Where to find Apple’s premium ultrabooks for the best price
Each week we update this page with all the best MacBook deals currently available. Apple’s premium ultrabooks are rarely discounted outside of major sales events, but you can usually find at least a small saving depending on where you look and which model you go for. You can find all of today’s best prices below, whether you’re after the MacBook Air, one of the latest MacBook Pro models or an older device.
Sadly, many of the best MacBook deals are now behind us following the end of year sales. In that, we saw the likes of the latest MacBook Air fall to its cheapest price of $749 in the US. Compared that to today, where it sits at $949 from Amazon – just $50 less than the usual price. For the UK, you can currently find a £110 saving on the same model at the likes of Amazon and Currys, which is slightly better at only £40 away from the record low.
There are a few price cuts on the latest 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in both regions, too. These are fairly small discounts of up to $200 / £200 depending on the model, but in some cases, that’s enough to drop the laptop down to its cheapest price yet.
That’s all for now. We’ll be back to update this hub regularly with all the latest cheap MacBook deals, so you can pick up a luxury laptop for less. If you decide you need something more flexible, you can always take a look at the best iPad deals too. 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 worth 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.
Best MacBook deals in the US
MacBook Air (2020, 256GB):
$999 $949 at Amazon
Save $50 – There’s a standard $50 saving on the latest MacBook Air with Apple’s powerful M1 chip at Amazon this week. After the big price cut to $749 over Black Friday, discounts like this are a little underwhelming, but it’s unlikely we’ll see anything so significant until the next big sales event. With delivery delayed until late March, too, patience might be required for a while until one of the better discounts returns.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021, 512GB):
$2,499 $2,299 at Amazon
Save $200 – This $200 saving on the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro is the largest yet on Apple’s 2021 ultrabook. With an upgraded M1 Pro chip, you get one of the most high-performance laptops for your money that’s a terrific choice for creative professionals. It simply hasn’t been any cheaper since its launch in October.
Best MacBook deals in the UK
MacBook Air (2020, 256GB):
£999 £887 at Currys
Save £112 – This slightly odd price cut on the powerful M1 MacBook Air is available from Currys this week. It’s only a little way short of the drop to £849 we saw almost half a year ago, so a really solid MacBook deal – all things considered. It is also in stock at Amazon but there’s a wait of up to two months there. If you want to buy there, you could just spend an extra £2 more to get either of the other colours with immediate delivery instead.
MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, 256GB):
£1,299 £1,149.97 at Amazon
Save £141 – This MacBook Pro model stayed at its cheapest price of £1,129 for almost half a year and while it’s now gone up in price, it’s not by much. A good saving, then, if you’re happy to get a slightly smaller and older MacBook Pro that still has the power of the M1 chip inside it.
MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021, 512GB):
£1,899 £1,799 at Amazon
Save £100 – Apple’s latest ultrabook is back to its cheapest ever price that we previously saw over Black Friday but you’ll need to wait a while for delivery. It’s a small discount, sure, but we’ll take it given the 2021 MacBook Pro only launched in October last year. This version comes with the powerful M1 Pro chip, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD – all high-end components that will give creative professionals the performance they need in one of the best laptops you can buy today.
MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021, 512GB):
£2,399 £2,185 at Amazon
Save £214 – The larger 16-inch MacBook Pro is also down to its cheapest price yet at Amazon. Featuring the all-new M1 Pro chip this is a high-performance ultrabook that is a top pick for demanding users and creative professionals. While a £200 saving is relatively small, it’s reasonable considering this MacBook Pro only launched in October.
MacBook Air deals
If you’re after a performance boost, but still need a lightweight form factor, the new MacBook Air M1 might be your best bet. While there’s a serious performance boost in this model, you’re not paying as much for it as you may think. In fact, we’ve seen some great MacBook deals over recent months that suggest Apple certainly isn’t afraid to discount 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 get it all for the same price as the previous model, which makes this the go-to MacBook right now.
MacBook Pro deals
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are now available, which means you’ll want to decide whether you go for a potentially cheaper price point with this previous generation device or pay extra for the stark performance upgrade with Apple’s latest M1 Pro and Max chips. We’ve already seen some decent price cuts on this 13-inch MacBook Pro over recent months, so it’s definitely one to consider if you’re on a tighter budget.
You won’t compromise too much, either, as it’s still powered by the standard M1 chip. That’s a considerable boost over older models that used Intel processors. So, you still get a seriously powerful machine here, with a design that’s very similar from the outside, at a price point that even manages to undercut other high-end ultrabooks in terms of value.
MacBook deals: FAQs
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.