Macbook Air Purchase Help...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jchs, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. jchs macrumors newbie

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    Good Morning!

    My daughter is starting College in the fall and I am looking at purchasing her a used MBA 13". I have two options and am curious as to which one would be the better deal.

    #1: Mid 2011 Macbook Air 13" 1.6ghz 64GB SSD. Has Applecare until 2015.

    #2: Mid 2011 Macbook Air 13" 1.7ghz 128GB SSD. NO Applecare.

    Both are the same price listing and in flawless condition.

    Thanks so much for your help!!
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Depends on how much the seller is asking for them. Personally I'd go with option #2.
     
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    yosemit macrumors regular

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    Both are not good choice for a college student. When she goes to the campus for a full day, she may have to find a place to charge the computer and have to take the charger.

    Buy a 2014 or 2013 Macbook Air. The battery is good for 12-15 hours, ideally for a student. She can leave the charger at home.

    Also, 11" Macbook Air and a 24"-plus monitor can be a good choice for a student. The 11" is a perfect replacement of desktop computer with external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and it's more portable than the 13".

     
  7. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    That may not be a viable option financially for the OP. A 2011 MBA is still a fine option if the price is right, though.
     
  8. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I think most people would be unhappy with a 64gb SSD these days. Also, you don't list the amount of RAM. Can't remember - were they still selling the 2gb/64gb models back then? That would definitely be a deal-breaker IMO.
     
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  10. cedwhatev macrumors 6502

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    I just got a 2012 13" 4/128 for 600 for my son. You can probably get a similar deal for a 2012 or 2013. Don't get the 2011, especially if it's for a student.
     
  11. Kryckter macrumors 6502

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    Get the bigger hard drive!
     
  12. ewils19 macrumors 6502

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    I think $600 is too high for a two year old MBA considering you can get a 2014 13 inch for $800 from Best Buy with the education discount.
     
  13. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    ^this^
     
  14. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Option 2 is better but as previously stated. 600 is too much. 650-700 would snag you a 2013 model with much better battery life and such.
     
  15. HarryWarden macrumors 6502a

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    To echo was everyone else is saying, get a 2013 or 2014 (with education discount). The improved battery life is almost necessary for a college student.
     
  16. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Another factor is to remember the 2012+ has USB3 vs USB2 on the earlier units. Helpful for external storage / backup / etc.
     

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