2015 v 2018?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Zen_Arcade, Jul 18, 2019.

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Which MBA?

  1. 2015 2.2 i7/8/512

    58.3%
  2. 2018 1.6/16/512

    41.7%
  1. Zen_Arcade macrumors regular

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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.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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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.
     
  3. Duckhunter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  4. Willo34 macrumors regular

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    The 2013-2017 MacBook Airs might be the best machines Apple have made in the last 10 years......2018 machines are not.
     
  5. AlexJoda macrumors 6502a

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    What about the display? Don't you think that might be a reason to go for the 2018/19 MBA?
     
  6. Shirasaki macrumors G3

    Shirasaki

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    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.
     
  7. auxbuss macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  8. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    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.
     
  9. HappyIntro macrumors regular

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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.
     
  10. torana355 macrumors 68040

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    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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