The best cheap MacBook deals for Christmas 2016

Your resource for the best Apple MacBook deals

If you're looking for the best cheap MacBook deals, you've come to the right place. You could find yourself a bargain at this time of year too.

The decision of whether you should buy a new MacBook is a simple one: does it play to your strengths? Perhaps you need the lightest and most portable OS X machine out there today, one with good battery life. Maybe you appreciate an incredible, vibrant display that's equally as good at rendering your crisp documents as it is displaying the same amount of a spreadsheet as a 24-inch monitor. Or maybe you just don't like Windows? Whatever your reason, there are plenty of deals out there.

Our system checks the prices of every model of MacBook on all major retail websites so you can be sure you're always getting the best MacBook deal. All you need to do now is work out whether it's a MacBook, a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air that you want!

Macbook Pro with Touch Bar deals

A touch above the rest?

2016 was crying out for a refresh of the MacBook Pro and Apple has once again come up with something rather special. In addition to the internal spec getting a long awaited upgrade and that gorgeous Retina display (available in 13-inch and 15-inch flavours), Apple has introduced their long-rumoured Touch Bar technology. This mini-LED display replaces the Function keys and comes up with different touch display controls for loads of different programs. Uses so far include safari bookmarks, predictive text, search field, emojis, photo galleries or even more intensive actions like photo editing or mixing records. Simple, yet innovative. Expect rival firms to start copying it soon.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2016) - no Touch Bar

The new 2016 model is a MacBook Air rival with Pro spec

This new 13-inch MacBook Pro is the cheapest way to get your hands on one of Apple's latest laptops, released in late 2016. This is the lightest MacBook Pro ever made, but still packs an incredible punch with 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor options. You don't get the new Touch Bar on this version, but you do get a Retina display and the new larger trackpad. Prices start around $1,499/£1,449/AU$2,199 and we wouldn't expect too many discounts this side of 2017. You can stay updated on the latest prices when they go live in a comparison chart below.

MacBook Pro 13 inch with Retina display early 2015 deals

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) deals

The fastest small MacBook Pro yet is a force of nature

The new MacBook Pro for 2015 hasn't undergone a dramatic reimagining, but then there wasn't anything particularly wrong with it in the first place. Improvements to its performance mean it's better value than before, and the noticeably improved battery life makes it even more of a mobile workhorse. As ever the cost of adding memory and storage soon sends the price tag into orbit, but even the stock MacBook Pro is an incredibly versatile computer and arguably Apple's best ever laptop. Newer MacBooks may be more portable, but the Pro has all the power.

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MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (2015) deals

Looking for something a bit bigger?

If you're looking for the larger-sized laptop experience in the MacBook range, you'll be wanting to take a look at the seriously impressive specs of the 2015 model 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. The Intel Core i7 2.5 Ghz processor combined with 16GB of RAM will make light work of anything you can throw at it. 512GB of super fast flash storage, a new Force Touch trackpad and that incredible four million pixel-packing display make this one of the best laptops in the business.

MacBook Pro 13 inch with Retina display 2014 deals

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (2014) deals

2014's best MacBook Pro is still a brilliant laptop

There's plenty to like on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display: from the still-impressive display to its excellent build quality, great keyboard and good (but not excellent) battery life. It may not be as portable as the MacBook Air, but it's far from cumbersome and its top notch build quality means you won't be worried about its welfare when carrying it around.

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13-inch MacBook Air 2015 deals

Now with faster storage and better battery life

Like a pair of old trainers, Apple's 2015 MacBook Air is familiar, reliable and more than up to the task. If you don't need tons of screen real-estate, or prefer to hook your laptop up to an external monitor, it remains the most solid all-rounder out there today, whether you're desk-bound or frequently travelling.

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MacBook 2015 deals

The latest MacBook has only one port for maximum thinness

The New MacBook is the future, but it isn't for everyone just yet. The lack of USB ports and the need to buy an adapter (if you have peripherals and a monitor) will likely be the first dealbreaker, followed by its price. If you're still on board after those potential pitfalls, the new MacBook is one of the most luxurious, compact and fun notebooks to use today.

macbook air 2013 deals

MacBook Air 13-inch 2013 deals

The slimmest, most powerful MacBook Air ever

Apple's often imitated but never bettered ultra-portable laptop puts in a strong, though not faultless, performance with this mid-2013 release, the sixth-generation of the MacBook Air. It offers significant improvements in its solid state storage speed, graphical power, battery life and wireless capabilities, but the processor's clock speeds actually take a backward step. But as you'll see, for most real-world applications, the MacBook Air 2013 matches or out-performs its predecessor.

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