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Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Liquinn, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Liquinn, Dec 30, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2012

    macrumors 68020

    Hi, thinking on buying an 11" MBA. Should I purchase the 2012 or 2011 model? Is there that much difference between the 2011/2012 model or no? Will there be any significant benefits with the difference on buying the 2012 model? I mostly use my computer for web browing; Photoshop; apps etc.

    Apple 11 inch MacBook Air (Dual-Core i5,1.6GHz,2GB,64GB Flash,HD Graphics)

    I want something more portable than my 13" MBP.

    Should I wait for Haswell or should I buy now?

    I can get a 2011" Air for £724.00 - is this a good buy?

  2. macrumors 68040

    $724 pounds doesn't seem that very worth it. You might be better off shopping around for a refurbished 2012 11" air. For a bit more, you get more ram and a faster processor overall.
  3. macrumors member

    I agree, I would try to stay as up to date as possible.

    Look around for a 2012 version.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Don't forget the fact that 2011 only has USB 2 where as the 2012 has USB 3!
  5. macrumors regular

    I had the same debate, ended up buying the 2012 one. Primary reasons:
    • Better graphics (HD4000 instead of HD3000)
    • USB3 available on the 2012 model
    • More memory (can order with up to 8GB)

    If you do choose to buy a 2011 model, I'd get one that has 4GB of RAM if possible.
  6. macrumors regular

    £724 is too much imho given the 2012 model starts at £850.
    Student/academic price for the base model is around £720 IIRC.

    I'd find a student friend to buy it for me in your situation.
  7. macrumors 6502


    A HUGE +1 on USB 3. The speed improvement is monumental if you plan to use an external hard drive. If you DO get a 2011, max out the memory and storage at the very least... but I think the 2012 is the better deal, esp if you can get a refurb.


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