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The best cheap MacBook Pro deals, prices and sales in October 2020

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Cheap MacBook Pro deals can be tough to track down on Apple's most premium line of laptops, with MacBook Pro prices rarely seeing significant discounts from Apple themselves. 

That said, with MacBook Pro prices starting so high, retailers are left with plenty of scope for discounting in sales throughout the year. So check out our guide below where we've listed the cheapest MacBook Pro deals for all the latest models, along with our picks of older Apple laptops still worth checking out. 

The MacBook Pro has become the go to laptop range for professionals and enthusiasts alike, absolutely powering through tasks regular laptops fear. Apple's staggering lineup of Retina screens lead the way for crisp visuals and an increasingly excellent physical design of the laptops themselves.

You want the best there is, but there's no reason to pay more than you should for it. If you want to save some money you could check out the other non-Pro MacBook deals or maybe even a standard cheap laptop deal. We're also showing you how to make the most of MacBook Pro trade-in schemes and student discounts further down the page as well.

If the MacBook Pro deals below still look a little pricey, it's worth remembering that the delayed Amazon Prime Day is still on the cards for 2020. We don't know if prices will be cheaper over the shopping season, but it's another shot at a discount.

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The best 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro deals

The MacBook Pro gets a 2020 refresh

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

More starter storage
New keyboard
8th generation processors in entry level

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is the model of choice for most creative professionals due to its balance between power and affordability, so it's understandable that some frustration has already arisen from the baseline model's use of an 8th generation processor. Entry level buyers, therefore, will be working with a pretty old CPU that may not be able to hack the latest heavy duty programs. However, with improved RAM speeds, double the storage on offer, and an improved keyboard all at the same price as last year's instalment, the trade off may well be worth it. 

If you're willing to put some cash on the table, however, you can boost the 13-inch MacBook Pro up to the latest 10th generation of Intel processors with up to 4TB of SSD storage, marking a return to the tiny powerhouse many have found in previous iterations. 

We've already seen some cheap MacBook Pro deals hitting this latest release, as well, so there's plenty of scope to score yourself a discount.

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The best 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro deals

A beast of a MacBook with the launch price to match

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

Incredible display specifications
Massive RAM and SSD configurations
Apple's most powerful MacBook yet
Painfully expensive
Reduced portability

The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro is here to replace the 15-inch model released earlier in the year, and it does far more than just add some centimeters to the display. Running an 8-core 9th generation i9 processor with 64GB of RAM and an 8TB SSD must feel nice, and while it's exciting that it's possible, that's a spec on its way to setting you back around $5,800. Nevertheless, this brand new MacBook is capable of blisteringly fast speeds even down to its most humble configuration (the little 6-core 9th gen i9 processor that could). 

There are massive specs on offer here, but keeping all that power in place is a larger 16-inch chassis with an improved keyboard and a brighter, more intelligent Retina display. There's a lot going inside, so it's a good thing the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro also boasts the largest battery capacity of any MacBook ever released, offering up to 11 hours of wireless use. While the battery does support an on-the-go workflow, the MacBook Pro weighs in at a hefty 2kg - and with that extra screen size you might think twice about lugging it around in a backpack all day.

Nevertheless, this is an impressive feat of laptop development. While the most powerful configurations are outside the scope of most peoples' wallets, you may be able to find enough loose change to invest in one of the more realistic models. MacBook Pro sales have seen $300 - $400 being cut off the MSRP as well, so there are deals to be had if you're keen.

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The best 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro deals

Slightly cheaper than the 16-inch

CPU: 9th-generation Intel Core i7 – i9 | Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 555X – 560X, Intel UHD Graphics 630 | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Screen: 15.4-inch, 2,880 x 1,800 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 34.93 x 24.07 x 1.55cm

New 9th-gen i7/i9 processors
Sky-high configurations available
Still fairly expensive
Lacks older ports

The 15-inch 2019 MacBook Pro isn't currently on sale from Apple, however you'll still find it on the shelves at a handful of retailers, particularly in the US. The price reflects a cheaper offer than the later 16-inch model, but you're picking up a fair amount of power. 

If you've got the cash, the 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2019 can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM with a 8-core 9th-gen i9 processor. Even the entry model on the Apple store comes packing a 6-core i7, 256GB SSD and 16GB of RAM.

If you're involved in the creative arts, digital design or engineering, then you might find Apple's latest is more than up to the task of the increasingly demanding apps and programs. Plus, you can save a little over the more expensive 16-inch model as well, which typically offers a much higher cost even in cheap MacBook Pro sales.

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The best 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro deals

A cheap mid-range MacBook Pro

CPU: 8th generation i5-i7 | Graphics: Radeon Pro 555X - Pro Vega 20 | RAM: 8 - 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 Retina display | Dimensions (H x W x D): 34.92 x 24.07 x 1.55cm

Mid-range specs for a good price
Touchbar and Retina display
Fairly up to date components

The 13-inch 2019 MacBook Pro offers up one of the cheapest ways for entry level buyers to get their hands on a luxury laptop in 2020. Prices have dropped nicely since the refreshed version launched, which means you'll be able to find some healthy MacBook Pro deals on this particular model. 

With RAM and storage solutions generally offering less power than the 15-inch and 16-inch configurations, this will be a purchase for everyday users rather than heavy duty creatives. However, if you do spot a deal sitting at around $1,000 you're getting a great offer, as this is a frequent favorite for a cheap MacBook Pro.

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The cheapest 2018 13-inch MacBook Pro prices

A little older but big storage on offer for less

CPU: Quad-core Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.3-inch, (2,560 x 1,600) IPS | Storage: 128GB – 2TB PCIe 3.0 SSD | Touch Bar: Yes (on most models)

Performance upgrade
True Tone display
Quieter keyboard

The 2018 version of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro was the best yet in its day. Now it's a decent choice if you're getting plenty of storage that you wouldn't normally see at this price range, as it still comes with the Touch Bar as standard and features a range of improvements over the older models. The screen resolution may be the same with the excellent Retina display, but True Tone technology is still inside that senses ambient lighting in the room or outdoors to adjust the brightness of the screen for the best possible picture. 

The keyboard is quieter and less 'clicky' than older models, and you're still picking up 8th generation processors which certainly aren't too old to be worth the right price. There's more options for larger RAM than older options, making this a potential steal for creatives.

It's a little rare to find this particular model featured in particularly cheap MacBook Pro deals, but you'll find some fantastic prices on renewed versions at places like Amazon and Newegg.

Is the Macbook Pro price worth it? 

The Macbook Pro is made for its power users. With a price point that can make everyday laptop users wary, Apple's range of lightweight super computers can seem inaccessible. If you're looking for a laptop that can handle anything, though, and will be able to handle anything for a long time into the future, then this is the laptop for you. 

While the Macbook Pro might have a heady overhead cost, it's an investment that will last you longer than other only slightly cheaper laptops will. So, if you're a creative or looking to power through high performance apps and complex workflows the Macbook Pro price is absolutely worth it. If you want to check your emails and watch Netflix, you might be better off elsewhere. 

Where to find the best MacBook Pro deals

If you're after more MacBook Pro deals, you can head straight to the retailers themselves. Here we've brought you all the best places to check out if you're looking to score a saving on Apple's luxury laptop line. 

US:

  • Apple: students discounts and trade-ins offer the best value
  • Amazon: Regular price cuts and older models available
  • Best Buy: Shop the latest releases with bundle offers 
  • B&H Photo: Best for high-spec buyers with creative needs 
  • Newegg: Renewed and older models reign supreme 

UK:

  • Apple: student discounts and MacBook Pro trade-in
  • Amazon: savings across a range of new and old models
  • Currys: frequent discounts on the latest releases
  • John Lewis: less frequent discounts but excellent guarantees
  • Very: shop during sales periods for MacBook Pro deals
  • Argos: regionalised stock but frequent bundles
  • Laptops Direct: regular price cuts on cheaper models

MacBook Pro trade-in: how to get a good deal

Using a MacBook Pro trade-in scheme to shave some cash off your new purchase has its upsides and downsides. While they can certainly take a considerable amount off your final price and they're far more convenient, you can often claim far more cash for your old laptop by selling your MacBook by yourself. That's because these luxury computers rarely lose their value once they're on the market. 

However, if you're simply looking to save as much as possible on cheap MacBook Pro deals, your best bet is to head straight to Apple for a trade-in evaluation

MacBook Pro student discount: what offers are available?

MacBook Pro student discounts can also save you extra cash on your new laptop. Offers vary by country, but currently US students, school staff, and parents can save $100 on a MacBook Pro laptop, meanwhile in the UK you can save 10% on Apple products with the appropriate student ID. Combine this with Apple's (albeit rare) MacBook Pro sales and you're onto a hefty saving. 

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01 Oct 2020

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