Trade in for MBA mid 2012

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  1. MacSafe macrumors regular

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    Hi
    Is it worth to give 2009 MacBook Pro 15 inch (2.8ghz, 4gb), add 200$ And get 2012 13' MBA 128gb?
    Thanks.
    (Sorry if this is not the place for this kind of questions...)
     
  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I went from a 2008 15" MBP 2.4ghz to a 2011 13" MBA and it was a huge upgrade in terms of speed. The SSD makes a big difference in everything, and the CPU is about twice as fast.

    As for whether it's right for you or whether that's a good deal…. I don't know. The 2012 models are not as desirable as 2013 or newer, mainly because they have much shorter battery run time. A 2013 MBA will run almost twice as long on a battery charge...
     
  3. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    2012 models were first year with usb3 so that'll be a boost for you. Thunderbolt will give you Ethernet and display ports. The only question for me would be is the integrated GPU more powerful than the dGPU of your 15" MBP. Everything else should be faster, IMO.
     
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    Most native English speakers only know one language. If you're functional in more than one language you're way ahead of us.
     
  6. marioman38 macrumors 6502a

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    Your biggest problem is 128gb ssd is very small! Iphones come with this or even 256gb now days. I would spend the $200 upgrading to 8GB ram and adding a 525gb SSD to your 15" MacBook Pro.

    Let's say your machine is worth $300 and the air is worth $450. It's an okay deal. Not the best. But okay.
     
  7. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes.

    My advice would be to try to lay hands on a 2013 MBA, rather than a 2012 model, if that option exists.

    The 2013 (and post 2013) MBAs are possibly the best computer that Apple ever built, and there is a significant difference in power, speed - and, above all - battery - between the 2012 and the 2013 models.

    The 2013 is an awful lot better, and made the MBA into the computer that it has always held the praise of being.
     
  8. Isamilis macrumors 6502

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    It depends on your priorities. Portability over function, then go with MBA. Otherwise, then go with new MBP.
     
  9. cincygolfgrrl macrumors 6502

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    Unless the OP is a power user, a newer MBA will function perfectly well for at least five years, probably longer. My evidence: look at other forums at MacRumors and you'll see people (including the OP) using 7-10 year old MacBooks. The processors are getting slow, that's about it.
     
  10. asoksevil macrumors 6502

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    I will get 2014 MBAs onward. Reasoning is super fast PCI-e SSD and insane battery life for a little bit more.
     

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