Is it worth the extra 100$

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Bohdiez, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2011
    I was wondering if it is worth the extra 100$ to upgrade from the 1.7 Core i5 to the 1.8 core i7?
    And will it be even noticed through out my daily surfing, emails or watching some YouTube videos...

    Just thinking may be with the extra cash for a little extra power.
  2. macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2011
    They're not going to charge you $100 for no reason. Of course it's worth it, especially on a MBA, where you'll need it. If it's only 100 I would get it, that's a major upgrade.
  3. macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    that does not answer the question..anyone got an example of why he should spend it?
  4. macrumors 68040

    Jul 18, 2011
  5. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Apple definitely would charge you $100 for nothing. In fact, they overcharge about $150 for an 8GB RAM upgrade. It really isn't that big of a difference in power, and it certainly isn't noticeable for light use such as email, browsing and videos.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    MacBook Air 2011 i5 vs i7 – Is the upgrade worth it?
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2010
    Wherever the army needs me.
    For what you described, the upgrade isn't worth the money IMO.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    If you do extensive video editing or something similar that uses lots of processor cycles, then yes, it's worth it. If not, then you are paying more than you need to AND losing some battery life in the deal.

    The money was not an issue for me, but I chose the i5 for the slightly better battery life, as I wasn't going to be doing much to use the i7.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I do exactly what OP does plus Xcode on my Air with i5 and I'm perfectly happy.

    The i7 is roughly a 9-10% performance difference. I think you will be happy with i5.

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