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Deal | Entry-level Apple MacBook Air 13 with M2 chip drops to lowest price in 120 days at Best Buy

The Apple MacBook Air with M2 comes with an FHD webcam housed inside a notch.
The Apple MacBook Air with M2 comes with an FHD webcam housed inside a notch.
The 2022 Apple MacBook Air with the M2 SoC is currently on sale for US$899, a 120-day low rate at Best Buy. The entry-level M2 MacBook Air packs an 8-core CPU and GPU, 8 GB of memory, and 256 GB of RAM. Furthermore, the display on offer is a 13.6-inch Liquid Retina IPS panel that has a notch housing a webcam.

The MacBook Air with the M2 chip is Apple’s premier entry-level MacBook. The laptop which usually goes at or above US$1000 is now on sale for only US$899 at Best Buy. According to pricing data collected by Honey, the US$899 rate is a 120-day low at Best Buy, as it is US$50 lower than the recent sales price of US$949. Additionally, the discounted price is US$200 less than the US$1,099 list price.   

The base model of the 13-inch MacBook Air M2 that is on offer comes with an Apple M2 SoC featuring an 8-core CPU/GPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of storage. The 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display features a 2560x1664 resolution, a 16:10 aspect ratio, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. Finally, the laptop packs an FHD webcam and Wi-Fi 6.

The entry-level 13-inch MacBook Air with Apple M2 is an outstanding machine with very few shortcomings. As a result, the laptop got a “very good” rating from us courtesy of an excellent 92.3% review score.

For starters, the M2 MacBook Air is extremely well-built with a chassis that is both sturdy and thin. We also noted that the pre-calibrated 13.6-inch screen covers 100% of the sRGB, 98.4% of the DCI-P3, and 87% of the AdobeRGB color gamut. Coupled with maximum and average brightness measurements of 526 and 486 nits respectively, the MacBook Air M2’s display is plenty enough for color-sensitive work and media consumption in both indoor and outdoor environments.

The M2 MacBook Air also didn’t disappoint when it comes to performance. The base M2 chip performed 17% and 6% better than the M1 chip featured inside the entry-level 2020 MacBook Air in the Cinebench R23 Multi-Core and Single-Core benchmarks respectively.

Similarly, the 8-core iGPU on the MacBook Air also gets a healthy performance bump over the M1 with our tests showing a 15% and 25% improvement over the 8-core and 7-core M1 GPU respectively.

Finally, the 2022 MacBook Air is an endurance champ, as it lasted more than 15 hours in our WiFi Websurfing test at 150 nits of brightness.

M2 MacBook Air price history. (Source: Honey)
M2 MacBook Air price history. (Source: Honey)

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slickdeals, Best Buy (linked above)

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Fawad Murtaza, 2023-08-30 (Update: 2023-08-30)