M1 MacBook Air is a total steal at just $749


M1 MacBook Air in gold
The M1 MacBook Air is a screaming deal at this new low price.
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The M1 MacBook Air just dropped to an extremely affordable $749 from its $999 MSRP. If you need a lightweight laptop with excellent battery life that can handle everyday tasks like a champ, don’t miss this deal.

This is the lowest price the machine has dropped to, besting even the price it was available for during last year’s Black Friday. Best Buy has the same deal, knocking $250 off the M1 MacBook Air.

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M1 MacBook Air packs a lot of power for its size

Released in 2020, this MacBook Air runs on Apple’s powerful M1 chip. The custom processor stunned the world — and even Apple execs — with its remarkable combination of power and efficiency.

With Apple silicon inside, even this entry-level laptop delivers excellent performance. It’s perfect for word processing, thrashing through your email inbox and watching the best sci-fi shows on Apple TV+. (It works for streaming Apple TV+ comedies, too.)

Here’s how Apple described the M1 MacBook Air’s powerful internals when it launched:

The powerful 8-core CPU performs up to 3.5x faster than the previous generation. With up to an 8-core GPU, graphics are up to 5x faster, the biggest leap ever for MacBook Air, so immersive, graphics-intensive games run at significantly higher frame rates. ML workloads are up to 9x faster, so apps that use ML-based features like face recognition or object detection can do so in a fraction of the time. The M1 chip’s storage controller and latest flash technology deliver up to 2x faster SSD performance, so previewing massive images or importing large files is faster than ever. And in MacBook Air, M1 is faster than the chips in 98 percent of PC laptops sold in the past year.

This amazing deal on the M1 MacBook Air won’t last long

Apple’s M1 MacBook Air is usually available with a $200 discount. This $249 off drops the machine to its lowest-ever price right ahead of Prime Day.

This unbeatable sale price is currently good for all three colors of the MacBook Air: gold, silver and space gray. This model comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Two USB-C ports provide essential connectivity (and adding a solid USB-C dock gives you plenty of options for expandability).

Pair that with a battery that Apple says will last for “up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback,” and you’ve got a portable powerhouse that won’t drain your wallet.

Admittedly, the M2 MacBook Air trumps the 2020 MacBook Air in all key areas. But if you are on a tight budget, the M1 Air provides incredible value for money.

Once your new M1 MacBook Air arrives, check out the best Mac monitors to pair with your new laptop. It will perfectly complement your Mac and help boost your productivity further.

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2020 M1 MacBook Air

The M1 MacBook Air offers a price-to-performance ratio that other laptops in this range cannot match. This is a 13-inch laptop with an M1 chip and Retina display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, backlit keyboard, FaceTime HD camera and Touch ID.

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03/05/2024 12:46 am GMT


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