New AirPort Extreme or Refurbished?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by modit, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. modit macrumors 6502

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    I decided to buy the new 2011 AirPort Extreme rather then the 2009 March or October refurbished model.

    My student discount make the new one worth $30 or $10 more respectively then the new one.

    Is the new model worth the paying the small difference? Anyone have experience with the new one being faster/better?

    Thanks!
     
  2. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    According to various benchmarks, new one has 30-100% longer range and 50-100% higher throughput. If AEBS will be used in a small place (e.g., studio or 1-bedroom), it may not make enough difference.

    But for more typical usage, it's worth $30 (I couldn't decipher what you meant by "My student discount make the new one worth $30 or $10 more respectively then the new one.").
     
  3. modit thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My bad. What is meant was this...

    2011 AirPort Extreme with Edu discount is $159 CDN ($20 off)

    2009 AirPort Extreme Refurb is $129 (released Oct) or $149 (released March)

    I could have saved about $10-$30 with a refubished model. After reading what you wrote about the new model increased range, I think that the 2011 model was a better decision. :D

    BTW, is throughput related to network speed or download speed?
     
  4. MBP13 macrumors 6502

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    I just purchased the reconditioned Airport Extreme Base Station last night. Too bad I didn't see this thread last night. :(

    Oh well, I'm still expecting remarkable things from the AEBS.
     
  5. nutmac macrumors 68040

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