$700 for 2010 "Ultimate" 13" MBA Worth it?

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  1. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all, with the new airs being announced today I have an oppurtunity to buy a 2010 2.13 4gb ram and 256ssd MacBook air for $700. Computer is just over a year old, no apple care but is in brand new condition. Not a single scratch anywhere. I'm a budget conscious college student and I'd mostly be using it for writing papers, web browsing, and iTunes. Pretty average things. I'm just wondering if you guys think the $700 price tag is worth it for a computer a few generations behind. Let me know what you guys think! Thanks!
     
  2. gloryunited macrumors 6502

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    I got a 2010 13" MBA (128SSD + 4GB RAM) and boy let me tell you it's a sexy machine. It is a great primary computer for university students.

    That seems like a good deal to me and the ONLY bad thing I can see is its lack of a back-lit keyboard. No big deal. :D
     
  3. Mikhailov macrumors regular

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    My 2010 MBA Ultimate is still going strong. I think you'll be fine for that price.
     
  4. sarah11918 macrumors member

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    That's the machine my husband has, and it's still in excellent condition. Refurbs on the (Canadian) apple store of that machine are going for about $1100, and hubby's thinking of selling his to upgrade to 2012 and would be asking more than that, so that sounds like a really good price for that machine to me.
     
  5. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    I have the same, well, only 128GB. It is an excellent machine for $700 and for university.
     
  6. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

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    The 2010 ultimate 13" MBA (c2d 2.13ghz, 4gb ram and 256ssd) is a VERY capable machine if you don't do top-end processing tasks (encoding high-definition videos, etc). Trust me, it won't disappoint you for every-day usage.

    At $700, it's not a bad investment at all if, like I said, you don't require heavy processing power.
     
  7. neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    Very much so - $700 is a steal, and it does everyday tasks extremely well! The only time I've seen slowdowns is while trying to run virtual machines with lots of apps running (lack of RAM).
     
  8. unconvinced macrumors newbie

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    Great price, great machine. I have the same, use it for the same tasks as you and it does everything w/ great batt life. I paid $1100 a year ago, $700 is a bargain.
     
  9. Shasta McNasty thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the responses guys. Really thinking I should pick this up as I was planning on getting a white unibody MacBook to begin with and those run for around $5-600.
     
  10. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    I think that is a great price. The only thing negative I could say about the 2010 mb airs is no backlit keyboard. Other than that, great machines!




    Mike
     
  11. nylon macrumors 6502a

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    Sold my 2010 Ultimate 13" MBA ultimate on Sunday for $1000. Purchased in October 2010.

    Updating to 2012 version Stock 13" MBA with 256GB.

    Upgrade cost $500.
     
  12. caligomez macrumors regular

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    $700 is a bargain for that machine (if indeed is in great physical condition)...

    I hope the person you are buying from doesn't see this thread! :D
     
  13. AR999 macrumors regular

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    If your truly budget conscious then I would suggest you look at windows based machines, frankly the 2010 air is pretty low powered, you could have a fair bit of cash getting a second hand windows based machine.
     
  14. Tinmania macrumors 68040

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    Oh come on now. In daily use a 2010 mb air--even a base model--does not feel low powered.

    Compared to your typical low to mid-level Windows laptop, with all the preinstalled crap-ware, the air is, pun intended, a breath of fresh air.




    Michael
     
  15. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    Just to add my voice to the rest: Get the MBA for that price. I have the same machine, and for the tasks you describe, it will do a superb job.
     
  16. calvol macrumors 6502a

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    Great machine and great price, had my 2010 13-UMBA for 18 months and it's flawless.
     
  17. riveting macrumors 6502

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    My advice, take it and resell it for $1000, then buy a refurbished base 2011 13 MBA. Typically, I think buying used 2010 MBA model is not worth it compare to used 2011 MBA,however, that is at market value. At $700, it is a steal especially with 256g SSD, however, I would say for equal value, the 2011 13 base model will last you a bit longer unless you really need more than 128g space.
     

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