Mac comparison 2009 MacBook vs 2016 Air

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 2cmu92, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. 2cmu92 macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2017
    Hi... I have a 2009 MacBook...the white one. I am looking to get a newer model. It will mostly be used for internet, email, etc. How do the new MacBook Airs compare.

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  2. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  3. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Any computer with an SSD with thrash any similar computer with a hard drive, for a start. Then there's the fact that the Macbook Air is several years ahead in processor and everything else. Except perhaps for the screen ahem. You will be blown away by how much quicker it is at everything.
  4. wordsworth macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    I have the 2009 white MacBook and am still very fond of it. It's running Snow Leopard, which I love. I also have both an eleven-inch and thirteen-inch MacBook Air. If like me you're still running an old OS on your trusty MacBook you may find the latest OS, Sierra, a little unfamiliar in some ways for a while. Other than that, the Air is a truly excellent machine and I imagine you'll be delighted with it.

    The eleven- and thirteen-inch models both have their merits. While the smaller is fantastically portable and a little workhorse, I found that with use the screen size wasn't ideal for me though I wouldn't want to part with it. I tend to wear reading glasses now when I use it. The way the screen fonts and user interface are designed these days doesn't help matters. I don't like the 'modern' look very much and it doesn't seem to enhance the Mac's famous usability much but rather detract a little, in my experience, which I think is a shame.

    The thirteen-inch is just right for screen size (and what I am used to generally), and I got such a great deal on it that I couldn't say no. I'm glad I bought it, and while I am beginning to accept that my white MacBook is coming to the end of its stalwart productivity for me, it's given me seven good years (and not finished yet). Indeed I've found that Macs have always provided great reliability and length of service.

    I haven't found the quality of the Air's display (rather than the size) to be problematic, as some others seem to have experienced. Yes, you can get other machines with retina screens and that's great if it's what you want or need. The 'old-fashioned' displays still look fine to me, however, for what I need and want and overall I think the Air is a very good package. Incidentally, a friend used my thirteen-inch Air recently and thought the display was excellent and much superior to his Windows laptop's. He was also completely knocked out by Apple's design and build quality. Sometimes I think as Mac users we've been spoilt and now can easily overlook some of the strengths that the company's products continue to offer us. There are plenty of people still coming new to Apple's computers and discovering the advantages of being a Mac user. Yes, the Mac Mini and Pro are overdue some love from Apple, but as an eco system the Apple experience has a lot going for it.

    Good luck with your upgrade.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    You didn't tell us where in the world you are, but here in the USA I believe that BestBuy currently is offering $250 off on the 2016 non-touchbar MBPros.

    Might be worth looking at those.
    Or even at a 2015 MBPro, which is still in Apple's "active product lineup".
  6. dangerfish macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2007
    The MBA will blow your MacBook out of the water. The Air is a great computer; I've had 3. If you are in the US, Best Buy has a GREAT deal on them right now.

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