MacBook Air MC503LL/A 13.3-Inch for $800 a good deal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by chessterino, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. chessterino macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2011
    #1
    A friend of mines is selling me a Apple MacBook Air MC503LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop for $800. Do you guys think this is a good deal? It has the following specs.

    1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor
    128 GB Solid State Drive, 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M Integrated Graphics, 13.3 inch LED Display
    Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard Operating System
     
  2. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2010
    Location:
    new joisey
    #2
    yes i think it is a good idea, what condition is it in though
     
  3. chessterino thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2011
    #3
    It is brand new unopened. He got it as a gift and wants to sell it.
     
  4. CastorTroy22 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2009
    #4
    yeah sounds like a good deal. I bought my MB543LL/A with 1.6 120GB for $900 last year, but it had a lot of extras on the computer(programs) and accesories. Whats included?
     
  5. thelead macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2010
    #5
    It's up to the ram. Remember 2gb is ALL you will get for the life of the unit.
     
  6. NCBrew macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2007
    #6
    Not such a good buy

    I am not an apple expert but I have been researching MacBook airs. The model number is the old model the new 900 models are about 10 times faster.

    A couple hundred dollars will get you a much better computer. Call apple and ask a technician or go to an apple store or best buy geek dept and ask them.
    ::)
     
  7. johnadams2007 macrumors member

    johnadams2007

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    #7
    it's a good deal. youll find them for around $1050 new still. the 2010 is plenty fast...and it games better than the 2011 =p

    im more than happy with my 2010 11" 128gb
     
  8. AppleTech22 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2010
    Location:
    US
    #8
    Might as well look at refurb's too. Maybe that will make you lean towards the 2.13"
     
  9. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2011
    Location:
    California, USA
    #9
    it does?? :eek:
     
  10. iExpensive macrumors 6502

    iExpensive

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Location:
    Las Vegas
    #10
    Yeah it's a good deal I guess. I sold the same model on ebay for $850.
     
  11. johnadams2007 macrumors member

    johnadams2007

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2011
    #11
    yeah. the processors in the 2011 models are about 30-40% faster, but the intel hd3000 is about the same amount slower. on paper that might balance out, but games rely much more on gpu than cpu. real world results favor the 2010 in gaming.
     
  12. ZBoater macrumors G3

    ZBoater

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
    #12
    Ummmm, no.

    If you are comparing the 2011 MBA against the 2010 MBA in terms of gaming, and you are looking at the Anandtech review/scores, that's not what I see. What am I missing?

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4528/the-2011-macbook-air-11-13inch-review/11

    Note that a lot of the systems that show faster than the 2011 MBA are MBPs. If you look further down where they include the 2010 MBA in the list, you will see how it compares with it. I wouldn't be putting my money into a C2D processor based on the "superior" gaming performance of the 2010 MBA platform over the 2011. But that's just me. YMMV. :apple:
     
  13. futbalguy macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 16, 2007
    #13
    The title of the page you linked to is titled: "GPU Performance: A Step Back" which kind of goes against the point you are trying to make.

    The new version and the Intel graphics solution is inferior in most cases to the older macbook air. First, dont look at Starcraft 2 scores unless that is a game you are really going to play the most because it is highly CPU limited. Most games are heavily limited by the GPU but Starcraft has a lot going on with the CPU. Otherwise that page shows the other games with higher frames per second on the older version than the new one. Also, if you game in Windows than the older macbook air was much faster than the new version because the drivers for the nvidia GPU were much better optimized than the Intel HD3000. All that said, I would still buy a new version because gaming is probably just a hobby on a macbook air.
     
  14. ZBoater macrumors G3

    ZBoater

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
    #14
    The title, perhaps, and if thats all you read then you are missing my point. :D

    Read the results and compare 2010 MBA vs 2011 MBA, which is what the topic at hand. To say the 2010 MBA is a better gaming platform than the 2011 MBA is a misstatement. Granted, they both suck at gaming, but that's another story... :apple:
     

Share This Page