Used 2010 macbook air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by s2smooth4u, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. s2smooth4u macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    Hello all,

    I'm looking to replace my fiancé MacBook pro because its barely holding on. Its the first MacBook pro when it went unibody in 2008. Its missing keys has dents from drops and hasn't been turned off in about 2 years. Its amazing it still works but any simple task she needs to do takes forever.

    I found a used 2010 MacBook air for 700 and wanted to know if its worth it and what should I check to make sure the computer is functioning.


    also what type of problems did the 2010 model have if any?
  2. jdblas69 macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2012
    $700 maybe a bit steep. A 2013 refurb in the apple store is around $930 with 4gb ram, 128gb ssd

    Another thing too only 2gb ram and you cannot upgrade the ram. 2gb is pretty thin nowadays.

    For $230 more by going refurb route, you get 4gb ram, a 2013 model and 1 year warranty.

    $230 can be a lot to some people though so I understand that.
  3. Derek87 macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2009
    i agree with jdblas.

    i would be more patient (if your budget is $700) and try to find a machine with 4gb of RAM, or if you can afford it, but a refurb for $230 more.

    my wife has a 2010 with 4gb of RAM (not for sale) which is a great machine, but i think $230 more for a 2013 model is well worth the extra cost given the warranty and huge increase in battery life, better graphics, as well as being a machine with a 1 year warranty. if someone offered me a trade for $230 more, i would do it in a heartbeat because the gains in battery life (probably close to double) would be well worth the upgrade cost.

    but i also can appreciate that $230 is still a lot of money.


    follow-up. out of curiosity, i checked our local craigslist...$700 is definitely too high. people are selling 4gb/128ssd 2010 MBA 13's for closer to $600 and throwing in a lot of extra software too.
  4. chrisperro macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2009
    700$ is a rip off for that year, I'm selling mine for 700$ 2011 with applecare and nobody is interested.
    someone offer me 600$ and i will let go for that.
    keep searching or buy a refurbish one from apple.
  5. csixty4 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    That's way too much for a 2010 MacBook air, especially when the new one is just a little bit more. The 2010 has a Core Duo processor, which doesn't have quite as much horsepower as the current generation. You can definitely feel the difference when working with processor-intensive software.
  6. s2smooth4u thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    Thank you everyone for the input! I will wait and see if I can get a newer model for a better price!
  7. pro mac user macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2014
    i would say 350-450 for a 2010 model without an ssd
  8. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Maybe all u need is a ram bump, to 4GB would be good, if u can get it cheap, to hold u over.

    I would not not consider anything older than 2011 regardless of price. 2010 to 2011 cpu bump significant. Then buying an old laptop, u always have to ask, how many more useful cycles remains on that battery?
  9. s2smooth4u thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    Thank you I will look into that
  10. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
    get a refurb or discounted 2013 if you can... amazing battery life, a
    backlit keyboard, and much faster processor, memory, drives, etc. well worth it.

    2010 is fine but as others have said, it's not with $700.
  11. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    This would be my advice as well. A 2013 refurb will be excellent value for money, and will give you the most modern version available. I can vouch for the amazing battery life, while it is faster, more powerful, and has a far better memory and processor.

    Personally, I wouldn't touch a 2010; last year, when I bought a 2013 MBA, my old 2010 MBA model was showing its age (beach balls in abundance and slowing down a lot); I gave it to my brother.

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