MacBook Air A1204 questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MrMister111, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    Someone is selling a Macbook Air A1304 model 2,1 with following specs.

    13.3" Screen
    1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo
    128GB SSD Drive
    2GB Memory
    Mac OS X Snow Leopard
    Backlit keyboard model

    It has 250 battery cycles logged, and is the Late 2008 Model.

    I can't afford a new one really, this is for my daughter for Xmas, it is boxed also, been in a hard case and decent cosmetic condition. Asking is £390 (UK)

    So does this seem a decent price for this model? Will it run Mountain Lion ok? Will it run iMovie 11 etc, and Mac office 11 ok for school work?

    Anything I should check/ask about it? Was this model ok, is it still a decent spec today and run ok for normal use day to day? I have a iMac from 2007 and runs Mountain Lion ok with my iLife 11 apps.

  2. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Quite a few views yet no one has replied.

    In my opinion, I wouldn't go for it. That machine maybe has another year or two left in terms of it's life expectancy. That, and the fact that it is quite underpowered for your needs. Remember this isn't a desktop or a normal "mobile" CPU, it's a ULV processor meaning it is not as powerful as a 2008 MacBook 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo.

    If I were you I would get your daughter a 2008/09 MacBook. I've seen a few of these go on Gumtree for £400 - £500, even the aluminium ones which have quite a good 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor which also have the added benefit of having their RAM user upgradable (don't quote me on this but I think the aluminium MacBook's can have up to 8GB RAM)

    EDIT: Just found this after a quick search - I'm in London so it searched the London site but I'm sure your part of the UK will have similar deals -
  3. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    Thanks for your comments.

    It does sound under powered, but the price seems good. Obviously it's no good if it can't do her homework projects on it with Mac office etc on.

    Maybe I'll keep looking...
  4. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    Yes I'd advise you keep looking, especially when a MacBook (Plastic and Aluminium)/MacBook Pro 13 are available for pretty much the same price.
  5. tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    For that price, you won't find much other than the older 2008-2009 (or older) models. Macbook Pros will likely be a little cheaper than the Air in a lot of cases, and they will also be more powerful than the Air of the same year (though not necessarily by much if you are looking to buy a 2011-2012 MBA, otherwise the gap will be bigger).

    For the budget you seem to be suggesting, I would look at the Polycarbonate Macbook (white one) or an older Macbook Pro if possible. The Pro is much more solid and will last longer due to the metal construction, versus the plastic of the Macbook.
  6. filmbuff macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2011
    I'm a Mac user all the way but honestly at that price range I would have to go with a Windows laptop. For that same money you could get a brand new PC that will be much, much faster and have a warranty.
  7. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    It's more for the portability of it, can you get windows laptop ultra portables at this price?

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