Selling Mid-2011 11" Air 1.6Ggz buying mid-2013 13" Air 1.3Ghz worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dctonova, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. dctonova macrumors newbie

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    I'm considering selling my 11" Mid 2011 Air and upgrading the screen. I'll be getting a 2013 13" Air.

    Performance and feature wise is it worth it? I do have to give up clock speed. The 13" Mid 2013 Air is 1.3Ghz and my 2011 is 1.6Ghz both will have 4 gigs of ram and 128 Gig SSD'd.
     
  2. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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  3. Bryanw3535 macrumors regular

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    Go for it. The clock speed may be slower, but these Haswell chips are more efficient. You'll also get better Wi-Fi ability and much better battery life.
     
  4. dctonova thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What am I missing?

    What would be the main differences? I understand the graphics output is significant, it has an SD input and there are some architectural changes to the processor leading to better battery life.

    Anything else that I missed?

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    You guys have me sold. Looking forward to playing with my new air today.

    Love you all
     
  5. Sandman1969 macrumors 6502a

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    Drive performance has increased as well with the PCIe interface vs SATA. Also, the 256GB from what I have learned recently has faster read access than the 128GB SSD. Though, not sure if the difference would be really noticed by the yourself.
     
  6. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, what everyone said on here is correct. I've had every iteration of the MBA since 2011. The only thing that is missed was your current model supports 1 Thunderbolt display. 2012+ MBA will support 2.
     
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    The 2013 MBA will give you USB 3 and your 2011 MBA only has USB 2. This is a pretty major upgrade by itself. :)

    I went the other way, from a 2011 13" MBA to a 2013 11" MBA and am really happy. My 2011 was i5/4gb/256gb and my 2013 is i7/8gb/512gb. IIRC, geekbench scored this model about 30% faster than the old one. It definitely renders video faster, latency in Logic Pro dropped from ~12ms to ~8ms.

    I don't know how much each of the improvments contributed to this increase, but suspect that blazing fast 512gb SSD on my 2013 machine had a lot to do with it. :)

    OTOH, if you just do web browsing, MS Office, basic Photoshop type stuff then you may not notice much real world difference.
     
  8. RexDomini macrumors newbie

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    If you don't mind me asking, how much did or are you trying to sell it for? I have the same model, came across your post and now I'm curious.

    Enjoy the new model!
     
  9. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    All good points. It's the new PCIe SSD that giving that blazing speed.

    I also want to point out that HD3000 when used to watch YouTube kicks the fan a lot. The HD4000 and HD5000 is very quiet.
     
  10. CyrusKafaiWu macrumors member

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    I did the exact same move, it's totally worth it.
     
  11. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Bit off topic, but what machine do you find yourself using more, your 15 retina or your Air?
     
  12. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

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    I've had the 2011 MBA 11" and 13" for one year since I liked them both and I realized I prefer the 13".

    I've had the 2012 MBA 13" and later bought a 2012 RMBP 15" and found I prefer the retina more. It took a while to adjust to the weight but its worth it.

    I now have a 2013 MBA 13" and kept the 2012 RMBP 15" and found I prefer the retina more. The battery life is very nice for the MBA though.
     

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