Mid-2011 MBA to Mid-2013 MBA Worth It?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by boba7523, May 6, 2014.

  1. boba7523 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    Hi everyone,

    I have a Mid-2011 13" MBA 1.7ghz Core i5, 4 gb, 128 SSD.

    I'm thinking about upgrading to the Mid-2013 1.3 ghz Dual Core i5.

    I do Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effect. I noticed performance for these apps are pretty solid on my current Mid-2011.

    I'd like to know if there will be a drastic improvement if I upgrade to 2013?

    Anyone who's been down this road please chime in!! Cheers :cool:
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    There really won't be a massive improvement, unless you go for perhaps the i7.
  3. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I have a 2011 MBA too and I'm waiting for the upcoming 2014 MBA. I don't believe it's worth upgrading at this time.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    20% improvement by the number. Real life WON'T be like going from dial-up to broadband.

    Want massive improvement, get a PowerMac with 8 processors.
  5. macs4nw macrumors 601


    You'll get some improvement from the 1.7 processor, but if you want to see an appreciable improvement, you'll have to up the memory to 8GB, or the memory as well as the storage to 256 or 512GB. Without any of the foregoing, the only improvement in the 2013 model you'll get is amazing battery life and 802.11ac WiFi.
  6. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I went from a 2011 13" i5/4gb/256gb MBA to a 2013 11" i7/8gb/512gb MBA and it was a very nice upgrade. One big difference that has not been mentioned is that you will be going from USB 2 to USB 3.

    The AC wifi is also a big upgrade. I get about 30 MB/s transferring files over the LAN.

    Battery life improvement might be the biggest difference, I would get 6+ hours on the 2011 13" MBA and now 10+ hours on the 2013 11 MBA.

    I would say that CPU is about 30% faster, but that's just a "feeling" and not a benchmark (but I also went up to the i7).

    The 512gb SSD is really fast, about 700MB/s. Never benchmarked my 2011 machine, but the difference is noticeable for some things.

    Since the most you could get in 2011 was 4gb/256gb, going to 8gb/512gb is also a big upgrade IMO.

    Having said all this, for "everyday" type stuff like web browsing, finder operations, e-mail, MS office, etc., I notice very little difference. The most noticeable improvements show in faster Final Cut Pro rendering and lower Logic Pro latency.
  7. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Nah, same chassis, different proc. I've a 2010 MBA, and waiting till a chassis redesign with better screen, so maybe the 2014.
  8. drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    I have just changed a 2011 i5 4GB RAM 128GB Toshiba SSD MBA for a 2014 i7 8GB RAM 256GB Sandforce MBA.
    Much better. Faster response, Faster WiFi, Network shares open snappier.
  9. molala macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Cambridge, UK
    Have the same MBA specs as the OP (2011 i5 4gb 128) and very tempted to get the the 2013 i5 4gb 512 mostly for the extra storage space. Is $200 more for i7 and 8gb worth it?
  10. Arelunde macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2011
    CA Central Coast
    I run Adobe's Creative Suite 6 (print) on a late 2011 MBP with no problems whatsoever. I DID upgrade the ram to 8 GB and use an external LaCie 1 TB drive for storage and scratch discs. Works just fine.

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