The Space Gray, Silver and Gold models are included in this promotion, so you can choose which one you prefer (unlike other deals we’ve seen where only one color option gets the discount). However, only the base models are on sale, so you get Apple’s M1 chipset, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage no matter which color you choose.
From the few M1-powered computers Apple announced earlier this month, we were able to get our hands on the MacBook Air. Engadget’s Devindra Hardawar gave it a score of 94 and was impressed with its fast performance and new fanless design. Most of the changes are under the hood in this laptop – the exterior hasn’t changed much. You still get a 2.8-pound metal unibody, 13.3-inch Retina display, solid trackpad, and comfortable keyboard.
But you will notice the differences Apple made when using the new MacBook Air. It’s much quieter than the previous version, and the M1’s octa-core CPU and octa-core GPU run apps quite smoothly. If you’re stuck in Apple’s ecosystem even down to the app level, you’ll find pages in Safari load almost instantly. Our benchmarks also showed that the new Air outperforms any other PC we’ve tested this year when it comes to single-core performance. In our multi-core testing, it was only surpassed by some of the fastest chips from Intel and AMD.
While the decision to upgrade depends on many factors, it’s hard to argue with $ 100 off a MacBook Air that’s only a few weeks old at this point. And since you’re getting the latest and greatest chipset from Apple, if you’re currently working on an outdated Air, this is an even better chance and would benefit from the performance boost.
Get the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals by visiting our offers homepage and next @EngadgetDeals on Twitter.