2010 2.13GHz core 2 duo vs 2011 1.7GHz i5

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

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2007
    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

    Nov 20, 2009
    London, UK
    take the 2011, for sure ! The i5 is way faster than the Core2Duo. And more future proof, too.

    throw in this

    (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

    Oct 23, 2010
    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


    Feb 26, 2010
    Sweden & California
    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

    Feb 6, 2009
    The 2011 models also have backlit keyboards and Thunderbolt, while the 2010 models don't. :)
  6. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    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

    Mar 13, 2011
    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

    Feb 3, 2011
    Get the 2010-- runs cooler, better batt life and graphics.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2007
    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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