The MacBook Air is a svelte yet capable laptop that’s truly the total package. In fact, just last week it was named the best laptop of 2020 by CNN Underscored after extensive testing. Better yet? Amazon is taking $50 off the 256GB configuration and $100 off the 512GB configuration. The end result: You end up paying either $949.99 or $1,199 for a well-rounded machine.
- Apple MacBook Air, 512GB ($1,199.99, originally $1,299; amazon.com)
- Apple MacBook Air, 256GB ($949.99, originally $999; amazon.com)
Both MacBook Air models are worthwhile investments, but the price difference isn’t only due to a difference in storage. Indeed, there are a lot of similarities between the two; they both have Apple’s new Magic Keyboard that’s a joy to type on, a 13.3-inch Retina display, 8GB of memory (RAM), a Touch ID fingerprint reader built into the home button and two USB-C ports.
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However, the cheaper option has a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) for storage and is powered by a 10th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, while the slightly more expensive one includes double the storage at 512GB and a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor.
Having double the space to store important documents, files and photos is always a welcome addition, especially since you can’t upgrade the storage in the MacBook Air on your own. And the faster processor isn’t likely to blow you away when compared to the i3 version, but it does give you more speed and will keep up with daily work tasks and light photo or video editing without any issues.
In our test, the MacBook Air’s battery life was well over 10 hours of constant video playback, which should be more than enough for you to get through a full day of school or work and still have some power left over at the end of the day.
Between the Magic Keyboard, the computer’s lightweight design and its overall performance, the MacBook Air earned top honors at its regular price. So whenever it’s discounted, as we see on Amazon right now, it’s even more attractive. At the time of writing, all three color options of gold, Space Gray and silver are available in both configurations, so shop soon before they start selling out.
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