Save $100 on the best iPad for students

iPad Air M1
(Image credit: Apple)

Our favorite tablet for students has just had $100 knocked off of the price again.

We've tested a lot of tablets for students, which means if we recommend one above the others, it's well worth a look.

The iPad Air with M1 chip is one such tablet, and we said as much in our iPad Air M1 review. It's been a while since it launched in March of 2022, but it remains an excellent pound-for-pound tablet.

Better yet, Amazon has dropped the price again to just $499.99 for the 64GB version - $100 off of the MSRP.

iPad Air M1 (64GB)
Was: $599

iPad Air M1 (64GB)
Was: $599
$499.99 at Amazon
The best tablet for students is now even more affordable.

Key features: Apple M1 processor, 10.9-inch display, Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) compatible

Product launched: March 2022

Price history: We've seen this deal before, but the tablet is so easy to recommend we always feel it's worth pointing out. 

Price comparison: Amazon: $499.99 | Walmart: $559 | Best Buy: $499.99

Reviews consensus: We could see an iPad Air with M2 announced at Apple's event later this month, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a phenomenal tablet for creative projects, productivity, or media consumption. We'd have liked more base storage than 64GB, but the power and energy efficiency alone make this an iPad you could replace a laptop with (although the Apple keyboard is pretty pricey).

LIve Science: ★★★★½ TechRadar: ★★★★ | Toms Guide: ★★★★½ | T3: ★★★★★

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Buy it if: You want a tablet that offers all the latest iPadOS features, including revamped Stage Manager this year. You want a tablet with optional keyboard functionality but don't want to pay for the iPad Pro.

Don't buy it if: You want the best iPad around - the iPad Pro M2 remains top of the tree, albeit at a much higher price point. You want to wait for the inevitable M2 version.

Lloyd Coombes

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,, 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 He also covers board games and virtual reality, just to round out the nerdy pursuits.