Refurb 11 inch 2013 or brand new 2014

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sportsfreak, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. sportsfreak macrumors member

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    Hi there,

    So I've been in the market for a new laptop for a while.

    I wanted an 11inch with 8gb of ram and 256gb of HD, 1.4ghz early 2014. I thought it would be good to wait for the refurbs to come out and pick up an 11.inch. Over the past 4 weeks i've noticed that the config I want just does not exist.

    I just took a look in the refurb store and saw a mid 2013 with:

    Refurbished 11.6-inch MacBook Air 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
    Originally released June 2013
    8GB memory
    256 gb
    All this for 1199

    Now this is not a 2014 model but its cheaper than a new one and its got the i7. Is there a really big difference between the 2013 and 2014 models, and shall I just pay the extra 150 and buy a new laptop.
     
  2. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

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    For the i7 there is no difference between the 2013 and 2014 (other than the "model year" which may impact resale value somewhat). But from a hardware perspective they are identical.

    And FWIW the only difference in the i5 model is a 0.1ghz speed increase on the 2014 processor.
     
  3. capathy21 macrumors 65816

    capathy21

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    Go for the refurb. It is essentially the same machine.
     
  4. awhitmer83 macrumors newbie

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    I bought a refurb 2013 a few months ago and I'm so glad I did. Same specs except mine has the 512gb drive. It's flawless and I'm very pleased!
     
  5. capathy21 macrumors 65816

    capathy21

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    Do you use an external monitor or do you use the 11 most of the time by itself? I am probably going to get one, I have a 13 retina now but am wanting to go to an Air. I had a 13 inch Air before I got my retina pro, but I miss the design of the Air. Do you find the 11 large enough for most tasks?
     
  6. awhitmer83 macrumors newbie

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    I use it by itself, but I also have a 27" iMac + Thunderbolt as my primary machine. If the Air was my only computer, I probably would have gone for the 13-inch.
     

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