MacBook Air M2 drops to lowest price ever in Black Friday deal

MacBook Air M2 with a Tom's Guide deal tag
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As good as the MacBook Air M2 is, it comes with a premium we didn't expect. Apple decided to keep the MacBook Air M1 around for $999 and the M2 model starts at $1,119. But right now that premium has nearly evaporated with this Black Friday deal. 

Right now, the 13.6" MacBook Air M2 (256GB) is on sale for $1,049 at Amazon (opens in new tab). That’s a savings of $150 compared to the laptop's full retail price of $1,199. This is also the lowest price ever for the MacBook Air M2 and is one of the best Apple Black Friday deals available. 

MacBook Air M2: was $1,199 now $1,049 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

MacBook Air M2: was $1,199 now $1,049 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The MacBook Air M2 is one of the best laptops you can buy right now. You get a new M2 chip that enables delivers blazing performance, a brighter and bigger 13.6-inch display and over 14 hours of battery life. And it's all wrapped up in a sleek design that's 20% smaller than the last Air. Best Buy has the same low price (opens in new tab)

In my 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 you can buy. I 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 is 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 new MacBook Air M2 took 7 minutes and 52 seconds to complete the task. The previous 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, the AirPods Pro 2 are currently $50 off (opens in new tab). And be sure to check out our Black Friday deals live blog for all the big discounts coming in on laptops, TVs, headphones and more. 

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for over 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends, including Cheddar, Fox Business and other outlets. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.