2012 refurb MacBook Air 13" or 2013 Haswell MacBook Air 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by IrtazaSafi, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. IrtazaSafi macrumors newbie

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    Hi.

    I'm an engineering student and I'm on 5 year old Pentium Dual core lenovo Laptop. The machine is built like a tank by the way and still usable but it lags and is very slow by today's standards. It has a pathetic 60 minute battery life and more importantly,I can't really run MATLAB well on this device. Windows is also frustrating with it's lag and stuff so I am looking towards a Mac.


    Now ,Apple has a really good deal on the refurbished 2012 Macbook air 13 inch (i5 version) on it's website at about 750 dollars. I was wondering if I should get that one instead of the new one which costs around 1100 dollars ? How's the battery life and performance on the 2012 model ? Bear in mind that i'm coming from a laptop with an hour or so of battery life so won't the 2012 model be a big enough upgrade for me ?

    Furthermore, will the processing on the macbook air be good enough to handle MATLAB ? Also ,my lenovo has lasted me a good 5 years or so and it would be a shame if my new mac breaks down after 2 years. Are you confident that a Mac will last as long as or last longer than my current machine ?

    Are refurbished Macs safe to buy ?

    Many Thanks !
     
  2. alexrmc92 macrumors regular

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    The battery life will be a few hours less while doing small tasks, maybe and hour less when doing intensive tasks. Keep in mind the 2013 only last 2-3 hours when CPU and GPU load are high. The CPU from 2012 performance wise is mostly the same as the 2013, the 2013 excels is disk performance by quite a bit because it has a PCIe SSD. It also excels in memory speed and graphics processing.

    I dont know how power intensive MATLAB is, but if your using 80% or more of the CPU you probably wont see more than two hours out of it.
     
  3. techguy20 macrumors 6502

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    I'd get the 2013 one: higher resale value, better/faster SSD, faster processor, much improved battery life.

    Don't forget that you are also entitled to Apple's education pricing and also receive a $100 iTunes card along with your purchase per the Back to School promotion. You can sell this for $80+ on eBay if you don't need it.
     
  4. IrtazaSafi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm in Pakistan so I doubt I get that educational discount :(.I'm going to ask a friend who's visiting the US to get me one.
     
  5. SusanK macrumors 68000

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    I think the SSD on that Mac is only 64g if that matters.
     
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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