best MacBook laptop deals currently available for Apple's current and previous-generation MacBooks. We update this list periodically.
Read more: Testing out the new Apple Mac M1 lineup
MacBook discounts, compared
|Model w/ CPU (and storage capacity)||List price||Best price (current)||Best price (all-time)|
|New MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (256GB)||$999||$899||$750|
|New MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (512GB)||$1,249||$1,099||$1,000|
|New MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (256GB)||$1,299||$1,169||$1,050|
|New MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (512GB)||$1,499||$1,349||$1,250|
|16-inch MacBook Pro w/ 9th-gen Core i7 (512GB)||$2,399||$2,399||$2,000|
*Note that "all-time" means the best price that we've seen at an Apple-authorized retailer in the product's lifetime.
M1-based MacBook Air (256GB SSD): $899
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The new, fanless MacBook Air starts at $999 and features Apple's M1 processor, which has an eight‑core CPU, a seven‑core GPU and a 16‑core Neural Engine. The system also supplies 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It lacks the Touch Bar (which could be viewed as a net positive) but features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID and the Magic keyboard. The $150 discount we saw earlier this month at Amazon is gone, but you can still save $100 on the gold model.
Read our MacBook Air (M1) review.
M1-based MacBook Air (512GB SSD): $1,099
The step-up MacBook Air model has a list price of $1,249 and delivers the M1 processor with a slight difference from the baseline model -- it has an eight-core GPU versus the seven cores you get in the model above. More significantly, it doubles the storage capacity with a 512GB SSD. You can save $150 on this model in gold at Amazon. Most people will benefit from the added storage space; a 256GB drive fills up fast.
Read our MacBook Air (M1) review.
The best cheap MacBook Pro deals, prices and sales in October 2021
It can be difficult to find truly cheap MacBook Pro deals. These are premium machines and the jewel in Apple's lineup of luxury laptops. That means they don't tend to lose too much of their value. However, recent price drops have shown us that MacBook Pro deals aren't as rare these days as they once were.
MacBook Pro prices already start pretty high, which does give retailers plenty of scope for discounting during sales periods. However, demand is equally high for these machines - which means fewer cheap MacBook Pro deals during the rest of the year.
That's not to say a discount isn't out there, though - in fact, we've seen the latest M1 range of MacBook Pros pretty much constantly on sale since release. And these offers should repeat over Black Friday 2021.
You want the best there is, but there's no reason to pay more than you should for it. If you want to save some money you could check out the other non-Pro MacBook deals or maybe even a standard cheap laptop deal. We're also showing you how to make the most of cheap MacBook Pro trade-in schemes and student discounts further down the page as well. Plus, you may find additional savings up for grabs soon courtesy of the upcoming Black Friday MacBook deals and Apple Black Friday deals.
The best 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 (2020) deals
The most powerful 13-inch Pro on the market
CPU: Apple M1 chip - 8 cores | Graphics: 8 core GPU | RAM: 8GB - 16GB | Screen: 13-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61-inches
Powerful new M1 chip
Fan cooling will make for better performance
17 hours battery life
Higher price tag
The new M1 MacBook Pro offers a stark upgrade in processing power, and at a similar price range to the previous 2020 13-inch Intel model. Overall, it's a better buy, especially seeing as those MacBook Pro prices do match fairly frequently. However, you might find MacBook Pro deals hitting the earlier model more now that this beast is in the wild.
That means you'll want to decide whether you go for a potentially cheaper price point with the previous generation or a considerable 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. Plus, with cheap MacBook Pro deals landing on these models as we move into 2021, things are looking particularly affordable right now.
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 best 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro deals
The last Intel release
CPU: 8th - 10th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics | RAM: 8GB - 32GB | Screen: 13-inch, 2,560 x 1,600 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61-inches
More starter storage
8th generation processors in entry level
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the model of choice for most creative professionals due to its balance between power and affordability, so it's understandable that some frustration has already arisen from the baseline model's use of an 8th generation Intel processor. Entry level buyers, therefore, will be working with a pretty old CPU that may not be able to hack the latest heavy duty programs. However, with improved RAM speeds, double the storage on offer, and an improved keyboard all at the same price as 2019's instalment, the trade off may well be worth it.
If you're willing to put some cash on the table, however, you can boost the 13-inch MacBook Pro up to the latest 10th generation of Intel processors with up to 4TB of SSD storage, marking a return to the tiny powerhouse many have found in previous iterations.
We've already seen some cheap MacBook Pro deals hitting this 2020 release, and more are sure to be on their way as the M1 model ages over the year, so there's plenty of scope to score yourself a discount.
The best 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro deals
A beast of a MacBook with the launch price to match
CPU: 6-core - 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i7 – i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M – 5500M, Intel UHD Graphics 630 | RAM: 16GB – 64GB | Screen: 16-inch, 3072 x 1920 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.62 x 35.79 x 24.59cm
Incredible display specifications
Massive RAM and SSD configurations
Apple's most powerful MacBook yet
The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro was released to replace the 15-inch model from earlier in the year, and it does far more than just add some centimeters to the display. Running an 8-core 9th generation i9 processor with 64GB of RAM and an 8TB SSD must feel nice, and while it's exciting that it's possible, that's a spec on its way to setting you back around $5,800. Nevertheless, this brand new MacBook is capable of blisteringly fast speeds even down to its most humble configuration (the little 6-core 9th gen i9 processor that could).
There are massive specs on offer here, but keeping all that power in place is a larger 16-inch chassis with an improved keyboard and a brighter, more intelligent Retina display. There's a lot going inside, so it's a good thing the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro also boasts the largest battery capacity of any MacBook ever released, offering up to 11 hours of wireless use. While the battery does support an on-the-go workflow, the MacBook Pro weighs in at a hefty 2kg - and with that extra screen size you might think twice about lugging it around in a backpack all day.
This is no cheap MacBook Pro, but it is an impressive feat of laptop development. While the most powerful configurations are outside the scope of most peoples' wallets, you may be able to find enough loose change to invest in one of the more realistic models. MacBook Pro sales have seen $300 - $400 being cut off the MSRP as well, so there are deals to be had if you're keen.
The best 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro deals
Slightly cheaper than the 16-inch
CPU: 9th-generation Intel Core i7 – i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 555X – 560X, Intel UHD Graphics 630 | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.4-inch, 2,880 x 1,800 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 34.93 x 24.07 x 1.55cm
New 9th-gen i7/i9 processors
Sky-high configurations available
Still fairly expensive
Lacks older ports
The 15-inch 2019 MacBook Pro isn't currently on sale at Apple, however you'll still find it on the shelves at a handful of retailers, particularly in the US. The price reflects a cheaper offer than the later 16-inch model, but you're picking up a fair amount of power.
If you've got the cash, the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2019 can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM with an 8-core 9th-gen i9 processor. Even the entry model on the Apple store comes packing a 6-core i7, 256GB SSD and 16GB of RAM.
If you're involved in the creative arts, digital design or engineering, then you might find Apple's latest is more than up to the task of the increasingly demanding apps and programs. Plus, you can save a little over the more expensive 16-inch model as well, which typically offers a much higher cost even in cheap MacBook Pro sales.
The best 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro deals
A cheap mid-range MacBook Pro
CPU: 8th generation i5-i7 | Graphics: Radeon Pro 555X - Pro Vega 20 | RAM: 8 - 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 34.92 x 24.07 x 1.55cm
Mid-range specs for a good price
Touchbar and Retina display
Fairly up to date components
The 13-inch 2019 MacBook Pro offers up one of the cheapest ways for entry level buyers to get their hands on a luxury laptop in 2021. Prices have dropped nicely now that we're two generations ahead - however stock levels are taking a hit as retailers gradually reduce their shelving space for such an old model. That means there will likely be some healthy MacBook Pro deals on traditionally more expensive configurations, but you might have to hunt to secure stock.
This might still not be considered a cheap MacBook Pro, then, but you will be getting more powerful specs at a price point the newer devices won't be able to match.
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With multiple configurations and various models to choose from, including some equipped with Apple’s new M1 processor, finding a deal on a MacBook or Mac Mini is not all that difficult.
Here, we’ll run through the discounts that are currently available for the latest MacBook models, as well as any deals to be had on the Mac Mini. Of course, there are also frequent discounts available for older Intel-based configurations — which will be compatible with macOS Monterey upon its release later this year — and we’ll highlight those when we find them.
Alternatively, purchasing refurbished is another way to save money on an Apple computer. Apple’s refurbished store provides a one-year warranty on all products and generally has discounts of 15- to 20-percent off the price of a new model. Two other retailers to look at for refurbished MacBooks are Best Buy and Amazon. For now, however, these are the best MacBook and Mac Mini deals you can take advantage of.
The best MacBook Air deals
The MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop. It’s best suited for typical productivity work, with a comfortable keyboard, excellent trackpad, and all-day battery life. The most recent model includes the Apple-designed M1 processor and lacks a fan for quiet, efficient performance. It ticks all right boxes when it comes to performance and price, which is why it’s our number one pick for the best laptop of 2021.
MacBook Air with M1
The MacBook Air is Apple’s entry-level laptop, which comes outfitted with the company’s new M1 chip and in one of three different colors (silver, space gray, and gold).
The base MacBook Air with the M1 chip has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It typically sells for $999, however, it’s currently available at Amazon and Best Buy for $850. The $1,249 512GB configuration is also on sale in all three colorways at Amazon and Best Buy for $1,100, its best price to date. These deals can come and go quickly, though, we expect more to come as the holiday shopping season draws near.
The best MacBook Pro deals
The touch bar-equipped MacBook Pro comes in more sizes and options than the Air, and it’s geared more toward demanding use cases. The base model is the 13-inch, M1-powered variant, which includes a brighter screen, longer battery life, and an internal fan designed to maintain performance under increased workloads. The M1 MacBook Pro 13 normally starts at $1,299, but the base model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage is on sale for $120 off at Amazon, bringing it down to $1,179. The larger, 512GB variant is also on sale at Amazon for $1,349, its second-best price to date.
While there have been rumors throughout the year of a redesigned MacBook Pro, one with an M1X processor and additional ports, we might not see it until further into the fall.
MacBook Pro with M1
The MacBook Pro 13 has the same M1 processor as the Air but includes a brighter screen, longer battery life, and a fan for better sustained performance.
Of course, you can also buy some older MacBook Pro models, including the 13-inch, mid-2020 model. The older device features four Thunderbolt ports, Windows bootcamp-ready Ice Lake processors, the current scissor-switch keyboard, increased RAM, and various storage configurations. Right now, the 13-inch model is available in several configurations at Amazon, including one with a 10th-gen i7 Intel processor and 512GB of storage for $1,999 and one with 1TB of storage and a 2.0GHz 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor for $1,700, which is $300 off the list price. You can also pick up the model with 512GB of storage and a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 for $1,500.
If you want a bigger laptop with more horsepower, the 2019 MacBook Pro 16 is the top-of-the-line model. Compared to its predecessor, it has a better keyboard, newer processors, and improved speakers. There are several configurations available with more storage and speedier processors — you can also get the 16-inch model with an Intel Core i9 CPU and 1TB of storage for $2,695 at Amazon, for instance — but deals are few and far between.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (late-2019)
A fifth-gen MacBook Pro with a 16-inch Retina display in addition to a better keyboard, processor, and speakers when stacked up against its predecessor.
The best Mac Mini deals
While it is not an Apple laptop, the Mac Mini is an affordable desktop computer with macOS. It does not include a display, keyboard, or mouse (so you’ll have to supply your own), but this compact machine is an excellent performer if you aren’t concerned about portability. It’s fast, efficient, and comes outfitted with Wi-Fi 6.
Like the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13, the Mini features Apple’s new M1 processor. It starts at $699, with the price varying based on your RAM and storage configurations. The outright best deal on the base Mac Mini is at Amazon, where you can pick up the 256GB model for $600 and the 512GB configuration for $799. B&H Photo is also matching Amazon’s current price for the 512GB model, though, no other retailers are at this time.
Apple Mac Mini with M1
Apple’s most affordable Mac desktop computer is now powered by the custom M1 chip. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in its base model but can be configured with up to 16GB RAM and 2TB of storage.
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The best MacBook deals for October 2021
The best MacBook deals of fall are here and it's a great time to upgrade your Apple laptop. We're rounding up the best MacBook deals below to help ease the strain on your wallet.
If you've had your eye on Apple's stylish notebooks, now is a great time to snag a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro for a stellar price. There are plenty of ongoing MacBook deals out there for bargain shoppers.
From the latest Apple M1 chip-powered MacBook to previous-gen Intel-charged macOS machines— here are today's best MacBook deals.
Best MacBook deals right now
MacBook Pro M1 deals
The most powerful, longest lasting MacBook
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: Apple M1 | Storage: 256GB/512GB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: 8-core GPU | Weight: 3 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two) | Battery Life: Up to 16 hours
Solid overall and gaming performance
Excellent battery life
Not enough ports
Apple's most powerful laptop, the 2020 MacBook Pro M1 has starting price of $1,299. The base model packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, Apple M1 CPU, 8-core GPU, and 256GB SSD.
As we note in our MacBook Pro M1 2020 review, we were floored by its stellar overall and gaming performance. We were also astonished by its long battery life which lasted an a16 hour and 32 minutes our Laptop Mag Battery Test. The MacBook Pro M1 earned a 5 out of 5 star rating and our Editor's Choice award stamp of approval.
Not only is the new MacBook Pro the longest lasting Apple laptop, it's also the brawniest. In one test, we had 50 tabs open in Google Chrome — some running Tweetdeck, Slack, YouTube, Tidal, Gmail, Google Sheets and Twitch. The MacBook Pro showed no signs of lag whatsoever.
MacBook Air M1 deals
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: Apple M1 | Storage: 256GB/512GB | RAM: 8GB | Video: Up to 8-core GPU | Weight: 2.8 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two) | Battery Life: Up to 14:41 hours
Outstanding battery life
Great speakers and Magic keyboard
Pricing on the MacBook Air M1 2020 starts at $999. Besides a new 8-core CPU, the base packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 7-core GPU 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
In our MacBook Air with M1 review, we loved the laptop's breathtaking Apple M1 chip performance. We were also impressed by its outstanding battery life which went the distance of 14 hours and 41 minutes in our Laptop Mag Battery test. It lasted longer than the previous-gen MacBook Air which conked out at 9 hours and 31 minutes.
Designwise, the MacBook Air sports the same familiar and practical design. Under the hood, there's a Magic Keyboard with large trackpad for a comfortable typing experience.
MacBook Pro deals
10th Gen CPU options
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.4 GHz/1.7 GHz/2.0 GHz/2.3 GHz quad-core 8th Gen or 10th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | Weight: 3.1 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (four)
New Magic Keyboard
No 14-inch panel
The base model Apple MacBook Pro 2020 starts at $1,299 with 13.3-inch Retina display, 8th Gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
Design-wise, the latest MacBook Pro 2020 borrows from the latest MacBook Air 2020. Apple fans will be glad to know that the dreadful Butterfly keyboard is gone for good. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses the Magic keyboard with traditional scissor switches.
Another major revamp to the MacBook Pro 2020 is the hardware bump to 10th Gen Intel CPUs. Interestingly, Apple still offers 8th Gen chips on the lower-end models to keep the starting price ($1,299) down. If you want the best performance speed and have room to splurge, we recommend you opt for the MacBook Pro with 10th Gen CPU, which starts at $1,799.
MacBook Pro deals (Late 2019 model)
Faster quad-core performance
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 or 2.8GHz Core i7 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | Weight: 2.7 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (four)
Four Thunderbolt ports
Still pricey for what you get
Need a MacBook Pro with muscle? The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a snappier Core i5-8279U quad-core CPU and offers 256GB of storage. And instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, it has an array of four. This base model looks identical to the cheaper 13-inch MacBook Pro, but it's priced at a steep $1,799.
In our MacBook Pro 13-inch review, we discovered that it delivers better performance than the base model mentioned above. In our tests, we saw no lag as we juggled between 17 open Chrome tabs while running Skype, Slack, and Pixelmator simultaneously.
Historically, we've seen this model drop as low as $1,499 over the holiday season. Outside of the holidays, we've seen MacBook Pro deals take $100 to $200 off its regular price.
MacBook Pro deals (2019)
Upgrade to quad-core power
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 or 1.7GHz Core i7 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 | Weight: 2.7 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two)
Noticeably faster than MacBook Air
Slightly improved keyboard
Pricey for what you get
The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro comes in a variety of flavors and configurations for power users to choose from. The $1,299 base model packs a 1.4GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The highest configuration is fitted with a 1.7GHz Core i7 CPU.
In our Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 review, we found that it performs better than the 2019 MacBook Air. That's because it's powered by either a Core i5-8257U or Core i7-8557U CPU. Both processors are noticeably faster than the dual-core Y-series CPU found in the MacBook Air.
To gauge its performance, we transcoded a 4K clip to 1080p in a video-editing test. The MacBook Pro took just 14 minutes and 42 seconds versus 36 minutes on the Air.
It's also worth noting that Apple fitted the 13-inch MacBook Pro with its quieter and slightly more comfortable 4th-gen Butterfly keyboard. More importantly, a material upgrade to its mechanism prevents inadvertent double presses.
16-inch MacBook Pro deals
Apple's big screen MacBook Pro
Screen: 16-inch 3072 x 1920 Retina LCD | CPU: 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 or 2.3GHz eight-core Core i7 | Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB/8TB | RAM: 16GB/32GB/64GB | Video: Radeon Pro 5300M to Radeon Pro 5500M | Weight: 4.3 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD, Dolby Atmos | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (four)
Radically improved Magic Keyboard
Immersive 16-inch display w/ slim bezels
No 4K option
The 16-inch MacBook Pro is a beast. The base 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399, which was the same cost of the 15-inch MacBook Pro it replaces. This price gets you a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a Radeon 5300M GPU. The next tier up costs $2,799 and nets you a blazing-fast Core i9 CPU, faster Radeon Pro 5500M graphics, and a massive 1TB SSD.
Besides its obviously larger screen, the 16-inch MacBook Pro boasts a Magic Keyboard. Apple finally ditched the problematic Butterfly keyboard for a scissor mechanism. It also added a concave to the keycap structure and a rubber dome underneath for support. This redesign makes for a better typing experience with 1mm of travel compared to less than 0.8mm previously.
Performance-wise, this MacBook Pro didn't disappoint and took just 8 minutes to transcode a 6.5GB 4K video to 1080p, just like the Dell XPS 15.
Deals on the expensive 16-inch MacBook Pro are easier to find than you would think. Actually, the deals started trickling in soon after its release and the best markdown we've seen so far took $250 off the bast model, dropping it down to $2,149.
15-inch MacBook Pro deals
Now cheaper than ever
Screen: 15.4-inch 1440 x 900 LCD | CPU: 2.2GHz 6-core Core i7-8750H | Storage: 256GB | RAM: 16GB | Video: Radeon Pro 555X | Weight: 4.02 lbs. | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (4)
Sharp, colorful display
Still uses Butterfly keyboard
No USB Type-A ports
Apple no longer sells the 15-inch MacBook Pro which was released in June 2019 starting at $2,399. The base model includes a 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, 256GB of SSD storage and a Radeon Pro 555X graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
In our MacBook Pro 15-inch review, we liked its superior speed, sharp, colorful display, and powerful sound. Although it has no USB Type-A ports, its quartet of Thunderbolt 3 ports enabled fast file transfer speeds.
There's also a maxed-out version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2019, which costs $6,549. It packs a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK processor (the 2.4-GHz version), 32GB of memory, a 4TB SSD and a Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card with 4GB of HBM2 memory.
MacBook Air 2020 deals
Apple's newest base model laptop
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.1 10th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus | Weight: 2.8 lbs. | Feats: Magic Keyboard | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two)
Great battery life
Clicky and comfy Magic Keyboard
USB Type-C ports only
Performance could be better
Pricing for the new 2020 MacBook Air starts at $999 which is $100 cheaper than the previous-gen model's entry price. This year's base model packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina Display, a 1.1 GHz 10th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive.
In our MacBook Air 2020 review of the Core i5 variant, the laptop showed no signs of lag in our real worl performance test. Even while juggling 30 open Google Chrome tabs, Adobe Photoshop image resizing, Apple's new laptop held its own.
MacBook Air 2019 deals
Apple's dual-core, entry-level machine
Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5-8210Y | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel UHD Graphics 617 | Weight: 2.7 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two)
Retina, hi-res screen
Underwhelming performance for the price
Pricing for the base 2019 MacBook Air starts at $1,099. It packs a 13.3-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz Core i5-8210Y CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Yeah, we know that price tag is a tough pill to swallow; however, cheap MacBook Air deals are fairly easy to find.
Oftentimes, Amazon and Best Buy have the base MacBook Air on sale for $899 or $999. During the holidays, the cheapest MacBook Air price we saw was $799. If the 128GB of storage is too paltry for you, the 256GB MacBook Air is also regularly on sale and normally dips to down to $1,099, which is the cheapest it's ever been.
In terms of performance, in our Apple MacBook Air 2019 review, the Core i5-8210Y dual-core CPU offers just enough oomph for your day-to-day tasks. We opened up a dozen Chrome tabs and streamed a YouTube video at 1080p simultaneously. The MacBook Air didn't lag at all.
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Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.
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