Grad student new vs old MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kwaiixoxo, Oct 31, 2018.


Which MBA to buy?

  1. New MBA

    9 vote(s)
  2. Old MBA

    1 vote(s)
  3. MBP

    2 vote(s)
  1. kwaiixoxo macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2018
    I’m a grad student can’t decide which MBA to buy? I mostly do internet browsing, watch videos, and MS Word, PPT, etc. Assume I will have to get 256 ssd so looking at $1049 vs $1349 for old vs new MBA

    I hope to use the computer for at least 4 years, but $300 seems like a lot for USB-C ports, retina display, and new trackpad/keyboard. What model do you all think I should buy?

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    *Update prices were with education discount!
  2. cornerexit macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    MBA, lowest storage (buy an external drive), and 16gb of RAM.
  3. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    I would wait for specs and benchmarks on the new MBA, but if I had to make a knee-jerk choice, I'd say the new one.
  4. sosumi99 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2003
    The new one. I cannot imagine trying to last four years with a non-Retina display. Your eyes will bleed.

    Nothing is certain until benchmarks come out and/or you go and experiment with the new machines in an Apple store, but it seems clear that the new MBA will be a substantial upgrade over the old one (mainly because the old one is so overpriced for what it is).
  5. Lara F macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    I have a 2011 MBA and I honestly don't know what's worse - continuing without retina (2017 MBA), continuing with 128 GB storage with a less pleasant/reliable keyboard (entry-level new MBA which is the absolute most I could afford) or going with Windows. Sigh.
  6. RegularGuy09 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2015
    The keyboard is one major thing scaring me away from the Air. I cant have the keyboard crapping out on me a week after warranty ends.
  7. Lara F macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    I know. My current Air wasn't cheap, but it wasn't super expensive (to be fair living in the US near a tax-free state at the time helped) and without question a great value given how long it's lasted. I hope the new ones can last as long, but the keyboard makes that hard to trust.

    I guess the fourth alternative is to wait as long as possible (probably another year) until there's some sale so I can afford the 256GB version. It seriously sucks that Apple's charging so much for it.
  8. jalf991 macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2006

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