2014 11 inch purchase ADVICE!

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  1. samwaltham, Mar 16, 2015
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    samwaltham macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I am looking to get some advice on the below Macbook I have just purchased.

    A bit of background info - I have a 15 inch Macbook Pro which I keep wired up to an external monitor for all my video editing and photoshop projects. The MacBook Air will be solely for travel and for use when I'm not on the MB Pro at my desk.

    I picked up a brand new 2014 - 11 inch - 8GB RAM - i5 and 128 SSD for £650. This equates to around $950.

    I want to know if you think this a a good deal and if I should consider getting the new 2015 model? I have 14 days to return it if needs be.

    First post on here by the way!

    Thanks :)
     
  2. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...its not a bad price but I guess it would depend on how much the same 2015 machine would cost you?
     
  3. samwaltham thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi J&JPolangin,

    thanks for the reply!

    The 2015 model will be £829 with 8GB of RAM.

    The question is if it's worth paying an extra £180 for the Intel HD 6000

    Sam
     
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  5. newellj macrumors 601

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    I have had a 2014 and a 2015 i5 4gb version of the 11" MBA for a week there isn't much real world difference.
     
  6. samwaltham thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Newellj!

    Looking forward to receiving it later this week :)
     
  7. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    I have to agree with the above -- given that you have a MacBook Pro to handle heavier tasks, save your money on the MBA. You really can't go wrong with a 2014/2015.
     
  8. samwaltham thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks onepoint!

    I appreciate your response!
     
  9. Rigby macrumors 601

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    I'd agree it's not worth it. The 2015 11" MBA didn't even get the faster SSD that the 13" model got, so it's basically just a minor CPU/iGPU bump. Probably nothing you would ever notice.
     
  10. newellj macrumors 601

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    I ran video and data benchmarks and didn't see much difference. I also did real world tasks with the same results. The one thing that Broadwell might offer that I didn't check is better battery life, but frankly in my personal use that's never an issue because I'm never away from a power source for long enough that it would be a consideration for me. YMMV.
     
  11. nefan65 macrumors 65816

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    In a similar boat. Have 2013 11"/MBA/i7/128/8. Not sure if I want to give this to my wife, and get a 12"MB, or the new 2015 11" i7? I think the screens on the new ones a tad better than the 2013, but not sure if it's a lot better?
     
  12. samwaltham thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I really appreciate everyones feedback and responses on this!

    Thanks!

    :)
     
  13. newellj macrumors 601

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    I haven't seen any reviews that suggest the TN panels have changed at all from 2013. The 2014 and 2015 were the same.
     

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