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Is macbook air 2015 still worth it

Joker.89

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Is macbook air 2015 still worth it?

I will use it for browsing ,movies and make some presentations beside light photo editing and gaming on apple arcade.
 

sracer

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Is macbook air 2015 still worth it?

I will use it for browsing ,movies and make some presentations beside light photo editing and gaming on apple arcade.
I can't speak about Apple Arcade, but yes, for those other things on your list a 2015 MBA will be fine. Up until 6 months ago, I was using a 2014 11" MBA for all of that and more (video editing, audio encoding, virtual machines, etc.)

The things to be concerned about are the battery health, SSD health, and the price.
 

TokMok3

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Is macbook air 2015 still worth it?

I will use it for browsing ,movies and make some presentations beside light photo editing and gaming on apple arcade.

I have a MacBook Air 13 2015 8GB running virtual machines without any problem. That means using another full operating system on top of Catalina plus the program itself that runs the virtual operating system (VirtualBox). That machine is very powerful and cheap for the price.
 
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shardey

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I just picked up a perfect condition 2015 i5/128GB/8GB with 18 cycles on the battery for $400 today.

This is a quick little machine that I picked up to use for web browsing and watching some videos on the go. I'm going to be running a few games on it to see the performance on it, especially after I already changed out the thermal paste on it. I also plan on doing a SSD upgrade since I bought the wrong adapter a year ago for our other MBP.
 
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Joker.89

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also i'll use it with logic pro x so i may be wait for a good deal in newest 13 inch macbook pro for future proof.
 

makinao

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What I like about my wife's 2015 air is that the SSD is still user upgradable. All it took was a cheap adaptor and a 500gb Crucial P1 SSD. I'll be upgrading it again to 1tb if prices go down this Christmas.
 
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Joker.89

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this is what attracted me in the first place, but after some digging on the web i may suffer from this U processor performance with some apps like logic x pro , xcode , chrome when work simultaneously.
 

shardey

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Just an FYI, I purchased an XPG 1TB M.2 NVME drive last night and installed today without a hitch (an adapter is required to install into the MBA) and already put Mojave on it. It was $92 with a clip coupon so I couldn't pass it up.

I'm right around $500 for a mint condition 8GB/1TB MBA.
 

TokMok3

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Just an FYI, I purchased an XPG 1TB M.2 NVME drive last night and installed today without a hitch (an adapter is required to install into the MBA) and already put Mojave on it. It was $92 with a clip coupon so I couldn't pass it up.

I'm right around $500 for a mint condition 8GB/1TB MBA.

Congratulations with you new MacBook Air... What speeds (read - write) are you getting with the new XPG 1TB?

What adapter did you use?
 

DeLoMan

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Definitely still worth it! My main machine is an early 2015 13" MBA with the 2.2 Ghz Dual-Core i7 and 8 GB of RAM. Just today I upgraded my SSD from the 500GB it came with to a 2TB Aura Pro X2. Write speeds went from 441 mbps to 1329 mbps. I love this laptop! It has ports, great keyboard, battery life is great. I really don't mind not having a retina screen, but that would be nice. No regrets here!
 
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Macdctr

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I will add that for web browsing, watching movies, making some presentations and some light photo editing the 2015 MBA i7/8GB laptops will do fine. Even though they don't have the retina display, you can still do some light photo editing on them.

I found an 2015 11 inch i7/8GB Air recently and use this laptop when I travel and it has performed perfectly. I now have my 2015 13 inch Air in my photo kit for when I take my Nikon out for photos. Then I have the Air for light duty photo editing when away from home. I like these because the storage drive is easy to upgrade and battery is easily replaceable. The keyboards are durable and last. Can't beat having these laptops for use.
 
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