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Best MacBook deals in May 2022

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MacBook deals are somewhat hard to find right now. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are running low on inventory — especially on the 14-inch MacBook Pro. So although there are some good MacBook deals to be had, buyer's should proceed with caution as Memorial Day sales are starting now and we expect to see more inventory and deals as we approach the holiday. 

That said, if you spot a deal you like right now — our advice is to jump on it immediately. If you don't see the listed price, try checking different color models for hidden deals. (For more deals, make sure to follow our best Apple deals guide). 

Best MacBook deals right now

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Air

MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $949 @ Amazon

MacBook Air (M1/256GB): was $999 now $949 @ Amazon
The MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new Apple Silicon. The M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro 13"

MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,149 @ Amazon

MacBook Pro 13" (M1/256GB): was $1,299 now $1,149 @ Amazon
$150 off!
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 and beefier 8-core graphics. Even better, the system lasted over 16 hours in our battery test. Best Buy offers the same price.

MacBook Pro 13" (M1/512GB): was $1,499 now $1,299 @ Best Buy

MacBook Pro 13" (M1/512GB): was $1,499 now $1,299 @ Best Buy
If you need more storage, Best Buy also has the 512GB model on sale for $1,299. It's one of the best MacBook deals we've seen for this model. 

Best MacBook deals — MacBook Pro 2021

MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $2,499 now $2,449 @ B&H Photo

MacBook Pro 16" (M1 Pro/512GB): was $2,499 now $2,449 @ B&H Photo
The 16-inch MacBook Pro sports Apple's new M1 Pro CPU. It features 10 core and a 16-core GPU. It also features a 16-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display with 3456 x 2244 resolution. Others specs include 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. You also get three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot, and a MagSafe 3 port. This model can be configured with an even more powerful M1 Max CPU (from $3,499), which features a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU. 

How to find the best MacBook deals

Amazon and Best Buy tend to offer the best MacBook deals. The MacBook Air M1 and the MacBook Pro M1 tend to see from $50 to $250 off discounts. However, we've noticed that Amazon offers slightly better MacBook sales that its competitors. For instance, the M1 MacBook Air has dropped to $799 a few times at Amazon. 

If you're looking for MacBook Pro deals — you'll want to look at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo. The 14-inch MacBook Pro hit $1,749 ($250 off) in early February. The 16-inch model has also seen $250 off discounts at Amazon. These short-lived deals are the best prices we've seen for these MacBooks to date. 

It's also worth noting that sometimes pricing varies based on what color MacBook you choose. So when shopping, we recommend clicking on different colors to see if there are hidden discounts. 

Make sure to check out our list of the best Mac VPN and how to check MacBook battery health.

MacBook deals history
ModelApple Store (MSRP)Lowest price
MacBook Air (256GB)$999$749
MacBook Pro 13" (256GB)$1,299$1,099
MacBook Pro 14" (512GB)$1,999$1,749
MacBook Pro 16" (512GB)$2,499$2,249

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.