Out-The-Door-Price of Typical 11" MBA is nearly $1800 + tax!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by southnc, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. southnc macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2010
    I like the new MBAs; but, their pricing is very deceptive, imo.

    Let's take a look at a real-world performing 11.6" version and the ACTUAL price:
    -64MB will never cut it for full-blown OSX, so 128GB = $1199 starting point.

    Then your likely to add:
    -1.6GHz Processor +100 (much faster than base)
    -4GB memory +100 (must for latest apps)
    -iWork +49
    -3yr AppleCare Protection Plan +249 (!!)
    -Mini DisplayPort to DVI +29
    -MagSafe Airline Adaptor +49

    Total: $1775 + Tax!! For the smaller MBA. :confused: (And many of you may need more additions).

    If only the iPad ran Flash. :rolleyes:

    I really like the new MBA features, minus the lack of backlit keyboard or simple overhead keyboard light (like the Lenovo T410).

    However, the price seems extreme for what you get and not the "substantial" reduction in price over the previous version that we where lead to believe.

    Maybe it might be better to wait for the next generation iPad or MacBooks with Sandy Bridge processors.
  2. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    I had no idea that "typical" meant "with the customizations I personally want". Thanks for educating me.

    Also, I buy my adapters for less than $10 at monoprice.com
  3. Randman macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
    iLife comes free.

    No need for AppleCare.

    Can do without the extras.

    If you want streamlined, the new Air is good. If not, get a MacBook.

    Problem solved and no further need for your bad math.
  4. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    You're assuming everyone wants the setup you want. Those additions are far from mandatory.
  5. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    Yeah, and you could take an economy car and nearly double the price by adding every singe option that the dealer throws in front of you. It doesn't mean you need to be dense enough to do it. :rolleyes:
  6. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    eBay for Apple Care, 50-100 bucks. There, you just saved 150-200 dollars.
  7. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Considering you would have likely also upgraded the previous generation with the same additions, then the price is less.
  8. joelypolly macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2003
    Melbourne & Shanghai
    Or you could you know get the base edition and add the 4GB option and out the door for 1099 + what ever the tax is.
  9. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
    find a college kid friend (education discount) in a states with no sales tax. (Delaware)
    get applecare from amazon or ebay for less then half price.
    get cables for <$10 on online stores.
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I couldn't agree more ...

    OP the word is "you're" as in you're likely to add ...

    Typical price of the 13" I'd buy is $1800 before tax. Considering I paid that for the low-range Air 2 years ago, I'm fairly impressed.
  11. kingsal macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    • 64GB - More than enough to run OS X. What are you talking about?
    • What's wrong with 1.4 GHz?
    • iWork - Definitely I won't add it, a lot of Mac users might own it already. It's software, not hardware. Just use OpenOffice.
    • 3 year AppleCare - Not necessary, but I'll give you that many people will get it.
    • Mini DP to DVI - Not necessary
    • Airline Adapter - Definitely not getting this.
  12. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Price should come as no surprise to anyone that's been around Apple for awhile.

    I ordered a loaded 13", because for me it's worth it. I'm in an airplane a lot and this will be a good replacement for my original MBA. When I need more resources (which I do) I have my 15" mid 2010 i7 MBP. The air is a good companion / travel machine.
  13. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    This is an odd view.

    Many people buying this will already have a Mac, so they won't need iWork, additional cables, etc. and maybe not even the upgraded processor.
  14. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    You are just absolutely crazy if you don't get AppleCare. You're telling me your are fine paying for a new logic board if it fails sometime in three years?
  15. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    1. No point in buying apple care at purchase. You get it FREE for an entire year, and if at the end of that year you want to add two extra years you can pay for it then.

    2. You get 50 dollars off of apple care AND the price of the machine with student discount, which anybody can get, even if you arent a student.

    3. A lot of people already have those extras or just dont need them (me).

    Nothing in your post is relevant. Sorry man : /
  16. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    is this actually a troll attempt cause if so thats funny. lol define typical, who are you to say what most people ordered? thats like insane... Toyota camary 20,000 + 1,0000,000 solid gold rims. = Over 1 million for an economy car?
  17. Carouser macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2010
    Wait - paying 25% of the purchase price for 2 more years of coverage on the chance that something super expensive will fail? If I don't do this, then I am 'absolutely crazy'? Come on.

    Edit: Am I missing your sarcasm? I sure hope so.
  18. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Exactly. The target audience for the MBA already has another computer and will use the Air as a second, extremely mobile computer. 64 GB is plenty for the OS, apps, and necessary files. No, you won't be able to put your entire collection of movies on it, but thats not what it's meant for. The PC i had before i got my MacBook only had a 60 GB hard drive and i never had any problem with it. And if you do want to carry every file with you, you could easily get an external drive.
  19. kingsal macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    yep. you nailed it. it's a troll.
  20. Carouser macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2010
    How much do you need for half-blown OSX?
  21. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Only an idiot would shop like the way you just added.
    iLife 2011 is included, so it is already 50 dollars miscalculated. Also, I am sure you are a troll.

    Most of us are employeed. If you are not employeed, then you are most likely a student. In other words, you can get discounts on MBA and other apple products.
  22. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Do you have any idea how much an original SSD MacBook Air went for when launched? Yeah, in upwards of 2 grand. Hell maybe even 3. I can't remember.
  23. kingsal macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2010
    Yep. My current White Mid 2007 MacBook has a 80GB hard drive (I haven't used all of it yet), and it runs OS X Leopard just fine. The OS needs about 1GB to install I think.
  24. matelot macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010
    > -64MB will never cut it for full-blown OSX, so 128GB = $1199 starting point.

    then maybe you should try to live with 64GB...it's fine, there's this thing called "Internets"....
  25. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    He forgot to include a full version of Photoshop CS5... that should bring the 11" MBA out-the-door price to just over $2,500.


    And why do you buy Applecare on day one? You have 12 months before you need to waste that money.

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