The best cheap MacBook deals, sales and prices in April 2021


We’re in a unique position when it comes to MacBook deals right now. With the launch of the 2020 M1 MacBook range, we’ve now got four different models to choose from, and with 2019’s devices all but out the window (apart from the 16-inch MacBook Pro that is), discounts on last year’s editions are working particularly hard to keep those costs down.  We’re bringing you all the latest cheap MacBook deals right here, so you can pick up a luxury laptop without breaking the bank. 

We’ve tracked down the latest offers for every type of Apple laptop out there (as well as the latest cheap MacBook prices on a range of older models that can save you even more cash). That means we’ve got you covered for the standard 12-inch MacBooks, the 13 and 16-inch MacBook Pros and if you want something that sits between the two, then you’ll want to take a look at our MacBook Air section.

You’ll find all the best cheap Macbook deals available right now through our price comparison technology, which searches for the lowest prices from the best retailers every day. All you need to do now is work out whether it’s a MacBook, a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air that you want. We’ll help though by telling you about each one of them.

This week’s best MacBook deals in the US

M1 MacBook Air (256GB): $999 $949 at Amazon
The M1 MacBook Air is back down to its lowest price yet at Amazon, which means you can secure a $50 discount on the latest lightweight ultrabook from Apple right now. We haven’t seen too much of this price over the last few months, with the cheapest offer coming in at $959, so if you’ve had your eye on this record low cost now’s the time to jump.
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MacBook Pro (Intel, 256GB): $1,299 $1,099 at B&H Photo
If you’re looking to spend as little as possible on a new MacBook Pro, this 2020 Intel model is going for $1,099 at B&H Photo right now – $200 off its MSRP. You’re not getting the power of the M1 chip here, though, so we’d recommend springing the extra $50 for the M1 model below if possible.
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MacBook Pro M1 (256GB): $1,299 $1,199.99 at Amazon
The additional $50 discount on this $1,199.99 sales price has now expired, but you can still grab the M1 MacBook Pro for $100 off its MSRP at Amazon right now. That’s still excellent value if you’re looking to combine the power of the M1 chip with hardware improvements over the Air model as well.
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MacBook Pro M1 (512GB): $1,499 $1,399.99 at Amazon
You can also save on the 512GB model if you’re after more space for media editing or more demanding programs as well. You’re still picking up 8GB RAM here, so if you’re after something with even more power we’d recommend checking out the 16-inch model.
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MacBook Pro 16-inch (512GB): $2,399 $2,184.92 at Amazon
There’s a $214 discount on this turbo-charged MacBook Pro, with an i7 processor, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. Those are some powerful specs, and all in a sleek and slimline luxury chassis as well. Plus, we were seeing this model at $14 more last week.
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MacBook Pro 16-inch (1TB): $2,799 $2,499 at B&H Photo
If you’re really splashing on a top of the range MacBook deal, you’ll want to check out this $300 discount on the i9 16-inch MacBook Pro at B&H Photo. You’re getting an octa-core processor in here, with a 1TB SSD and 16GB RAM as well.
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This week’s best MacBook deals in the UK

MacBook Air M1 (256GB): £999 £934.24 at Amazon
Amazon is offering the M1 MacBook Air for just £934.24 right now. While we previously saw a £916 record low price on this configuration, you’re only paying a little more this week and if that price is slowly rising you’ll want to grab it before we return to that £999 RRP.
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MacBook Air M1 (512GB): £1,249 £1,148 at Amazon
You can also save £100 on the 512GB model as well, though that record low price has been around for a while. That means we don’t know how long this offer will be around for, but it’s well worth the extra investment if you’re at all concerned about storage space.
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MacBook Pro M1 (256GB): £1,299 £1,152 at John Lewis
This £147 discount on the M1 MacBook Pro offers up a brand new record low on the powerful luxury laptop this week. You’re getting 8GB RAM and 256GB of SSD storage space in this entry level model, but that’s plenty for mid-range work and browsing. You’ll also find this MacBook deal available at Amazon, but John Lewis is offering an excellent three year guarantee.
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MacBook Pro M1 (512GB): £1,499 £1,349 at John Lewis
There are quite a few retailers offering this £1,349 price on the 512GB M1 MacBook Pro this week, including Currys, AO and Ebuyer. It seems this is a permanent price drop from that £1,499 original launch cost, then, though we’d still head to John Lewis for that two year guarantee or Currys for up to 5 months of Apple Music, Apple Arcade and Apple News+ for free.
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MacBook Pro 16-inch (512GB): £2,399 £2,099 at Amazon
Save £300 on this powerful 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon this week. That’s an excellent price on the larger 2019 model with a hexacore i7 processor, 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD.
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The best cheap MacBook Air M1 (2020) deals

CPU: Apple M1 8-core CPU | Graphics: 7-core GPU | Screen: 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 Retina True Tone display (backlit LED, IPS) | Storage: 256GB to 2TB | Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61cm; W x D x H)

Powerful new processor

Bigger storage options

Less fan performance than Pro

No design changes

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.

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The best cheap MacBook Air (2020) deals

Best for Intel processing

CPU: 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics | Screen: 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 Retina True Tone display (backlit LED, IPS) | Storage: 256GB / 512GB SSD | Dimensions: 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.63 inches (30.41 x 21.24 x 1.61cm; W x D x H)

New low price

Latest 10th generation processors

Storage is doubled

Slightly thicker design

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. 

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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 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. 

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The best 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) deals

The latest MacBook Pro with a decent price tag

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

New keyboard

8th generation processors

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.

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The best 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019) deals

The largest MacBook Pro ever released

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

Huge 16-inch display

Impressive configuration options

Powerful speakers

Painfully expensive

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. 

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.

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The best cheap MacBook (2017) prices

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core m3 – i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 12-inch Retina (2,304 x 1,440) IPS | Storage: 256GB – 512GB PCIe SSD | Dimensions (W x D x H): 11.04 x 7.74 x 0.14~0.52in

Incredibly portable 

Long battery life 

Cheaper than other MacBooks

Older specs

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.

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The best cheap Macbook (2016) sale prices

Often the cheapest MacBook option

CPU: Dual-core Intel Core m3 – Core m7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 12-inch LED (2,304 x 1,440) IPS | Storage: 256GB – 512GB PCIe SSD | Dimensions (W x D x H): 11 x 7.8 x 0.5in

Still very capable

Looks fantastic

Can be very cheap nowadays

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. 


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