Black Friday week is upon us, and this $150 saving on the latest MacBook Air is the first amazing deal for students looking for a college laptop (or anyone really, MacBooks are universally great).
There’s never been a better time to upgrade to one the best laptops for students, with Best Buy cutting prices across its range of portable computers.
One of the best deals we’ve found is for the MacBook Air M2, which only saw a significant hardware revision in the last few months but you can save $150 off the 256GB MacBook Air M2 at Best Buy – bringing the powerful machine down to $1049. If you need more storage, the 512GB version is $200 off, down to $1299 from the usual price of $1499.
This deal went live late last week and it's still going strong - we doubt you'll find the M2 Air cheaper than this even on Black Friday itself, so if you're considering picking one up, we wouldn't hang around.
This deal offers the MacBook Air with 8GB of unified memory, which means it can be used throughout the system wherever it’s needed, as well as 256GB of superfast SSD storage. It’s not the largest amount, though, so you may want to consider the 512GB option. Thankfully, there’s a $200 saving to be had on that model, too.
The M2 system on a chip incorporates the GPU, CPU, and more, making it faster than transferring data between components. It’s fanless, so runs silently, and offers 15 times the performance of the last Intel-based MacBook Air.
The display is great, too, with 500 nites of brightness. It’s 13.6-inches in size, while the laptop itself still remains impressively portable, weighing just 2.7 pounds. All of this combines to make this one of the best MacBooks for students.
The M2 chip in the MacBook Air is also impressively power efficient, meaning it can last up to 18 hours without needing a charge, and when you do need to plug it in you can use the braided, color-matched charger that connects magnetically. There are also a pair of USB-C ports for connecting accessories, as well as a headphone jack.
The deal also includes three months of Apple TV, ideal for catching up on the company’s award-winning content, as well as four months of Apple Music. It even includes three months of iCloud+, Apple’s premium cloud storage option.
User reviews are overwhelmingly positive, with an average customer review score of 4.9 stars out of 5 on Best Buy’s reviews section. Reviewers have noted the speed of the M2 chip, as well as its power efficiency. The portability and quality of the display are also praised.
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Lloyd Coombes freelance tech and fitness writer for Live Science. He's an expert in all things Apple as well as in computer and gaming tech, with previous works published on TopTenReviews, Space.com, Dexerto and TechRadar. You'll find him regularly testing the latest MacBook or iPhone, but he spends most of his time writing about video games as Editor in Chief at GGRecon.com. He also covers board games and virtual reality, just to round out the nerdy pursuits.