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dsharp7th
Jun 24, 2012, 03:16 PM
i know this resembles many questions on this forum but i can't quite find anyone comparing these two, so...

789 would get me
2011 13" MBA 1.7GHz i5, 4GB/128GB
refurbished from apple

838 would get me
2010 13 MBA 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB/256GB
new (i think) from jigsaw

i'm veering towards the extra storage with the 2010 model, hoping that the higher speed will cancel out the more modern processor, but am i wrong?

is it correct that the 2010s do better on battery life?

(i'm not going to let the backlit keyboard decide it, and i don't think i'll need thunderbolt)



kyjaotkb
Jun 24, 2012, 03:46 PM
take the 2011, for sure ! The i5 is way faster than the Core2Duo. And more future proof, too.

throw in this
http://cgi.ebay.fr/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130626843499&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649#ht_4710wt_1096

(I did it, it works perfectly and they customer service is great - their screwdrivers are weak and I broke 2 of them, so they sent me 2 additional screwdrivers for free in no time)

Resell the 128GB stick after Apple Care expires, in one year.

I think you won't regret it at all.

KPOM
Jun 24, 2012, 04:05 PM
Get the 2011. You can always expand the SSD later (there are 3rd party solutions), or use an external Thunderbolt hard drive. The Sandy Bridge processor is a significant improvement from the Core 2 Duo.

FuNGi
Jun 24, 2012, 08:23 PM
I vote 2010 for doubled storage. Aftermarket SSD blades are not cheap, the 320M is a decent graphics card, and the 2.13 Ghz processor is fine as long as you are a patient photo editor ;)

Stetrain
Jun 24, 2012, 08:32 PM
The 2011 models also have backlit keyboards and Thunderbolt, while the 2010 models don't. :)

KPOM
Jun 24, 2012, 09:04 PM
I vote 2010 for doubled storage. Aftermarket SSD blades are not cheap, the 320M is a decent graphics card, and the 2.13 Ghz processor is fine as long as you are a patient photo editor ;)

Aftermarket blades aren't cheap, but a Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter is $99. Add $50 for the cable, and $200 for a 256GB SSD, and for $350 more you have tripled the storage. In another year, that $200 might get you a 512GB SSD.

cherishzm
Jun 24, 2012, 10:09 PM
Aftermarket blades aren't cheap, but a Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter is $99. Add $50 for the cable, and $200 for a 256GB SSD, and for $350 more you have tripled the storage. In another year, that $200 might get you a 512GB SSD.

But you wouldn't want to carry the external drive with you all the time. I would buy the 2011 and find a used 256GB OEM SSD out of 2010/2011 MBA's to upgrade the stock 128GB and sell it!

calvol
Jun 25, 2012, 12:49 AM
Get the 2010-- runs cooler, better batt life and graphics.

dsharp7th
Jun 25, 2012, 03:14 PM
Thanks folks, the lack of consensus matched my indecision. Have gone for the 2011 as I would hate the thought of a dialog box in the future saying "this software requires an i5 or later processor" like so many said about G4 on my old indigo iMac. Got a bit of change to put towards network storage, so my next conundrum will be Time Capsule or mac friendly NAS...