Used MacBook Air: Good Deal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by fjanderson94, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. fjanderson94 macrumors member

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    I am looking to buy a laptop for school, but I'm having trouble deciding what would be best financially and what would best fit my needs. I originally planned to buy the updated 13" macbook air or pro which is in my budget.

    My computer usage is minimum with nothing intense. Consisting mainly of iWork and iLife. E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and internet browsing. I watch Hulu, and Netflix on my iPad and don't do any video editing or have any CPU intensive applications.

    However, I looked into possibly getting a used Mac. I am considering buying a 2010 macbook air for $650. Specs: 1.86 Ghz intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM and 128 SSD. I'm unsure if the older CPU and skimpy ram would be enough, but I would save around $600 if I bought the new updated model.

    (2010 for $650) http://support.apple.com/kb/SP618
    vs.
    (2012 for $1250) http://support.apple.com/kb/SP650
     
  2. asting macrumors 6502

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    The used one would do all of that just fine, without a doubt. It's up to you on whether it's worth it.
     
  3. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    You might want to consider a refurb 2011 model.

    Cost more than used, but full 1-year warranty, and you can get one with 4 GB RAM and a better processor.
     
  4. fjanderson94 thread starter macrumors member

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    I did consider that as well. But the Apple Refurbished Store has been down for the last 3 days.
     
  5. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    Yes, I know - I brought it up anyway because

    a) I don't know what your timetable is before you need to purchase.
    b) You might not have been aware of the option existing
     
  6. thekev macrumors 604

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    I like the newest ones. The gpu is still somewhat of an achilles heel for more than just games, but the machine has been evolving into a highly capable laptop. I don't really like the way the $1500 model is optimized. It's $300 more just to go from the 128GB option to 256 in a standardized configuration. Typically the standardized configurations are priced more aggressively than cto options, and it's quite a bit for the gain in capacity given the falling prices on NAND.
     

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