i5 vs i7 -> How many got each of them?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Blackened Apple, Jul 23, 2012.


Which model did/will you get?

  1. 11" i5 1.7 GHz

    16 vote(s)
  2. 11" i7 2.0 GHz

    20 vote(s)
  3. 13" i5 1.8 GHz

    60 vote(s)
  4. 13" i7 2.0 GHz

    62 vote(s)
  1. Blackened Apple macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    I'll be ordering my MBA later this week, and I'm still quite undecided on whether to get the i5 or the i7 model. I'm currently leaning towards a 13"/256GB/8GB, with either the i5 or i7 model. I've read Anandtech's review, among others. The difference in performance seems more noticeable than last year, while the battery life is not that different. There are also less reports on it heating up too much than there were last year.

    So is the i7 a better purchase now than it was last year? Which model did you end up getting or are thinking about getting?

  2. jlmcclellan, Jul 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012

    jlmcclellan macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2008
    I wanted the i7, but by the time you upgrade to it you're spending the same amount as a MBP with a much faster processor and a better video card. I wanted to keep my costs as low as possible so I went with the 13"/i5/1.8ghz and upgraded the memory. I had about 2500 earmarked for a new iMac but since they have yet to update and I needed a new computer for work I decided to take 1500 of that and buy a new MBA and will just save it back up so when the new iMacs finally do come out I can go all out on them.
  3. nikot macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2010
    Originally purchased i5, 4gb, 256gb ssd. Swapped it out for an i7, 8gb, 256gb ssd. With the updates apple released battery life difference is minimal. And you can barely tell a difference in heat. This thing runs cooler and quieter than the 2010 MBP it replaced so nothing is an issue for me here.
  4. rygamble macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2012
    Wow, huge disparity between 11" and 13" buyers.
  5. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    Can't say as I can blame them. The MBA 11 is nearly the same price as the MBA 13 so why not get the bigger display.

    Unless you are that space limited the MBA 11 does not make that much sense. Remember, this is just my opinion.
  6. AppleSticker54 macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2012
    Education pricing made the jump from i5 to the i7 only $90 - at the point I was at on spending, another $90 wasn't breaking the bank and I figured a little added zip wasn't a bad thing :)
  7. rygamble macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2012
    Yeah, I got the 13" too, just surprised at the numbers is all.
  8. szolr macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    London, UK
    I know, it's incredible. :cool:
  9. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    I would get i5, but because B&H had their promotion on the i7, and this was the only one with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM, then I got the i7. I would prefer longer battery life than stronger processor, but it depends on your usage.
  10. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Zug, Switzerland
    Yep, the 11" only makes sense if you are REALLY space limited... if that's not the case, then the larger screen and longer battery life of the 13" model is the way to go.
  11. swiftbmx macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2009
    For me, I really love the portability of the 11" because it doesn't feel much bigger than an iPad with a keyboard.
  12. tradman macrumors member

    May 15, 2008
    Galway, Ireland
    For those of you who purchased are you happy with the battery life on your i7 13 inchers?
    I'm ready to click buy but I was wondering how the latest apple update affected your battery life.
  13. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    Just click buy! :D
  14. tradman macrumors member

    May 15, 2008
    Galway, Ireland
  15. isrefel macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Very happy, I easily get 5-6 hours of casual use, 2-3 when running source games. :)
  16. Mac_Max macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2004
    I got the 2GHz 11". My battery life has been great and is way faster than my old 3GHz Core 2 Duo Hackintosh. I'm using an external 21.5" 1080 LCD on the miniDP port and a second 20" 1680x1050 LCD on a Displaylink USB->DVI adapter so the small display isn't an issue when doing real work at home. On the go the 11" size is great and it hasn't really gotten particularly hot unless I'm doing a lot of compiling.
  17. sonofpismo macrumors regular


    May 20, 2002
    Orlando, Florida
    I am replacing a Core2Due MacBook Air 13.3" 2.13GHz/4GB/256GB (Late 2010) model with a new 2012 11.6" MacBook Air i7/8GB/128GB model.

    I wanted the fastest Air, but wanted to go with the smaller screen this time.
  18. Retina MacBook macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2012
    I like the 11-Inch's small screen. It's cute!
    But I'll need a computer that will run Final Cut, Photoshop and Lightroom well, so i7 it is. And 8 GB of RAM. Somebody told me that going with i7 without 8 GB defeats the purpose of i7.
  19. Blackened Apple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    Interesting to see such a tie between the i5 and i7 models ;)
  20. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    1. My MacBook Air is temporary until Apple releases a new iMac.

    2. Sure I would to have i7/Top of the Line but I know I don't need it.

    3. It was the only Air available on kijiji. LOL
  21. Blackened Apple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    According to Anand's review and various benchmarks out there, the performance gain when jumping from the i5 to the i7 is around 10-15%, while the battery life is only around 2-7%. So from a battery life perspective, things are looking good. Can anyone comment on the thermal differences?
  22. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I think in 2010 the estimates were that the 11.6" slightly outsold the 13.3". Since the mid-2011 release, and particularly with 2012, the MacBook Air is now a mainstream device, rather than a niche device. Therefore, people who otherwise might have bought a 13.3" MacBook Pro (or 13.3" MacBook) might have purchased a 13.3" MacBook Air instead. Prior to that, Air buyers tended to be those looking for ultraportables.

    Significantly, the 11.6" MacBook Air is one of the only mainstream 11" notebooks. Most Ultrabooks are 13" or larger (the Dell XPS 13 is a hybrid, as it has a 16x9 13" screen in a form factor compressed to be only slightly larger than the 11.6" MacBook Air).

    I prefer the 11.6" as the MacBook Air is mostly a travel and leisure notebook for me. If it were my only PC, I'd probably get the 13.3".
  24. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    is there going to be an updated amand tech review on the macbook air with i7
  25. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    You'd have to ask him, but I would guess not, since the review included information about the i7 this time.

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