Best MacBook Deals: Save Up to $249 on a MacBook Pro – CNET

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Based on Apple’s new M1 Pro chip, the 14-inch MacBook Pro and its larger 16-inch sibling are Apple’s biggest and most powerful MacBooks. Introduced last October, these newest MacBook Pros have been selling at full price with an occasional $50 price break. While you can save that amount at Amazon on the baseline models that feature 512GB solid-state drives, bigger savings can be found on the 14-inch MacBook Pro with a 1TB SSD. It’s selling for $2,250 right now — $249 less than you’d pay at Apple.

The other deal worth checking out is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 512GB SSD, which is selling for $199 less than Apple’s price. The 13-inch Pro lacks the M1 Pro processor of its bigger Pro siblings, but its M1 chip is still a big step up from the previous Intel-based MacBook Pro.

We’ll keep our eyes on the prices for all of Apple’s current MacBook models and keep this page updated with any notable drops and deals throughout the year, so be sure to check back.

Pricing for Apple’s MacBooks

The new 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999, and the new 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499. For smaller budgets, the MacBook Air starts at $999 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,299 when buying from Apple directly.

To recap, you can save up to $50 on the MacBook Air and $199 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. For the latest and biggest MacBooks, you can save $49 on the baseline 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro, and you can save $249 on the 14-inch Pro with a 1TBG SSD. 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 SSD, 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 moreMacBook Pro 2021 16-inch Review: Apple’s M1 Max Chip Meets Retro Ports

MacBook discounts, compared

Model w/ CPU (and storage capacity) List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
13.3-inch MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (256GB) $999 $949 $750
13.3-inch MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,249 $1,218 $1,000
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (256GB) $1,299 $1,199 $1,050
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,499 $1,300 $1,250
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $1,999 $1,950 $1,750
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,499 $2,250 $2,229
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $2,499 $2,450 $2,299
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,699 $2,685 $2,622
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Max chip (1TB) $3,499 $3,499 $3,499

*Note that “all-time” means the best price that we’ve seen at an Apple-authorized retailer in the product’s lifetime. Prices change frequently and may differ between color variants.

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The new, fanless MacBook Air starts at $999 from Apple 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. It’s pretty slim pickings on deals at the moment, but your best bet is Amazon, where you can save $50 on the 256GB model. You can save roughly $30 on the step-up 512GB model in space gray at Amazon — a handful of Amazon resellers are offering it at around $1,219. Most laptop buyers will benefit from the added storage; a 256GB SSD can fill up fast.

Read our MacBook Air (M1) review.

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Originally released in 2020, this is the most recent model of the 13-inch Pro. It comes with Apple’s new M1 processor, which is an eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, an eight-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. It also features 8GB of RAM, a Retina display, the Magic Keyboard and the Touch Bar with Touch ID. You can save $100 on the baseline 256GB model and $199 on the more useful 512GB model that costs $1,499 from Apple. (To arrive at the $199 in savings, you’ll see an $80 discount up front and $119 added at checkout.)

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The baseline model of the new 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,999 and features an eight-core M1 Pro chip, a 14-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The $2,499 step-up model features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display has a 3,024×1,964-pixel resolution. You can save $49 right now on the baseline model and $249 on the step-up 1TB model. For the latter, there’s an initial discount plus additional savings at checkout that drop the price to $2,250. It sells for $2,499 at Apple.

Read our 14-inch MacBook Pro review.

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The baseline model of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro costs $2,499 and features a 10-core M1 Pro chip, a 16-core GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512B SSD. There are two step-up models. The $2,699 model upgrades the storage to a 1TB SSD, and the $3,499 model features the M1 Max chip, a 32-core GPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. The 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display packs 3,456×2,234 pixels. You can save $49 right now on the baseline 16-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon and a meager $15 on the step-up 1TB model. 

Read our 16-inch MacBook Pro review.

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