Which MacBook Air is going to perform better?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by zolciak, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    I'm looking to buy a used MacBook Air and I found two that stand out for me.

    Screen size isn't that important to me, I'm more interested to know which one is better in terms of specs & if one model has any known problems or anything like that.

    MacBook 1: 2010 11.6" 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 64GB HD

    MacBook 2: 2008 13.3", 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 80GB HD

    They're both the same price / condition. (mint)

    The second option looks better to me on paper, but are there any obvious advantages of having a 2010 Air over a 2008 one?

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated!
  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2012
    Southern California
    I'm currently using the MBA you listed as #2. Steer clear of this as it is really slow
  3. macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2011
    The first is the redesigned model, it has an SSD and it has 2 USB ports unlike the 2008 Air that has hard drive, heat issues (or so I have heard), is slow and only has 1 USB port, seems like a no-brainer definitely get the 11" 2010 model, P.S. how much are you paying for it?
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    They're both around $600.

    Are the first generation ones that bad then? Only having 1 USB port wouldn't bother me, but if they have overheating/performance issues issues I'll avoid those.
  5. macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    if you're prepared to go $600, personally I'd bite the bullet and buy new.
    or at the very worst go #1.

    forget #2 - screen hinges are probably well worn and loose by now, not to mention it'd be as slow as a wet week to do anything meaningful on apart from some word processing.

    amazing how what was the duck's nuts a few years ago is now limp and unappealing.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    The new one will kill the old one. Not only is the old one using a conventional hard drive rather than an SSD - it is also a 1.8" 4200 rpm hard drive.

    i.e., it is very slow, even by hard drive standards.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    The first choice. I've heard nothing but bad things about the 2008. So 100% go with the 2010 one.

    I understand not everyone can buy new...and sometimes if you can get a good deal and its mint, it may be just as gone!

    Good luck with your mac:apple:
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    Thanks guys, I wasn't aware of the differences - I'll definitely go for a 2010 or newer one.

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