Epic Back to school sale — MacBook Air M1 just crashed to $799

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Back to school season is one of the best times of the year to pick up a new laptop. For instance, right now Best Buy has one of the best back to school sales we've seen all month. 

Currently, Best Buy has the Editor's Choice Apple MacBook Air M1 (256GB) on sale for $899.99. Students can save an extra $100 for a final price of $799.99. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this laptop and one of the best Apple deals we've seen this year. You'll need to sign up for Best Buy's free student newsletter to get a promo code for this deal. (An edu e-mail is required). 

MacBook Air M1 deal

MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy

MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy
The new MacBook Air offers fantastic performance thanks to its new Apple Silicon. The new M1 CPU also helped it reach over 14 hours on our battery test. For a limited time, Best Buy has it on sale for $899.99. However, students can sign up for Best Buy's student newsletter to receive a promo code that drops the price further to $799.99. It features a 13.3-inch Retina display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. 

MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon

MacBook Air (M1): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
Not a student? Amazon has the 256GB MacBook Air on sale for $899, which is $100 off. Meanwhile, the 512GB model is also on sale for $1,099, which is $150 under the Apple Store's direct price. 

The new MacBook Air features a 13-inch 2,560 x 1600-pixel Retina display, 8GB of RAM, Apple's 8-core M1 CPU, and a 256GB SSD. Despite being the base configuration, this MacBook packs the same CPU as the pricier MacBook Pro M1 and offers enough horsepower for just about anything you throw its way.

In our MacBook Air M1 review, we gave this model a near-perfect score for its outstanding performance, comfortable keyboard design, high-resolution webcam, and surprisingly strong battery life. The Air scored 5,962 on the Geekbench 5.1 (Intel) multicore test, which was practically in a dead-heat with the 5,925 from the M1 MacBook Pro. It also soundly beat the 5,084 from the ZenBook 13 and the 5,319 from the XPS 13 (both tested with the Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU and 16GB of RAM), on the comparable Geekbench 5.2 test. 

Make sure to follow our best back to school laptop deals coverage for more sales. 

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor-in-chief at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets, appliances, and apparel. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. He's also always on the look out for the best coupon codes to use when shopping. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.