Macbook Air Purchase Help...

jchs

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Jun 25, 2014
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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!!
 

yosemit

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Jul 19, 2013
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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".

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!!
 
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Boyd01

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Feb 21, 2012
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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.
 

cedwhatev

macrumors 6502
Oct 22, 2011
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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.
 

capathy21

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Jun 16, 2014
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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.
 

HarryWarden

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Oct 27, 2012
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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.
 

deeddawg

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Jun 14, 2010
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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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