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Apple’s M2-powered MacBook Airs are up to $250 off

Apple’s M2-powered MacBook Airs are up to $250 off

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Plus, deals on Eufy’s Security SmartTrack Card, the Kobo Libra 2, and the third-gen AirPods.

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Best Laptop 2023: A Starlight MacBook Air 15-inch open on a gray couch.
The 15-inch M2-powered MacBook Air delivers more screen real estate than its smaller counterpart, along with two more speakers.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

The new M3-powered MacBook Pros are powerhouses: but if you just need a good all-around laptop for everyday computing needs, they might be overkill. It’s a better idea to save the money and opt for one of Apple’s entry-level models instead, especially as both are currently on sale. Right now, the 15-inch, M2-powered MacBook Air has returned to its best price of $1,049 ($250 off) at Amazon and Best Buy, while the 13-inch M2-equipped MacBook Air is $899 ($200 off) at Best Buy. Both are base models with 256GB SSD and 8GB of RAM.

The 15-inch MacBook Air boasts a larger and sharper 15.3-inch screen as well as a far better speaker array than the smaller model. Otherwise, though, both laptops are similar, with the same fantastic battery life, a pair of Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C ports, and support for MagSafe charging. Both also boast more than enough processing power to get you through a day of work and Netflix binging sessions, making each laptop a terrific jack of all trades.

Read our reviews of the 15-inch M2-powered MacBook Air and the 13-inch M2-powered MacBook Air.
A 15-inch MacBook Air open on a gray couch.
$999

Apple’s largest MacBook Air sports a 15-inch display, a six-speaker array, and an M2 chip. The base model starts with 8GB of RAM and 256B of storage, though you can configure it with up to 24GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.

An image of the M2 MacBook Air.
$949

The MacBook Air is a thin, lightweight computer that’s powerful enough for most people. The M2 model has a 1080p webcam and a better display than its predecessor, while retaining features like long battery life and MagSafe charging. Read our review.

Bluetooth location trackers make for good gifts if you’re on a budget, and right now Eufy’s Security SmartTrack Card is on sale for $19.99 ($10 off) at Amazon when you apply the on-page coupon. You can also buy it from the Eufy storefront when you use promo code WS24T87B2011, which is the best price we’ve seen since Black Friday when it was slightly cheaper at $16.99.

If you’re looking for a slim AirTag alternative, Eufy’s credit-card-sized SmartTrack Card is one of our favorites. It integrates well with Apple’s Find My network while being thin enough that you can easily slip it into your wallet. Plus, unlike the AirTag, the tracker comes with a small clip included, so you can attach it to laptop cases and other items without paying extra for, say, a holder like an AirTag Loop. Just bear in mind the tracker is not compatible with Android, so make sure your giftee is an iPhone owner before buying it.

Eufy SmartTrack Card on top of a colorful notebook
$20

The Eufy Security SmartTrack Card works with Apple’s Find My network, comes with a clip, lets you know when you’ve left it behind, and can ring your phone even if it’s in silent mode.

The third-gen AirPods with a MagSafe-compatible charging case and a Lightning port are on sale at Costco for $139.99 ($40 off) — or $146.99 if you’re not a Costco member — through the end of today. If you don’t care for wireless charging, you can also buy the earbuds with the Lightning-only charging case for $139.99 ($30 off) from Best Buy and Target

Compared to their predecessor, the latest entry-level pair of AirPods are more workout-friendly with IPX4 sweat and water resistance. They still don’t offer noise cancellation or swappable ear tips for a customizable fit like the AirPods Pro, but they do feature similarly shorter stems. They also last longer than the last-gen AirPods while delivering better sound and improved voice quality.

Read our review.
A photo showing the third-gen AirPods
$140

Similar in appearance to their sleeker sibling, the AirPods Pro, the latest entry-level AirPods boast a new charging case and shorter stems. They’re also water resistant, unlike the 2019 model, and sport better battery life.

Some more ways to save

  • If getting back into shape is one of your New Year’s resolutions, right now you can buy Just Dance 2024 (for Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S / X, and PlayStation 5) for just $19.99 ($40 off) at Best Buy. The fun fitness game allows you to dance off the pounds to over 40 songs ranging from Flowers by Miley Cyrus to older hits like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston.
  • The Kobo Libra 2 ($169.99) and the Kobo Clara 2E ($119.99) are $20 off — which is a rare discount — when you buy either e-reader directly from Rakuten Kobo. Both are great waterproof Kindle alternatives I featured in our guide to the best e-readers, though only the Libra 2 boasts physical page-turning buttons. It’s also the faster device.
  • A seven-piece kit of the hexagon-shaped Nanoleaf Elements panels is on sale for $179.99 ($70 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. These colorful smart lights still look like a nice piece of home decor when turned off thanks to their wooden look, and they can be arranged in various patterns.