As good as the MacBook Air M2 is, it comes at a premium we didn’t expect. Apple decided to keep the MacBook Air M1 at $999, and the M2 model starts at $1,119. But for now, that premium has almost evaporated with this Black Friday deal.
Right now, the 13.6-inch MacBook Air M2 (256GB) is on sale for $1,049 at Best Buy. (Opens in a 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.
in MacBook Air M2 reviewIn fact, we said it “offers top-notch performance, more than 14 hours of battery life and a bright, colorful display, all in a delightfully portable design.”
Yes, there is a notch in the screen and you only get support for one external monitor, but other than that, this is one of the best laptops you can buy. I love the portability of this device, yet it has the ability to effortlessly multitask, edit photos, and more.
The screen is also great. It averaged 489 nits of brightness in our lab tests and peaked at 495 nits with HDR content. That’s slightly better than the MacBook Pro M2 turned in (474/490 nits) in the same tests and it’s brighter than the Dell XPS 13 OLED’s average of 357 nits.
On our Handbrake video editing test, which involves transcoding a 4K video, the new MacBook Air M2 took 7 minutes and 52 seconds to complete the task. The previous Air M1 needed 9:15, so this is a huge improvement.
The addition of MagSafe charging is a plus, as you can now use the two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports for peripherals.
If you’re looking for other deals from Apple, the AirPods Pro 2 are currently $50 off (Opens in a new tab). And be sure to check out our Live Black Friday Deals blog to find out about all the big upcoming discounts on laptops, TVs, headphones, and more.