MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Best Buy is offering a $100 discount on all of the newest 2014 MacBook Air models, bringing the entry-level 11-inch model down to $799.

    Best Buy is also offering a second deal for students with a valid .EDU email address that gives $150 off any Mac, and these two deals can be combined, cutting prices to the absolute lowest we've seen.

    - 11.6" MacBook Air, 4GB, 128GB SSD: $899 -> $799 -> $649
    - 11.6" MacBook Air, 4GB, 256GB SSD: $1099 -> $999 -> $849
    - 13.3" MacBook Air, 4GB, 128GB SSD: $999 -> $899 -> $749
    - 13.3" MacBook Air, 4GB, 256GB SSD: $1199 -> $1099 -> $949

    Apple's MacBook Air was last updated in April, and is considered safe to buy in our Buyer's Guide. This is a significant discount on recently released MacBook Air computers, and one of the best deals we've seen. The combined deal will last until June 21, 2014, while the $150 off deal for students lasts until July 12, 2014.

    Best Buy is also offering students $50 off the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini.

    MacRumors is an affiliate partner of Best Buy.

    Article Link: MacBook Airs as Low as $649 With Best Buy EDU Deals
  2. PJL500 macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2011
    4 gb ram?

    RAM is not upgradable on these machines. A buyer will be stuck with 4 GB. There is speculation that Yosemite may not perform well on only 4 GB.
  3. Yvan256 macrumors 601

    Jul 5, 2004
    Okay, at that price, I'd probably buy a MacBook Air instead of a Mac mini. But it has to have at least 8GB of RAM.

    I wish Apple would stop being so greedy with the RAM in their computers, especially since it can't be upgraded in a lot of them.
  4. lewisd25 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
  5. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    Why can't Apple just sell it this low so the rest of the world can get such great prices.
  6. justperry macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Bold: Apple stuff is normally cheaper in Hong Kong!
  7. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Doesn't do that much heavier.

    Only representation for judging anything is a pre-beta developer preview... which basically means squat for performance.
  8. cmal1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2014
    dude, no there's not? Yosemite performs excellently on a mid-2010 white macbook with 4gb...
  9. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    I do find it very unfair when a product is constantly cheaper in another country by a long shot (this deal works out to £440!). I gives the impression that not everyone is equal and Apple feel that the US is better that everyone else.
  10. Riot Nrrrd macrumors regular

    Riot Nrrrd

    Feb 23, 2011
    Lost Androideles
    4 GB? :eek: No deal. Even 8 GB is too small these days!
  11. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
  12. TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    Since we bailed everyone else out during WWII, we are!

  13. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Awesome price! Even with a potential for new ones to be anounced, parents that were planning to get a laptop for their kids for next semester should look at this hard.

    For those outside the US, now is a perfect time to come and visit on Holiday :)
  14. P4ulypops, Jun 16, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014

    P4ulypops macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2014
    Web Developer
    Just out of interest

    I'm a UK apple fan, and I would so take up this deal if we had it in the UK.

    But what I would is to read this as "We need to shift stock / reduce price, because our shelves are soon going to have a Retina MBA."

    I know they only just released the latest model, but it seems inevitable that a MBA-R is going to happen at somepoint. I guess the only issue is that they need to equal the battery life and performance, in such a tiny space, but they managed to do that on all their other Retina lines. Maybe when Intel's new processors come out, it'll happen.

    But out of interest, would there be any disadavantage to buying a foragain machine?
  15. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    There is MORE than "speculation" that I run a business with heavy Photoshop and 3D use on just 2GB (until this week, anyway). I hit the SSD more often than I would with 4 or 8, but the SSD is fast and the machine never feels slow, and never gets in the way of my work. I check the memory meter in Activity Monitor often (I actually put it in the dock icon for a few weeks) and even with my usual half-dozen apps running (Safari, Photoshop, Mail and various utils) I usually see a little Free memory.

    More would be better! I won't deny it. Some apps could take more, especially if I were doing professional print or video work (I'm doing web work). So I got 16GB this time (tower).

    But 4GB isn't enough? True for certain uses by certain people, but it's not a blanket statement you can make. 4GB is MORE than enough for many people. It's room to spare for the future, in fact.

    Don't fall into the trap of looking at spec numbers and repeating old pre-SSD assumptions--look instead at what the machine does for people. In my case, 2GB pays me a salary and plays games, and I got more RAM on my new Mac "on principle" rather than for dire need. (Upgraded it from 12 to 16.)
  16. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    It runs on machines with 2 gigs of RAM, so pretty sure 4 is fine.
  17. mgipe macrumors demi-god


    Oct 6, 2009
    Don't forget to subtract your VAT and import duties before comparing to US pre-tax prices. Apple doesn't receive any of your local taxes.
  18. Redbeard25 macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2003
  19. captain cadet macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2012
    Some of the keyboard keys are slightly different, wrong power pack and no warranty.
  20. rmatthewware macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2009
    Nope, many factors affect pricing in other countries.

    Economies of scale (larger customer base in US vs UK).
    Shipping costs.
    Sales tax (in the US, sales tax isn't figured into the advertised price).
    Currency conversion (Dollar vs pound vs euro, etc., varies daily, but Apple's price does not. So Apple has to charge a price that considers the fact that the value of the local currency will vary day by day, along with profit).
    Local supply and demand (if you're willing to pay for it, they can charge for it).
    Cost of advertising in local country.
    Warranty requirements (consumer laws in the EU require warranty rights not required in the US, making European products more expensive).
    Labor laws (for example, Apple employees in Australia negotiated a 16% base pay increase; that increase may affect local product price).
    Local competition (less competition means higher prices, as long as demand remains high).
    Legal fees (Each country has different roadblocks when it comes to doing business there. As a foreign company, Apple has to negotiate national and local requirements in terms of establishing itself as a business. In Europe, Apple has to deal with both local and national laws, as well as the EU).
  21. OriginalMacRat macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    You forgot about the music tax. Many countries put a tax on any product that can be used to store copyrighted material like CDs, DVDs, and devices that can store music files.
  22. tim0409 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2010

    I fly over from Scotland on Wednesday :) I work for a local/authority school here in Scotland - I don't suppose I qualify for the EDU discount.....?
  23. OneMike macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
    On one hand I want to take this deal, but I can't settle with the 4GB.
  24. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2002
    F it. I went with it. I have a soon-to-be 1st grader and he has already had "computer" homework in kindergarten. He is *NOT* using my MBP. Way too expensive for wet, dirty fingers. Yeah, nope.
  25. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    I am talking about the discounts though. If they can do it, then why can't we?


    More like you elders did. Now Americans... oh I better not start ;)

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