Need quick advice on either 2013 or 2015 11"

khabboub

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Mar 30, 2014
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So i used to have a 11 inch 2013 MBA as a secondary laptop. i gave to my cousin for graduating, but i find myself in need of a secondary laptop again.

best buy was having a sale last week on the 11 inch 2015 for 700 (650 with a student discount). so i was able to pick one up for 695.5 after tax. BUT there is a seller on eBay the is selling the 2013 for 500 no tax.

would it be a good idea to return the 2015 MBA and get the 2013. i would be saving $200. is the 2015 MBA worth the extra 200? I don't mind buying a used laptop, as long as the seller has good reviews. I'm just really wondering if the new 11 2015 MBA is that much better than the 2015 one.
 

jetlagged

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It's slightly better but by not that much. It will certainly be faster. I would keep it for battery life alone. I own a mba 13" 2012, man how I wish I had the battery life if the 2015 models
 

Boyd01

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I own a mba 13" 2012, man how I wish I had the battery life if the 2015 models
The improvement in battery life came in 2013 actually, due to a more power-efficient processor. I don't think the 2015 model has much better battery life (although the battery will be two years newer, which is worth considering).

The 2013 MBA is a great machine, I have one and see no reason to upgrade to the newer models. However, I would probably just keep the 2015 machine if I were the OP. If nothing else, you get a one year warranty and it comes from a reputable national chain instead of "some guy on eBay". :)
 

khabboub

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Mar 30, 2014
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Tampa
The improvement in battery life came in 2013 actually, due to a more power-efficient processor. I don't think the 2015 model has much better battery life (although the battery will be two years newer, which is worth considering).

The 2013 MBA is a great machine, I have one and see no reason to upgrade to the newer models. However, I would probably just keep the 2015 machine if I were the OP. If nothing else, you get a one year warranty and it comes from a reputable national chain instead of "some guy on eBay". :)
Yeah i guess thats a good point. i am nervous that apple will release new Airs next month that will make this purchase seem like a bad deal. I mean i wouldn't mind spending 900 if the new 11 inch air is WAY better, or whatever equivalent laptop they decide to release.
 
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