Apple MacBook Air 2017 MQD32 13 Inch i5 8GB 128GB at Argos for £799
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Apple MacBook Air 2017 MQD32 13 Inch i5 8GB 128GB at Argos for £799

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Found 2nd Dec
The 13-inch MacBook Air features 8GB of memory, a fifth-generation Intel Core processor, Thunderbolt 2, great built-in apps and all-day battery life. It's thin, light and durable enough to take everywhere you go - and powerful enough to do everything once you get there.

  • Thanks to compact SSD storage in MacBook Air, there's plenty of room for a big battery. Working together with the power-efficient fifth-generation Intel core architecture, this battery can post some impressive numbers. MacBook Air gets up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. That gives you allday power for surfing the web or watching iTunes films.
  • MacBook Air is powered by fifth-generation Intel core i5 processor. This ultra-efficient architecture was designed to use less power and still deliver high performance, which means not only can you do whatever you want - you can keep doing it for longer than before. In addition, the Intel HD graphics 6000 processor offers advanced performance you'll particularly notice with games and other graphics-intensive tasks.
  • Next-generation Thunderbolt high-speed I/O for connecting high-performance peripherals and displays through a single port.
  • FaceTime HD camera.
  • Multi-touch trackpad.
  • Long-lasting battery.
CPU and Memory:

  • Intel Core i5 dual core.
  • Processor speed 1.8GHz.
  • 8GB RAM.
Hard drive:

  • 128GB storage.
Display:

  • 13in led display.
  • Widescreen.
  • Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels.
DVD optical drive

  • Air Disk facility - no optical drives - uses any optical drive from another wireless computer.
Graphics:

  • Shared graphics.
  • Intel HD Graphics 6000 graphics card.
Interfaces and connectivity:

  • Glass multi-touch trackpad.
  • SDXC media card reader.
  • 2 USB ports.
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
  • Bluetooth.
Webcam and sound:

  • HD webcam.
  • Built-in mic.
Operating system and software:

  • Mac OS.
  • Preloaded manufacturers suite of applications include: .
General features:

  • Aluminium body.
  • 12 hours battery life during playback.
  • Size H1.7, W32.5, D22.7cm.
  • Weight 1.35kg.
  • EAN: 190198462121.


Also available on Argos Ebay. The best price on the high street but as usual JL could pricematch

Link to JL to price match johnlewis.com/201…001
Top comments

Certainly a great price.

But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming you're not swayed.
Just my $0.02 of personal opinion:
Don't bother with an Air, if you're looking for a light computer to carry around, edit some videos, browse the web, write documents etc then get an iPad Pro with the smart keyboard.
The iPad pro has a faster processor for editing video and most other things and even has better battery life.
Only downside really to the iPad Pro is the lack of usb/sd ports or use of a mouse.

Can I buy it just using root?

wixster1 h, 38 m ago

Certainly a great price.But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming …Certainly a great price.But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming you're not swayed.Just my $0.02 of personal opinion:Don't bother with an Air, if you're looking for a light computer to carry around, edit some videos, browse the web, write documents etc then get an iPad Pro with the smart keyboard.The iPad pro has a faster processor for editing video and most other things and even has better battery life.Only downside really to the iPad Pro is the lack of usb/sd ports or use of a mouse.



I hear what you're saying but the fact that some need / want Mac OS rather than the more restrictive iOs will be a major factor in the decision for people.

  • Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels.

Wait, so this thing isn't even 1080p?
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Certainly a great price.

But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming you're not swayed.
Just my $0.02 of personal opinion:
Don't bother with an Air, if you're looking for a light computer to carry around, edit some videos, browse the web, write documents etc then get an iPad Pro with the smart keyboard.
The iPad pro has a faster processor for editing video and most other things and even has better battery life.
Only downside really to the iPad Pro is the lack of usb/sd ports or use of a mouse.

Can I buy it just using root?

  • Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels.

Wait, so this thing isn't even 1080p?

The best laptop I had in 2013...

Good deal! Wish I had the money for this....

Thank you - ordered one. Perfect for my needs.

Starting to look old now and the screen res really should be higher.

Decent enough price and they hold their money well.

Not for me, personally, i think i'd rather hold out for a Macbook Pro as its not that much more in the grand scheme of things

wixster1 h, 11 m ago

Certainly a great price.But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming …Certainly a great price.But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming you're not swayed.Just my $0.02 of personal opinion:Don't bother with an Air, if you're looking for a light computer to carry around, edit some videos, browse the web, write documents etc then get an iPad Pro with the smart keyboard.The iPad pro has a faster processor for editing video and most other things and even has better battery life.Only downside really to the iPad Pro is the lack of usb/sd ports or use of a mouse.


I would say get the macbook 12” excellent machine small size and the 1st gen should be cheap these days..

I have both air and Mach
Air has better connectivity usb etc it also has expansion slot with sd etc
Keyboard is nice and normal
Screen bright and sweet
Laptop lighter thinner sexier than most 2017 windows laptops
Battery life 12 hours again longer than most 2017 windows laptops and 2 hours longer than the more expensive Mach

I also have the mach
Only advantage is the retina screen, no it’s not light and day diff or a life and death situation as some will have u believe, it’s just the colours are more contrast black darker and so on. U notice difference mostly in pics but not if u r browsing the net or doing office work such as word
Disadvantages to air
Much more expensive at nearly 500 quid over this price
Smaller 12 inch screen when using office is a pain
No connectivity what so ever, I couldn’t connect my hard drive to usb or connect my mouse or anything
No expansion slots so no extra memory
Keyboard is weird as no travel
Battery life is shorter than air

So if u r constantly doing pics maybe the Mach but for everyday life bigger screen longer battery more flexibility with connectivity and expansion slot then the air
And all this 2012 or 13 talk the air is still today sexier thinner lighter better battery and even smoother than most 2017 windows laptops
The fact that in 2012 apple was so ahead of the game shouldn’t held again it but rather a positive

Finally I found the apple Mach system different from windows in terms of files and office etc so it will take getting used to and u might even prefer windows
Edited by: "Nicolas" 2nd Dec

wixster1 h, 38 m ago

Certainly a great price.But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming …Certainly a great price.But if you're reading the comments I'm assuming you're not swayed.Just my $0.02 of personal opinion:Don't bother with an Air, if you're looking for a light computer to carry around, edit some videos, browse the web, write documents etc then get an iPad Pro with the smart keyboard.The iPad pro has a faster processor for editing video and most other things and even has better battery life.Only downside really to the iPad Pro is the lack of usb/sd ports or use of a mouse.



I hear what you're saying but the fact that some need / want Mac OS rather than the more restrictive iOs will be a major factor in the decision for people.

dantesfireplace23 m ago

I hear what you're saying but the fact that some need / want Mac OS rather …I hear what you're saying but the fact that some need / want Mac OS rather than the more restrictive iOs will be a major factor in the decision for people.


Completely agree that MacOS is certainly a reason to not get an iPad. However I can't imagine anyone who needs MacOS requiring an Air model; there are great deals to be had on Macbook's (Like the £999 John Lewis the other day) if MacOS is necessary.

Anything I buy from Argos gets bought through completesavings with gift vouchers. Discounts can be huge

I still have an 11" Macbook Air I bought about 4 years ago and the battery still holds 89% of its factory capacity (according to Coconut battery), it runs as fast as the day I got it, and the screen resolution is just fine, given that one of the reasons it has fairly low res is to give it epic battery life in a small size with decent power behind it.

I think these are great machines for the money.

Speedbirdjw2 m ago

Anything I buy from Argos gets bought through completesavings with gift …Anything I buy from Argos gets bought through completesavings with gift vouchers. Discounts can be huge


Expand please

This is not a good buy for the price this is really old tech now. It's 5th Gen and we are upto 8th Gen processors. It's got DDR3 not 4 and it's screen is dreadful. If you want a Macbook save up a bit more and Get the 12" Macbook at £1249 from Apples website.

UPDATE: Sorry its £1249 as someone pointed out not £999.
Edited by: "blitzmmccv" 2nd Dec

blitzmmccv25 m ago

This is not a good buy for the price this is really old tech now. It's 5th …This is not a good buy for the price this is really old tech now. It's 5th Gen and we are upto 8th Gen processors. It's got DDR3 not 4 and it's screen is dreadful. If you want a Macbook save up a bit more and Get the 12" Macbook at £999 from Apples website.


The MacBook starts at £1249, not £999. Whether people like the specs or not, this is the cheapest way to get a new Apple laptop right now.

dantesfireplace1 h, 16 m ago

I hear what you're saying but the fact that some need / want Mac OS rather …I hear what you're saying but the fact that some need / want Mac OS rather than the more restrictive iOs will be a major factor in the decision for people.


I am assuming if anybody is still reading the comments they haven't been swayed by the recommendation to get an Ipad Pro over a Mac OSX device.. and I certainly hope people are bringing the factor into their deicision making in a major way as the iPad has a completely different software base, so sure you can edit videos on the iPad, but it's not going to run Adobe Premiere is it. They are, also, operationally, very different in design and use due to OSX vs iOS.
Edited by: "JamesSmith" 2nd Dec

Why not consider ASUS c302 Chromebook, it will save some money and will do almost everything that a normal users need.

Poor spec for the money cold from me.

Smell more like cider than Apple already.

wixster3 h, 15 m ago

Don't bother with an Air, if you're looking for a light computer to carry …Don't bother with an Air, if you're looking for a light computer to carry around, edit some videos, browse the web, write documents etc then get an iPad Pro with the smart keyboard.The iPad pro has a faster processor for editing video and most other things and even has better battery life.Only downside really to the iPad Pro is the lack of usb/sd ports or use of a mouse.


I hear you but if your usage expands and you want to do heavier lifting you'd be better off with a MacBook Pro 13" which is only about £150 more and is much more versatile and expandable and supports a far wider range of professional software. Not nearly as light but then it's less of a toy.

Mac Airs are a tough sell now. Apple contradicted themselves by first thinning out the MBP to near-Air levels and then introducing the MacBook which is lighter and thinner than the Air whilst never giving the Air a new USP.

In the intervening years between the release of the MBA and now, other companies have slowly caught up with their own ultra books which themselves now have compelling features.

All things combined means that the Air sits in a sort of computing purgatory. Not powerful enough for video editors, not cheap enough for people who just want a highly portable PC and the middle ground is occupied with great ultrabook laptops from Dell, HP, MS etc.

It's a shame as my 2011 MBA is the best computer I've ever owned. It needs a new battery now, but nothing has gone wrong with it otherwise in the 6 years I've had it. I have dropped it on a runway, down a set of stairs in a cricket stadium in Bangladesh, spilled things on it and generally abused it and it's still nippy and responsive.

They're lovely machines and they genuinely have all day batteries and they're light as a feather. If they happen to tick the specific boxes you are looking for in a laptop then you won't go far wrong.

SantoshKaushik34 m ago

Why not consider ASUS c302 Chromebook, it will save some money and will do …Why not consider ASUS c302 Chromebook, it will save some money and will do almost everything that a normal users need.


It depends, some people are very tied in to the Apple ecosystem and they may also want the flexibility of running other software. Chromebooks are great for those want an inexpensive machine to do everyday tasks such as writing some documents, watching streaming media, and using Google's software. But if there are certain specific programs that you might use on your desktop or at work and you need and need a portable version then a Chromebook isn't going to be for you. But people that use creative software such as Serato,Traktor, Logic, Final Cut, Photoshop with plug-ins (but I think there is a web Chromebook version), etc will find a Mac much better suited for their needs.

Agharta16 m ago

I hear you but if your usage expands and you want to do heavier lifting …I hear you but if your usage expands and you want to do heavier lifting you'd be better off with a MacBook Pro 13" which is only about £150 more and is much more versatile and expandable and supports a far wider range of professional software. Not nearly as light but then it's less of a toy.


No it's not. It starts at £1249, a whopping £450 more: apple.com/uk/…pro

The base model Pro has specs barely better than this (other than the screen). Both machines run MacOS and one supports no more software than the other. I'm no Apple fanboy, but to call a device that defined the Ultrabook category and still to this day is a solid laptop with 12+ hour battery life a "toy" is ridiculous.

Interloper2 m ago

No it's not. It starts at £1249, a whopping £450 more.


Add in the cost of the keyboard and upgrade storage beyond the basic 64GB which for the context being discussed, video editing, is too limiting and you reach the price I stated.

specs and screen resolution totally irrelevant to the deal. HUKD is about deals, not reviews.

Heat added.
Edited by: "androoski" 2nd Dec

Spark3 h, 29 m ago

Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels.Wait, so this thing isn't even 1080p?


Nope. That's one of the reasons I've never considered one tbh. Most tablets have a better resolution than this £799 laptop

I think I’ve missed the boat on those MBP deals the past week or so. Argos had a 10% discount code and John Lewis a decent reduction. No sign of a decent offer today

Bought one in ... Nov 2011 - the i5 version for 859 via Apple HE discount.

I accept apple might have made the SSD, and WiFi faster, but the rest of the system is more or less the same - 6 whole years on.

This is a great price. So for what its worth, here is my opinion (from a non-technical user):
1) I went from Windows laptops to the Apple MacBook Air around a year ago and have been nothing but impressed
2) The laptop hasn't slowed down at all which is a huge difference to the Windows laptops I previously had
3) The speed is really impressive. Literally as soon as I flip the screen it is ready to use. No waiting for the laptop to slowly churn and become usable (like my previous Windows laptops)
4) Yes, these are expensive. However, I have no need to upgrade mine after a year, and the performance still impresses me after a year. I would argue my Windows laptop would not have me saying similar things after a year
5) Finally, it is super light & the battery is very impressive. So easy to move around and use for a long time between charges

So for someone that wants a solid, long life laptop, which holds its charge - this is the one for you.

Nicolas2 h, 38 m ago

I have both air and Mach Air has better connectivity usb etc it also has …I have both air and Mach Air has better connectivity usb etc it also has expansion slot with sd etc Keyboard is nice and normal Screen bright and sweetLaptop lighter thinner sexier than most 2017 windows laptops Battery life 12 hours again longer than most 2017 windows laptops and 2 hours longer than the more expensive Mach I also have the machOnly advantage is the retina screen, no it’s not light and day diff or a life and death situation as some will have u believe, it’s just the colours are more contrast black darker and so on. U notice difference mostly in pics but not if u r browsing the net or doing office work such as wordDisadvantages to airMuch more expensive at nearly 500 quid over this priceSmaller 12 inch screen when using office is a pain No connectivity what so ever, I couldn’t connect my hard drive to usb or connect my mouse or anythingNo expansion slots so no extra memory Keyboard is weird as no travelBattery life is shorter than airSo if u r constantly doing pics maybe the Mach but for everyday life bigger screen longer battery more flexibility with connectivity and expansion slot then the airAnd all this 2012 or 13 talk the air is still today sexier thinner lighter better battery and even smoother than most 2017 windows laptopsThe fact that in 2012 apple was so ahead of the game shouldn’t held again it but rather a positive Finally I found the apple Mach system different from windows in terms of files and office etc so it will take getting used to and u might even prefer windows


The Air is incredibly dated compared to Windows laptops at the same price point.

Agharta26 m ago

Add in the cost of the keyboard and upgrade storage beyond the basic 64GB …Add in the cost of the keyboard and upgrade storage beyond the basic 64GB which for the context being discussed, video editing, is too limiting and you reach the price I stated.


Didn’t realise you were responding to the iPad Pro comment - my mistake

Nicolas1 h, 57 m ago

Expand please


Completesavings.co.uk

you pay £15pm for membership. Through this the site you can order £100pm of argos gift vouchers at a 20% discount. When making a purchase at Argos through complete savings you earn 10% cash back paid directly into your bank account (it was 20% on BF weekend). You can use up to 3 vouchers for an online purchase so if you bought a £300 item you’d actually only pay £210 for it. Providing you make a purchase from one of their participating retailers each month you get your £15 monthly payment back. If I’m struggling I just buy a 50p car washing sponge from Halfords.

Hope that helps

It really comes down to whether you need/want MacOS. If you do, then this is simply the best deal out there on a new Mac laptop right now - there's nothing cheaper.

If you don't mind Windows, something like an Asus Zenbook would be comparable. This price would get you double the SSD, a much newer processor and a Full HD IPS screen with comparable battery life, all in a similar form factor.

But if you're just buying this for web browsing, Facebook, Netflix/YouTube and some word processing etc, the Acer Chromebook R13 is more than sufficient. That's a steal at £299 right now, with a much better 1080p IPS display, convertible touchscreen, aluminium build, 12-hour battery and access to both Chrome OS and Android apps.

Unless you can back that then I politely disagree and I am by no means an Apple fan in fact I hate Apple for their greed and capitalist approach but respect and honesty to a quality product.

How many windows laptops have batteries 12 hours?! Yes one or two majority are 3-5 hours. To be able to go a whole day without a charger it’s amazing
How many windows laptop do u know made designed so light out of metal not black heavy chunky plastic
In fact go to Currys and apart from the exception like ASUs zenbook not many windows laptop come close in futuristic and quality design and build and in fact the zen book is nearly the same price as Apple anyway
Processor wise it’s a decent i5 with 8RAM not many windows have more than 8RAM
But even if we said u could buy an I7 windows for the same price, the Apple software and hardware build for each other means that it runs smoother in i5 than a windows running in i7 loaded and bloated and then having to match a different companies hardware.
The nearest realistic comparison is the surface which is a windows for windows and that’s just as expensive as Apple.

I use my 512GB MacBook Air much more than my iPad Pro. Hot deal.

Gormond46 m ago

The Air is incredibly dated compared to Windows laptops at the same price …The Air is incredibly dated compared to Windows laptops at the same price point.


Windows operating systems are incredibly dated when you look at the fundamentals under the bonnet.

Hence OSX being the more stable, robust, secure environment.

Some find the user interface preferable.

Hardware isn't the whole story!

Nicolas43 m ago

Unless you can back that then I politely disagree ...


Sigh. I'm not saying Macs aren't quality products - for the most part, they are. But if you are in the market for a premium laptop you can't deny that Windows offers more value at similar price points. Once you creep into the £800-£1200 bracket you are looking at Microsoft Surface,Dell XPS, Asus Zenbook, Acer Swift, Lenovo Thinkpad, HP Envy and Spectre models etc. These almost always provide newer processors and more storage at the same price point as Apple. Some include other benefits like Nvidia GPUs, touch and pen input - none of which are options on any Apple laptop.

They also all run Windows, so if that isn't for you then it's game over and Apple wins.

The reason why this has 12 hour battery life is partly down to Apple's excellent power management but also due to the 1.8GHz processor and low-res TN panel. Again, I'm not saying it isn't a good deal - if you want a new Mac laptop, it is. There's just a lot of choice at this price point if you don't need MacOS.


JamesSmith35 m ago

OSX being the more stable, robust, secure environment.


You clearly haven't been reading the news this week. Macs have suffered from one of the most embarrassing, unnecessary and catastrophic security holes ever uncovered. The High Sierra OS is a buggy mess and even the Apple-enforced fix broke other features like File Sharing. Apple's cash cow is now iOS; don't be surprised to see more problems like this arise as the Mac increasingly becomes an afterthought to them.

This or surface pro? 🤔

Interloper35 m ago

Sigh. I'm not saying Macs aren't quality products - for the most part, …Sigh. I'm not saying Macs aren't quality products - for the most part, they are. But if you are in the market for a premium laptop you can't deny that Windows offers more value at similar price points. Once you creep into the £800-£1200 bracket you are looking at Microsoft Surface,Dell XPS, Asus Zenbook, Acer Swift, Lenovo Thinkpad, HP Envy and Spectre models etc. These almost always provide newer processors and more storage at the same price point as Apple. Some include other benefits like Nvidia GPUs, touch and pen input - none of which are options on any Apple laptop.They also all run Windows, so if that isn't for you then it's game over and Apple wins.The reason why this has 12 hour battery life is partly down to Apple's excellent power management but also due to the 1.8GHz processor and low-res TN panel. Again, I'm not saying it isn't a good deal - if you want a new Mac laptop, it is. There's just a lot of choice at this price point if you don't need MacOS.You clearly haven't been reading the news this week. Macs have suffered from one of the most embarrassing, unnecessary and catastrophic security holes ever uncovered. The High Sierra OS is a buggy mess and even the Apple-enforced fix broke other features like File Sharing. Apple's cash cow is now iOS; don't be surprised to see more problems like this arise as the Mac increasingly becomes an afterthought to them.


Yeah a one off cock up by apple as opposite endless frequent viruses malwares etc by windows ?
Let me give u an example
I spent the last 3 days between HP ASUS Microsoft team trying to figure out why after the lastest widows patch my laptop can’t see my hp printer
In comparison my apple just installed the software in mins and it works
Likewise I have another issue that Microsoft have been trying to fix for days but can’t where by it suddenly says a file name or path too long and stops me from opening that file
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