Macbook air - £764.10 at Argos.co.uk with code MAC10
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Macbook air - £764.10 at Argos.co.uk with code MAC10

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Found 12th Jan
Argos currently have the 2017 Macbook Air 128gb for £849. Add the code MAC10 to get an extra 10% off! Dropping the price to £764.10.

Almost £200 cheaper than JohnLewis or PcWorld.
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logandeanedwards10 m ago

Spend an extra £300 or so for a MacBook Pro. This model is so old now, not …Spend an extra £300 or so for a MacBook Pro. This model is so old now, not worth it anymore imo. Heat for price though.


It's not as simple as that. The Air is lighter, has longer battery life, a much better keyboard and standard USB/HDMI/SD card ports.

The base model Pro has a better screen, for sure, but lacks all of the above. If you write for a living or need to do anything that involves a lot of typing, the keyboard is borderline insufferable and has well-known potential reliability issues.

Both have 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD; the different generation processors are almost irrelevant as neither machine is suitable for very heavy workloads. The Pro may have better performance in some scenarios but at the expense of the battery life of the Air.

One machine is not necessarily better than the other and the Air is, still, around £300 cheaper (which doesn't even include the additional cost of dongles needed for the Pro).
Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - £584.10. Suppose that ain't bad either.

argos.co.uk/pro…376
@pineapple545 nice deal! Welcome to the site

@Interloper awesome input in the thread from you as well
John Lewis will price match and give you 2 year warranty.
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Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - £584.10. Suppose that ain't bad either.

argos.co.uk/pro…376
logandeanedwards10 m ago

Spend an extra £300 or so for a MacBook Pro. This model is so old now, not …Spend an extra £300 or so for a MacBook Pro. This model is so old now, not worth it anymore imo. Heat for price though.


It's not as simple as that. The Air is lighter, has longer battery life, a much better keyboard and standard USB/HDMI/SD card ports.

The base model Pro has a better screen, for sure, but lacks all of the above. If you write for a living or need to do anything that involves a lot of typing, the keyboard is borderline insufferable and has well-known potential reliability issues.

Both have 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD; the different generation processors are almost irrelevant as neither machine is suitable for very heavy workloads. The Pro may have better performance in some scenarios but at the expense of the battery life of the Air.

One machine is not necessarily better than the other and the Air is, still, around £300 cheaper (which doesn't even include the additional cost of dongles needed for the Pro).
MasterFunk7311 m ago

Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - …Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - £584.10. Suppose that ain't bad either.http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7074376


The 5400 rpm hard drive on this model is painfully slow. It can be upgraded with an SSD (which is difficult and will void the warranty) or booted from an external SSD via USB 3.0, leaving the internal 1 TB for storage only.

The processor is also several generations old – not such an issue in the Air where battery life is the priority, but pretty unacceptable in a desktop.
Buy refurbished. Only way I could justify a mac book, even then they are stupidly overpriced
vulcanproject4 m ago

Buy refurbished. Only way I could justify a mac book, even then they are …Buy refurbished. Only way I could justify a mac book, even then they are stupidly overpriced


This is cheaper than refurbished. Lowest refurb is £809 right now on this exact model: apple.com/uk/…/13
John Lewis will price match and give you 2 year warranty.
Buy the John Lewis gift cards from Morrison’s this month and get a further 12% back in Morrison’s vouchers.
Interloper33 m ago

This is cheaper than refurbished. Lowest refurb is £809 right now on this …This is cheaper than refurbished. Lowest refurb is £809 right now on this exact model: https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_air/13


Sure bought from the rip off merchants directly themselves.

One glance on ebay for this model shows up several a lot less.
vulcanproject22 m ago

Sure bought from the rip off merchants directly themselves.One glance on …Sure bought from the rip off merchants directly themselves.One glance on ebay for this model shows up several a lot less.


2017 models with UK keyboards and 12 month warranties (able to return to a UK network of stores) for significantly less than £764? Come on, this is a good price.
Interloper23 m ago

2017 models with UK keyboards and 12 month warranties (able to return to a …2017 models with UK keyboards and 12 month warranties (able to return to a UK network of stores) for significantly less than £764? Come on, this is a good price.



£655 for a new one a U.S keyboard. Sold rather a lot. All I think is it just shows how overpriced they already are in the U.K.

That or we can assume that changing a few keys around costs Apple >£100
Edited by: "vulcanproject" 12th Jan
@pineapple545 nice deal! Welcome to the site

@Interloper awesome input in the thread from you as well
Don't bother with 128gb memory ones, I have a handful programmes on my 256gb one and takes up 50GB.
Interloper2 h, 2 m ago

It's not as simple as that. The Air is lighter, has longer battery life, a …It's not as simple as that. The Air is lighter, has longer battery life, a much better keyboard and standard USB/HDMI/SD card ports.The base model Pro has a better screen, for sure, but lacks all of the above. If you write for a living or need to do anything that involves a lot of typing, the keyboard is borderline insufferable and has well-known potential reliability issues.Both have 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD; the different generation processors are almost irrelevant as neither machine is suitable for very heavy workloads. The Pro may have better performance in some scenarios but at the expense of the battery life of the Air.One machine is not necessarily better than the other and the Air is, still, around £300 cheaper (which doesn't even include the additional cost of dongles needed for the Pro).


Pro user. Battery is same as air. Base model
MasterFunk732 h, 14 m ago

Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - …Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - £584.10. Suppose that ain't bad either.http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7074376


I’m pretty sure this is a 2014 model. I don’t think there has been a refresh since then.

Happy to to be wrong though.
TomBoyNI10 m ago

I’m pretty sure this is a 2014 model. I don’t think there has been a ref …I’m pretty sure this is a 2014 model. I don’t think there has been a refresh since then. Happy to to be wrong though.


A little naughty of Argos to put 2017 on this then. Can't see any other sites with 2017 on the listing.
MacBook Air received a very small bump in CPU speed in 2017 that is it (still an older generation CPU)
I bought one a year ago to replace my 3 year old MacBook Pro.
I have not looked back it suits my needs perfectly. Long battery life USB ports (I will be happy to move to the MacBook Pro with only USB-C when it becomes more standardised)

I use the SD card slot for running parallels (windows 7 image on it)
Interloper2 h, 10 m ago

This is cheaper than refurbished. Lowest refurb is £809 right now on this …This is cheaper than refurbished. Lowest refurb is £809 right now on this exact model: https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_air/13


I normally buy via Apple Refurbished web site but its a no brainer on this one with Argos as you say. Plus there is various cashback sites.
Any discounts on iPad?
vulcanproject1 h, 14 m ago

£655 for a new one a U.S keyboard. Sold rather a lot. All I think is it …£655 for a new one a U.S keyboard. Sold rather a lot. All I think is it just shows how overpriced they already are in the U.K.That or we can assume that changing a few keys around costs Apple >£100


It's not just changing a few keys, though, is it? The Enter/Return key is a completely different shape, there's no £ sign etc. If you can put up with that, fine; I'd happily pay £100 more for a UK keyboard any day.

Oh, and the US ones don't have a UK power adapter (or UK warranty!) either. All of this affects resale value massively, if that's important (it is to me).

Garble1 h, 0 m ago

£629.99 …£629.99 here:https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/macbook-air-mid-2017-128gb-ssd-8gb-ram-i5-63599-eglobalcentral-2871163


Another grey import from a questionable retailer with no guarantee of UK spec/warranty/return policy etc. These prices are not like-for-like!

This is a BRAND NEW MacBook Air with a UK KEYBOARD, UK POWER SUPPLY and UK WARRANTY from a UK RETAILER you can take back to a UK STORE. Find a better price that ticks all of the above boxes. Heat!
Can't stand the new keyboard and lack of click on the trackpad on these new macs.
Really poor price for a laptop with only awful 1366x768 resolution as an option. You'd think they'd consider bumping it up a bit considering most low end tablets have better pixels per inch. I guess it has an apple logo on it so that's all it needs...

Hot for being best price for this specific laptop but wouldn't buy it myself
Edited by: "JustExtreme" 12th Jan
Interloper3 h, 21 m ago

It's not as simple as that. The Air is lighter, has longer battery life, a …It's not as simple as that. The Air is lighter, has longer battery life, a much better keyboard and standard USB/HDMI/SD card ports.The base model Pro has a better screen, for sure, but lacks all of the above. If you write for a living or need to do anything that involves a lot of typing, the keyboard is borderline insufferable and has well-known potential reliability issues.Both have 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD; the different generation processors are almost irrelevant as neither machine is suitable for very heavy workloads. The Pro may have better performance in some scenarios but at the expense of the battery life of the Air.One machine is not necessarily better than the other and the Air is, still, around £300 cheaper (which doesn't even include the additional cost of dongles needed for the Pro).


Genuine question, I'm not trying to be snarky - have you used the keyboard for an extended period of time? I hated it at first, but after a week of using it I realised I was actually faster using it compared to the older design, and now much prefer it. The only issue I have is that it's a bit loud.

Still a good price for an Air, but if your budget can stretch to a Pro I think it's worthwhile, especially considering its smaller overall footprint, far superior screen, faster SSD, much better graphics and faster CPU.
Am I being thick, where do you put the code in
vulcanproject1 h, 48 m ago

£655 for a new one a U.S keyboard. Sold rather a lot. All I think is it …£655 for a new one a U.S keyboard. Sold rather a lot. All I think is it just shows how overpriced they already are in the U.K.That or we can assume that changing a few keys around costs Apple >£100


I assume that 20% VAT has something to do with that and I wonder how much VAT has been paid on grey imports, if any.


JustExtreme19 m ago

Really poor price for a laptop with only awful 1366x768 resolution as an …Really poor price for a laptop with only awful 1366x768 resolution as an option. You'd think they'd consider bumping it up a bit considering most low end tablets have better pixels per inch. I guess it has an apple logo on it so that's all it needs...Hot for being best price for this specific laptop but wouldn't buy it myself



That is on the defunct 11” model. The 13” has a slightly better 1400x900 resolution.
cambookpro22 m ago

Genuine question, I'm not trying to be snarky - have you used the keyboard …Genuine question, I'm not trying to be snarky - have you used the keyboard for an extended period of time? I hated it at first, but after a week of using it I realised I was actually faster using it compared to the older design, and now much prefer it. The only issue I have is that it's a bit loud.Still a good price for an Air, but if your budget can stretch to a Pro I think it's worthwhile, especially considering its smaller overall footprint, far superior screen, faster SSD, much better graphics and faster CPU.


I've used it on the 2016 and 2017 13" models and the 2017 15" (I go through a lot of laptops as part of my work). I don't despise it for short-term typing but my fingers hurt after 1000 words or so. There's just no travel. Horses for courses, obviously, but it does seem like an RSI nightmare waiting to happen. The 2017 is better, though, but you're right - they are loud.

More concerning than usage preference is the possibility these keyboards have serious reliability issues. The 2016 model was particularly prone to failure and I've experienced 'stuck' keys or missing keystrokes on 2 out of 3 models. I wonder if very good autocorrect is disguising a lot of these issues. There are TON of refurbs on the Apple UK store which indicates a very high return rate.
MasterFunk734 h, 41 m ago

Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - …Apple Mac Mini 2017 MGEN2B/A i5 8GB 1TB Desktop with 10% off too - £584.10. Suppose that ain't bad either.http://www.argos.co.uk/product/7074376


But will slow down eventually with the standard non SSD drive.
Garble3 h, 14 m ago

£629.99 …£629.99 here:https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/macbook-air-mid-2017-128gb-ssd-8gb-ram-i5-63599-eglobalcentral-2871163


I still buy from Argos an give you £10 tip.
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Retina MacBook Pro 2015 13" gets my vote, but they're probably difficult to source. Costco had them for £1024 2 year Warranty.
Edited by: "deleted1336857" 12th Jan
The US model has a standard MagSafe power adaptor in the box, with a US 2 Pin Plug. As with all Apple adaptors this can easily be changed to a 3 Pin UK plug at a cost of approx £10 - just search Amazon

I purchased a US late November from one of the deals posted on here. Arrived within days, fully trackable, sealed and brand new.

I can live without the £ key, a simple 2 key press on the keyboard gives a £ sign.
Still say this is a good deal.
You get get an entry point into a Mac and it’s pretty good. A lot of the advantage comes from the fact you get better support and less trouble than a windows laptop! Lots of quality of life features. Great battery to free software updates.
It can can also run Windows if needed.
MRP21 m ago

Still say this is a good deal. You get get an entry point into a Mac and …Still say this is a good deal. You get get an entry point into a Mac and it’s pretty good. A lot of the advantage comes from the fact you get better support and less trouble than a windows laptop! Lots of quality of life features. Great battery to free software updates.It can can also run Windows if needed.


Good, balanced post. People often miss the point and get hung up on specs alone. I have to use both Mac and PC on a daily basis and like both for different reasons. For raw power and gaming, PC is king. But for day-to-day usage, I use the Mac more. No pestering to install constant system and antivirus updates, driver issues etc.

Apple kit is well supported with a huge aftersales network through both third parties and Apple stores. The included software is what often puts it over the line, though - a decent office suite (iWork), video editing (iMovie), Garageband, screen recording via Quicktime etc. Once you add in the integration with iDevices it becomes really compelling. Even without an iPhone or iPad, you still have access to iMessage and FaceTime and macOS is generally excellent. It's a great all-round package.
MRP51 m ago

Still say this is a good deal. You get get an entry point into a Mac and …Still say this is a good deal. You get get an entry point into a Mac and it’s pretty good. A lot of the advantage comes from the fact you get better support and less trouble than a windows laptop! Lots of quality of life features. Great battery to free software updates.It can can also run Windows if needed.


I can't remember the last time I had trouble with any laptop, windows or otherwise.
Not a bad price for this machine; agreed that it’s not the best specification, but will suit quite a lot of people and will hold it’s value on the second hand market. I actually ordered one from Amazon 3 weeks ago when they hit £674... but were out of stock. Literally received the email today saying that it will be delivered this weekend and it will be perfect for my wife who will use it for writing and other lightweight stuff.

Voted hot as it’s a good deal.
I decided to go for the MacBook pro with Argos. Think it was £1035 with mac10. Love it
Pay 12 in months time too
If you know a student theedustore.co.uk is a genuine reseller, I checked the apple website, under XMA ltd in Nottingham. Not used them, but plan to before my daughter leaves uni.
I'm using a 2011 Entry Level MacBook Air all day every day for work ...The battery is still amazing and it has never every failed me ... My wife the same deal ... It's not about the sum of the parts it's about the whole package and the way it's put together and the army of Apple staff looking after that software ....

No 2011 Windows machine would have worked flawlessly for 6 years , in fact I've had three of those as well in the same time ...

You will only ever understand Mac when you use one..
Nice fine op, thank you

any Argos card holders with £15 voucher left on any spend over £150 will benefit getting this for £749
Edited by: "Billythebubble" 13th Jan
oooowilliamoooo16 h, 53 m ago

I'm using a 2011 Entry Level MacBook Air all day every day for work ...The …I'm using a 2011 Entry Level MacBook Air all day every day for work ...The battery is still amazing and it has never every failed me ... My wife the same deal ... It's not about the sum of the parts it's about the whole package and the way it's put together and the army of Apple staff looking after that software .... No 2011 Windows machine would have worked flawlessly for 6 years , in fact I've had three of those as well in the same time ...You will only ever understand Mac when you use one..


My uncle still uses a samsung series 9 that was originally bought by me for my grandad, that is either from 2010 or 2011 and runs windows.

I think you have over estimated the differences.
CoeK12 h, 3 m ago

My uncle still uses a samsung series 9 that was originally bought by me …My uncle still uses a samsung series 9 that was originally bought by me for my grandad, that is either from 2010 or 2011 and runs windows.I think you have over estimated the differences.


You could be overestimating how critical your uncle is about performance, though I don't know him so maybe he is a power user! Most old hardware will still work even after ten years though - I bet a first gen Galaxy S phone will still technically work. I think the key is in the performance after the time has passed rather than the device simply working - my Mac still feels as fast as ever whereas my experience of Windows machines is that they do bog down if you don't do some housekeeping.

I've also got a 2011 Macbook Air and it runs like a charm. Still has 90% of its battery capacity too. It was my first Mac, and based on many years of buying Windows Machines - including multiple Surface Pro devices - I would say it's the most reliable machine I have ever owned. I can shut the lid on it, come back three weeks later and press the power button and it will instantly boot up with almost all its battery. If I left the Surface Pros even for a couple of days on standby they would lose most if not all their charge. You can also really easily install Windows on them alongside Mac OS, so you get the best of both worlds.

They are expensive and they aren't for everyone - eg if you want a high resolution display - but if you just want excellent portability, amazing battery life and reliability with solid trackpad and keyboard hardware then they're good machines. I would be surprised if you could get the same quality of keyboard, trackpad, battery life, build quality, hardware reliability and portability from a Windows machine for much less, assuming screen resolution and CPU generation aren't your number one priority.

Another useful thing is that if you have an iPhone you can use them to answer and send normal SMS and phone calls from your phone, even if you're at a coffee shop and your phone is at home. Quite neat but sadly doesn't work with my Nokia
Edited by: "misterleoni" 14th Jan
misterleoni1 h, 29 m ago

You could be overestimating how critical your uncle is about performance, …You could be overestimating how critical your uncle is about performance, though I don't know him so maybe he is a power user! Most old hardware will still work even after ten years though - I bet a first gen Galaxy S phone will still technically work. I think the key is in the performance after the time has passed rather than the device simply working - my Mac still feels as fast as ever whereas my experience of Windows machines is that they do bog down if you don't do some housekeeping. I've also got a 2011 Macbook Air and it runs like a charm. Still has 90% of its battery capacity too. It was my first Mac, and based on many years of buying Windows Machines - including multiple Surface Pro devices - I would say it's the most reliable machine I have ever owned. I can shut the lid on it, come back three weeks later and press the power button and it will instantly boot up with almost all its battery. If I left the Surface Pros even for a couple of days on standby they would lose most if not all their charge. You can also really easily install Windows on them alongside Mac OS, so you get the best of both worlds. They are expensive and they aren't for everyone - eg if you want a high resolution display - but if you just want excellent portability, amazing battery life and reliability with solid trackpad and keyboard hardware then they're good machines. I would be surprised if you could get the same quality of keyboard, trackpad, battery life, build quality, hardware reliability and portability from a Windows machine for much less, assuming screen resolution and CPU generation aren't your number one priority. Another useful thing is that if you have an iPhone you can use them to answer and send normal SMS and phone calls from your phone, even if you're at a coffee shop and your phone is at home. Quite neat but sadly doesn't work with my Nokia


The person I quoted said no windows machine would still work flawlessly after all that time. But it does. I didn't need the Mac sales pitch, I know what they are good for and what they aren't good for. I just find it amusing that a big sales point is reliability and that inevitably comes with a story about a Windows machine that wasn't reliable.
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