MacBook Air M1 falls to lowest-ever price – but it won’t last for long!

I've been using this MacBook Air for years and it's still a great purchase – especially with 25% off its usual price

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When it comes to the best MacBooks, the one that I still stand by isn't actually the newest or the most powerful – it's the stalwart M1 model from 2020 that's still on sale, still super-powerful, and definitely the best new MacBook deal you'll find right now. 

Following on from the Amazon Prime Day two-day sale, which took place from the 11 to 12 July this year, I spotted that there's still this bargain 25% off a brand-new M1 model, which takes it down to the lowest-ever price that it's been available (as I've verified with price-tracker site CamelCamelCamel). Brand new and in any of the three Silver, Gold or Space Gray finishes that you choose.

MacBook Air M1: $999.99, now $749.99 at Amazon

MacBook Air M1: was $999.99, now $749.99 at Amazon
This is the real deal, available from Apple's official store via Amazon, and it's brand new rather than refurbished (like many other recent deals have been). So if you're seeking a new MacBook to upgrade then I think it's a great choice as it's so much cheaper than the M2 model released in 2022. Ideal for office work, with great long battery life and a decent 256GB storage too. Bar-gain!  

What do you lose in looking at the older MacBook model? Well, the bezel is a bit chunkier, but there's no screen notch like the 2022 model, and while M1 isn't technically as powerful as M2, in a fanless MacBook Air format both are throttled to avoid overheating anyway – you'd need to pay a lot more for the MacBook Pro 16-inch to get some extra power. I prefer the silence of being fan-free though, which is fine for day-to-day work. 

On the flip side, but of course, you not only save $250 from the M1's usual price, it's a further $199 lower than the M2 model's cost anyway. So you're cutting a significant $449 in buying the M1 rather than the M2. If cash is tight and you're happy with the old design, just as I am, then that's a significant difference and why I think this is a great deal to be had. I doubt it'll last long, however, as Amazon has been pushing this deal throughout its sale.

Mike Lowe
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Mike is the Tech Editor and AV Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.