Two models, fast help pls :/

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by shonboy, May 12, 2013.

  1. shonboy macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2013
    Hey everyone, i really need help in choosing between 2 macbook air models. The first is 2011 i7 1.8 model with 256ssd and the other is 2012 i5 1.8 model with 126ssd. Now i will be using it for web browsing, word editing, some occasional photo/video editing maybe, and some games (DOTA 2, nothing extravagant). I need your help and fast, deciding whether to get the older model for increased storage or will the 2012 model be better somehow (i think it has an improved gpu or something?). Both are used, 13 inch and 4 GB RAM, can't find any with 8 :/...
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    With that combination of what you'd be running on it, I recommend 256 GB SSD, 8GB RAM and 2012.

    Did you check what Apple is selling refurbished?
  3. shonboy thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2013
    no other options

    I can't buy from apple store because i live in Serbia so the choice is really between the two models from the post, i set DOTA 2 as the most graphically intensive task i expect it to perform, i think both will manage everyday tasks great...
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    2012 model has faster graphics, so I would go with that.

    If the internal storage turns out to be too little for you you can always purchase a USB 3 external hard drive.
  5. Isamilis macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2012

    If price between 2 models is comparable, I would go with 2011. 256GB will give you enough room bring only the mba without additional external disk (and mouse and charger) most of the time. That would be very compact and gives you more flexibility. Moreover, it seems you don't plan to run heavy tasks with the machine.
  6. BenTrovato macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2012
    Wouldn't a 2012 still have at least 1 month warranty (or more) left on it? I would go with that one.
  7. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    The warranty starts the minute you buy it new. The 2011 will have an expired year warranty because someone already bought it. I assume the 2012 would be brand new from Apple, but I could be wrong.
  8. BenTrovato macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2012
    Yes... He says both are used. The earliest the 2012 could have been purchased would have been June. That's why I said it should have at minimum one month warranty left.

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