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Apple launched the M1 MacBook Air in 2020 at a starting price of $1,000. Fast forward to 2022, and there is still no competition for the device in terms of raw power. This is the laptop to buy if you are starting out college or need a laptop for office work. And you don't have to pay the whole $1000 anymore. The M1 MacBook Air is available at a discount of $200 during Amazon's October Prime Day sale.
The M1 MacBook Air is now selling for $800. The base variant gets you 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, which is enough for most people. The M1 processor is one of the most efficient out there, so if you are looking for a laptop with the best battery life, this is the way to go. It will last you an entire workday easily. The M1 MacBook Air also won CNET's Editor's Choice award for its brilliant workload management without compromising on battery life.
Our laptop specialist, Dan Ackerman, calls the MacBook Air the most universally useful laptop you can buy. The M1 version swaps out Intel CPUs with Apple's own M1 chip, but it'll be a transparent transition for most. After all, MacBook Air users are usually looking for a sleek, reasonably priced machine that just works. The system is also finally truly fanless, replacing the cooling fans with an aluminum heat spreader inside, as well as taking advantage of the highly efficient M1 chip. For a base price of $799 now, it's a great value, considering these tank-like laptops can last for years.
The Amazon Prime Day sale is in full swing and we are covering it live. You can find the best deals on the event available today in CNET's Amazon Prime Day live blog.