1.6 vs 1.8?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JRSimmons, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. JRSimmons macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2008
    Well, while waiting for the Macbook update, I've been considering going for the Air instead (although may still wait until the 14th, incase they update that too) - Although I understand it's all speculation

    Has anyone owned/used both the 1.6ghz and 1.8ghz? I can't justify the extra $500 for a SSD over HD, especially being smaller in capacity. Although on the HD version there is an option to upgrade the processor for an extra $200.
    Is the 1.8 worthwhile? or will the difference be minimal? Would you recommend it?

    It will be used mainly for word processing at Uni alongside itunes. With general web browsing, no heavy image or video work.

    Help appreciated.
  2. mBurns macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2006
    I'd purchase your Air on eBay. I'm seeing 1.6 Ghz Airs going for $1100 consistently and just saw an 1.8 Ghz go for $1500.
  3. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    I am not speaking from experience (on a MBA) but I think you will see more of a proformance increase in the SSD VS the HDD...

    What will you be doing on it?
  4. gooddeal macrumors regular


    Aug 3, 2008
    Well, I just search on ebay. Out of 35 completed listings:

    1 sold for $1025 + 30 shipping but it only comes w/ AC adapter

    1 sold for $755 + $ shipping but it has bad screen.

    2 sold around $1200 + shipping

    Most sold around $1300 and up

    1.6 v. 1.8. I cannot tell you if the 1.8 is better than 1.6 but I have 1.6 and it's working fine for me. I don't think you need the 1.8 for the things you do.
  5. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Just wait. With any luck, the new Air will come with a 5400 rpm drive. Apple is also rumored to lower prices across the board. It's only a week away.
  6. Lumpydog macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2007
    Difference is hard to tell

    I was in the Apple store last weekend - they had a 1.6 HD next to a 1.8 SSD. I rebooted both and then simultaneously started several apps (i know, not a scientific test). They appeared to start up and load applications at the exact same speed. I ran a few other tasks and it was really hard to tell the difference. If the 1.8 machine was faster, it was by hundredths of a second.
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I am typing this reply on a 1.6GHz MacBook Air and I have to tell you, this machine is plenty fast. I bit the bullet two weeks a ago and purchased my MBA
    off of eBay for $1300 (plus the external MBA SuperDrive) and I have fallen in love with this laptop.

    I did play around with the 1.8GHz MacBook Air in the Apple Store in Lancaster, PA and I really could not tell the difference. So, I would say to go for the 1.6GHz version - although, I would look for a nice one on eBay and save yourself more than just the $200 price difference from choosing the 1.6GHz chip.

    Either way you go, the MacBook Air is one fine machine! :) :apple:
  8. kenned macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
    I doubt it'd be worth the 200$ to upgrade the processor. Because as soon as the processor starts working it'll run hot and underclock to avoid overheating, and therefore both processors would much more likely just run at 1,2Ghz

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