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Wow! MacBook Pro M1 just crashed to $949 at Best Buy

MacBook Pro M1 with a Tom's Guide deal tag
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Apple’s flagship M2 chips may steal the headlines these days, but the MacBook Pro M1 is still a fantastic laptop. And, because it’s no longer the latest Mac on the block, we’re now seeing some truly epic discounts on a machine that is still pretty powerful. 

Right now, you can get the MacBook Pro M1 on sale for $949 at Best Buy (opens in new tab). That’s a massive $350 saving compared to the laptop's regular retail price of $1,299. This is one of the best MacBook deals we’ve seen this year, and the second time this summer the retailer has offered this excellent price. And if you’re looking for more savings make sure to check out our guide to the Best Buy coupon codes for a load of additional offers.

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MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): $1,299 $949 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
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Best Buy has the 13-inch MacBook Pro (256GB) on sale for $949. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this laptop. The MacBook Pro with Apple's M1 chip delivers performance that runs circles around Windows laptops, and you get a brighter display than the MacBook Air M1 and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. It's no longer Apple's flagship, but a $949 MacBook Pro is about as rare a deal as it gets. 

The MacBook Pro M1 is no longer the newest model available, but it’s still an excellent laptop and more than holds its own when it comes to performance. In our MacBook Pro M1 review we were seriously impressed with the speedy M1 chip and found it often raw performance that most Windows laptops just can’t beat. For example, it took the MacBook Pro just 12 minutes to transcode a 4K video, faster than the 15 minutes it took the Dell XPS 13.

The excellent battery life shouldn’t be overlooked either. In our testing, the MacBook Pro M1 lasted a very solid 16 hours, which should be more than enough to get through an entire working day without needing to reach for a charger. It’s also long enough for travel purposes, so you can spend extended journeys being productive. 

Another killer aspect of this MacBook is its keyboard and display, both of which help it to be an ideal device for those seeking increased productivity. With a bright and colorful display, everything you view on the 2020 MacBook Pro will look great, despite the fact it's unfortunately not in 4K. The keyboard is comfortably sized, and thanks to the new Magic Keyboard's pillowy soft feel, your fingers will fly across the keys.

Not totally convinced? We’ve got a roundup of the best cheap laptop deals around that also includes savings on Chromebook and Windows machines if you’d rather see some alternatives. Plus, make sure to checkout the full range of best Apple deals for even more savings on MacBooks, as well on discounts on iPads, iPhones and more. 

Rory Mellon
Deals Editor

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.