Earlier this year, Apple added a new compact desktop to its lineup of devices. The new Mac Studio, which hit shelves back in March, is essentially a supercharged version of the Mac Mini, and it comes with serious hardware that’s designed to handle even the most demanding tasks with ease. There are two different version of the new Mac Studio: one that features the M1 Max processor found in the 2021 MacBook Pro, and one that is equipped with Apple’s brand-new M1 Ultra chip.
Whether you’re a developer or content creator, having a fast and powerful computer is a must, which is why Apple says this machine can “deliver an unprecedented level of performance, an extensive array of connectivity, and completely new capabilities in an unbelievably compact design that sits within arm’s reach on the desk.”
Apple was serious when it spoke about power. You can configure the Mac Studio to come with up to 128GB of RAM, an 8TB SSD and up to a 64-core GPU. Like with many other Apple desktops and laptops, you’ll need to make your configuration choices while ordering. You can make changes to the system-on-a-chip (processor), memory, storage and opt to include preinstalled software if you wish.
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At the moment, there aren’t too many retailers carrying the brand-new Mac Studio. Which means we aren’t seeing any deals on this new desktop quite yet, either. We’ll continue to update this post as it becomes more available in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back often for the latest info on availability and deals.
If you want complete customizability without having to navigate certain configurations being in or out of stock, shopping from Apple directly is the obvious choice. There are two variants, one with the M1 Max chip and one with the brand-new M1 Ultra chip. Pricing starts at $1,999 for the former and $3,999 for the latter.
It’s becoming a little easier to find the M1 Ultra studio in stock, and you can find select configurations available right now at B&H, though you’ll have to upgrade from the base model. You’ll have much better luck if you’re in the market for an M1 Max Studio, with most configurations in stock right now.
If you just want the base model M1 Max Studio, Best Buy has got your covered. The big-box retailer has the M1 Max available for $2,000, while the M1 Ultra is currently sold out. There aren’t any straightforward discounts, but if you are determined to grab one of these new Mac Studios at less than list price, you can shop open-box models starting at $1,700.
At the moment, Adorama has several configurations of the Mac Studio M1 Max in stock, while most Studio M1 Ultra configurations are currently on back order. They’re still available for purchase, but they won’t ship for several more weeks. It should also be noted that most high-end configurations will have to be special ordered and won’t ship for roughly six weeks, regardless of availability.