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The best MacBook deals for August 2021

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The best Apple MacBook deals are ripe for the picking for students and bargain shoppers alike. Retailers are currently offering solid back to school sales on laptops including Apple's stylish MacBooks. 

If price has you hesitant about buying a new Apple laptop, today's MacBook deals will ease the strain on your wallet. Now is a great time to nab the latest M1 chip-powered MacBook Air or MacBook Pro for a stellar price. 

Whether you're on the hunt for a school or work MacBook, you've come to the right place. We're rounding up the best MacBook deals from several retailers to help score a shiny new Apple laptop for less. 

From the latest Apple M1 MacBooks to previous-gen Intel MacBooks — here are the best MacBook deals you can get right now. 

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Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro M1 2020

MacBook Pro M1 2020  (Image credit: Amazon)

MacBook Pro M1 deals

The most powerful, longest lasting MacBook

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: Apple M1 | Storage: 256GB/512GB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: 8-core GPU | Weight: 3 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two) | Battery Life: Up to 16 hours

Solid overall and gaming performance
Excellent battery life
Not enough ports

Apple's most powerful laptop, the 2020 MacBook Pro M1 has starting price of $1,299. The base model packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, Apple M1 CPU, 8-core GPU, and 256GB SSD.

As we note in our MacBook Pro M1 2020 review, we were floored by its stellar overall and gaming performance. We were also astonished by its long battery life which lasted an a16 hour and 32 minutes our Laptop Mag Battery Test. The MacBook Pro M1 earned a 5 out of 5 star rating and our Editor's Choice award stamp of approval. 

Not only is the new MacBook Pro the longest lasting Apple laptop, it's also the brawniest. In one test, we had 50 tabs open in Google Chrome — some running Tweetdeck, Slack, YouTube, Tidal, Gmail, Google Sheets and Twitch. The MacBook Pro showed no signs of lag whatsoever.

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Air M1 2020

MacBook Air M1 2020 (Image credit: B&H Photo Video)

MacBook Air M1 deals

Breathtaking performance

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: Apple M1 | Storage: 256GB/512GB | RAM: 8GB | Video: Up to 8-core GPU | Weight: 2.8 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two) | Battery Life: Up to 14:41 hours

Outstanding battery life
Great speakers and Magic keyboard
Few ports

Pricing on the MacBook Air M1 2020 starts at $999. Besides a new 8-core CPU, the base packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 7-core GPU 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

In our MacBook Air with M1 review, we loved the laptop's breathtaking Apple M1 chip performance. We were also impressed by its outstanding battery life which went the distance of 14 hours and 41 minutes in our Laptop Mag Battery test. It lasted longer than the previous-gen MacBook Air which conked out at 9 hours and 31 minutes. 

Designwise, the MacBook Air sports the same familiar and practical design. Under the hood, there's a Magic Keyboard with large trackpad for a comfortable typing experience.

The best MacBook deals - MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro 2020 (Image credit: Apple)

MacBook Pro deals

10th Gen CPU options

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.4 GHz/1.7 GHz/2.0 GHz/2.3 GHz quad-core 8th Gen or 10th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | Weight: 3.1 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (four)

Faster performance
New Magic Keyboard
No 14-inch panel

The base model Apple MacBook Pro 2020 starts at $1,299 with 13.3-inch Retina display, 8th Gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.

Design-wise, the latest MacBook Pro 2020 borrows from the latest MacBook Air 2020. Apple fans will be glad to know that the dreadful Butterfly keyboard is gone for good. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro uses the Magic keyboard with traditional scissor switches. 

Another major revamp to the MacBook Pro 2020 is the hardware bump to 10th Gen Intel CPUs. Interestingly, Apple still offers 8th Gen chips on the lower-end models to keep the starting price ($1,299) down. If you want the best performance speed and have room to splurge, we recommend you opt for the MacBook Pro with 10th Gen CPU, which starts at $1,799. 

Best MacBook deals - MacBook Pro (Late 2019)

13-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2019 model) (Image credit: Laptop)

MacBook Pro deals (Late 2019 model)

Faster quad-core performance

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 or 2.8GHz Core i7 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | Weight: 2.7 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (four)

Faster performance
Four Thunderbolt ports
Thick bezels
Still pricey for what you get

Need a MacBook Pro with muscle? The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a snappier Core i5-8279U quad-core CPU and offers 256GB of storage. And instead of just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, it has an array of four. This base model looks identical to the cheaper 13-inch MacBook Pro, but it's priced at a steep $1,799. 

In our MacBook Pro 13-inch review, we discovered that it delivers better performance than the base model mentioned above. In our tests, we saw no lag as we juggled between 17 open Chrome tabs while running Skype, Slack, and Pixelmator simultaneously. 

Historically, we've seen this model drop as low as $1,499 over the holiday season. Outside of the holidays, we've seen MacBook Pro deals take $100 to $200 off its regular price. 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro 2019

MacBook Pro 2019 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

MacBook Pro deals (2019)

Upgrade to quad-core power

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5 or 1.7GHz Core i7 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 | Weight: 2.7 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two)

Noticeably faster than MacBook Air
Slightly improved keyboard
Thick bezels
Pricey for what you get

The 13.3-inch MacBook Pro comes in a variety of flavors and configurations for power users to choose from. The $1,299 base model packs a 1.4GHz Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The highest configuration is fitted with a 1.7GHz Core i7 CPU. 

In our Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019 review, we found that it performs better than the 2019 MacBook Air. That's because it's powered by either a Core i5-8257U or Core i7-8557U CPU. Both processors are noticeably faster than the dual-core Y-series CPU found in the MacBook Air. 

To gauge its performance, we transcoded a 4K clip to 1080p in a video-editing test. The MacBook Pro took just 14 minutes and 42 seconds versus 36 minutes on the Air.

It's also worth noting that Apple fitted the 13-inch MacBook Pro with its quieter and slightly more comfortable 4th-gen Butterfly keyboard. More importantly, a material upgrade to its mechanism prevents inadvertent double presses. 

Best MacBook deals — 16-inch MacBook Pro

16-inch MacBook Pro (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

16-inch MacBook Pro deals

Apple's big screen MacBook Pro

Screen: 16-inch 3072 x 1920 Retina LCD | CPU: 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 or 2.3GHz eight-core Core i7 | Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB/8TB | RAM: 16GB/32GB/64GB | Video: Radeon Pro 5300M to Radeon Pro 5500M | Weight: 4.3 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID, Touch Bar, True Tone LCD, Dolby Atmos | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (four)

Radically improved Magic Keyboard
Immersive 16-inch display w/ slim bezels
No 4K option 
Still expensive

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is a beast. The base 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399, which was the same cost of the 15-inch MacBook Pro it replaces. This price gets you a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and a Radeon 5300M GPU. The next tier up costs $2,799 and nets you a blazing-fast Core i9 CPU, faster Radeon Pro 5500M graphics, and a massive 1TB SSD.

Besides its obviously larger screen, the 16-inch MacBook Pro boasts a Magic Keyboard. Apple finally ditched the problematic Butterfly keyboard for a scissor mechanism. It also added a concave to the keycap structure and a rubber dome underneath for support. This redesign makes for a better typing experience with 1mm of travel compared to less than 0.8mm previously. 

Performance-wise, this MacBook Pro didn't disappoint and took just 8 minutes to transcode a 6.5GB 4K video to 1080p, just like the Dell XPS 15

Deals on the expensive 16-inch MacBook Pro are easier to find than you would think. Actually, the deals started trickling in soon after its release and the best markdown we've seen so far took $250 off the bast model, dropping it down to $2,149. 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro 15-inch

MacBook Pro 15-inch (Image credit: Future)

15-inch MacBook Pro deals

Now cheaper than ever

Screen: 15.4-inch 1440 x 900 LCD | CPU: 2.2GHz 6-core Core i7-8750H | Storage: 256GB | RAM: 16GB | Video: Radeon Pro 555X | Weight: 4.02 lbs. | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (4)

Superior speed
Sharp, colorful display
Still uses Butterfly keyboard
No USB Type-A ports

Apple no longer sells the 15-inch MacBook Pro which was released in June 2019 starting at $2,399. The base model includes a 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, 256GB of SSD storage and a Radeon Pro 555X graphics card with 4GB of GDDR5 memory.

In our MacBook Pro 15-inch review, we liked its superior speed, sharp, colorful display, and powerful sound. Although it has no USB Type-A ports, its quartet of Thunderbolt 3 ports enabled fast file transfer speeds. 

There's also a maxed-out version of the 15-inch MacBook Pro 2019, which costs $6,549. It packs a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK processor (the 2.4-GHz version), 32GB of memory, a 4TB SSD and a Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics card with 4GB of HBM2 memory.

Best MacBook deals — Apple MacBook Air 2020

MacBook Air 2020 (Image credit: Future)

MacBook Air 2020 deals

Apple's newest base model laptop

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.1 10th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel Iris Plus | Weight: 2.8 lbs. | Feats: Magic Keyboard | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two)

Sleek design
Great battery life
Clicky and comfy Magic Keyboard
USB Type-C ports only
Performance could be better

Pricing for the new 2020 MacBook Air starts at $999 which is $100 cheaper than the previous-gen model's entry price.  This year's base model packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina Display, a 1.1 GHz 10th Gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive.  

In our MacBook Air 2020 review of the Core i5 variant, the laptop showed no signs of lag in our real worl performance test. Even while juggling 30 open Google Chrome tabs, Adobe Photoshop image resizing, Apple's new laptop held its own. 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Air 2019

Best MacBook deals on Apple MacBook Air 2019 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

MacBook Air 2019 deals

Apple's dual-core, entry-level machine

Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina LCD | CPU: 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5-8210Y | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Video: Intel UHD Graphics 617 | Weight: 2.7 lbs. | Feats: Touch ID | Ports: Thunderbolt 3 (two)

Retina, hi-res screen
Strong audio
Underwhelming performance for the price
Shallow keyboard 

Pricing for the base 2019 MacBook Air starts at $1,099. It packs a 13.3-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz Core i5-8210Y CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Yeah, we know that price tag is a tough pill to swallow; however, cheap MacBook Air deals are fairly easy to find. 

Oftentimes, Amazon and Best Buy have the base MacBook Air on sale for $899 or $999. During the holidays, the cheapest MacBook Air price we saw was $799.  If the 128GB of storage is too paltry for you, the 256GB MacBook Air is also regularly on sale and normally dips to down to $1,099, which is the cheapest it's ever been.

In terms of performance, in our Apple MacBook Air 2019 review, the Core i5-8210Y dual-core CPU offers just enough oomph for your day-to-day tasks. We opened up a dozen Chrome tabs and streamed a YouTube video at 1080p simultaneously. The MacBook Air didn't lag at all.

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Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott is a Deals Writer at Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, bringing you the best bargains on laptops, gaming gear, smart home gadgets, and wearables. After graduating from Hunter College with a degree in Film and Media Studies, she's written for iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parle Mag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not bringing readers the best deals, she's streaming her favorite shows or attending a live concert or pro wrestling event.