Apple's M2-powered MacBook Air is $200 off – The Verge

Update January 10th, 11:30AM ET: Our lead deal on the OnePlus Buds Pro has sold out, so we’ve swapped them for a deal on Apple’s new M2-powered MacBook Air.

Torn between buying Apple’s new M2-powered MacBook Air and the last-gen Air because the latter is cheaper? Well, the good news is that you can currently buy Apple’s new laptop — which is our favorite laptop for most people — with 8GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for $999 ($200 off) at Best Buy. That’s the same price Apple’s last-gen Air starts at for a laptop that’s faster and comes with a superior 1080p webcam, not to mention a lighter build.

At the same time, the M2-powered MacBook Air shares much of what we loved with its predecessor, including all-day battery life and MagSafe charging. The storage on the base M2 Air is slower than that on the last-gen model, but if that’s okay with you, the M2 Air is a great laptop to buy at this price. Read our review.

Sadly, while Apple’s MacBook Air is nice, the 13.6-inch screen isn’t particularly spacious. If you’re looking for a laptop with a large screen that won’t weigh you down when you want to go somewhere, LG’s latest Gram 17 might be more up your alley. It weighs less than three pounds and is currently on sale for $1,196.99 ($604 off) at Amazon. That’s an all-time low on the 2022 laptop, which comes with 16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage, and a speedy 12th Gen Intel Core i7-1260P processor.

Thanks to its spacious high-resolution 17-inch display, this laptop is our favorite for fans of big screens. It offers more than 12 hours of battery life along with a terrific keyboard and an expansive port selection that includes everything you might need. It’s a great laptop that may make work a little easier as long as you’re not looking to play demanding games or fire up anything that requires a lot of graphics power. Read our review.

If you’re looking to upgrade your streaming device or pick up a secondary option for another screen in your home, multiple retailers are discounting Amazon’s latest Fire TV Cube. Typically $139.99, it’s currently on sale at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy for $124.99 — a small discount but the first we’ve seen on the Fire TV / Echo speaker hybrid gadget.

In terms of capabilities, the 2022 Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s fastest, most capable 4K streaming device. It offers support for all the popular HDR formats (HDR10 Plus, Dolby Vision, etc.) in addition to hands-free voice controls that allow you to use it to control your TV or smart home. The new Fire TV Cube also features terrific live TV integration that pairs well with the voice assistant, so you can tell Alexa to “go to ESPN on Sling TV” without lifting the remote. So long as you have the patience to endure its large amount of ads, it’s a nice streaming box that stands out in more ways than one. Read our review.

If you want a more basic streaming device, you can buy the Fire TV Stick 4K Max at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy for $39.99 ($15 off), which is just $5 shy of its best price yet. The Max is one of our favorite streaming devices, one that offers excellent performance with support for Wi-Fi 6 and a terrific selection of streaming apps. While it doesn’t function as a smart speaker and its voice controls aren’t as advanced as the Fire TV Cube’s, it still integrates well with Alexa and makes for a great 4K streamer. Read our review.


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