MacBook Air M1 at an Effective Price of Around Rs 52,000 Is Still a Great Work Laptop for Most People

The Apple MacBook Air M1 can be bought for a much-lower price than its current retail price.


Apple MacBook Air M1 was launched back in 2020. The Air M1 was in the news for its great performance gains while offering leading efficiency numbers. It retained the same wedge-shaped design and sports a 13.3-inch display. Launched at a starting price of Rs 92,900 in India, the M1 Air received a price bump soon after the launch of the M2 Air last year in India. It has an official starting price of Rs 99,900 in India. However, consumers looking to buy the 2020 MacBook Air for a cheaper price can consider a new deal live in Imagine Stores.

The Apple MacBook Air M1 is available for an effective price of Rs 51,913 during the ongoing Imagine Sale. Let’s take a look at the MacBook Air M1 offer price and if you should consider buying one in 2023.

Apple MacBook Air M1 Discount Offer

The Apple MacBook Air M1 can be bought for a much-lower price than its current retail price. It retails officially for Rs 99,900 in India. The M1 Air 256GB variant is getting an effective discount of 28 per cent during the Imagine sale. The Apple-authorised retailer is selling the M1 Air for an effective price of Rs 51,913. 

The price is inclusive of discounts and benefits worth Rs 27,987. Check the table below to see how you can claim the discount offer on the 2020 MacBook Air.

Product MacBook Air
MRP Rs 99,900
Discounts and Benefits Rs 27,987
Device Trade-in Value Rs 20,000
Net Effective Price  Rs 51,913


As you can see above, the 2020 MacBook Air M1 can be bought for Rs 51,913 during the Imagine sale. The price is effective with discounts and benefits worth Rs 27,987. This is inclusive of the Rs 5,000 cashback offer on HDFC Bank cards and Easy EMI transactions. On top of this, consumers can exchange their old laptop and get an additional discount of up to Rs 20,000.

Should You Buy?

The MacBook Air M1 is still a capable machine for those who want to use it for work and multimedia. The M1 chip, at the time of its unveiling, was claimed to provide 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, while enabling 2x longer battery life compared to previous-generation Macs.

In comparison, the upgrade from M1 to M2 is quite incremental at 18 per cent. In terms of value, the M1 Air offers better returns as the M2 Air has a starting price of Rs 1,19,900 in India. Even with any eligible offers, the M2 Air is likely to cost around a lakh rupees in India. Unless you are someone who does a lot of graphics rendering on their laptop, the M1 Air can be suitable for most of your work needs even in 2023.

Also read: Apple Launches New MacBook Air With M2 Chip, Refresh Design, and Display Notch

For what its worth, the M1 Air has a 13.3-inch display with 400 nits of peak brightness, a backlit keyboard and a huge trackpad. The M1 Air is claimed to offer up to 15 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 18 hours of video playback. It also has a 720p webcam, two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, 8GB of RAM and a three-mic setup.

The M1 Air runs macOS Big Sur out of the box and has already received the macOS Ventura update.