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Back to school laptop deals: Save up to $250 on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

Back to school MacBook deals from $749
Back to school MacBook deals from $749 (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

One of the best back to school laptop deals comes from Best Buy this week. The retailer's student discount program takes hundreds off Apple's stylish MacBooks. 

After the student discount, the MacBook Air with M1 chip costs just $749. Normally, this laptop fetches $999, so that's $250 in savings. This marks the M1 MacBook Air's lowest price ever and one of the best MacBook deals out there. To get this exclusive deal, you must sign up for Best Buy's Student Deals Program.

As an alternative, your Best Buy's student discount nets you the base model MacBook Pro for $1,049.

Back to school MacBook Air deals

Apple MacBook Air: was $999 now $749 @ Best Buy
Best Buy's Student Deals knocks $250 off the latest MacBook Air M1. To get this deal, you must sign up for Best Buy's free Student Deals program and select the on-page clickable coupon. The MacBook Air packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, Apple M1 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. Alternatively, students can save up to $250 on select MacBook Pro machines starting from $1,049.View Deal

Apple MacBook Air M1 w/ Free AirPods: was $999 now $899 @ Apple
Not to be outdone, the Apple Education Store is slashing $100 off the MacBook Air M1 and tossing in a free pair of AirPods. As a reminder, Apple's latest lightest M1-charged laptop packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM and 256GB solid state drive. View Deal

Apple's MacBook Air M1-powered ultraportable is one of the best laptops for students. The MacBook in this deal packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD.

As we note in our MacBook Air with M1 review, we were floored by its breathtaking performance, and slim, unibody design. We were also floored by its lengthy battery life which tapped out at 14 hours and 41 minutes during testing. We gave the MacBook Air with M1 chip a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and the Editor's Choice award. 

In one real-world test, the MacBook Air's M1chip scoffed when we loaded 25 tabs on Google Chrome. Four of them were playing YouTube videos while another pair streamed on Twitch. And when we tried the same workload on Safari, which runs natively, everything loaded instantly — photos, graphics and text blinked onto the screen the moment we pressed Return.

Port-wise, the MacBook Air equips you with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack. If you need more ports, we recommend you invest in a USB-Type C hub. With dimensions of 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches and a weight of 2.8 pounds, the MacBook Air M1 is as thin as its competitors. It's on par with the weight of the Dell XPS 13 (11.6 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches, 2.8 pounds), and 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 (12.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches, 2.9 pounds).

Best Buy's back to school Apple MacBook deals end August 1 — as stock permits. 

More MacBook deals

Apple MacBook Pro 13" w/ M1 Chip: was $1,299 now $1,199 @ Apple
Apple's Education Store also takes $100 off the MacBook Pro with M1 chip. Besides a Apple's M1 8-core CPU, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, an 8-core GPU, and 256GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market. Apple is bundling this MacBook Pro with free AirPods. View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro 13" w/ M1 Chip: was $1,299 now $1,099 @ Amazon
If you're not a student, you can still save $200 on the latest MacBook Pro M1. Besides Apple's M1 8-core CPU, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. It scored a rare 4.5 out of 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops out there. If you require more storage, the 512GB MacBook Pro M1 is on sale for $1,299 ($200 off). View Deal

Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott is a Deals Writer at Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, bringing you the best bargains on laptops, gaming gear, smart home gadgets, and wearables. After graduating from Hunter College with a degree in Film and Media Studies, she's written for iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parle Mag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not bringing readers the best deals, she's streaming her favorite shows or attending a live concert or pro wrestling event.