New 8/2.0/256 or Refurb 8/2.0/512 ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Renaldo63, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Renaldo63 macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2012
    OK, because I value your opinions ....

    I am transitioning out of a 2010 MBP 2.66/8/500 to a MBA, which I will use for trade show videos and general client Keynote and PPT presentations. I am in the broadcast biz, so the video playback quality and audio is important.

    I have choice of the following:

    A NEW - MBA - 8/2.0/256 at $1,731 total, or

    An Apple REFURB - MBA - 8/2.0/512 at total $2,024

    Diff is $293, which would you buy for my applications?

  2. tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    It really comes down to what you store on your computer and if you're willing to carry around an external HDD. They will both perform fine and play 1080p video, etc.

    If you don't want to carry anything else and have over 200 GB of videos, etc, buy the more expensive Air with the 512 GB SSD.

    Otherwise, you can save some money and get the 256 GB version. I also have some tips on saving HDD space on your Macbook.

    Also, both will come with a warranty and everything, so you do not need to worry about that.
  3. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    The size of the SSD is not going to impact video playback. Unless you need the extra space to store 10,000 presentations get the new one.
  4. Renaldo63 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2012
    Buying selection

    thanks for the replies and article reference on saving space

    much appreciated!
  5. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    I faced the same question when the new models were introduced this summer.

    I opted for the 256GB version and bought one of the new G-Tech 500GB USB 3 hard drives to store my iTunes library.

    Couldn't be happier ... the machine is perfectly adequate and I can carry half a terabyte in my shirt pocket.
  6. Renaldo63 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2012
    again, good input

    thanks again. the new 256 arrived today and the refurb 512 on friday, so I will decide, but I appreciate the input and info about the g drive.

    Seems like the 256 would be fine for my purposes.

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