January is proving to be an epic month for MacBook deals. While many models are on sale this week, our favorite deal is on the Editor's Choice MacBook Air M2.
For a limited time, you can get the MacBook Air M2 on sale for $999 at Best Buy. That's $200 off and the lowest price we've ever seen for this Mac, which we named one of the best laptops of all time. (It's tied with a price low we briefly saw on Black Friday). However, we recommend you grab this deal while you can because Best Buy is the only retailer offering this price and we don't know when the deal will end.
MacBook Air (M2/256GB): was $1,199 now $999 @ Best Buy
The MacBook Air M2 boasts a load of new features. It includes a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display (2560 x 1664), Apple's new M2 w/ 8-core GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1080p FaceTime camera, four-speaker system with Spatial Audio, and MagSafe charging. In our MacBook Air M2 review, we called the Editor's Choice laptop an unbeatable combo of performance, design, and battery life. It's now at its lowest price ever. Amazon has the 512GB model on sale for $1,299 ($200 off).
In our MacBook Air M2 review, we said it "delivers top-notch performance, over 14 hours of battery life, and a bright and colorful display all in a delightfully portable design."
Yes, there's a notch in the display and you get support for only a single external monitor, but otherwise this is one of the best laptops on the market. We love the portability of this machine and yet it has the power to multitask, edit photos, and lots more without breaking a sweat.
The screen is great, too. It averaged 489 nits of brightness in our lab tests and peaked at 495 nits with HDR content. That's slightly better than what the MacBook Pro M2 turned in (474/490 nits) in the same tests and it's also brighter than the Dell XPS 13 OLED's 357-nit average.
On our Handbrake video editing test, which involves transcoding a 4K video clip, the MacBook Air M2 took just 7 minutes and 52 seconds to complete the task. The previous MacBook Air M1 needed 9:15, so that's quite an improvement.
The addition of MagSafe charging is another plus, as you can now use the two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports for peripherals.
If you're on the hunt for other Apple deals, make sure to check out our guide to the best Apple deals this week.
In Apple's current laptop range, the M2 MacBook Air has two Thunderbolt 3 (TB3) ports.