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2015 v 2018?

Which MBA?


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Zen_Arcade

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 3, 2019
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I have a chance to get one of two MBAs.

The first is a 2015 2.2 GHz i7, 8 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, with box, etc. It is $500, and comes a with a spare 85 watt Magsafe adapter, wireless (Magic) keyboard, trackpad, and mouse.

The second is a new refurb 2018 with 16 GB/512 GB. Military price is $1223.

Will be used for typical home stuff; nothing dramatic.

Thoughts appreciated.
 

Shirasaki

macrumors G4
May 16, 2015
10,280
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If you appreciate longevity and want to use a far better keyboard, go for 2015 model. Far cheaper and packs with tons of stuff.

If you want a bit of future proof and appreciate slightly more modern design, go for 2018 model.
 
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Duckhunter

macrumors newbie
Jan 27, 2014
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I’d go with the 2015 all day. I have a 2017 which I think is a similar design and there is no way I’d buy a new one vs the 2017 that I have. It has the MagSafe, USB port, sd port, and it does everything I need to do. I use mine around the house and also for some light accounting work.
 
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AlexJoda

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Apr 8, 2015
768
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I’d go with the 2015 all day. I have a 2017 which I think is a similar design and there is no way I’d buy a new one vs the 2017 that I have. It has the MagSafe, USB port, sd port, and it does everything I need to do. I use mine around the house and also for some light accounting work.

What about the display? Don't you think that might be a reason to go for the 2018/19 MBA?
 
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Shirasaki

macrumors G4
May 16, 2015
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What about the display? Don't you think that might be a reason to go for the 2018/19 MBA?
For most casual stuff, including watching videos, non-retina display is not that bad. I still use a 1366*768 MacBook Air 11” and i don’t find the pixelated display looking too bad. With that being said though, I do appreciate higher screen resolution for displaying more content on the screen.
 
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auxbuss

macrumors regular
Feb 18, 2014
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UK
The reason I didn't buy the old Air was the display. There's no going back once you've used a retina for a few years.
 
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AustinIllini

macrumors demi-goddess
Oct 20, 2011
12,157
9,583
Austin, TX
Yeah, I have had way too many retina devices to go back to the non-retina MBA. Both a good choices, but I think you'd be wise to pick the one year old machine over the one that is over 4 years old.
 
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HappyIntro

macrumors 6502
Apr 30, 2016
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That's a good price for the 2018 Air. I'd definitely go with that due to the better screen and additional memory. The 2015 has the better keyboard and more ports/magsafe, but if it were me I'd appreciate having a like-new refurb with 16GB to get me through the next few years.
 
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torana355

macrumors 68040
Dec 8, 2009
3,517
2,533
Sydney, Australia
My 2011 Macbook Air was the best computer I've ever owned especially when it came to longevity but the screen on that machine is not acceptable in 2019.
 
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