What to do with 2009 MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by agaskew, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. agaskew macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    I still have my 2009 MBA (2nd Gen) with OWC 64Gb SSD and a whopping 2Gb RAM. Its in showroom condition with one exception - the hinges are beginning to loosen a little. Unfortunately Apple has ceased the free hinge replacement program.

    It came with Snow Leopard but is currently running the Yosemite beta - the fans spin up a fair bit but the SSD keeps it quite speedy.

    So, what should I do with it?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
  3. mad3inch1na macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2013
    2GB of RAM is still plenty for most tasks. If the hinges are really bothering you, you can sell it and get a new 2014 MBA for as little as $700 at BestBuy. Otherwise, it is a great computer and as long as it works it should last you another few years.

  4. barebackbadger8 macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2009
    Wolverhampton, UK
    Put it in clamshell mode then connect it up to your tv etc and use it like a mac mini as an itunes server, netflix box etc
  5. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2014
    Send it to me.

    Nothing wrong with 2GB RAM for most casual use (internet surfing etc). SSD is of course a bit on the small side but if you have enough cloud space etc. also still very useable.
  6. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    Give it to a a worthy needy kid.
  7. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Exactly; very good advice. I agree: Use it, or sell it, or give it away.

    When I bought a new MBA last year, I gave my old (2010) MBA to my brother.
  8. Ronnoco, Aug 8, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2014

    Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Upgraded a 2009 MBA (2GB RAM) that came with that horrendous 120Gb 4200rpm iPod HDD, to a OWC Aura Pro 120GB SSD and put Mavericks on it and it works like a charm. Gave it to my stepson. He LOVES it!

    I agree with others here to either keep using it for a couple of years or give it to someone as it is still a very useful computer with the SSD (which can easily be upgraded to a 120GB for just about $100.00).
  9. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    I agree with the others here. That mba sounds like an awesome machine. Why are you not using it?
  10. kylelerner macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
  11. agaskew thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Thanks all for the replies. It gets used as a beta testing machine for stuff like Yosemite, but the main machine is a 15" 16Gb rMBP. Also have a 2011 17" MBP so the MBA is the runt of the litter.

    Bit loathe to sell it only because of the hinges. They're OK at the moment but are never going to get any better. I bought my teenage daughter a second hand (windows) laptop a few months ago instead of giving her the MBA, partly because the windows machine is built like a tank and she's not so careful with her stuff.

    Its been used as a streaming media server already. Due to the lack of built in space I hooked up an external USB drive loaded with movies. Streaming software like Plex or PS3Media Server ran OK but the transcoding of certain files thrashed the machine mercilessly.

    I think its time to donate it to someone who needs a computer :)
  12. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Convert the files to M4V which more devices (ATV/PS3/PS4 etc) can play natively vs MKV which often times need to be transcoded server side.

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