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Don’t worry about paying full price for the MacBook Air M1. Amazon is selling Apple’s well-known ultraportable laptop in gold and silver for $850 after a $49 automatic discount at checkout. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen in a while, and not much more than the record low from November.
The MacBook Air M1 may be over a year old, but there’s a good reason why it remains one of our top picks for ultraportables. It’s still fast for the category, completely silent (as there’s no fan) and long-lasting on battery. Combine those with a superb keyboard and trackpad and this might be the laptop you want if you need to last through a long workday while juggling multiple apps.
There are still just two Thunderbolt 3/USB 4 ports, and the 720p webcam won’t be thrilling. There’s also the matter of timing. Rumors persist of Apple launching an M2-based MacBook Air in the spring, and it may be tempting to hold out if you’re more concerned about having the latest hardware than the best price. If you need a laptop now or would rather save money, though, the M1 model is still a fine choice.
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