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Best MacBook Deals: Save $99 on a MacBook Air, $249 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro

Amazon and Best Buy have the lowest prices right now for the latest Apple MacBooks.

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The 14-inch MacBook Pro and its larger 16-inch Pro sibling, both based on Apple's M1 Pro chip, are the company's biggest and most powerful MacBooks. While these models are occasionally discounted by up to $249, both the 14- and 16-inch models are selling at full price right now. You can, however, save $249 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020 at Amazon. The 13-inch Pro lacks the M1 Pro processor of its bigger Pro siblings, but its M1 chip is a big step up from the previous Intel-based MacBook Pro. And Apple's least expensive laptop, the MacBook Air, is even more affordable right now -- it's on sale at Best Buy for $900.

We 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, so be sure to check back frequently.

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. 

While Amazon has the best prices at the moment, one benefit to paying full price and buying from Apple is you can customize the machine and add more RAM or a higher-capacity SSD. The models sold by Amazon and other retailers are fixed configurations.

Want to go the refurbished 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.

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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 $900 $750
13.3-inch MacBook Air w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,249 $1,200 $1,000
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (256GB) $1,299 $1,150 $1,050
13-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip (512GB) $1,499 $1,250 $1,250
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $1,999 $1,999 $1,749
14-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,499 $2,499 $2,229
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (512GB) $2,499 $2,499 $2,299
16-inch MacBook Pro w/ M1 Pro chip (1TB) $2,699 $2,699 $2,499
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 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 has 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It lacks the Touch Bar (which could be viewed as a positive), and does have a 13.3-inch Retina display, Touch ID and the Magic keyboard. The step-up model costs $1,249 from Apple and doubles the solid-state storage to 512GB.

The baseline 256GB model in space gray is on sale at Best Buy for $99 less than you'd pay at Apple. That's double the discount usually found at Amazon for the baseline model, which has shrunk to roughly a $20 price break. You can get the 512GB step-up model in space gray for $1,200 right now at Amazon, which is $49 less than Apple's price.

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. 

Discounts are meager for the 256GB baseline model at the moment, but you can save $249 on the more useful 512GB unit. It's priced at $49 less than its $1,500 list price and you can save an extra $200 at checkout. We recommend a 512GB SSD at minimum for most laptop buyers; a 256GB SSD can fill up fast.

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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 3,024x1,964-pixel resolution.

Stock appears to be low for the 14-inch MacBook Pro, and no discounts are available on either the 512GB or 1TB model.

Read our 14-inch MacBook Pro review.

 

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The baseline model of the new 16-inch MacBook Pro lists for $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 3,456x2,234 pixels.

As with the smaller model, there are no price breaks to be found right now on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Read our 16-inch MacBook Pro review.