Savings on Apple products are few and far between, so when they do arrive, they cause much excitement. Usually we’re confined to small savings of up to 10% at best, but right now on Amazon you can save up to 17% (and a minimum of 11%) on the four 2021 14-inch MacBook Pro M1 Pros.
Said 14-inch MacBook Pros are the now-older 2021 model (Apple updated the range recently with the arrival of the M2 Pro & M2 Max chips) but they still make for powerful machines, complete with a screen size that many deem to be perfect. You can find out our full thoughts in our in-depth MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021) review.
The biggest saving of 17% (or AU$596) is on the silver edition of the top-of-the-range model, complete with 10-core CPU, 16-core GPU and 1TB SSD.
Apple MacBook Pro (2021) | M1 Pro | 16GM RAM | 1TB SSD | AU$2,999
(AU$ 3,595) (save AU$596)
Enjoy blisteringly fast performance, a gorgeous mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate and the welcome return of MagSafe charging alongside a barrage of essential ports for professional users. While the silver version has the biggest discount, you can still save 14% (AU$496) on the Space Grey model. These aren't the lowest prices we've seen on these machines, but they still represent great savings.
If you don't want to spend close to the AU$3,000 mark, then you can pick up the slightly lesser-spec model, with 8-core CPU and 512GB SSD for AU$2,547 (both Silver and Space Grey), representing an 11% (AU$300) saving.
Apple MacBook Pro (2021) | M1 Pro | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | AU$2,547
(AU$2,847) (save AU$300)
Still packing the M1 Pro chip, this is still an incredibly powerful MacBook Pro. And, if you use cloud storage, the lower capacity 512GB SSD shouldn't prove a problem at all.
As with the model above, this isn't the lowest price we've ever seen, but it still stands as a solid deal.
Don’t be put off by the fact these are 2021 models have now been replaced by a new 2023 MacBook Pro, as the M1 Pro chip powering this machine is still unbelievably capable and will be able to easily handle anything you can think of throwing at it. Whether it be video encoding, carrying out complex image processing or even just producing multiple documents, Apple’s portable powerhouse will gobble it all up with ease.
And as for battery life, which can often be a chink the armour of many a machine, Apple is certainly onto a winner here. In our testing, we managed to get just over 14 hours from a single charge, which eclipsed the closest competition.
Spending more than AU$2,000 on a laptop is still an investment that needs consideration, but for us, when you consider what you’re getting in return in this instance, it’s a decision that shouldn’t require much mulling over.
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Max is a digital content writer for Tom’s Guide in Australia, where he covers all things internet-related, including NBN and the emerging alternatives, along with audio and visual products such as headphones and TVs. Max started his career in his homeland of England, where he spent time working for What Hi-Fi? and Pocket-lint, before moving to Australia in 2018.