2010 2.13GHz core 2 duo vs 2011 1.7GHz i5

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dsharp7th, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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)
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    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...X: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.
     
  3. macrumors G4

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    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.
     
  4. macrumors 65816

    FuNGi

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    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 ;)
     
  5. Stetrain, Jun 24, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012

    macrumors 68040

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    The 2011 models also have backlit keyboards and Thunderbolt, while the 2010 models don't. :)
     
  6. macrumors G4

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    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.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    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!
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    Get the 2010-- runs cooler, better batt life and graphics.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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...
     

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