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lambertjohn

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Costco just started a sale today for the base 2020 i3 Air--$799 brand new. Lowest price I've ever seen, even lower than an Apple refurb ($809 I think.) Curious if you think that's a "must buy" price or if forking out $200 more for the base M1 Air is worth the extra cash spent.
 

daabido

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Dec 16, 2008
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It would want to be half the price of the M1 to be worth it. Even then I wouldn't buy it.
 

lyngo

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Sep 10, 2007
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What’s your scenario for using it? Need windows on it? I think it all depends on your work flow. The i3 is a great machine and that’s a good price, but in my case I would still get an M1. Also something to consider, do you like to be an early adapter for something?
 

1221320

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Costco just started a sale today for the base 2020 i3 Air--$799 brand new. Lowest price I've ever seen, even lower than an Apple refurb ($809 I think.) Curious if you think that's a "must buy" price or if forking out $200 more for the base M1 Air is worth the extra cash spent.
M1, all the way.
 

Audit13

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Apr 19, 2017
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It all comes down to the MacBook's intended use. You can always spend more but why would you when technology is changing so fast. I don't believe you can future-proof a a laptop purchase.
 

LeeW

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Curious if you think that's a "must buy" price or if forking out $200 more for the base M1 Air is worth the extra cash spent.

Without any information on what you are going to use it for it is difficult to say, but given the lack of information, I am going to assume you are a casual user with no real workflow needs so it will probably do you just fine at $799.
 

MacCraig Pro

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Jan 1, 2012
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Without any information on what you are going to use it for it is difficult to say, but given the lack of information, I am going to assume you are a casual user with no real workflow needs so it will probably do you just fine at $799.
I’d say no amount of money is worth one of these abominations! Even if a casual user. Much better cheaper used macs on the market for the same price. I had an i3 air for 2 weeks and it was awfully slow And it replaced a 9 year old MBP and it felt slower than that!
 

Zazoh

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Jan 4, 2009
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Young teen to use for school. Budget conscious. Someone who doesn’t measure workflow in portions of a second.

If you are not benchmarking and want Apple experience, it’s a good deal, in some cases.
 
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Buck987

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Jan 16, 2010
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Office apps, accounting apps, surfing, shopping all will work fine. It's still a solid computer that just not nearly as fast as the M1 or as long lasting on battery.

Not everyone is video makers. Just need to charge it more often. If your budget is $800 for a new notebook it still beats the others out there at that price point.
 
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circatee

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Honestly, I have to concur with a few others. Your personal budget will certainly be a key factor in your decision...
 

ian87w

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Feb 22, 2020
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Costco just started a sale today for the base 2020 i3 Air--$799 brand new. Lowest price I've ever seen, even lower than an Apple refurb ($809 I think.) Curious if you think that's a "must buy" price or if forking out $200 more for the base M1 Air is worth the extra cash spent.
The only situation it's worth it is if you need to run Windows or some x86 only virtualizations on it. Even then, I'd just get a Windows laptop.

I have watched many teardowns of the intel MBA and its fan is not even connected to anything, making the device suffers from thermal throttling. The chassis was definitely designed for the M chips or lower powered chips.
 

Six0Four

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Mar 27, 2020
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No way. It's too hot and loud when doing medium tasks. I have the i3 and the M1.
 

Wehrwolf

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May 21, 2009
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If "free" is an option, then yes, it might be worth it.

If you need something inexpensive to run Windows only apps then I'd get a cheap Windows laptop from one of the big box stores, not a MBA.
 
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Shanghaichica

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Apr 8, 2013
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It depends on whether you need the latest and greatest and what you're going to use it for. Personally I would buy it because when it comes to computers they get such light use. I use them occasionally for simple things like web browsing and emails. Sometimes to watch a few videos and read Apple News articles on. So the 2020 iPad Air, even the base model is overkill for what I need.
 
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Supra Mac

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Jan 5, 2012
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I have the base I'm about to put up for sale soon as I get my M1 tomorrow. I'm sure someone getting a gift for someone else this Christmas will not know or care of the difference.
 
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