Last year's MBA vs. new model

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dan57, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. dan57 macrumors newbie

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    Quick question: Best Buy has the 11" MBA for $100 cheaper than Apple. However, I believe it is last year's model. I am wondering if there is much difference or enough to justify $100 more.
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    With the 11" model, the differences are rather insignificant.
     
  3. Cjshino macrumors regular

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    yeah its not really worth it unless you need better performance from the gpu
     
  4. dan57 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. Y So Jelly macrumors regular

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    The SSD in the new model is twice as fast. Try to play around with both and see if you notice a difference.
     
  6. xylitol macrumors regular

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    Only in the 13" Air.
     
  7. Y So Jelly macrumors regular

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    Hmm, that's too bad then.
     
  8. xylitol macrumors regular

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    On the other hand, for $200 more you get the newest model with 8GB of RAM. I'm playing the devil's advocate here...:)
     
  9. newellj macrumors 601

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    I had a chance to use them side by side for a couple of weeks. In the 11" model, you would really have to stretch to see any practical difference. Is it there? Yeah, but it's in the "measurable but not meaningful" category based on my use.
     
  10. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Not that that would really make any practical difference. What do people do with their drives that wasn't already basically instantaneous with the 2014 drive.
     
  11. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

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    My wife just got a 2014 mba base 13" and I got a 2014 mba base 11" at ridiculously low prices at BB. The 11 is slightly slower from just eyeballing.
     
  12. newellj macrumors 601

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    Well....you'd presumably get startup twice as fast...other than that, all you would get for most purposes is a system that isn't really very well balanced and therefore no practical difference.

    But I bet startup from powered off is impressive!
     
  13. Meister Suspended

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    I doubt that. The startup times should be almost exactly the same.
     
  14. entropi macrumors 6502

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    mba 14' bought at the right time can boot with 10.9, that's great.
     
  15. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Indeed, I imagine most of the time it takes to start up involves initializing devices and services. Not reading a ton of stuff from disk.
     
  16. newellj macrumors 601

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    On second thought, bet you're right - withdrawn.
     
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