While you may be waiting for Apple’s next version of the MacBook Air, the current model is on sale at Amazon. You can pick up the 256GB MacBook Air M1 right now for $900, or $100 off the regular price. We’ve seen it lower before — last year’s holiday shopping season brought in its all-time low of $800 — but a $100 discount remains a good one if you need a new thin-and-light laptop.
Buy MacBook Air M1 (256GB) at Amazon – $900
We consider the MacBook Air M1 to be the best laptop for most people, despite it being about two years old at the moment. It impressed us with its great performance and lack of fan noise, making it feel faster, smoother and more efficient than previous models. It also has improved GPU performance, and while it’s not a slot machine by any means, it handles Apple Arcade games well.
Performance is the standout new feature on the MacBook Air M1, but that’s only because Apple hasn’t fixed what wasn’t broken in the laptop’s design. It’s super thin and light, weighing in at 2.8 pounds, plus it has a beautiful 13-inch Retina display, an excellent keyboard and trackpad, and a battery that lasts over 16 hours on a single charge. The biggest drawbacks are the webcam and the limited port selection. You only get a 720p webcam on this laptop, which is lame considering the amount of time many of us spend on video calls every day, and the machine only has two USB-C ports.
If you absolutely must have more ports and don’t want to live the dongle life in the future, consider the 14-inch MacBook Pro. It is more expensive, but it will be a better investment in the long run. However, if speed and portability are your main concerns, the MacBook Air M1 is one of the best options out there.
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