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Full price: $1,199 Price: $1,099 + $150 gift card | Apple
While it would normally set you back $1,199 (and still does on the ), the base model MacBook Air M2 is marked down to $1,099. This model features an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage, though you can also customize it to your liking. An upgraded configuration is also listed at $100 less than the normal asking price and comes with an 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
No matter which model you choose, you’ll also get a $150 Apple gift card as an added bonus, delivered by email once the product ships or is ready for pickup. AppleCare+, which offers accidental damage protection, including repairs, as well as around-the-clock customer support, is discounted 20% if you opt for the three-year plan. Instead of paying $229.00 for insurance — which you should absolutely get for a laptop at this price — you’ll be charged $183.00.
The MacBook Air M2 has been praised by reviewers for its design changes and quality of life improvements, such as a thinner chassis, smaller bezels, brighter display, and higher resolution webcam, among other, more minor upgrades. Another perk is the addition of the MagSafe charging port found on the MacBook Pro before it. In addition to making it easier to connect and remove your charging cable, it frees up a USB-C port so you can use two accessories at the same time. Thankfully, it has traditional function keys in lieu of a Touch Bar, unlike the MacBook Pro.
The M2 processor itself, Apple says, boasts 18% faster multi-core and 35% faster graphics performance. That’s not a huge increase over the M1, but Apple seemed less interested this time around in huge performance gains and more in updating the design language to keep with the times. The battery life is about the same, but for the MacBook Air M2, Apple is offering 35W and 67W USB-C power adapters. While the 35W charger doesn’t make much of a difference, the 67W brick can reportedly charge the MacBook Air M2 to 50% in 30 minutes.
Although it costs at least $200 more than the previous-generation MacBook Air M1, the MacBook Air M2 is a better laptop in just about every way. Nonetheless, the at the Apple Edu site, with the same $150 gift card and 20%-off AppleCare+ three-year discounts if you’d rather save the cash or you’re on a tight budget; you are buying it from the education store after all, so you must be a college student (just kidding, I bought one using my Gmail address as a test and the order went through fine).
Our review is still forthcoming, but watch this space for our full-length rundown of the MacBook Air (2022, M2) that’s currently in progress.