How Much Does a MacBook Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

The Macbook is one of Apple’s most popular products when it comes  to the world of laptops.  What sets this above the rest are features such as a long-lasting battery, a multi-touch trackpad (on some models) and its size.  Since there are a few models out there, let’s take a look at what each one is more than likely going to cost you.

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How much does a MacBook cost?

The cost of a MacBook will depend on the model you choose, if you want to add any upgrades, such as more hard drive space, and the retailer you purchase it from.  Most new models can start as little as $999 as cost as much as $2,000+.

TypePrice Range (starts at)
MacBook$1,300
MacBook Air 13-inch$999
MacBook Pro 13-inch$1,299
MacBook Pro 15-inch$1,999
MacBook Pro 13-inch$1,499
MacBook Pro 13-inch$1,799
MacBook Pro 15-inch$2,399

As for used costs, the price, again, varies depending on the model.  For a used model, the prices ranges are noted below:

MacBook ModelPrice Range
2011 Apple MacBook Air$350 to $500
2011 Apple MacBook$500 to $1,000
2011 Apple MacBook Pro$300 to $550
2012 Apple MacBook Pro$450 to $1,000
2012 Apple MacBook$700 to $1,300
2012 Apple MacBook Air$350 to $700
2013 Apple MacBook Air$350 to $800
2013 Apple MacBook$700 to $1,200
2013 Apple MacBook Pro$600 to $1,200
2014 Apple MacBook Pro$800 to $1,600
2014 Apple MacBook Air$450 to $800
2014 Apple MacBook$800 to $1,300
2015 Apple MacBook$1,000 to $1,500
2015 Apple MacBook Air$650 to $1,000
2015 Apple MacBook Pro$800 to $2,000



MacBook overview

Every Mac purchase with Apple will come with a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of complimentary telephone technical support.

Newer MacBooks will either have a 13 or 15-inch LED-backlit Retina display.

Battery life is about nine to 10 hours, depending on usage.

As of 2016, all hard drives can have storage capacity up to 1TB SSD.

Depending on the model, it can weigh either 3 or 4.49 pounds.

It uses a Force Touch trackpad, which is designed to deliver a responsive, uniform click from anywhere on the trackpad.  Users are able to customize the sensitivity, and it can also tell which finger one is clicking with.

What are the extra costs?

As noted above, all purchases will come with a one-year warranty; however, if you want to extend your warranty, you can do with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Most MacBooks will need a charger so you can charge it at home.  While most of them come with one, you will find that you may want another one for the home or office.  You may also want to consider one for your car.  These run around $30 to $80, depending on the brand.  Official chargers made by Apple will cost more than a third-party brand.

To protect your laptop, a case will be a good idea as well as this will help you protect your computer from scratches and damages.  It’s also easier to carry it around.  Depending on the quality, a laptop case can range from $20 to $100+

Most software on the system is generally bare bones.  Some users prefer to upgrade their operation system or even add other software packages such as Office, iWork and Photoshop.

Tips to know:

Screen sizes are going to vary with the MacBook.  Be sure to know what kind of size you’re going to want.  Sizes can start at 13.3″ and go up from there.  Bigger screens will generally cost more.

Newer models use the finger tap type technology.  If you want to use your finger on the screen, consider spending a few more dollars for this type of technology.

Be sure to look into the other features such as hard drive capacity and RAM.

How can I save money?

Highly consider purchasing your MacBook used on sites such as eBay.  By doing so, you should be able to save 20-30% off the price.

Inquire with Apple about a student discount.  If you’re going to high school or college, they have a program you can join.

Consider alternative brands outside of Apple as the Apple brand tends to be one of the most expensive brands when it comes to laptops.  Other brands, such as the Chromebook, can be as little as $200.

Consider purchasing extended warranties through Apple Care or even through third-party warranty companies to protect your investment for years to come.

Most stores will have a limited time offer or sale from time to time.


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