J&R offers the 3-lb. Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 1.7GHz 13″ Notebook, model no. MC966LL/A, for $1,219 with free shipping. That’s $643 under last fall’s mention (which had a much better CPU and three years of AppleCare) and the lowest total price we’ve seen for this model. (It’s a current price low by $11.) This latest MacBook Air includes an Intel Core i5 1.7GHz Sandy Bridge dual-core processor, 13″ 1440×900 LED-backlit display, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, AirPort Extreme (802.11n wireless), Bluetooth 4.0, Facetime camera, Thunderbolt port, and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

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