Had the pandemic not forced me to stay home, I probably would’ve snagged the MacBook Air M1 two years ago. It was one of the first devices to feature Apple’s M1 chipset, and benchmark tests proved that the lightweight MacBook could throw down against heavyweight, Intel-based computers – including Apple’s own MacBook Pro. For such a huge gap in performance, speed, and efficiency, it was hard to believe that Apple was selling the laptop for just $999.   Fast forward to today, the MacBook Air M1 is still a formidable pick-up, whether you’re a student on campus, a traveling businessman, or simply eyeing a reliable machine for casual browsing. Also: Best laptop deals on sale for October Prime Day At $799, the MacBook Air M1 is a no-brainer. It comes with a decent-sized 13-inch display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. All three colors fall under the $200 discount, and if you’re not a fan of the notched display on the newer MacBooks, you’ll be well off with any version of the 2020 MacBook Air.