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The best MacBook Air deals in July 2022

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The best MacBook Air deals can be tricky to find, but are obvious when you do. That's because as one of Apple's most popular laptops, a good MacBook Air deal is anything below its retail price. The fact that Apple products do a good job of retaining their value means any discount on the MacBook Air is well worth a look. 

But you don't have to go searching for the best MacBook Air deals - we've done all that. On this page, we pull in all the most recent, decent MacBook Air deals from across the globe. We've focussed mainly on the newest M1-chipped MacBook Air deals here, as the previous models don't actually receive great deals (see previous note of Apple products retaining value!) 

But more importantly, it's the best MacBook Air to date, hands down (see our MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review for more details). Released in 2020, it quickly cemented its status as a serious laptop for intense creative work as it featured Apple's own M1 chip. This fast, powerful processor gives the laptop performance capabilities to rival those of a MacBook Pro, and in a lighter body. 

Just to give you context, we've also included previous models (you never know - there might be a flash MacBook Air deal on one of those models). But again, we really advise you focus on the 2020, M1 MacBook Air. With a rumoured new MacBook Air for 2022, it might be enjoying great discounts soon! 

Once you've picked the best MacBook Air deal for you, have a browse through our guide to the best MacBook Air cases. Want to go pro? Check out our guide to the best MacBook Pro deals too. 

The best MacBook Air deals today!

MacBook Air deals (M1, 2020)

MacBook Air deals: MacBook Air M1

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01. MacBook Air deals (M1, 2020)

Probably the best 13-inch MacBook of any kind.

Processor: Apple M1 | Memory: 8GB - 16GB | Storage: 256GB - 2TB SSD | Battery life: Up to 18 hours | Connectivity: Two Thunderbolt ports

Impressive performance
Fantastic battery life
Great price
Lacking in ports

The MacBook Air M1 (2020) may be one of the best laptops ever made, any creative with the budget to accommodate it should at least consider it when buying a new laptop. You can read our full MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review if you want to get into the nitty-gritty, but here's a quick overview of the basics. 

The MacBook Air M1 is very nearly as powerful as the equivalent MacBook Pro M1, and comes at a much more reasonable price. You can get versions of the Air with a 7-core or 8-core GPU, the latter having an edge in terms of processing power. One of the main differences from the Pro is that the Air also does not have a Touch Bar, which for some users is a deal-breaker, though many others aren't as fussed.

There's not much else in it. The MacBook Air M1 still boasts a 16-core Neural Engine, a couple of Thunderbolt ports, a high-resolution screen with the P3 colour gamut, and more besides. There are also plenty of updated versions of apps and programs that are designed to take advantage of the M1 chip architecture, meaning you can be sure you're getting the best performance out of your machine. 

The Air is lighter than the Pro, making it better suited to creating on the go or using as a travel laptop. The battery life is pretty good, rated to go for around two working days without needing a charge, though this will depend of course on exactly how you use it. In sheer value terms, this is one of the best Apple laptops you can buy.

Lighter than the M1 Pro but almost as capable at coping with tough design tasks, it also has a battery that'll keep going for two days of work without needing a recharge. Basically, in terms of bang for your buck, this is by far the best Apple laptop of any stripe available right now.

MacBook Air deals: all the older models

The truth is, we don't think it's worth looking too hard for MacBook Air deals on models older than 2020. That's because, for the tech you're getting at the still-high price you'll be paying, you might as well go for a MacBook Air deal on the more recent model. 

In fact, Apple prices its most recent models in comparison to the older models for a reason. They want people to buy the most recent models, so making them competitive to the older price (which can often stay quite high) makes getting the newer model a no-brainer. 

Of course, if there is an amazing MacBook Air deal on an older model ($100s off), then it would make sense to look into it. That's why we've listed the following MacBook Air models. But if it's not a great deal lower than the $999/£999 and $1,249/£1,249 asking price of the M1-chipped 2020 model, we don't think it's worth it. 

Cheap MacBook Air deals (2019)

Cheap MacBook Air deals 2019

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The next-newest MacBook Air arrived in mid-2019 and replaced the 2018 model, providing a small update rather than a substantial upgrade. It brought in Apple's improved third-generation butterfly keyboard, added True Tone technology to the Retina display and shaved $100 (£100) off the price. One minor downside was a slightly slower model of 256GB SSD, however this probably helped keep the price low.

Beyond that the 2019 MacBook Air is much the same as the 2018 model, with an 8th generation Core i5, 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID, a Force Touch trackpad and a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports. The entry-level model comes with 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD, making it fine for basic use, but if you're planning on using it as a portable design platform you'll probably need to pay extra for more memory and storage.

The 2019 MacBook Air comes in three colours – Space Grey, Gold and Silver, and retains the thin wedge design that Air has always been known for, giving it a very desirable look and feel. Take a look at the best prices in your territory using the widget below.

Cheap MacBook Air deals (2018)

Cheap MacBook Air deals 2018

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The MacBook Air used to have a reputation as the black sheep of the MacBook family, with a low-res screen and lacklustre performance. Then the 2018 MacBook Air turned up and suddenly it was a must-have machine once more.

With an 8th-generation Core i5 processor, 13-inch Retina display, Touch ID and a Force Touch trackpad, the 2018 MacBook Air was a force to be reckoned with, and for the first time it was an actual cheaper alternative to the MacBook Pro. It came in three colour options – Space Grey, Gold and Silver – and while its entry level spec made it just a little lightweight for proper design work, with extra memory and 256GB of storage it became a serious option for creatives.

It's worth noting that the 2019 MacBook Air update was a minor refresh, adding only a True Tone display and updated butterfly keyboard – although Apple did reduce the price by $100 (£100), which may have been because it introduced a slightly slower SSD.

It's getting on a bit now, but if you can find one on offer you'll still be pleasantly surprised by what this MacBook Air can do.

The best MacBook deals (2017)

Cheap MacBook Air deals: MacBook 12-inch 2017

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Now completely superseded by the revitalised MacBook Air range, the old-school MacBook is nevertheless well worth seeking out in its final 2017 form. Slim and lightweight (it comes in at just under a kilo), it doesn’t have any fans and runs completely silently, and can manage 10 hours or more of battery life, making it a brilliant light machine for working on the go, travel and carrying into meetings.

Designed to draw as little power as possible, with a lower performance M3 CPU in its basic configuration, the MacBook is better suited for word processing, email and web browsing than graphic design and video editing.

However it still looks the part. It has a 12-inch Retina display and the four colour options: Rose Gold, Space Grey, Gold and Silver colours that the MacBook Air is available in. One point well worth mentioning is that the entry-level model has a generous 256GB of SSD storage.

Note that Apple discontinued the 12-inch MacBook in 2019, but this has made for some really impressive third-party deals on the discontinued line, and refurbished MacBook models occasionally appear on Apple's own refurb store, so be sure to keep an eye on it if you're thinking of buying one. Bear in mind, too, that while Apple doesn't sell the 12-inch MacBook any more it continues to support it, so you can still buy one without worrying that it will soon become useless.

MacBook Air deals: The cheapest on the market?

Typically, the MacBook Air is the cheapest Apple laptop on the market, and with the release of the M1 MacBook Air it's now a serious contender in the performance stakes; if you're after an Apple laptop for design but can't quite afford a MacBook Pro, this model's almost as good for a much more reasonable price.

The 2020 MacBook Air brought in a new Magic keyboard and some welcome inner improvements. Although it was quickly overtaken by the M1 model, it's really decent and affordable option to consider for designers and artists and worth looking for at a reduced price. 

The previous 2019 and 2018 MacBook Airs had been more slow, incremental changes, although the 2019 MacBook Air also brought with it a price cut. Apple has done this again with the 2020 and M1 models, with the starting price of $999 / £999 making it even cheaper than the 2019 model – which launched at $1,099 (£1,099). And all these newer MacBook Airs also mean that you can now pick up fairly recent models for less.

MacBook Air deals: Where to find the deals?

It's worth considering Apple's official refurb store (opens in new tab), where Apple sells its older models at a discount of up to 15%. They have new batteries and screens, so you won’t see any scratches and they look as good as new, plus you get a year’s warranty. Stock availability varies, but it’s a great way to find some brilliant deals on Apple's laptops, including the 12-inch MacBook that Apple no longer lists on its front-facing store.

There's also some great savings to be had on the latest hardware as well, with some excellent recent Apple laptop deals. To make things easier, we've scoured the internet to find the best cheap MacBook Air deals and MacBook deals – so if you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop then you’re in the right place.

Our system checks the prices of every MacBook model at all major, reputable online retailers, so you can be sure that the deals you see here are the very best you’ll find.

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Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need.