If you want a new Mac mini, but you don't want to pay full price, you've come to the right place! We've scoured the web for the best cut-price deals for a Mac mini so you can save money on a new Mac.
What you need to know
With Apple having introduced a new Mac mini with an M1 chip in November 2020 we imagine more people than ever will be wanting to buy one. But you might want to consider a rumour that Apple will soon be introducing a new Mac mini with an even better processor. A new M1X Mac mini may in fact launch in 2021 - but when it does it will be a replacement for the Intel-powered Mac mini Apple is still selling, and it will have a higher price than the current M1 Mac mini models, which we believe Apple will continue to sell. More here: Everything we know about the 2021 Mac mini.
We believe that the M1 Mac mini represents much better value than the M1 iMac introduced in April 2021, in fact it is our favourite M1 Mac. Read our Mac mini vs iMac comparison and our Mac mini M1 review for more information.
Note that when Apple introduced the new M1 Mac mini it dropped the starting price from £799/$799 to £699/$699 - so be aware that a deal on the older model may not be as attractive when you could buy a new model for less than you could previously.
Alongside the new M1 Mac mini Apple is still selling the older 3.0GHz 6-core Intel model - this may appeal if you would prefer not to move to Apple's M1 chips right now. You can distinguish between the two by checking the colour - the Intel model is Space Grey, the M1 model is silver. We look at the M1 Mac mini vs Intel Mac mini in a separate article. If you have more questions these articles might help: Should I buy an Intel Mac? and Should I buy a M1 Mac?
Below we will include deals for the new M1 Mac mini, the Intel model that's still on sale, and also for the older Mac mini models that Apple has discontinued.
Note that the Intel processor in the Space Grey Mac mini dates back to 2018. This is the model we expect Apple to update soon. It's not exactly the same Mac as was introduced in 2018 though - Apple doubled the storage in all models in 2020, so check how much storage you are getting in case it's an older machines that is worth less than advertised.
This is why we always quote the price that Apple sells the equivalent model for today - and try to establish exactly which Mac mini model is being discounted in the deal.
Read on to find out how to get a great discount on a Mac mini.
For another way to save money on a new Apple product read about how you can trade in old products at Apple and other resellers and get money off. Read: How Apple trade in works and saves you money.
When is Black Friday 2021? - Should you wait for a better deal?
Another thing to keep in mind right now is that as we approach the end of the year and head into the Christmas shopping season we expect to see more and more deals, starting with Black Friday on Friday 26 November. However, the deals start earlier and earlier every year, so you can expect them to start coming in thick and fast over the next few weeks.
If you are wondering whether to wait until Black Friday, or take advantage of a deal right now that's marked as being 'early Black Friday' or similar, our advice is to just go for it! Some retailers that hold pre-Black Fridays sales promise that prices won't go any lower on Black Friday itself. We have a separate article about Black Friday 2021 where you'll be able to find the best Apple Black Friday deals once they start.
Best Mac mini deals right now
We have seen the following deals on the Mac mini worth highlighting:
M1 Mac mini deals
It was introduced in November 2020, but you can get a discount on the M1 Mac mini:
In the UK:
- The 2020 M1 Mac mini (256GB), normally £699, is £635 at Amazon. Some times we see a good deal at the BT Shop.
- The 2020 M1 Mac mini (512GB), normally £899, is £809.97 at Amazon and Laptops Direct.
In The US:
- Walmart has the 256GB Mac mini for $649 (normally $699). Get it here.
- Walmart has the 512GB model for $869.99 (normally $899). Get it here.
Mac mini, M1, 8‑Core CPU / 8‑Core GPU, 256GB
This model usually starts at £699/$699, here are the best deals right now:
Mac mini, M1, 8‑Core CPU / 8‑Core GPU, 512GB
This model usually starts at £899/$899, here are the best deals right now:
Intel Mac mini deals
If it's the Intel Mac mini you are after, you can get some good deals on those models with resellers knocking £200 off the price Apple still sells it for:
In the UK:
There are no outstanding US deals on this model currently.
Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-Core, 512GB (2020)
This model usually starts at £1,099/$1,099/AU$1,749, here are the best deals right now:
Note that Apple is said to be planning an update to the Intel model that it is still selling at some point in 2021 or 2022. For more information read our rumour round up for the new Mac mini.
Make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals we've seen.
Older Mac mini models
These models have now been discontinued by Apple, but you may still find some excellent offers, indeed, we often find the best savings to be had are on the older models.
Mac mini, 3.6GHz Quad-Core i3, 256GB (2020)
This entry-level model previously cost £799/$799/AU$1,299, here are the best deals right now:
Best Mac Desktop Deals
In this section you will find some of the best deals we've seen for iMacs as well as the Mac mini and other Mac desktops. We update this list regularly, so it should always be spot on in terms of how much you can save, give or take a few pounds. (Retailers often make small tweaks to the price, so if it's gone up it might be worth waiting a week or so to see if it comes down again.)
1. Apple 27in iMac, 3.3GHz six-core, 10th-gen Intel, 256GB SSD (2020)
From: Currys/PC World
Now: £1,689.97 (£310 off)
Currys has money off the mid-range 27in iMac that was introduced by Apple in August 2020.
It's a decent saving based on the current price Apple sells it for.
2. Apple Mac mini, M1, 8-Core CPU / 8-Core GPU, 512GB
Now: £809.97 (£89.03 off)
Amazon has almost £100 off the M1 Mac mini with 512GB storage - that's the £899 model.
There is also money off the 256GB model.
3. Apple 27in iMac, 3.8GHz eight-core, 10th-gen Intel, 512GB SSD (2020)
Now: £2,097.97 (£201 off)
If it's the top of the range 2020 27in iMac you are after, Laptops Direct has a decent deal.
4. Apple Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-core, 512GB (2020)
From: Currys/PC World
Now: £899 (£200 off)
Currys/PCWorld has money off the 2020 6-core Mac mini with 512GB storage. It's the Intel Mac mini model that Apple is still selling, but a full £200 cheaper than the price you pay at Apple.
You may also find a similar deal at Amazon here, but that is out of stock right now.
5. Apple 24in iMac, M1, 8-core CPU, 7-core GPU, 256GB (2021)
Now: £1,186.55 (£62.45 off)
KRCS is offering money off Apple's 24in iMac. This is the entry-level model that normally costs £1,249 in the UK. There's also £49 off from Laptops Direct.
6. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.6GHz quad-core Intel, 4K Retina, 256GB SSD (2019)
Now: £1,207.98 (£91.02 off)
It might only be a small discount - and even smaller if you compare it to the £1,249 that this iMac was selling for before Apple upped prices back in August 2020, but the fact that Apple is still selling a 21.5in iMac with a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel processor and not even a 4K display for £1,099, does make us think that this would be a purchase worth considering if you were keen to stick to the older Intel-powered models.
Until recently this was £1,159.98 so you might see the price fall even more if you wait.
7. Apple 27in iMac, 3.1GHz six-core, 10th-gen Intel, 256GB SSD (2020)
Now: £1,649 (£150 off)
AO has a decent deal on the 2020 27in iMac with 3.0GHz 6-core processor. This is the entry-level 27in iMac model.
8. Apple Mac mini, M1, 8-Core CPU / 8-Core GPU, 256GB
Now: £648.97 (£50.03 off)
Amazon has a decent discount on the M1 Mac mini. If it sells out, you can also find it for £657.66 from the BT Shop.
9. Apple 21.5in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 4K Retina Display, 256GB SSD (2019)
Now: £1,304.97 (£144.03 off)
You can save money on the 2019 21.5in iMac with 6-core 8th-gen processor at LaptopsDirect right now.
If you want an Intel-powered iMac this is a much better option than the 2.8GHz iMac Apple is still selling for £1,099.
10. Apple Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-core, 512GB (2020)
Now: £899 (£200 off)
Amazon is offering discounts on the 2020 Intel Mac mini models. This option has an 6-core processor and 512GB storage (in comparison the equivalent 2018 model only had 256GB storage for the same RRP).
Currys PC World is also selling this model for £899 right now.
11. Apple 24in iMac, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 512GB (2021)
Now: £1,566.55 (£82.45 off)
KRCS has money off Apple's top-of-the-range 24in iMac with 512GB storage. This is the model that normally costs £1,649 in the UK.
12. Apple 24in iMac, M1, 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 256GB (2021)
Now: £1,376.56 (£72.44 off)
KRCS has a discount on Apple's 24in iMac with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU. It normally costs £1,449 in the UK.
13. Apple Refurbished Mac Store (Discounted iMacs, MacBooks and more)
Now: Up to £300 off
You can get a Mac from Apple at much lower prices if you buy from the Refurbished Store. Apple will have thoroughly tested the model and will offer you a full warranty so it can be a great way to get a good deal. Find out more about Refurbished Macs here.
Best refurbished Mac mini deals
Although from time to time Apple drops the price of its Macs this is quite a rare occurrence: Apple never really offers discounts other than through its official refurbished store.
With that in mind we recoommend that you should visit the Apple Refurbished Store where you can find cut-price Mac mini models. These refurbished models are Mac minis that were returned to Apple, perhaps due to a fault. Apple fully reconditions these models and offers them with a full year's warranty.
Apple is currently offering a refurbished 3.0GHz 6-core Mac mini for £929, for example. This is the October 2018 model, which is still on sale now for £1,099. Buy it from Apple.
Amazon also has a certified refurbished store for Apple products but we would advise against buying any products that are older than five years - most of the products we see on the Amazon refurbished store are unfortunately very old.
Mac mini price
As we said above, before judging how good a deal is you need to know the price Apple sells the Mac mini models for right now:
- M1 Chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB, £699/$699
- M1 Chip with 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB, £899/$899
- 3.0GHz 6-core 8th-gen i5 Intel, integrated graphics, 8GB RAM, 512GB, £1,099/$1,099
You can order a Mac mini directly from Apple.
The Mac mini is a great choice because it's the cheapest Mac you can get and yet it's also one of the more powerful Macs. The only thing to bear in mind is that you will need to purchase a separate screen, mouse and keyboard, but perhaps you already have those.
With some great discounts available, buying a Mac mini is without a doubt the cheapest way to get a Mac. If you'd like some help to choose the best Mac for you, read our Mac buying guide where we cover all the models.
Carry on reading to see the best deals on a new Mac mini right now.
Where to get Mac mini deals
Resellers are always offering discounts on the different Mac models. You may find deals on the following sites:
One benefit of buying from Apple is you could trade in your old Mac and get money off. We have an article explaining How to get money off with Apple's trade-in program.
- If you want to buy your Mac directly from Apple view the Mac mini in the Apple Store
- Alternatively, if you want a discount and don't mind if it's an older model view the Mac mini in the Apple Refurbished Store
- If you are a student or a teacher you can save money! View the Mac mini in the Apple Education Store
- Apple has a number of Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Authorized Resellers who stock Macs, for example you can view the Mac mini at Apple Premium Reseller KRCS
- Another option is Amazon, where we often see money off. View the Mac mini at Amazon
- You can also buy a Mac mini at AO. View the Mac mini AO.com
- Ebuyer also sells the Mac mini. View the Mac mini at Ebuyer
- John Lewis often has discounts on new models. View the Mac mini at John Lewis
- Currys PC World also regularly offers discounts. View the Mac mini at Currys PC World
- Want to buy a Mac mini from Apple? View the Mac mini in the Apple Store.
- Save money on a refurbished Mac mini. View the Mac mini in the Apple Refurbished Store.
- Get your education discount: View the Mac mini in the Apple Education Store
- View the Mac mini at Amazon where we often see discounts.
- View the Mac mini at Adorama
- View the Mac mini at B&H Photo
- View the Mac mini at Best Buy
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