Questions about older MBAs

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by krogers34, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. krogers34 macrumors member

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    I am thinking about getting an older MBA (2010, maybe 2009) on craigslist (yeah, yeah I know the problems with that but I have had good luck so far on there) and had some questions.

    First, do they heat up really fast? I have a 2008 macbook and it heats up incredibly fast and I am looking for something that does not do that. I know this is a broad question, but maybe someone can help me.

    Second, what are the main differences to a SSD? Not the biggest issue, but I have heard they are awesome.

    That is really all I have for now, and that heating up thing is a big one. Hope someone can help me.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Regular mba hd's go at 4200 rpm, SLOW........ The older MBA's were reported to have heating issues as well. Been looking on CL a lot, and a lot of people either a) don't know which model they have (ie, trying to pass a '09 off as a '10) or b) are trying to use confusion over the various models to sell an older generation model at a premium. People selling models they BOUGHT in 2010 which were discounted 09 models, and so forth.

    Looks like no candy today for macbook air purchasers.:(
     
  3. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    There's a guy on my local CL trying to sell a '10 13" ultimate for $1200 or best offer. I'm wondering what the performance difference between the old and the new would be. I'm thinking if I can get him down to $1100, that may be a heckuva deal, but not if the new model is going to blow it out of the water.
     
  4. Scarrus macrumors regular

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    The new model IS going to blow it out of the water.
     
  5. saulinpa macrumors 6502

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    If you look at the 13" MacBook Pro - going to the i5/i7 series processors almost doubled the Geekbench score.

    That said, for what I use my 2009 2.13/SSD for it keeps up just fine. It does get warm when pushed but that isn't often for me.
     
  6. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I hear what you're saying. I presumed they'd just put i3's or dual core i5 due to heat and battery considerations (cough) marketing (cough) forced upselling (cough).

    And I seem to recall the i3's being basically tweaked out core 2 duos in terms of performance. Eh, guess I'll just hold onto my money and my macbook collector's edition. For now.
     

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