Last year’s MacBook Air remains our favorite MacBook and is the best laptop you can buy, with a super-fast M1 processor that runs circles around most competitors. And if you’re interested in buying one, this beloved laptop just dropped to its lowest price ever on Black Friday.
Amazon currently has the M1 MacBook Air starting at just $849 for the 256GB model, a pretty decent discount from the $999 retail price. If you want more storage, you can also get the 512GB option for $150 at just $1,099.
Best MacBook overall
The latest MacBook Air is the MacBook we’d recommend to most people for its exceptional performance, and it’s an especially great value at this price.
When you think about what you get for the money, this is as good a Black Friday laptop deal as you’ll find. One of the most powerful laptops we tested, the M1 MacBook Air is capable of juggling multiple applications simultaneously and exporting complex 4K video files in seconds. It also boasts excellent battery life, lasting an exceptional 14 hours of continuous video playback during stress testing.
The MacBook Air’s performance and battery scores outperform similarly priced competitors like the Surface Laptop 4 and Dell XPS 13, and it carries the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 released last year. And because this is the MacBook Air, you’re getting the sleekest, most travel-friendly and most beautiful looking MacBook (it’s the only one that comes in gold, after all).
It’s worth noting that Apple recently released new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which have better screens, webcams, speakers, and even M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. But these laptops start at $1,999 and $2,499, respectively, and are aimed largely at people who need enough muscle for things like heavy-duty programming and 3D rendering.
For someone who just wants to get work done without worrying about their laptop slowing down, the M1 MacBook Air delivers a ridiculous amount of power — and better battery life — for a fraction of the price of the latest MacBook Pro. It’s rare to find a current Mac at such a low price, so don’t miss out.