Used 2015 or "same spec" new 2017?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Zenton, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Zenton macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011

    My friend consulted me so naturally I consult MacRumors. The use case is light web browsing, word documents, Netflix etc.

    Early 2015 MacBook Air, 700€/825$
    -1.6 GHz i5
    -8GB RAM
    -128 GB SSD

    New 2017 MacBook Air, 950€/1120$ (also gets a pair of beats headphones for free)
    -1.8 GHz i5
    -8 GB RAM
    -128 GB SSD

    Which one would you choose? I'm leaning towards the 2017 model.

  2. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I'd say it depends on the condition of the used 2015 MBA, not likely you would notice any difference at all in performance, especially for your low intensity usage. You get a full warranty on the new one though, which is worth something. The headphones wouldn't interest me personally. Will admit, I prefer buying new laptops but in this case you're paying over 35% more.

    BTW, both of those machines are considered 2015 models since the only difference is the slight bump in CPU speed.
    On June 5, 2017, Apple quietly updated the MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 13" (Early 2015) with a modestly faster 14-nm "Broadwell ULT" 1.8 GHz Intel "Core i5" processor (5350U). This model otherwise is identical to late configurations of its predecessor apart from some identifiers.
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I would choose the new computer; not only does it come with a warranty, you can also add Applecare - which gives you coverage for three years - if you buy new.
  4. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    Buy the used, assuming it's in 'like new' condition, and doesn't have signs of being dropped or misused.

    I'd also ask how many cycles are on the battery, though replacing the battery down the road is technically possible via Apple and third parties. But for a machine as portable as the Air, you'll want a strong battery.
  5. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2017
    For this money better go for MacBook Pro 13 Retina Early 2015
  6. Rocko99991 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2017
    That's too much for a used 2015 model. Go refurbished from Apple.
  7. Zenton thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2011
    Thanks everybody. Friend got the "new" 2017 model. Spending more was not a possibility and she plans to use the computer for many years so warranty was a big factor.
  8. maerz001, Aug 22, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2017

    maerz001 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2010

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