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Apple Education Store: 2019 MacBook Air + Beats Studio3 Headphones

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Apple via Apple Education Store.com is offering select 2019 Apple MacBook Laptops/iMac + Pair of Free Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones on sale listed below w/ Apple's Education Pricing valid for Students/Staff/Parents of Higher Education Institutions only. Thanks LotsoFsd

Note, offer is also valid at any participating Apple Stores; you'll need to provide the necessary info that you're a student to receive discount.

Eligible Apple Products (2019 Models)
  • MacBook Air from $999
  • 13" MacBook Pro from $1199
  • 15" MacBook Pro from $2249
  • iMac from $1049
  • iMac Pro from $4599
Eligible Beats Wireless Headphones/Earphone (included)
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones (The Beats Skyline Collection)
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones (Beats Club Collection)
  • BeatsX Earphones
Qualified Purchasers
  • K-12: Any Employee of a public or private K-12 institution (PTA or PTO executives or appointed/elected officers are eligible)
  • Higher Education: Faculty or staff and students attending or accepted into a Higher Education institution within the US are eligible
  • Higher Education Parents: Parents purchasing on behalf of their child who are currently attending or accepted into a public or private Higher Education institution are eligible
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Apple Education Pricing only available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels. Quantity limits apply & verification is required. Offer valid while promotion last. Please refer to the forum thread for additional details - Discombobulated

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Apple just refreshed their MacBook line and is giving students $100 off + free Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones ($349 MSRP). Add in the $100 price drop on the MBA entry model and this is a steal!

Alternately you can get the refreshed MBP that now has Touch Bar on all models starting at $1199 for students.

https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop/back-to-school

This deal is for students and online orders are verified through UniDays or in-store with student ID.

Here's a challenge to all the Apple haters who are going to bash this post: Rather than tell me that Apple products are overpriced show me a link with a comparable windows laptop with similar physical attributes. Aluminum housing, thin and light, and 10 hour battery life, then include a link to a comparable noise cancelling headphone and let's see if the total price is less than a grand.

https://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop...schoolThis
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"Here's a challenge to all the Apple haters who are going to bash this post: Rather than tell me that Apple products are overpriced show me a link with a comparable windows laptop with similar physical attributes. Aluminum housing, thin and light, and 10 hour battery life, then include a link to a comparable noise cancelling headphone and let's see if the total price is less than a grand."

I enjoy both PC and Macs,and i did look into the challenge since I'm deciding on whether I should upgrade or not (and which platform to go with). The important thing to realize regarding the challenge's premise is that the current deal is a special promotion, meaning not the regular price (esp the free headphones part), so to be fair, we have to look at special promo prices of comparable windows PCs.

A quick search on SD shows that BB sold a similarly spec'ed Surface Laptop 2 at $750 about 2 weeks ago. The SL2 probably has the best metal build from a Windows laptop, so we will go with that for the physical attributes part. https://slickdeals.net/f/13169680-microsoft-surface-laptop-2-13-5-touch-screen-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive-latest-model-platinum-lql-00001-best-buy-749-99?v=1&src=SiteSearch. Most of the specs are comparable. The 1.6hz dual core from Apple gets a score of 3522 from Geekbench, the 1.6hz quad core from SL2 as listed has a score of 4411, not that much different). I'm not a processor expert, so idk if these scores are the most updated. However, suffice it to say that I believe both processors should be similar when doing day to day tasks. Memory is the same for both, and storage is the same for both (couldn't judge the manufacturer of the SSDs so it was harder to compare SSD speed). The ports are different, but i don't think that will make/break the comparison here.

You can now buy a Surface Headphones (also noise cancelling, quality should be on par with Beats studio 3) for $250 from Microsoft today. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p...rm8dz2zw43

So in theory, you could get comparable hardware with the same budget (buy the laptop 2 weeks ago, then headphones today or whenever MSFT started the sale a few days ago), and we don't know what Microsoft has for back to school promotions yet.

I'm not bashing your post because I agree this is a fantastic deal for a student who wants a new macbook and a pair of headphones, but I do want to point out that with the current lineup of Surface Laptops, you can find comparable hardware on the windows platform at a comparable price point. The difference still comes down to how well integrated you are in each ecosystem and personal preference of the software. Thanks for finding this deal and enjoy your new computer!
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"Here's a challenge to all the Apple haters who are going to bash this post: Rather than tell me that Apple products are overpriced show me a link with a comparable windows laptop with similar physical attributes. Aluminum housing, thin and light, and 10 hour battery life, then include a link to a comparable noise cancelling headphone and let's see if the total price is less than a grand."

But - I was going to point out the Beats headphones are the ones that are vastly overpriced!
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ASUS ZENBOOK 13 is pretty close I think. It's got similar specs and is a bit thinner/lighter. It's $799 a few places. Not a clue on the headphones though. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FW7D635
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OP..do you need to prove that you are a student, like having a .edu email account or how do they determine if you qualify. TY
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OP..do you need to prove that you are a student, like having a .edu email account or how do they determine if you qualify. TY
Online they use UNiDAYS to verify with .edu address. In store they're supposed to check for student ID but in my experience they just ask if this purchase is for a student.

To be fair - when they've done that in the past the savings was like $50...this is $100 + a $350 headphone so they may ask to see proof in-store.
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"Here's a challenge to all the Apple haters who are going to bash this post: Rather than tell me that Apple products are overpriced show me a link with a comparable windows laptop with similar physical attributes. Aluminum housing, thin and light, and 10 hour battery life, then include a link to a comparable noise cancelling headphone and let's see if the total price is less than a grand."

But - I was going to point out the Beats headphones are the ones that are vastly overpriced!
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holding out for the price savings rather than free stuff I don't need
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Darn I was hoping for a redesigned keyboard.I might have jumped on this if they had.
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"Here's a challenge to all the Apple haters who are going to bash this post: Rather than tell me that Apple products are overpriced show me a link with a comparable windows laptop with similar physical attributes. Aluminum housing, thin and light, and 10 hour battery life, then include a link to a comparable noise cancelling headphone and let's see if the total price is less than a grand."

But - I was going to point out the Beats headphones are the ones that are vastly overpriced!

ASUS ZENBOOK 13 is pretty close I think. It's got similar specs and is a bit thinner/lighter. It's $799 a few places. Not a clue on the headphones though. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FW7D635
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"Here's a challenge to all the Apple haters who are going to bash this post: Rather than tell me that Apple products are overpriced show me a link with a comparable windows laptop with similar physical attributes. Aluminum housing, thin and light, and 10 hour battery life, then include a link to a comparable noise cancelling headphone and let's see if the total price is less than a grand."

I enjoy both PC and Macs,and i did look into the challenge since I'm deciding on whether I should upgrade or not (and which platform to go with). The important thing to realize regarding the challenge's premise is that the current deal is a special promotion, meaning not the regular price (esp the free headphones part), so to be fair, we have to look at special promo prices of comparable windows PCs.

A quick search on SD shows that BB sold a similarly spec'ed Surface Laptop 2 at $750 about 2 weeks ago. The SL2 probably has the best metal build from a Windows laptop, so we will go with that for the physical attributes part. https://slickdeals.net/f/13169680-microsoft-surface-laptop-2-13-5-touch-screen-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive-latest-model-platinum-lql-00001-best-buy-749-99?v=1&src=SiteSearch. Most of the specs are comparable. The 1.6hz dual core from Apple gets a score of 3522 from Geekbench, the 1.6hz quad core from SL2 as listed has a score of 4411, not that much different). I'm not a processor expert, so idk if these scores are the most updated. However, suffice it to say that I believe both processors should be similar when doing day to day tasks. Memory is the same for both, and storage is the same for both (couldn't judge the manufacturer of the SSDs so it was harder to compare SSD speed). The ports are different, but i don't think that will make/break the comparison here.

You can now buy a Surface Headphones (also noise cancelling, quality should be on par with Beats studio 3) for $250 from Microsoft today. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p...rm8dz2zw43

So in theory, you could get comparable hardware with the same budget (buy the laptop 2 weeks ago, then headphones today or whenever MSFT started the sale a few days ago), and we don't know what Microsoft has for back to school promotions yet.

I'm not bashing your post because I agree this is a fantastic deal for a student who wants a new macbook and a pair of headphones, but I do want to point out that with the current lineup of Surface Laptops, you can find comparable hardware on the windows platform at a comparable price point. The difference still comes down to how well integrated you are in each ecosystem and personal preference of the software. Thanks for finding this deal and enjoy your new computer!
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How long does this deal typically last for?
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This is the best deal going around short of an employee discount. I wonder if you can trade the beats headphones in for airpods or powerbeats pros?
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Here's the painful part for me - yes this seems a good deal but I can't stomach the entry level Air. It has only 128 GB SSD. That's far too little in 2019. So you have to pay $200 more (!!) to get the 256 GB with no other upgrades, dramatically increasing the cost.

Edit: Also, note the headphones go on sale for $200 per previous Slickdeals. So consider that in the pricing calculations, rather than $350 MSRP.
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ASUS ZENBOOK 13 is pretty close I think. It's got similar specs and is a bit thinner/lighter. It's $799 a few places. Not a clue on the headphones though. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FW7D635
Beats headphones supposedly cost about $10-$15 to make (the components are cheap and you can get similar headphones for $20-$25 all day long). Then they turn around and sell them for $300 due to branding. It's like $10 jeans vs $200 jeans.
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