The best MacBook Air deals: Get the 2018 model for $850 – CNET

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Welcome to our ongoing, regularly updated collection of the best MacBook Air deals available. At the moment, Best Buy is offering significant discounts on a range of models -- including $250 off a brand-new 2018 MacBook Air and $200 off the even newer 2019 model

That noted, Apple is offering some deals of its own -- to students, anyway: Buy any MacBook Air or MacBook Pro and pick up a free pair of Beats headphones. The deal is available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and homeschool teachers of all grade levels, according to Apple's website.

Still, on a dollar-for-dollar basis, Best Buy's deals win out. We expect its killer discounts to remain in place through the end of September, but it's always possible that the devices could sell out before then. Note CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 

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MacBook Air discounts, compared

Model List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
MacBook Air 2018 (128GB SSD) $1,100 $850 $850
MacBook Air 2019 (128GB SSD) $1,100 $900 $900
MacBook Air 2018 (256GB SSD) $1,300 $1,050 $1,050
MacBook Air 2019 (256GB SSD) $1,300 $1,100 $1,100
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This is a monster discount on the 2018 version of the MacBook Air. The model on sale is nearly identical to the brand-new one that debuted in July -- except that it doesn't have Apple's True Tone display technology. And the markdown is substantial: For $850, you get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory and a 128GB SSD that's faster than the one in the newer model

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This is a $200 discount on the brand-new MacBook Air -- the one with the Retina True Tone display -- that Apple released in July. This matches the lowest price we've seen. 

Best Buy's price on the step-up version of the 2018 MacBook Air, with 256GB of storage, is now back at its all-time low of $1,050. 

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Best Buy is also running a $200 discount on the step-up version of the newest 2019 model, with the 256GB SSD.

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Originally published earlier this month. Updated to reflect new sale prices.

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