The best MacBook Air M1 prices in May 2023

The 2021 model MacBook Air M1 sits on an orange background.
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This page is dedicated to finding the best MacBook Air M1 prices around for one reason. We love the MacBook Air (M1, 2020). In fact, this writer owns one, having used various MacBook Pros in the past, and for my money, it's the best laptop I've ever used. But why, and what exactly is a great MacBook Air M1 price in 2022?

To answer the first question, it is simply the best MacBook Air to date – as we explain in our five star MacBook Air (M1, 2020) review. 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 all in a portable 13-inch body. I always thought I'd miss the bigger 15-inch Pro display, but for my work, which includes photo editing, a whole lot of streaming and a little bit of video editing – all on the move – the MacBook Air M1 is ideal.

To answer the second question, right now a good MacBook Air M1 price would be around $899/£875, although we've seen the MacBook Air M1 price go down to as low as $799/£770. For context, the retail price of the MacBook Air M1 was $999/£949. And what with Black Friday heading our way this month, we think a record low MacBook Air M1 price might be hit. 

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 M1 prices

MacBook Air deals: MacBook Air M1

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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, so 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 M1 deals: Where to find the best deals?

It's worth considering Apple's official refurb store, 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
Deals Editor

Beren has worked on creative tech magazines and websites at Future Publishing for 13 years. He started this journey as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, and in 2012 found himself bridging the magazine/website divide as Commissioning Editor on the newly launched Creative Bloq. Since then he took the editor role on ImagineFX, was Launch Editor of the fine art magazine Paint & Draw, moved to Canon Pro Europe website as Deputy Editor, and then edited the graphic design magazine Computer Arts. In 2020 he moved back to Creative Bloq, the biggest global art and design website, and as Deals Editor has applied his expertise in creative tech to help digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need and love. Outside of work, Beren likes nothing better than to climb himself a bit of rock.