can't decide: MBA refurbish 1.86GHz vs new 2.13GHz

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  1. moumouren macrumors newbie

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    I found a refurbished, rev B 1.8GHz with 128GB SSD. The price is $1449, compare to the new 2.13GHz that is $1699 (with student discount).

    The only difference between the two are the CPU speed and that the rev B doesn't comes with the Ethernet adapter.

    I am not a graphic designer, and the most CPU intensive things I do are probably watching .x264 720p HD MP4 videos, and maybe occasionally play games like Tiberium War.

    Including tax and everything, the 2.13Ghz is $270 more expensive than the refurbished 1.86Ghz, my question is, does the extra 0.27GHz worth the extra money?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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  3. moumouren thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ha ha, not rich, but not poor either. $275 is not a lot of money, when I think about it, it equals to only about 6 above average dinner for me and my girlfriend, and we eat out a lot.

    However,I do like a good deal and I feel like Apple's refurbished items are good bargain. And if the extra clock speed doesn't make a difference on what I usually do with the computer, then no point in spending the extra cash.
     
  4. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    from reading the posts on here today I'd go with the 1.8 ... apparently the 2.1 runs noticeably hotter, that's not worth the (unnoticeable) speed you gain...
     
  5. Abbas macrumors member

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    Doesnt the new one have better battery life as well?

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  6. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    only by minutes more... not worth the heat...
     
  7. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    If you look at the system requirements of iTunes, you will see that minimum system requirements for HD is a 2 GHz CPU. Some other programs are similar. That's not to say it will not play on the 1.86, because I have.

    Also, factor in a free iPod Touch as free with student deal. That's a $229 value!

    Also figure in Ethernet, slightly better battery, better GPU performance (same GPU but not throttled down), and the fact that it's brand new!

    Best wishes.
     
  8. norsemen macrumors regular

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    From the other threads. it looks like you get a better graphic experience with the new one + the battery is improved.

    The new one will give you slightly better HD playback, so it you plan to watch some movies, that's the better choice.
     

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