Act Fast: New MacBook Air Now $150 Off
One of our biggest gripes with Apple's new MacBook Air is its $1,1999 starting price. Well, for a limited time Amazon and Best Buy are taking care of the sticker shock and slashing up to $150 off both configurations of Apple's svelte laptop.
It's one of the best laptop deals of the moment and the third-best MacBook Air price we've ever seen. (Both models were briefly $249 off last month).
- 2018 MacBook Air (128GB) for $1,099.99 ($100 off) at Amazon
- 2018 MacBook Air 256GB for $1,249.99 ($149 off) at Amazon
The new MacBook Air sports a 13-inch 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina display offering crisp detail and solid colors. Powering Apple's 2.7-pound laptop is a 1.6GHz Core i5-8210Y dual-core processor. Despite the use of a Y-series processor, the MacBook Air never stumbled in our real-word tests. We were able to open 17 Safari tabs, five Chrome tabs (including a YouTube video and Netflix), iTunes, Photos, Messages, and Mail without any lag on our base MacBook Air.
The Air's 128GB SSD also delivered a blistering 2.1 gigabytes per second, which blows away the category average of 500.1 megabytes per second found in the XPS 13 and HP Spectre 13.
As for that epic battery life the MacBook Air was known for, the 2018 Air lasted a solid 9 hours and 32 minutes on our battery test, which beats the premium notebook average of 8:09, but still falls shorts of the "up to 12 hours" that Apple boasts.
Yes, there are cheaper Windows machines that deliver more bang for your buck, but the MacBook Air is the best go-to machine for Mac fans — especially at its current sale price.
To see how the MacBook Air stacks up to other laptops, see our MacBook vs MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro face-off.