Act Fast: New MacBook Air Just $999

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Update Feb. 8: For a limited time, Amazon takes $200 off the 256GB MacBook Air, which is the best deal we've ever seen for this configuration.

The 2018 MacBook Air has everything we waited for: a Retina screen, an 8th-gen Intel processor, and a slimmer design.

Unfortunately, it also comes with a $200 price hike. However, B&H Photo and Amazon are taking some sting off Apple's price increase by offering the base 2018 MacBook Air for $999, which is $200 off and the cheapest it's ever been.

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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.

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