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MacBook Air 2020 i7 vs MacBook Air M1???

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Dec 16, 2004
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MacBook Air 2020 i7 vs MacBook Air M1???

Bestbuy has a pretty good deal on a 2020 MacBook Air with Touch ID an i7 CPU,16GB RAM and 512GB SSD for $1499 ($550 off $2049). Having 16gb of RAM and 512GB on a MacBook is a pretty pricey option so $1499 seems like a decent price.

However, I have heard all about how awesome the new M1 MacBook Air is and am wondering which is better this i7 or the M1? The lower end M1 Macbook with 7 core GPU,16GB and 512GB SSD is $1619 (EDU pricing) so which of these "deals" are better?

Or is the i7 vs the more expensive 8-core GPU model which comes in at $1744 (EDU pricing) for 16GB/512GB a better comparison to the i7? After writing all this out I am leaning towards the M1 but am interested in what some others have to say. ... r/15230028
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Jan 13, 2014
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manmeetp wrote: M1, no comparison
Absolutely! Even my 8GB RAM/256GB Storage M1 Macbook Air is an awesome machine that handles everything I need.
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Oct 27, 2007
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Everyone is saying the M1 and I....agree!

The M1 will improve in configurations but the other one will eventually fade away.
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Mar 6, 2003
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Personally I think there is room to introduce newer Macbooks that take advantage of the M1 chips better. The M1 runs more efficiently so there is room for different chassis designs. This old Pro chassis is designed for Intel's hot and inefficient chips. I hope they introduce an ultraportable to replace the old 12" Intel Macbook

We should see new iMacs soon and we'll see if they improve the chassis with the new ARM chips.

As far as this deal goes, I would not invest in any Intel will fade away in a couple of years.
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Dec 16, 2015
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Super strokey wrote: Agreed, the m1 is like black magic
Need white magic to revive intel
To the moon
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Jan 13, 2014
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Redsanta wrote: Need white magic to revive intel
Too bad Intel cast Wall.....