The M1 MacBook Prime Day impostor deal is still at large, don't get caught!

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Amazon is still selling the M1 MacBook Air from Apple for $869, a deal that nobody should be buying if they want the best price on this Mac. 

We love the M1 MacBook Air at Prime Day thanks to its light weight and potent M1 chip, but over the last six months, this MacBook has spent more time at its deal price of $799 than it has at its usual price of $999. $869 (or $899 if you want a different color) is still technically a deal, but it's not one you should be taking any notice of right now. 

In my expert opinion, no one should be paying $869 for this laptop, especially given that Amazon Prime Day, which kicks off on July 11, is likely to see an even better price than the usual $799 sale target. If you're looking to splash your cash on a MacBook right now, there's a much better deal on the M2 MacBook Air that will only cost you slightly more, otherwise, you should wait. 

Don't get caught out

 MacBook Air M1 |$999$869 at Amazon

 MacBook Air M1 | $999 $869 at Amazon

Selling this for $869 is basically criminal, given it was $799 just a couple of days ago, and is likely to fall to an even better price next week. 

Price check: Apple $999 | B&H Photo $869 | Best Buy $999

If you're happy to spend a bit more on a MacBook Air than the current price of the M1, or you don't want to tie yourself to a three-year-old model, then I'd recommend the excellent M2 MacBook Air, currently available in Midnight from B&H Photo for just $979. 

In our 13-inch MacBook Air review we lauded its fantastic new design and the power and efficiency of the M2 chip. This laptop also comes with MagSafe and some other improvements over the M1. So, if you don't mind pushing the boat out, go for this model. 

If you're heart-set on an M1 MacBook Air, stay tuned to our best Prime Day MacBook deals page, and we'll be sure to let you know when the price comes back down. 

MacBook Air M2 Midnight |$1099$979 at B&H Photo

MacBook Air M2 Midnight | $1099 $979 at B&H Photo

This is the best price we've ever seen on the awesome M2 MacBook Air, down to just $979 in the midnight color. If you want space gray, silver, or starlight, it's only $20 more at the great price of $999, matching Amazon. 

Stephen Warwick
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