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

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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. 

The best MacBook deals

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1. MacBook Air deals
2. MacBook Pro deals
3. MacBook deals

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.

Cheap MacBook Air deals

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The best cheap MacBook Air M1 (2020) deals

Apple brings M1 to play

Specifications
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)
Reasons to buy
+Powerful new processor+Bigger storage options+Less fan performance than Pro
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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)
Reasons to buy
+New low price+Latest 10th generation processors+Storage is doubled
Reasons to avoid
-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. 

Cheap MacBook Pro deals

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The best 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 (2020) deals

The most powerful 13-inch Pro on the market

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Powerful new M1 chip +Fan cooling will make for better performance+17 hours battery life
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+More starter storage+New keyboard
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Huge 16-inch display+Impressive configuration options+Powerful speakers
Reasons to avoid
-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

Small and stylish

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly portable +Long battery life +Cheaper than other MacBooks
Reasons to avoid
-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

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+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.