Apple MacBook Air 2010 Student Discount

Apple today released new MacBook Air models, we’ll call them the MacBook Air 2010, and the good news is that there’s already a student discount available on the MacBook Air 2010 model!  If you go to the Apple Academic discount store using this link and select your university you can find the new MacBook Air 2010 has $50 off for the student pricing.  The MacBook Air 11.6-inch model costs a starting price of $949 and the MacBook Air 13-inch model has a starting price of $1,249.  For regular buyers it’s $999 for the 11.6-inch MacBook Air and $1,299 for the 13.3-inch MacBook Air.

MacBook Air 2010 student discount

To sweeten the deal a little, the upgrade options for students are also cheaper.  Regularly it costs +$100 to upgrade the processor from 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz or the RAM from 2GB to 4GB but via the Apple academic store it’s +$90 for each upgrade, so a savings of 10%.


Both of these new laptops are perfect for school use, the 11.6-inch version weighs in at a mere 2.3lbs and is about 0.7-inches thick.  You won’t even notice that in your backpack!  The 13-inch version weighs only 2.9lbs and is the same thickness as the 11-inch version at only 0.7-inches.  The specs for each version are below:

13-inch MacBook Air 2010 specs:

  • Processor: 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (optional 2.13GHz upgrade)
  • Graphics: Nvidia 320M
  • Memory: 2GB (optional 4GB max upgrade)
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB SSD
  • Display: 13.3” 1440 x 900 resoultion LED backlighting
  • Ports: 2 USB 2.0, 1 SD card slot
  • Wireless: 802.11n and Bluetooth
  • Weight: 2.9lbs
  • Thickness: 0.7-inches

11-inch MacBook Air 2010 specs:

  • Processor: 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (optional 1.6GHz upgrade)
  • Graphics: Nvidia 320M
  • Memory: 2GB (optional 4GB max upgrade)
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB SSD
  • Display: 11.6” 1366 x 768 resoultion LED backlighting
  • Ports: 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Wireless: 802.11n and Bluetooth
  • Weight: 2.3lbs
  • Thickness: 0.7-inches

MacBook Air 2010 Battery Life

Most students will be wondering what the battery life is for the MBA 2010 since that is such a critical aspect of a notebook when you’re on campus away from outlets for several hours.  Apple is claiming that due to the fact they’re using Flash storage (SSD) they have much more room for the battery.  Since the 13-inch version is bigger it has a larger battery and has more battery life.  Below are the quoted numbers from Apple, these may or may not be realistic in the real world – we’ll have to wait for reviews:

  • 13-inch MacBook Air 2010 battery life: up to 7 hours
  • 11-inch MacBook Air 2010 battery life: up to 5 hours

I’ve ordered the 11-inch version of the Apple MBA 2010 and will report the battery life along with all of my thoughts in the next couple of weeks!

Apple MacBook Air 2010

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About AJ

I'm a big believer in the importance of technology usage in education, but not just having blind faith in technology gadgets and using them in a school setting for the sake of it. I review and write about technology devices such as laptops and tablets that have a clear purpose and provide a learning advantage for students.
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