MacAir vs. MacBook: Do MacRumors 'Don't Buy' recommendations apply when buying used?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Fleen, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. Fleen macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2016
    I need to buy either an Air or a MacBook, though I wish I could wait for the next update instead.

    If I get an Air, I'd go for a refurbished or used one -- likely the 2015 or '16 13” 1.6 GHz i5. It goes for $849-$899 (with 8GB/128GB) when it shows up from Apple or Gazelle. To approximately match its performance would take the newest MacBook, which hasn't shown up refurbished yet, so that's $1249 (on Amazon), PLUS the cost of port adapters.

    The Air has been on "Don't Buy" status here for months, and I hate to buy something so long in the tooth and without the retina display (and force touch and redesigned keyboard). But is it worth spending $4-500 more for the MacBook + adapters instead, when performance would be comparable? Do the "Don't Buy" recommendations apply to buying used?
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    The "Don't Buy" recommendations apply to buying new, as it's likely that an upcoming update/refresh will be getting released shortly. As such it's not worth paying full RRP if there's a new one around the corner.

    They're all great computers though, so if you're buying used for a large saving, there's nothing wrong with that. :)
  3. Fleen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2016
    Thanks, keysofanxiety. Since price drops usually ripple down through the used models when there's a new release, it seemed like a 'Don't Buy' at the top level would apply throughout. Is there a reason that you think otherwise?
  4. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    1. That new MacBook Retina keyboard is ***** horrible and the battery life on that machine isn't so great either. And then there's the terrible port situation.

    2. If you can get a good deal on an Air, I'm sure it could tide you over until that next update (MacBook Pro or whatever it's gonna be).
  5. bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Because dont buy it means buying Macbook Air in 2016, its a joke for an outdated laptop which is abandoned by Apple, no more major updates, display is still in TN (viewing angles are pretty awful) and low resolution (which is a nightmare for web browsing)
    I dont buy anything without Retina or at least 1080p and IPS is a thousand times better than TN
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    There's no guarantee the MBAs will get retina displays. Some people have the opinion that Apple will kill off the MBAs as well. The laptop line is crowded - Apple has a mixture of MBA/MBP/MB of: 11", 12", 13" (three distinct models), and 15"
  7. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I think the "Do Not Buy" is because of Apple asking today's premium prices while selling yesterday's hardware. Some of these models haven't been updated in 2 years or more. The only way I can justify buying a Mac (other than the rMB) now is if Apple discounts them or through refurb.
  8. Fleen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2016
    As long as the update has a retina display, is sleeker than the Pro, and/or has a port or two more than the MB, that would be better for me than the current Air, Pro, and MB. I don't mind if it's in the Pro or MB line instead of an Air.
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    The air is unlikely to be updated again, so you'll be looking at the pro, that will be out sometime in fall, if you can wait do so if not buy a current pro they are great machines.

Share This Page