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[Apple Month@Micro Center] MacBook Air M1 - Late 2020. 8gb RAM/256gb SSD - $899 and More

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Same price as Apple Education price, but some may prefer to get from Micro Center.

Apple M1 Chip
8GB Unified RAM
256GB Solid State Drive
7-core GPU
macOS
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
13.3" Retina LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology

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Good deal for new, current floor is $850 via Apple Certified Refurbished, currently OOS
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Bestbuy did price match without any fuss. I am in WA where microcenter is not present.
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what happens when the SSD dies? any way to replace it

I heard a lot of good things about the M1 chip, wanted to try FCP on it..
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what happens when the SSD dies? any way to replace it

I heard a lot of good things about the M1 chip, wanted to try FCP on it..
Do SSD's frequently have this problem?
I'm using my MacBook Air from 2013 and never had a problem with the SSD (although I replaced the battery twice.)
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Do SSD's frequently have this problem?
I'm using my MacBook Air from 2013 and never had a problem with the SSD (although I replaced the battery twice.)
No, as you've seen, SSD drives are very reliable... And don't have issues without heavy data transfer/use.
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Quote from bk2002 :
what happens when the SSD dies? any way to replace it

I heard a lot of good things about the M1 chip, wanted to try FCP on it..
This is a very good laptop, I like it a lot. You aren't going to be able to replace ssd or ram.
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Quote from PriapisX :
Do SSD's frequently have this problem?
I'm using my MacBook Air from 2013 and never had a problem with the SSD (although I replaced the battery twice.)
I had a 2tb XPG s50 lite nvme fail after 4 month of light use. If you aren't using it for heavy IO, it can last 10+ years. Otherwise if you're doing software development or video editing you can purchase external nvme enclosure for $20 and put any ssd you like.
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I had a 2tb XPG s50 lite nvme fail after 4 month of light use. If you aren't using it for heavy IO, it can last 10+ years. Otherwise if you're doing software development or video editing you can purchase external nvme enclosure for $20 and put any ssd you like.
yeah i lost 2 SSD's Also. i used them has just boot dr
Quote from Mitya :
I had a 2tb XPG s50 lite nvme fail after 4 month of light use. If you aren't using it for heavy IO, it can last 10+ years. Otherwise if you're doing software development or video editing you can purchase external nvme enclosure for $20 and put any ssd you like.
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I had a 2tb XPG s50 lite nvme fail after 4 month of light use. If you aren't using it for heavy IO, it can last 10+ years. Otherwise if you're doing software development or video editing you can purchase external nvme enclosure for $20 and put any ssd you like.
Had 2 ssd's crash (about 1 year use) was just using them on my pc as boot drives. and doing reading and writing on the second drive. The C drive was just for boot and program files. not as a scratch disk also.
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Just pay for icloud if you want your data to backed up all the time. If you have iPhone and Macbook, it works great.
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going to buy macbook , Is apple care of any help ?, I mean paying around $200+ in case if they don't cover all the problems ?
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There was a post a couple weeks (maybe months) back where someone listed a website that didn't charge tax... would anyone happen to know? It was like something and brothers or something and sons.
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what happens when the SSD dies? any way to replace it

I heard a lot of good things about the M1 chip, wanted to try FCP on it..
This is a non-issue with too much hype around it for article and youtube content views.
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Costco has it for $950 and you get 2 years warranty. If you pay with Costco Citi card, you get 2 additional years warranty. Worth paying $50 bucks extra for 4 years warranty if you have the Citi card.
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Just bought a "Apple Certified Refurb MBA M1 8 Core GPU, 8gb RAM, 512gb SSD, Gray" for $1,059 before tax on Apple Store.
Microcenter wanted the same model/specs but new for $1,179.99.
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