2014 Refurb Airs

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dj95, Aug 15, 2014.


2013 Refurb or 2014 Refurb

  1. 2013 4/128 = £599

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  2. 2014 4/128= £639

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  1. dj95 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    I've just got a rMBP but now I'm slightly addicted and want to try an 11inch Air as well as a casual use/family on-hand machine. Now that the 2014 Airs have hit the refurb store, is it worth buying one of them over the equivalent refurb 2013 model? For instance, in the UK refurb store the 2013 11 inch 4/128 is £599 while the 2014 11 inch 4/128 is just £40 more at £639. Is it worth the extra £40 for the newer machine or should I get the 2013 and put the £40 to an external drive? Thanks!
  2. L T macrumors 6502

    L T

    Feb 24, 2013
    For £40 you might as well go for the new one

    I'm wanting to go for a rMBP refurb but trying to wait until the 2014 ones hit the refurb store!
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Other than a teensy 0.1GHz speed bump on the processor, the two models are identical. In the long run, it's doubtful that 0.1GHz is going to be worth £40 to you over the life of that Mac.
  4. gbkrip macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Given your expected use of the machine, I'd get the cheaper one.
  5. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    You could spend the extra money for the title of the "2014 MBA", it may have better resale value in the future just because it is labeled as a newer model. If you have no intentions of selling it ever, Id recommend the 2013 as there is no noticeable difference between the two.
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Good advice.

    As everyone else has pointed out, there is hardly any difference between both models, other than the year of manufacture, which will only be of relevance should you wish to sell the computer in the future.
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I don't know how significant it would be, but an older model will probably have used up more battery charge cycles and more SSD read/writes. These things have finite lifetimes...
  8. phositadc macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012

    Could be wrong but I think the refurb store gives new batteries in the laptops...
  9. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    I think so too
  10. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    There is actually no difference between the 2014 and 2013 i7 models. And only 0.1ghz for the i5 models. As I chose an i7 I decided on the 2013 model - which had a new battery with 4 cycles on it and a (re)manufacture date of this month. So while it's a mid 2013 model it's manufacture date was current so resale value difference should not be huge a couple years from now.

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