Is it worth it buying a 2009 air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by solsearchin, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. solsearchin macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2012
    I just bought a 2010 Mac air I'm super happy with it! But now my gf steals it more and more so I'm looking at another one lol. Here are the specs:

    Mid 2009 MacBook air 13"
    2.13 core 2 duo
    2gb ram
    128gb ssd
    Nvidia 9400

    30 cycle count.

    Are there any problem areas with these? I can get it for 500 good deal? Bad? Any feedback on this model or advice is appreciated thanks all.
  2. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    Can't go wrong for basic stuff like surfing and MAC Office work... but forget Diablo III ;)
  3. jgo78 macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    For email, iTunes music, light browsing, that's about it, otherwise I wouldn't.
  4. Elgabacho macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2008
    That's the laptop I use

    That's the Air I use. Still works great and I use it everyday. I don't use it for anything that requires a lot of computing, just internet, office, and the like. The downside, and this has been reported on extensively when they were first released, is video playback. I'm not sure on the technical details, but it gets hot and the video gets sluggish. I'll be upgrading to Mountain Lion shortly. I think $500 is a decent price.
  5. cbott macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2012
    I had that same computer and just gave it to my girlfriend last night with ML installed. The 2GB of ram was the only problem I ever had with it. After a fresh boot of Lion there would only be 100-250MB of available ram. With ML that has increased to about 400MB available. Both Lion and ML use available space on the hard drive as virtual ram (which is 'fast enough' because it's a SSD) so just make sure she leaves a little space on the drive.

    As long as it's just for light use she should be fine. Just make sure she's comfortable with the command+q shortcut!
  6. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    If you plan on keeping it for a short period just to have something to surf the web or the like then it wouldn't be bad. But be careful if you plan on keeping it awhile and like to have the latest and greatest in OS X. Apple drops support for older hardware like it's going out of style.
  7. sparkie7 macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    For downloading porn, the 2009 will surely do the job, with flying colours. Your porn collection has never been so light. Go for it :D
  8. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    If it only had 4GB RAM. I had a Core2Duo equipped laptop with only 2GB RAM (old Toshiba) running Ubuntu, and when I installed 4GB it made a pretty big difference.
  9. solsearchin thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2012
    Ya the ssd is a bit of a helper if she runs out of ram it will use the ssd memory but still 4gb ram would have been awesome. I might even downgrade back to snoe leopard or mountain lion! Thanks all for the input
  10. Tfb macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    I think you may be able to do better on the price (though not necessarily the battery cycles) on ebay. At least, if you were happy to do another 11"

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