Best Mac mini deals: top offers January 2021
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 cur-price deals for a Mac mini so you can save money on a new Mac.
And, with Apple just having introduced a new Mac mini with an M1 chip we imagine more people than ever will be wanting to buy one. Note that when Apple introduced the new M1 Mac mini it dropped the starting price from £799/$799 to £699/$699 though – 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 before.
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, however Apple doubled the storage in all models in 2020. Because of this you need to pay attention to 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 establish exactly which Mac mini model is being discounted in the deal.
Read on to find out how to get a good discount on a Mac mini.
Best Mac mini deals right now
Here are the best deals we are seeing currently.
Right now we have seen the following deals on the Mac mini worth highlighting, including discounts on the new M1 Mac mini from KRCS and Amazon.
- The 2020 M1 Mac mini (256GB) is £648.46 (£50.54 off) at Amazon.
- The 2020 M1 Mac mini (512GB) is £854 (£45 off) at KRCS.
- The 2020 3.0GHz six-core Mac mini (512GB), normally £1,099, is £899 at at Amazon, AO.com and John Lewis.
Make sure you check out our complete round up of the best Apple deals we’ve seen.
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.
Best Mac mini deals right now
Here are some of the best deals on the current crop of Mac mini models and some older ones.
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:
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:
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, 256GB (2020)
This model previously cost £799/$799/AU$1,299, here are the best deals right now:
Mac mini, 3.6GHz Quad-Core, 128GB (2018)
This model used to start at £799/$799/AU$1,299 but note that the 2020 update doubled the storage. The best deals right now will appear below if there are any:
Mac mini, 3.0GHz 6-Core, 256GB (2018)
This model used to start at £1,099/$1,099/$1,749, if there are any good deals right now they will appear below:
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, 3.7GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 2TB Fusion Drive (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,599 (£650 off)
Save money on the 2019 iMac with this deal from Currys PC World. This was the top-of-the-range six-core 27in model that used to cost £2,249 (the equivalent now costs £2,299).
You also get £40 Microsoft 365 Family with code OFFICESAVE40 and £30 off Microsoft 365 Personal with code OFFICESAVE30. There’s also one year of free Apple TV+ included when you buy this iMac.
This model features a 9th generation Intel i5 processor and AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics. Note that this includes a 2TB Fusion Drive – Apple is now shipping all iMacs with SSDs as standard.
2. Apple 27in iMac, 3.0GHz six-core, 5K Retina Display, 1TB Fusion Drive (2019)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £1,299 (£450 off)
Get money off the 2019 27in iMac with Laptops Direct. This is 2019’s 3.0GHz six-core model with 1TB Fusion drive that previously costs £1,749.
It’s also worth tracking Amazon and John Lewis’s offerings as they often match Curry’s prices. Right now Amazon and John Lewis have sold out of this model though.
3. Apple 2020 M1 Mac mini (256GB)
From: BT Shop
Now: £660.72 (£38.28 off)
Surprisingly, the BT Shop has a better deal on the entry-level M1 Mac mini than Amazon right now, with £38 off!
4. Apple 2020 M1 Mac mini (512GB)
Now: £854.05 (£44.95 off)
KRCS has already discounted the M1 Mac mini with 512GB storage – that’s the £899 model.
They also have money off the entry-level 256GB M1 Mac mini – get that deal from KRCS here.
5. Apple 27in iMac, 3.8GHz eight-core, 10th-gen, 512GB SSD (2020)
Now: £2,184.05 (£114.94 off)
KRCS has knocked £££s off the price of the top-of-the-range 3.8GHz 8-core 10th-gen, 2020 iMac which only launched in August 2020.
6. Apple 27in iMac, 3.3GHz six-core, 10th-gen, 256GB SSD (2020)
Now: £1,899.05 (£99.95 off)
KRCS has a huge saving on the price of the new mid-range 27in iMac for 2020, with 3.2GHz 6-core Intel processor.
7. Apple iMac Pro, 3.2GHz, 8-core Xeon, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 5K Retina display (late 2017)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £3,299 (£1,600 off)
The iMac Pro hasn’t been updated since it was introduced in 2017, but it is still one of the most powerful iMacs. It’s also the most expensive iMac – but Currys is offering money off!
Note that this is the 8-core model that Apple discontinued, which means you can now get 10-core model from Apple for £4,999, but this is still a decent deal.
8. 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, AO.com and John Lewis are all selling this model for £899 right now.
9. 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.
Where to get Mac mini deals
Resellers are always offering discounts on the different Mac models. You may find deals on the following sites:
Sometimes Amazon offers Lightning deals on Macs. If you’ve found that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime now to take advantage.