Forget the M3 MacBook Air, the M2 model is the cheapest it's ever been

The M2 MacBook Air is currently on sale.
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With new M3-chipped MacBook Airs released this year, retailers have slashed a further $150 off the already reduced price of the previous M2-chipped model. And that takes the price down to a record low: just $849 at Best Buy and others.

The M2-chipped MacBook Air started at $1,099 when it was released in mid-2022. We gave it a 4.5-star review at the time, praising the new design with a bigger, brighter screen. Apple cut the price to $999 when it released the new M3 models last month, and now you can get another $150 off, making this a $250 discount on the original price.

MacBook Air 13.6-inch (M2, 2022)
Was: $999
Now: Save:

<a href="https://shop-links.co/link?publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fmacbook-air-13-6-laptop-apple-m2-chip-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-space-gray%2F6509644.p&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MacBook Air 13.6-inch (M2, 2022)
Was:
$999
Now:
<a href="https://shop-links.co/link?publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fmacbook-air-13-6-laptop-apple-m2-chip-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-space-gray%2F6509644.p&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">$849 at Best Buy
Save: $150

Overview: This is a record-low price on what remains a fantastic lightweight but powerful laptop. The M2 MacBook Air has a more modern feel than its predecessor, and somehow it's even lighter while having  a bigger, brighter screen. The M2 chip offers a boost in power over the 2021 M1 model and battery life is excellent. 

Key features: Display: 13.6-inch (2560 x 1664) | Processor: Apple M2 Chip (8-core)| RAM: 8GB|SSD: 256GB |Weight: 1.24kg | Ports: 2x Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3 charging port. 

Release date: July 2022. 

Price history: The cheapest starting price that we had seen so far on this MacBook Air was $899 during Black Friday in November 2023. Apple's own retail price is now  $999 (down from $1,099). It's worth considering that the previous 2021 M1 MacBook Air never fell bellow $749.99 even three years after its release, so I think the current deal price will be hard to beat this year, at least until Black Friday 2024. Best of all, this record deal is available at several retailers, with Amazon and B&H Photo matching Best Buy's discount.

Current price: <a href="https://apple.sjv.io/c/221109/435031/7613?subId1=hawk-custom-tracking&sharedId=hawk&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apple.com%2Fshop%2Fbuy-mac%2Fmacbook-air%2F13-inch-m2" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Apple: $999 | <a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1710305-REG/apple_mly33ll_a_13_6_macbook_air_m2.html?BI=20811&KBID=16572&SID=hawk-custom-tracking" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">B&H Photo: $849 | <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8429&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2F2022-Apple-MacBook-Laptop-chip%2Fdp%2FB0B3CDZLTB%3Ftag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="bhphotovideo.com"" data-link-merchant="apple.com"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Amazon: $849

Review consensus: We gave this MacBook Air a 4.5-star review when we tested it, and found it had excellent performance and battery life. Our only real gripe was the price hike from the previous model, but this deal resolves that issue. Considering that the newer M3 model provides only a marginal boost in performance, we think this is the best buy for a MacBook Air today.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.