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Noimus
Jul 30, 2013, 03:14 PM
Hey guys so I decided on getting a MBA for school use. I'm definitely getting a 13" since 11" just seems too small. Battery life is a huge issue, but I don't mind carrying my charger along with me since MBA 2013 is expensive. I got a good deal on a refurbished 13" MBA for $849. Should I hop on that deal and buy it right away? My MBA would be for only basic use so I don't need anything high end.
I'd like to get the MBA 2013 but do you think I should pay the extra $300 for it? I mean the only thing I see is the battery life being useful. Let me know guys!

Also, I might use the MBA 2012 in clamshell mode when I'm home sometimes!



GoCubsGo
Jul 30, 2013, 03:17 PM
Maybe these threads will help:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1600023&highlight=mba+2012+vs+mba+2013
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1600023&highlight=mba+2012+vs+mba+2013
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1602123&highlight=mba+2012+vs+mba+2013

I'd buy the 2013 and for dinner I am making a pork loin, I recommend the same.

Stetrain
Jul 30, 2013, 03:20 PM
The 2013 13" Air is $1049 with the student discount, plus you get a $100 iTunes/AppStore gift card right now because of the back-to-school promotion.

So you're looking at about $100 difference if you count the gift card.

For that $100 you get better battery life, a faster SSD, and better graphics (HD 5000 vs HD 4000), as well as dual microphones for better voice recognition. Plus it's a newer model year so you should get better resale down the line.


That said, if you're looking at buying through Apple's certified refurbished store via their website then that's a good way to go too if you get a good deal, since you get the same return period and warranty.