Refurb 2014 Macbook Air vs New 2015

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by van2010rulz, May 10, 2015.

  1. van2010rulz macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2010
    Hi there!

    Thanks for helping in advance. I'm starting university in September, but my laptop decided to crap out early. I was debating whether I wanted to get one of the new 13 inch rMBP's but I decided that I didn't need the extra power. I mainly work with a 10+ chrome tabs, Office Suite, email, Spotify and some light video editing. I have a desktop that I can do some editing on so processing power isn't a huge deal for my laptop.

    Having said that Apple has a 2014 13 inch Macbook Air in its refurb store with 4GB of ram and a 256GB SSD for $1099 CAD. I qualify for Apple's Education discount so the other option is the 2015 model with the same specs. That's $1399 and if I take this route then hopefully Apple runs it's Back to School sale in July. Once you factor in AppleCare and tax the difference is about $225 if I use the gift card on the warranty for the 2015 model.

    Does anyone think that the spec upgrades in the 2015 is worth the price difference? The only one that stands out for me is the upgraded SSD. Ideally, I would like this laptop to last the next 4-5 years before having to upgrade again.

    Thanks a lot!
  2. van2010rulz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2010
    I'm not sure if it's too early to do this but, bump?


    Refurb 2014 Macbook Air 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD vs New 2015 MBA same specs as the refurb. $225 price difference. Which one is worth picking up?
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    There is practically no difference

    The 2015 is slighly faster with slightly better graphics other than that they are exactly the same. I'd go with the refurb.

    Although at that price I'd go with th rMBP for the retina screen myself....
  4. TheArcher macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2014
    Always has to be an A$$ on the forums ...

    I agree with Samuelsan2001. I'd try to find a refurb with 8 GB of ram though.

    The Air's will most likely be upgraded once Skylake is released. There should be an update at the WWDC within a few weeks. If you can wait, see what is talked about at the WWDC and then make your decision. However, for your needs you'll be fine not waiting for Skylake but I would bump up the ram.
  5. Mac-lover3 macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2014
    I don't know why nobody has thought about it but why not wait for the 'Back To School' actions?
  6. van2010rulz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all your help. I decided to go with the refurbished model. I factored in the potential Back to School discount in the decision and the refurbished model was worth it because of the small spec bumps.

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