The razor thin, sleek lightweight design of the MacBook Air has made it one of Apple’s best selling products.
But the newest model doesn’t come cheap and shoppers will end up forking out around 1,419.
However, the new Air does come with plenty of updated and new features like a new M1 chip which offers super fast speed, Touch ID, a new keyboard and up to 8GB of RAM.
The biggest selling point is the Retina display, which is four times the previous resolution, meaning the screen is infinitely sharper, brighter and more colourful than older versions. Perfect for anyone who does any picture or video editing or loves to stream TV and films.
It’s also worth checking what add-ons and freebies come with newer models, for instance Currys and Very are offering the latest models with a free year’s Apple TV subscription, which is normally worth 4.99 a month.
If you’re on a really tight budget online marketplace eBay also offer competitive prices for older and reconditioned models too.
Below we have listed the best prices on the latest MacBook Air models and some tips on buying a refurbished model if you’re looking to save even further.
Best MacBook Air deals
The Air first launched in the UK back in 2008 as part of Apple’s mission to offer both performance and portability.
Fast-forward a decade and the latest version, Apple’s 2020 MacBook Air M1, which launched November 2020, is better than ever.
Spec: If you’re after a performance boost, but still need that lightweight form factor, the new MacBook Air M1 might be your best bet. The new M1 chip gives Intel a serious run for its money, and battery life doesnt even suffer for it.
Plus youre getting it all for the same price as the previous model which makes this the go-to laptop for everyday work and play. This is a great option if your old machine needs upgrading or you want, as Apple puts it, a premium ‘do-it-all notebook’.
- 13.3″ Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
Buy here now from Very for 939 – save 60
Spec: The 2019 MacBook Air’s main selling points over the 2018 model is the addition of the MacBook Pro’s True Tone screen that automatically adjusts colour temperatures on the screen depending on the ambient light of the room you’re working in.
A new third-generation Butterfly keyboard is less likely to see keys sticking or becoming unresponsive too, which will alleviate some of the loss of the new Magic Keyboard on the 2020 model.
13″ Retina Display, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
Buy here now from ebay for 724.99 – save 374.01
Spec: The MacBook Air 2018 is largely obsolete nowadays, seeing as it’s three generations behind but still not quite as cheap as the 2017 version below.
However, if you’re looking at a particularly good renewed price or a clearance sale it’s worth noting that you’re picking up an older Amber Lake processor as well as flash storage rather than the industry standard SSD.
That could make for a slower overall experience, but if you’re only looking for everyday browsing this machine still offers a 13.3 inch Retina Display – great for watching all your Netflix shows.
- 13.3″ Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD
Buy here now on Amazon for 899.99 – save 499.01
Spec: The 2017 Air is still a great machine, and with many newer models on the scene there are some decent discounts if you know where to look.
While the screen is superior on the newer model, it’s still a stellar option offering an 8GB RAM, solid storage and responsive processor – all contained in a compact and super lightweight design.
- 13.3″, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB
Buy here now from Amazon for 543.30 – save 405.70
How to buy a refurbished Macbook Air?
Aside from Apple’s official certified refurbished outlet online, eBay is one of the most popular and reliable places to find refurbished or secondhand Macbook Airs for sale.
A refurbished smartphone, laptop or appliance is purchased every 30 seconds on eBay.co.uk, and the online marketplace has eBay have recently launched a new Certified Refurbished Hub as more shoppers ditch buying new in favour of the like-new for less trend.
All the items are in a pristine, ‘like-new’ condition and are inspected, cleaned and refurbished by either the manufacturer itself, or a manufacturer-approved seller. For added peace of mind, Certified Refurbished items also come with a 12 month guarantee and are protected by eBays Money Back Guarantee, which means consumers can shop with confidence and save money at the same time.
The online marketplace also has a dedicated refurbished tech shop for customers to browse all the latest deals.
Here are some top tips for bargain-hunters to follow if buying any refurbished goods on the site.
Seller information: Always read seller feedback and ratings before buying an item. This information should give you a good overview of what to expect from the product and service.
Grading: As most items are not new and sealed, certified refurbishers will clearly state their grading criteria and what grade they are selling. Industry grading ranges from A (pristine) to D (faulty or damaged), so make sure you check the grading to understand the cosmetic condition of the item.
Warranty: Certified sellers on eBay.co.uk will offer a 12-month warranty, meaning they have confidence in their products. Look out for items which come with warranties so if you have a problem with it, you can be reassured that youll receive a refund or replacement product within the time stated.
Accessories: Because some items may have been previously used before being restored to pristine condition, or received in damaged packaging, always look out for what kind of accessories are included in the sale. For example, when it comes to home appliances, always make sure that all accessories, such as blades for food processors and water tanks for coffee machines are included. Its also important the manual comes with the product, too.
Search terms: The best place to head to on eBay.co.uk is the refurbished tech hub, however if you have a specific item that youre after, you can try various search terms, such as refurbished, reconditioned, remanufactured, refreshed, recycled, repaired, recertified and like new.