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You can’t throw a rock near a Los Angeles coffee shop without interrupting a Hollywood industry type huddled over their trusted computer. Whether you’re an aspiring or established screenwriter, an on-the-go producer, or a student, a decent-looking laptop is equally important as a functional one in a town where first impressions can count.
If your current computer is a broken charger away from turning into a brick, and you’re in the market for a sleek new option that’s lightweight and long on battery life, Amazon Prime Day is a great time to replace your old setup. Among the best tech deals are savings on Apple products, including iMacs, Macbooks, and Macbook Air laptops that don’t often go on sale — but the clock is ticking to take advantage of these discounts on the last day of the e-commerce giant’s shopping event.
That’s why the 2020 Macbook Air 13.3-inch laptop with the M1 chip is our top pick for shoppers in need of a lightning-fast device. Amazon is running a limited-time promotion on the 512GB model, which is now marked down to $1,149 (regularly $1,249). You’ll get an additional $50 discount after you add the device to your cart, meaning your total before taxes is $1,099. The e-tailer is also giving $10 credit when you reload an Amazon gift card with $40 or more.
Available in Space Gray, Silver, or Rose colorways, this particular Macbook Air model is equipped with Apple’s 8-core M1 chip, 8GB memory, and a 512GB solid-state drive. All of those stellar features combine with the 2560-by-1600-resolution Retina display to produce razor-sharp images and text while easily handling photo and video editing and graphics-intensive gaming. The same quality applies to the laptop’s FaceTime HD camera, which automatically adjusts exposure and white balance so you’ll always look your best during video calls.
It’s also got a Magic Keyboard that has an ambient light sensor, backlit keys, and new preprogrammed shortcuts for maximum convenience. The Touch ID adds extra security, so only you can unlock your computer and shop conveniently online using your own fingerprint.
You’ll get up to 18 hours of battery life, and the computer has two Thunderbolt ports for plugging in external hard drives and other devices.
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