The M1 Macbook Air continues the Air’s lineage as one of the best ultraportables you can buy right now — packing breathtaking performance and outstanding battery life into a slim, svelte unibody chassis.
And now, for a limited time, it’s even better at a lower price. Right now, you can save $70 and grab one for just $929. Plus, if you’re reading this on the other side of the Atlantic, we’ve got a good UK deal for you too!
M1 MacBook Air: was $999 now $929 @ Amazon
The base model gets even cheaper. Design-wise, it may look like nothing has changed, but the MacBook Air has undergone a groundbreaking transformation. The M1 chip is far more powerful and efficient than the Intel setup (so efficient, in fact, that this thing doesn’t need a fan), which is paired with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD.
As you can read in our MacBook Air review, we are huge fans of Apple’s move to ARM-based architecture — a dramatic change to the skepticism felt while they showed a whole lot of vague specs in their keynote. But when it comes to real-world use, it is amazing.
The chassis may be the same (including just two USB C ports, so you’re going to need to look for a USB Type-C hub), but everything is different when you look beneath the unibody construction.
The M1 chip drastically improves the speed and graphics performance of this machine, while also doubling the battery life, which is seriously impressive, given the small and lightweight construction, the 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) Retina display and the powerful speakers on-board.
And what’s more, all of this runs at such a cool temperature that the MacBook Air has no fan, meaning completely silent operation. Looking to update your portable Apple setup, don’t pay full price for your new MacBook. Check out our best cheap MacBook deals hub.
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Jason brought a decade of tech and gaming journalism experience to his role as a writer at Laptop Mag, and he is now the Managing Editor of Computing at Tom's Guide. He takes a particular interest in writing articles and creating videos about laptops, headphones and games. He has previously written for Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus. In his spare time, you'll find Jason looking for good dogs to pet or thinking about eating pizza if he isn't already.