The razor thin, sleek lightweight design of the MacBook Air has made it one of Apple’s bestselling products.
The newest model will set buyers back around £1,059, new features include Touch ID like the newer iPhones, a new keyboard and it now supports up to 16GB of RAM.
However, the biggest selling point for many is the Retina display which is four times the previous resolution. As a result the screen is sharper, brighter and more colourful.
While Apple is often the first port of call for shoppers, checking prices on other top retailers like Amazon, Currys PC World and John Lewis can help you save hundreds pounds if there are deals running.
Below we have listed the best prices on the latest MacBook Air models and some tips on buying a refurbished model if you’re looking to save even further.
Best Macbook Air deals
The Air first launched in the UK back in 2008 as part of Apple’s mission to offer both performance and portability. Fast-forward a decade and the latest version which launched last year following an announcement at Apple’s 2018 event is better than ever.
2018 Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Retina Display, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
Spec: The 2018 version boasts a crisp new Retina screen and touch ID sensor (just like the iPhone) which allows you to sign in with the swipe of a fingertip and verify banking details for online purchases.
Audio quality has also been given an upgrade with double the bass of former models and speakers that are now 25 per cent louder.
2018 Apple MacBook Air 13.3″ Retina Display, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
2017 Apple MacBook Air 13.3″, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB
Spec: The 2017 Air is still a great machine, and with the newer model on the scene there are some decent discounts if you know where to look.
While the screen is superior on the newer model, it’s still a stellar option offering an 8GB RAM, solid storage and responsive processor – all contained in a compact and super lightweight design.
How to buy a refurbished Macbook Air?
Aside from Apple’s official certified refurbished outlet online, eBay is one of the most popular and reliable places to find refurbished or secondhand Macbook Airs for sale.
A refurbished smartphone, laptop or appliance is purchased every 30 seconds on eBay.co.uk, and the online marketplace has a dedicated refurbished tech shop for customers to browse all the latest deals.
Top eBay refurb seller, Ian Montgomery, Co-founder and MD of XS Items Ltd.said: “Consumers predominantly look for better value when considering purchasing refurbed tech, however environmental issues have also started to play a major role following shocking reports on waste and the damaging impact human consumption habits are doing on the environment.
“Although price is often the deciding factor for many when buying refurbed tech, it’s important to do your homework and consider product quality, warranty and accessories, to ensure you get an all-round good product.”
He shared these top tips for bargain-hunters to follow if buying any refurbished goods on the site.
Seller information: Always read seller feedback and ratings before buying an item. This information should give you a good overview of what to expect from the product and service.
Grading: As most items are not new and sealed, certified refurbishers will clearly state their grading criteria and what grade they are selling. Industry grading ranges from A (pristine) to D (faulty or damaged), so make sure you check the grading to understand the cosmetic condition of the item.
Warranty: Certified sellers on eBay.co.uk will offer a 12-month warranty, meaning they have confidence in their products. Look out for items which come with warranties so if you have a problem with it, you can be reassured that you’ll receive a refund or replacement product within the time stated.
Accessories: Because some items may have been previously used before being restored to pristine condition, or received in damaged packaging, always look out for what kind of accessories are included in the sale. For example, when it comes to home appliances, always make sure that all accessories, such as blades for food processors and water tanks for coffee machines are included. It’s also important the manual comes with the product, too.
Search terms: The best place to head to on eBay.co.uk is the refurbished tech hub, however if you have a specific item that you’re after, you can try various search terms, such as “refurbished”, “reconditioned”, “remanufactured”, “refreshed”, “recycled”, “repaired”, “recertified” and “like new”.