Is a i5 MacBook Air (2012) sufficient still?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mayweather15, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. mayweather15 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2015

    I just wondered if a i5 base, 4gb ram, SSD MacBook Air from 2012 is still sufficient to run all office tasks, Internet browsing, 1080p videos?

    Is there a great difference in this system and the new Macbook's 12"?

    Geek bench score is apparently 2600 circa according to the net.

  2. gertruded macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Northwestern Illinois
    This model is my main computer and is sufficient. For me the 8 hour battery life is all I need. At home it is attached to a 20 inch screen for 1080P viewing without problems. I see no reason to upgrade as I would not expect any real world changes if I did.

    My battery has been replaced once.
  3. mayweather15 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2015
    Does resetting / reinstalling a MacBook make much difference to performance - it has not had a fresh re install since purchase, just simply upgrading on OS X updates such as Yosemite?
  4. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    In terms of computing power, yes, that machine is still viable for many of today's tasks. I used to do those exact things on an Air from the generation before that with Yosemite (which is a lot less efficient than El Capitan on the whole and it was fine. The thing I'd be worried about on that machine is the SSD failure issues that plagued the Mid 2012 MacBook Airs. That would be the one thing that would make me want to sell it or otherwise get rid of it and replace it with something newer. That being said, if I was to replace that machine with something, it would be with a current generation MacBook Air and not a 12" Retina MacBook. The former is incredibly handy, has ports, and isn't hindered by incompatibility with the Retina display, which, depending on the app you are using, can be seriously inconvenient.
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016
    I wouldn't be too worry.

    Replacement SSDs are pretty inexpensive.
  6. akimoriRyuuji macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2015

    But No. Do not buy old electronics. Ever. Waste of money.

    Buy the best you can. In fact, don't go with a Macbook if you can't afford it. You are literally throwing your money away. You will end up buying a replacement sooner than if you get a brand new computer. There is no reason to buy a computer that is 4 years old; by 4-6 years, you would want to start looking at your next.

    Besides, the Macbook Air doesn't even have a 1080p screen.

    What office tasks are you talking about? Any reason you can't buy a Chromebook? That would still have Office capabilities if you use Google Docs, etc. but not so much if you specifically need Microsoft Word or Photoshop.

    In fact, specifically, does it need to run MacOS?
  7. Christian 5G macrumors 6502a

    Christian 5G

    Jun 16, 2010
    Orange County, CA
    +1 I have air 11inch and at home it is on my 27' display and work flawlessly.
  8. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Eh...for those machines, they can be a little pricey. But yeah, definitely cheaper than the PCIe based ones that the 2013 and newer models use.
  9. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2016

  10. asoksevil macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Taipei, Taiwan
    I'm doing all that thing on my 2010 MBA.
  11. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    My 2010 11" base model (1.4GHz,2 gig ram,64 gig hd) running latest El Capitan (clean install) has no issues with doing any of this!

    You should be golden...
  12. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2013
    Not really. Hobby-ists like to do a fresh install but it's not necessary.

    Secondly your machine is just fine, no need to upgrade to something newer. Wait and see what Apple do this autumn but even then you are just fine for your usage
  13. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Yep, all specs are fine! The only thing I want, is Retina, but until they release retina, 2012s are solid for friends and family at $500 on eBay 1.7 GHz / 4 GB / 128 GB.

    Is there a waiting for 2016 SkyLake Retina MacBook Air thread? ahah
  14. izzyfanto macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2011
    My 2012 MBA is sill going strong, never had any data loss or problems. And I came back to the MBA from a 12rMB primarily because I couldn't stand the new butterfly keyboard anymore. The lack of travel was not good. Long sessions my fingers would hurt. Not having regular USB ports was also irritating.
  15. meme1255 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Czech Republic
    If is it 8GB RAM config, then it is. Don't buy the 4 GB config, it is.... not comfortable.
  16. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2015
    hi You can buy a new Mac! Its not a problem .
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    iMacC2D macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
  18. PedroHC macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2016
    Hello! Following on mayweather15's topic, I'd like an advice.

    I'm using an Air-11inch, i5 base, 4GB memory and 128G. It dates back from 2011.

    The great benefit is no longer an advantage. Battery life got lost somehow (my brother was the owner for a year before me) and now it lasts 2h only.

    It does seem sufficient to run my daily tasks, even though memory keeps bugging me here and there.

    I'm on the verge of buying a new Apple - and was waiting to see if a new Air line would come until the end of 2016. Despite rumors, things still seem unclear.

    I know there are many things to be considered, but: If I was to buy a new one now, not necessarily Air, what would be the hint?

    Thanks for the help
  19. Fiasco, Sep 27, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016

    Fiasco macrumors regular


    Dec 1, 2007
    New York, NY, USA
    The only thing I'd say is 4GB RAM isn't much these days. Mine has 8GB and performs like a champ!

    Just upgraded it to macOS Sierra the other day. I still get around 5 hours on battery.
  20. jjhoekstra macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2009
    We have a 2011 Air which is still very useable, so a 2012 is absolutely fine for that kind of work. Myself, I have a MacbookPro, a classic MacPro and a MacBook, and the Macbook is the one which I use most often. You just cannot beat portability, even at home. The screen of Macbook is better than the Air, but the Air has all those nice ports!
  21. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    I thought I was the only one! Exact same model and OS for me.
    Yeah, still gets the job done, no speed demon, but fast enough for basic office and Internet work.
    Got my eye on a new MacBook, but no real reason to upgrade at the moment.

    To the OP; the main difference (when you are running those tasks) will be the screen (much better on the new MacBook) and the keyboard (subjective, but I love the one on the air.)
    It shouldn't feel too different if you are just typing up a word document.

    If I were you I would get the newer model,but if you can get a good deal on an older air then go for it.
    Will still be very functional and there is still a lot of life left in them.
  22. gertruded macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    Northwestern Illinois
    For most people this fixation on 8 gigs of memory is just not necessary. My 4 gig mid 2012 machine does everything most people do with their machines. If you really do need 8 gigs you problably shoud be on a Macbook Pro. In the real world what difference would a few seconds mean for the small minority of work where 8 gigs can have any affect on speed. If you are running a VM, not just bootcamp, then maybe 8 can help. Paging is really fast the few times it happens when you have an SSD. I would not pay extra for it.
  23. NapoleonIV macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2011
    I would buy a new MBA before the end of the year, as apple may be eliminating that line. So unless the Retina MacBook works for you, it might be safer not to wait.
  24. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    Apparently Apple doesn't agree, or they wouldn't have made 8gb standard on the 13" MBA. ;)
  25. iLondoner macrumors 6502


    I have a mid 2011 1.7GHz i5 with 4GB RAM. I have never seen the need for more RAM. I updated the SSD to a 480GB unit from Transcend and the 256GB original SSD is now an external USB drive.

    A couple of the keys (A and E) have worn badly through use, which could be solved through replacing the keyboard. The battery run-time is much shorter than when new which could be solved through replacing the battery.

    Otherwise it's fine and I doubt I will bother replacing bits.

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