Used i7 MBA or 2012 model?

JMS803

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Aug 9, 2010
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Update* Used/Refurb

I'm really looking to upgrade to a new, lighter, and faster machine, and I believe the Macbook Air best suits the bill. The 5 year old (pre-unibody) MBP is too heavy to constantly transport (I lug it around every day) and is slow compared to the newer models.

I've noticed the older i7 256gb's go for around 1200. This is a steal compared to what this computer cost. I've figured by selling some camera equipment, this would factor to about 300 overhead on my end.

In terms of usage, the only intensive tasks would be Lightroom, Photoshop CS6, and iMovie. I assume none of these would tax it too hard.

Is it really worth paying the extra 300 (2012 model is 1500) for 8GB ram? I assume these computers are going to hold their value relatively well, so I could always offload it in a couple years if I wanted a redesigned model.

Thanks for the help!
 

jsolares

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Aug 8, 2011
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Update* Used/Refurb

I'm really looking to upgrade to a new, lighter, and faster machine, and I believe the Macbook Air best suits the bill. The 5 year old (pre-unibody) MBP is too heavy to constantly transport (I lug it around every day) and is slow compared to the newer models.

I've noticed the older i7 256gb's go for around 1200. This is a steal compared to what this computer cost. I've figured by selling some camera equipment, this would factor to about 300 overhead on my end.

In terms of usage, the only intensive tasks would be Lightroom, Photoshop CS6, and iMovie. I assume none of these would tax it too hard.

Is it really worth paying the extra 300 (2012 model is 1500) for 8GB ram? I assume these computers are going to hold their value relatively well, so I could always offload it in a couple years if I wanted a redesigned model.

Thanks for the help!
I'd wait until more benchmarks are out, in geekbench the 2012 i5 13" is faster than the 2011 i7, you don't need the 2012 i7 model unless you're going for the 11" at least it seems so according to geekbench.
 

JMS803

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Original poster
Aug 9, 2010
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I'd wait until more benchmarks are out, in geekbench the 2012 i5 13" is faster than the 2011 i7, you don't need the 2012 i7 model unless you're going for the 11" at least it seems so according to geekbench.
ah, I didn't realize how much of a bump in price the 256gb SSD brought. The 2011 model I'm looking at is an i7 with a 256gb drive with 4Gb of ram, while the 2012 i5 (which is probably enough) has 8GB ram and a 128gb. I assume this isn't really that much of an issue, since any footage required for video/photo editing can be stored on USB 3.0/thunderbolt drives.

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So I guess its just a matter of 4gb and a 256 SSD vs 8gb and a 128gb SSD
 
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