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Apple MacBook Air M1 512GB $1799 + Delivery @ Umart (Pricebeat $1709 @ Officeworks)

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This morning, I purchased a new MacBook Air M1 512gb in silver for $1709 with Officeworks price beat on the Umart price. The retail price on OW was $1947, and Umart has it on sale for $1799. They also have a bunch of “hot deals” on all Apple laptops until Friday.

I did the price beat over the phone and it was really easy. Just select the menu option for all other enquiries.

Mine
https://www.umart.com.au/Apple-13in-MacBook-Air-2020---Apple...

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/macbook-ai...

Other deals
MacBook Air
https://www.umart.com.au/Apple-MacBook-Air_390C.html

MacBook Pro
https://www.umart.com.au/Apple-MacBook-Pro_391C.html

Price beat info
https://www.officeworks.com.au/information/policies/price-be...

I hope this is helpful for someone.

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  • +4 votes

    We always talk about Officeworks price match. You know The Good Guys apparently also price match in a similar way.

    • +8 votes

      Officeworks is easy and generally no fuss

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      I think Good Guys needs you to purchase first then price match and the difference +5% is given in voucher?

      • +7 votes

        I think TGG has changed it and only works if you sign up to their Concierge membership now.

        Officeworks is the way to go for price beats

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          Wow, that's dogy, you have to pay extra for Concierge.

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          correct, i miss the good ol days of TGG price matching after purchase :D

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            @quikstix: Whatever happened to their catch phrase "Pay less, pay cash"?

        • +2 votes

          Think they are planning to rebrand. TGG to TDG…the dodgy guys

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            @epsilon: “Pay less pay cash” went away as a) the margins shrank so the cash price wasn’t much better than the regular price (or in the case of sales prices sometimes not at all), and b) the number of customers actually paying cash had diminished to the point that it made no sense to continue.

            The change to price match policy happened around the time they were purchased by JB.

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              @Cyan9: The crazy thing is over the past 3yrs I've been offered better deals if I pay on credit card than if I pay cash

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      OW does 5% price beat. I doubt TGG does the same.

  • +12 votes

    I’ve done good guys and Harvey’s in the past. They only matched the price where as officeworks gives the extra 5% off.

    If it’s a cheap item and postage cost is a factor, then you might choose GG or Harvey’s if they have free postage.

  • +1 vote

    Buy from Apple Wd to get Airpod ?

    • +4 votes

      With the OW pricebeat you're saving $80 instead of getting the airpods, might be worth it to people who don't want them and can't be bothered selling them. Especially with how many other people are trying to sell the free airpods now.

  • +1 vote

    Price beat will be higher than 1709 for those who don't have Umart local to them.
    Did they leave out postage costs in your price beat price?

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      I did it in Melbourne using click and collect

      • +1 vote

        They didn't include the $11 delivery fee in their calculation? You scored yourself $10.45 . They 'should' include the shipping in the original total.

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          When I asked about shipping, she said she’d have to look at Umarts shipping fee, so I said I’d just pick it up from coburb and she left the price as is. The only other thing she checked was stock.

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    What's a good dock for these that will support an external display with [email protected]?

    • +4 votes

      If you don’t have your monitor yet, get a USB-C monitor.

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        I did exactly this. Bought a Dell P2721Q - with a single cable I get 4K60Hz display, 4 USB A ports and 65W charging (which is way more than the Air needs)

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        Already have a decent monitor. Reluctant to sell it second hand and buy a new one. I think it would be cheaper to buy a dock. But I think the monitor with built in dock is the most tidy option.

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      Get the new OWC thunderbolt 4 dock

    • +1 vote

      If you don’t need a dock and plan to use exisiting setup, you can get this cable from Apple

      https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MUF82AM/A/usb-c-digital-a...

  • +4 votes

    If only 16GB

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      Use Apple Edu store deal to get a BTO 16GB…

      • +1 vote

        I got the 16GB/1TB MacBook Air for $2300 from the edu store. It’s a lot to pay for an Air but I couldn’t be happier with the performance and it’s a partial tax write off.

  •  

    Guys please help.

    Should I get base model M1 Pro or use that extra money for M1 Air with 16gb RAM?
    It will be used for university and a little bit of video and photography editing as side hobby.

    • +3 votes

      i would say air with 16GB RAM is better off if you are not a heavy user

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        The air in the Officeworks link only has 8GB RAM. How much extra to upgrade to 16GB?

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          It has to be BTO, and it's $300. Only Apple edu deal offers it cheaper, and includes BTO.

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      Check Unbox Theraphy video on YT, according to him Mac Air is as good as the Pro. Only diffrence is the fan on the Pro and probably the GPU (not sure about this though). You can save the few dollars for the upgrade of your RAM to 16gb.

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        I am scared that Air without fan will cause significant stress on the CPU in the long term. But that is my only concern.

        • +1 vote

          Thermals are really good. I'd recommend watching some YT reviews and reading web articles.

        • +2 votes

          the pro is better if you will be doing work for hours on end cause it has a fan

          • +1 vote

            @johnkimun: i agree. All the YT reviews are good but they are current day reviews. These guys will probably upgrade their gear every few months where as we need to consider long term. Fans are always going to be beneficial.

            If you are getting the M1 consider that it's already significantly cheaper than the comparable Intel spec so you are already saving on funds there.

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              @Bargains of Oz: i don't think anyone of them have stressed tested the air for hours on end in Australian summer heat

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          You can always just open it up and air dust it

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          It's basically kitted up phone CPU, they have extremely low heat generation compared to normal CPU's.

      • +3 votes

        Unbox Therapy has become a sellout who has 0/10 personal integrity and credibility. I stopped watching Lou after the Escobar fold scam phones video and have only trusted MKBHD since.

      • +3 votes

        Really wouldn't go to unbox therapy for anything technical tbh

    • +7 votes

      M1 with ram. The pro loses function keys in place of the touch bar and the fan introduces dust into the system reducing the overall longevity.

    • +1 vote

      You will likely only need 8gb ram

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      I got the 16GB/1TB MacBook Air for $2300 from the edu store. It’s a lot to pay for an Air but I couldn’t be happier with the performance and it’s a partial tax write off.

  • +1 vote

    the pro has better battery life if that matters, check linus tech tips video, the pro got 20+ hours video

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    You don't go with applecare as well? Seems with all hardware getting more integrated it would matter more to get the right support? Or are you happy with consumer protection laws?

    • +1 vote

      I have never got Apple care on a MacBook and never needed it. If I’ve had problems, it’s been after 5+ years of use anyway, well after Apple Care coverage ends and towards the end of its life anyway. I don’t think Apple care is needed.

    • +1 vote

      Australian consumer law is 2 years anyway so you’re paying a really high premium for that extra 1 year

  • +1 vote

    Damn

    $100 extra for the gold or space grey.

    Thank you for the post

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      Space grey not available at Officeworks

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    If you ain’t taking AppleCare, which is the choice of card to buy with, to make the best out of it? I guess 28 degrees offers accident protection and price protection for a year on all purchases. Any better / longer ones out there?

  • +2 votes

    Opted for the MacBook Air simply because it doesn’t have a Touch Bar.

  •  

    Same no touch bar, got the base model Air for 10% off. First apple laptop that doesn't get hot, love it. I do have a 5K 27" iMac too though.

  •  

    Can you put W10 on this via bootcamp? Does the ARM processor play nice with windows?

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      No bootcamp available.

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        That sucks.

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          Parallels is available though

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            @Durdart: There is also Crossover. But both take performance hit in comparison to boot camp.

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            @Durdart: Yeah, but parrallels sucks compared to native w10.

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    Can you get 16gb model from Umart or Officeworks? Or Apple store is the only choice?

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      Nope. Only apple orders

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    Thanks for your info. Does Officeworks have it in stock now? if not, did they tell you how long you have to wait?

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      Delivered to store tomorrow from warehouse

  •  

    I have read good things about the M1 chip and 512GB is plenty as internal storage.

    A bit of getting used to for long time Windows users.

  •  

    I have trouble getting over the concept that an M1 Mac with 8GB RAM provides sufficient performance, whereas an Intel Mac with 8GB RAM does not. I bought a MacBook Pro with a Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM and have found the memory limitation to really cripple performance, compared to my iMac with a 6 year older processor but 16GB RAM. Can anyone explain why 8GB is enough on an M1?

    •  

      Have you seen the comparisons between M1 and intel chips??? Goes part way to explaining it.

      Here is a reasonable video to watch.

      https://youtu.be/OuF9weSkS68

      It’ll be the new standard soon enough

    • +2 votes

      In simple terms, M1 is not just a CPU, it is the entire micro computer. Everything is within a single chip, data moves much faster and it can carry out arithmetic calculations without moving much of the data around.

      Apple can do this because it owns the platform end to end, they don't have to worry about 3rd party compatibility and integration.

      An Intel chip, on the other hand, is just a CPU, it has to work with components from other manufacturers, the architecture is complex and much less efficient, relatively speaking. I'm sure Intel is capable of designing something similar to a M1 chip, but they have to consider commercial viability with their technology partners.

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        Arm Devs having to be forced to optimise for phones for so long probably helped too.

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        They just made the better CPU overall (regardless of x86 vs arm ISA). M1 beats many laptop Intel/AMD CPUs even in the completely unaccelerated benchmarks, like llvm compilation. Having hardware accelerators for a number of tasks helps or course, but it's not the only reason m1 works so well, it's a very well implemented CPU design.

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      M1 is fast, but if 8GB was not sufficient for you with Intel, the same story with M1.

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        Not true, M1 doesn't need to move as much data around to complete a task, so it doesn't need as much memory for buffer.

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          It depends more on the task than ISA, if you need to allocate for example 12GB of memory for processing (large dataset), the performance would degrade quite a lot, regardless it's m1 or i7. GPU wise, the unified memory on M1 helps to avoid extra transfers, but on other hand, 8GB and memory bandwidth is shared between both GPU and CPU.

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        I’m not sure you know what you’re talking about

  •  

    Appple Education Portal has this config for $2,689 (includes the AirPods)
    MacBook Pro M1, 16GB unified memory, 1TB SSD storage

    I couldn't find similar config on Umart or am i missing something?

    • +1 vote

      M1 with 16GB of ram is built to order (BTO).

  • +1 vote

    need 16g ram

    • +1 vote

      That's some lightweight ram.

  •  

    The price is now $1,849.00

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    I bought MBP using price match for $2,089 (but i haven't picked up my order), but now umart decreased the price to $2,069. Can I get officeworks to pricematch again?

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      Well you're entitled to cancel the order

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        True. I just cancelled the order. thanks vodamerc.