Cold Feet with buying 2009 MBA HELP!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by GriiMz, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    Hey guys basically the jist of it is that i'm rather nervous about getting a MBA. I have a super desktop and this is only really needed for browsing and a bit of editing. My main concern is the 1 usb port and I heard there were heating issues with the 2009 MBA. This is second hand off Gumtree and has applecare until April 2013. It is 1.8Ghz with 2GB ram. So my questions I need answered are...

    1. Is 2GB of ram enough really?
    2. Do the 2009 MBA's have many issues or is it rare?
    3. Would it be better to wait 3 weeks and get a refurb MBP from apple for £300 more?

    Thanks for any help and advice
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    You missed the most important information. How much are you paying for this?

    50 bucks? Ya, go for it. I wouldn't pay more then $99 for it. It is going to be a paper weight quite quickly. I bet you the battery is probably crappy.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    £490 for it. What do you think?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011

  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
  6. macrumors 68040


    Nov 20, 2008
    Mac2Sell states the value of the computer at £330-450 depending on the hard drive in the MBA.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    I would not buy the older 2009 model. I think you will be limited with it. As you mentioned 1 USB only, Heat issues, slow hard drive (not SSD).
    You won't even be able to play high definition movies/clips.

    I think you should at least go for the 2010 because there are huge differences when it comes to performance.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    wait, do you litterally mean HARD DRIVE? Or does it have an ssd?
    Because if it has a hard drive, don't buy it... Sucky cpu with sucky ram and sucky HDD = worthless. Try and get a 2010 one with an ssd.
  9. macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    The old MacBook Air's only had the SSD as a premium option, so it's likely that that MBA only has a HDD.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    Yep it's SSD.

    SO do you guys think wait 3 weeks for a refurbished macbook pro 2010?
  11. macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2011
    For that amount of money do not even think about buying, especially if you want to edit anything.

    Keep watching Gumtree for at least a 2010 model Air, or any semi-recent MBP.
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    okay thanks, anyone else?
  13. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area

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