2015 v 2018?

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


Which MBA?

  1. 2015 2.2 i7/8/512

  2. 2018 1.6/16/512

  1. Zen_Arcade macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2019
    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


    May 16, 2015
    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

    Jan 27, 2014
    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


    Feb 5, 2015
    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


    Apr 8, 2015
    What about the display? Don't you think that might be a reason to go for the 2018/19 MBA?
  6. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    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


    Feb 18, 2014
    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


    Oct 20, 2011
    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.
  9. HappyIntro macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2016
    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

    Dec 8, 2009
    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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