Looking to replace my 2011 Air

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by jogster, Jun 1, 2016.

  1. jogster macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I'm currently working with a 2011 Macbook Air (1.6, 4GB RAM, 128GB) and I'm considering upgrading to a 2016 Macbook.
    But I'm still a bit undecided which one would be best. It's mostly browsing, writing, a bit of coding, movies, music and a bit of light gaming (stuff like Shovel Knight or Pillars of Eternity).
    Also I'd probably like to run windows via bootcamp.

    So I'm torn between the 256GB model with a 1.3 m7 or the base 512GB model with the 1.2.
    Is the m7 worth the price? If it's only marginally faster I think I'd rather have more storage.

    Or has anyone also replaced a 2011 Air with a 2016 Macbook?
    Would be great to get some thoughts on this :)

    Thanks!
     
  2. ShionoyaTamaki macrumors 6502

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    All models of the retina macbook 2016 would be at least 50% faster than your old 2011 macbook air. Don't think you need m7 for your activities.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    The m7 isn't worth the price, so go with the 512GB m5. I replaced my late 2010 13" MBA with 2016 rMB (base m3) and I have to say I've been very satisfied with it.
     
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I'd go with the m5/512 over the m7/256. Larger SSDs tend to be a little bit faster than smaller SSDs, and having more free space helps it maintain its faster speeds longer.
     
  5. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a

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    I have the same spec 2011 11" mba as you. My needs are actually less than what you listed. I am probably going to buy an open box 2015 rMB and call it a day. I just want to wait until wwdc to see what happens to the pro line and maybe see a price drop for the rMBs. We'll see.
     
  6. SteveJUAE macrumors 68000

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    The 512GB will give you plenty of space for a decent bootcamp partition
     
  7. jogster thread starter macrumors newbie

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  8. Aomin3 macrumors member

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    If we don't need more than 256gb of space, is it worth paying the extra for the 1.2ghz/512gb to get a slighty faster CPU and faster SSD? (For normal usage)
     

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