MacBook Air 11" - 2011 vs. 2012

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by yuenadan, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. yuenadan macrumors newbie

    yuenadan

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm seriously considering picking up an 11" MacBook Air. I currently have a "new" iPad (16GB Wifi) which I love, but I find sometimes I want a traditional laptop for typing, as well as for running Garageband (I typically do most of my Garageband work on the iPad then bring it onto the Mac for fine-tuning). I wouldn't be using this machine as my 'main' computer, as I have a (summer 2011) iMac for that. This would strictly be a second machine that I use on the go.

    I've been highly attracted to this http://store.apple.com/tw/product/FC969TA/A :

    MacBook Air 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Refurbished
    Originally launched in July 2011
    11.6-inch (diagonal) high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen
    4GB memory
    128GB flash storage space
    Thunderbolt port support up to 2560 x 1600 resolution
    FaceTime camera
    Intel HD the Graphics 3000

    Which is only NT$26,900, a full NT$8000 (about $270 USD) cheaper than the current MacBook:

    11-inch: 128GB
    1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
    4GB memory
    128GB flash storage
    Intel HD the Graphics 4000

    AFAIK, all the extra NT$8000 would get me is USB 3.0, a slightly faster processor and a beefier graphics chip. I have no qualms about buying refurbished from Apple - I've done so many times in the past and never had a problem. But are there any significant drawbacks I'm overlooking here? It seems like the refurbished model is the better deal.
     
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    yuenadan

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