I have a September 2011 Macbook Air. Is it worth getting the new one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by guustavooo, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. guustavooo, Sep 28, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2013

    guustavooo macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2013
    Just wondering. I'm going to NY in November and have a chance to buy a new one. Question is: worth it?

    EDIT: Worth noting: my battery is going dead. I can barely get 2~3 hours. Coconut says it holds 74% of the initial charge.
  2. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    Yes, get a new one.
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Depends on what you need. I replaced my 2011 MBA with a 2013 11" i7/8gb/512gb MBA and am very happy. USB3, 8gb and 512gb are all new features that weren't available in 2011. I see noticeable improvements in latency using Logic Pro and rendering in Final Cut Pro.

    But when I had them side by side while setting up, I was surprised how little difference there was in "ordinary" tasks (iTunes, Safari, MS Office, even Photoshop). So unless you are using pro applications (or maybe games?... I don't do those), you may not notice much of a performance increase. I never noticed much of a problem with 4gb on my 2011 machine, and I hadn't filled my 256gb SSD however it's nice to have 8gb/512gb now. If you want either of these, then it makes sense.

    I don't know about the battery. I was able to get through a 12 hour day with my 2011 machine using common sense power management. And I was getting 4 or 5 hours even with the screen on full and a movie playing. How much does a battery replacement cost?
  4. MeUnix macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2013
    San Francisco
    From an Apple store, a little more than $100.
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    U seem to be implying replacing the current's battery is not in the cards, in that case go4rit.

    How should we know if it is worth it TO YOU?

    I have a 2011 too and my battery still gets me through the day and everything works. Am in the lazy school of Dont fix it if ain't broken.
  6. Miltz macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2013
    New York
    Personally I would get a new battery and Mavericks. Those two combined will make your laptop feel better than new.
  7. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    would you rather have your $1500 or so or a new Macbook? if you can answer that question you'll know if it's "worth it" or not

    i know that's not the most helpful post in the sense that it doesn't answer your question, but how can we answer that question for you?

    i would definitely go play with one in the store first and see if there's a big difference (which there is) but only you can decide if that's worth it or not... i tend to keep computers longer than 2 years but others upgrade more regularly.
  8. guustavooo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2013
    Thanks for the help, guys!

    I should just get a battery replacement. Quick question: If I do so, I get a better battery than my 2011 one or is it just the same?
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    I would do it through Apple, that way you know you are good for the next 2 years. Then ask them wether the new 2013 battery, which has a slightly higher capacity (not huge) will fit in the 2011.

    A few years ago I would suggest a third party battery, a lot cheaper, but they ended up not lasting as long, so long term $ per capacity, they are not cheaper.

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