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The best cheap MacBook deals in May 2022

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On the hunt for today's best MacBook deals? Right here you will find all the best offers across the entire range of Apple's premium ultrabooks so you can make sure you only pay the lowest price. And while a MacBook may never be cheap, it can offer excellent value for money over other laptops that you may need to replace every couple of years. That's why it's best to check in with us before you buy as you can usually pay less than the recommended price.

Take, for example, the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). It's finally been discounted closer to its record low price in both the US and UK, so now's a decent time to pick up one of the best laptops you can buy today if you've been put off by the inflated prices over the last couple of weeks. And with rumours of a new MacBook Air for 2022 getting stronger by the day, the price can only fall further.

The recent deals on the latest MacBook Pro (14-inch) and MacBook Pro (16-inch) have now ended, so we suggest you pause any purchasing decision on those devices for a couple of weeks. That's because we usually see the best reductions during major sales events and we have both the upcoming Memorial Day sales and in this year's Amazon Prime Day deals on the horizon.

If you decide you need something more flexible, you can always take a look at the best iPad deals too. Or, if your budget doesn't stretch to one of these machines, our hub dedicated to all the cheap laptop deals on offer this week is worth to look. We've also got a look at more discounted Apple tech including the best Apple Watch deals, all the cheapest AirPods deals and top Apple Pencil deals.

This week's best MacBook deals

You can find the week's best MacBook deals just below for those in the US and UK. We've picked out the top offers from across the full range of models and specifications in each region. If you'd prefer to check out all of Apple's ultrabooks then scroll on down for all the cheapest prices available today for a selection of different devices to suit your needs and budget.

Best MacBook deal in the US

MacBook Air (2020) (M1, 256GB): $999

MacBook Air (2020) (M1, 256GB): $999 $949 at Amazon
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The MacBook Air is available to order at Amazon this week for $949 - that's up from $929 a couple of weeks ago. It's also far from the lowest we've seen as back in January it was available for $899, while there was an even bigger price cut to $749 over Black Friday. Our advice? It's OK to buy now if you want a MacBook Air no matter what and want to avoid any potential stock issues on the horizon. There's only a small chance we see a better deal than this over Memorial Day.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) (M1, 256GB): $1,299

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) (M1, 256GB): $1,299 $1,149 Amazon
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The 256GB version of the 2020 MacBook Pro is now down to $1,149 at Amazon. This is still $100 away from the record low we saw at the end of last year but it's a decent price. If you've got the extra cash, it's definitely worth the extra investment over the MacBook Air for added features like the Touch Bar and 20-hour battery life.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) (M1, 512GB): $1,499

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020) (M1, 512GB): $1,499 $1,249.99 at Amazon
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The 2020 MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD is back down to its cheapest price ever this week. This price beats the previous record low by $50 and brings it to within $100 of the 256GB version. If you've got the budget then definitely consider the upgrade and double your storage for the additional cost. This is an equally as capable but more budget-friendly option compared to the 2021 MacBook Pro models that are at least $500 more expensive.

Best MacBook deal in the UK

MacBook Air (2020) (M1, 256GB): £999

MacBook Air (2020) (M1, 256GB): £999 £887 at Very
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Here we are again with that same old familiar deal on the MacBook Air, although many other retailers have now expired it. This may be your last chance to grab a saving before it disappears. A short-lived voucher code dropped it by a further £20 and brought it closer to the record low price of £849 we saw almost half a year ago, but this isn't far off. A solid MacBook deal, then.

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, 256GB): £1,299

MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, 256GB): £1,299 £1,149.97 at Amazon
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– This 13-inch MacBook Pro model was at its cheapest ever price of £1,129 for almost half a year. Its price has been all over the place since August, but it seems to have settled at £1,149.97 since February. A good saving, then, if you're happy to get a slightly smaller and older MacBook Pro that still has the power of the M1 chip inside it.

MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021, 512GB): £2,399

MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021, 512GB): £2,399 £2,129 at Amazon
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– There was a good saving on the larger 16-inch MacBook Pro a while ago through a voucher code, but now that saving has just been applied automatically and stuck around for over a month to equal the cheapest price ever. Featuring the all-new M1 Pro chip this is a high-performance ultrabook that is a top pick for demanding users and creative professionals. A £270 saving might be relatively small, but it's reasonable considering this new MacBook Pro only launched in October.

MacBook Air deals

The 2020 MackBook Air with M1 chip

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The best MacBook Air (2020) deals

Get the best price for today's best laptop

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 processor
Bigger storage options
Excellent all-round option
No design changes

If you're after a performance boost, but still need a lightweight form factor, the new MacBook Air M1 might be your best bet. While there's a serious performance boost in this model, you're not paying as much for it as you may think. In fact, we've seen some great MacBook deals over recent months that suggest Apple certainly isn't afraid to discount 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 get it all for the same price as the previous model, which makes this the go-to MacBook right now.

MacBook Pro deals

MacBook Pro 14-inch

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The best 14-inch MacBook Pro (2021) deals

The number one pick for creative professionals

CPU: Apple M1 Pro 8 or 10-core CPU | Graphics: 14 or 16-core GPU | Screen: 14.2-inch, 3,024 x 1,964 Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED, 1,000 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, ProMotion technology) | Storage: 512GB or 1TB | Dimensions: 12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches (31.26 x 22.12 x 1.55cm; W x D x H)

Excellent performance
Stunning screen
Impressive battery life
Overkill for general users

Creative professionals will find a lot to like with the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021). It's a compact and powerful laptop that comes with a considerable number of ports so you can finally leave all those dongles and hubs in the drawer. With the latest M1 Pro chip at its core, it offers some incredibly fine-tuned performance that takes it leaps and bounds above the competition. The battery life impresses, too, while the screen is one of Apple's best yet - a crisp Liquid Retina XDR display featuring mini-LED technology.

For the general user, this device is probably a touch overkill, both in terms of power and price. Those still looking to jump onto the Apple ecosystem but don't need quite as much performance and features would be better to consider the MacBook Air or even an iPa .

MacBook Pro 16-inch

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The best 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021) deals

Unbeatable levels of performance but at a high price

CPU: Apple M1 Pro or M1 Max 10-core CPU | Graphics: 16 or 32-core GPU | Screen: 16.2-inch, 3,456 x 2,234 Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED, 1,000 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, ProMotion technology) | Storage: 512GB or 1TB | Dimensions: 14.01 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches (35.57 x 24.81 x 1.68cm); W x D x H)

Exceptional performance
Gorgeous mini-LED display
Long battery life
Large, expensive and heavy

When it comes to top tier laptops the MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021) simply can't be beat right now. Apple's massive redesign of the 2019 MacBook Pro comes with a substantial boost in power with the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip, a stunning mini-LED display and a host of other most-wanted new features.

Those who want a more static workstation will appreciate the jump up to a 16-inch screen, though the 14-inch is a lot better for portability. It's also substantially cheaper, too, so those who don't need all the excessive power and are on a smaller budget will do just as well going for the smaller version.

13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 chip

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

An older but still powerful device

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
Slightly older now

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are now available, which means you'll want to decide whether you go for a potentially cheaper price point with this previous generation device or pay extra for the stark performance upgrade with Apple's latest M1 Pro and Max chips. We've already seen some decent price cuts on this 13-inch MacBook Pro over recent months, so it's definitely one to consider if you're on a tighter budget.

You won't compromise too much, either, as it's still powered by the standard M1 chip. That's a considerable boost over older models that used Intel processors. So, you still get a seriously powerful machine here, with a design that's very similar from the outside, at a price point that even manages to undercut other high-end ultrabooks in terms of value.

MacBook deals: FAQs

Got any questions about all these MacBook deals before you go ahead with a purchase? We've answered all the most common ones below and will continue to add to this section over time.

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. 

Is it worth buying a pre-2020 MacBook?

We'll say it again, MacBooks last. Many 2019 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 2020 and miss out on the latest processors, RAM upgrades, hardware features, and SSD storage sizes of the newer models that sit at similar prices.

That means if you do spot a particularly good MacBook deal on an older or refurbished 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. 

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.