Which of these two macbook air is better deal and why?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by passingapple, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. passingapple, Jul 7, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2012

    passingapple macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2012
    Hi, first of all, I am not sure if this was ever discussed, but I can't find one and so I'm posting a new thread to find out. I'd like to know which of these two macbook airs you think is the better deal as they are about the same price:

    1) 2011 macbook air 13" (MD226LL/A) $1,249.99
    1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor
    256GB flash storage
    Intel HD Graphics 3000

    2) 2012 macbook air 13" (MD231LL/A) $1,269.98
    1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    128GB flash storage
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    Both these are from macmall and I tried real hard to compare benchmark scores, but there wasn't any featuring both -it seems all new benchmark focuses on 2012 models only have default 2011 model as a reference and not the 1.8 GHz i7 model.

    The 2011 model has bigger hard drive, but personally even on my mac pro, I only use about 100 GB as I saved much of media files on external hard drives. Other differences are 2011 i7 vs 2012 i5, difference in rams and graphic chips, etc. What do you guys think? Lemme know~!

    (UPDATE: as I noted, I have mac pro as the main computer. I'm thinking of getting mac air to use when I'm traveling or not at home. Not much of a gamer, so no graphic intensive games like Diablo III for me. I don't plan to do stuff like video edit and etc with the mac air, but who knows? Overall I'm just interested in which is better value and I'm sure people will have a difference in their opinions on why.)
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    The second! Ram can't be upgraded nor can gfx. Better to get the 8gb of ram and replace the ssd in the future!
  3. MacBird macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    Could you say more what your use is: RAM or processing-intensive apps, external monitor, gaming or not, etc.?
  4. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    They're both good deals. There's not enough difference to be noticed in real world use unless you're pushing them with highly resource intense work. In that scenario you should be looking at a MBP instead.

    For everyday personal computing, either is ideal.
  5. Wokis macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Depends on usage I'd say.

    Personally, being somewhat of a light gamer on the go and already having terabytes upon terabytes of storage in my desktop, HTPC and external drives, I'd go with the second one. In fact that's the config I've ordered, even.

    8GB RAM is nice for many productive uses such as multiple adobe programs and future-proofing as well :)

    If you need more space, maybe the MBA will be more of a main office machine, or you have a killer music/video collection you want to bring with you att all times, perhaps simply going for more storage is worth it.
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    The Ivy Bridge i5 @ 1.8GHz is actually faster than the Sandy Bridge i7 @ 1.8GHz (geek bench of 6083 vs 5620).
  7. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    The better value is dependent on what you personally value.

    Based on what you said, I'd probably go with the first one which has the larger SSD. Just so long as you're sure that all you'll ever do with it is browse, email and other light work which doesn't require lot's of RAM.
  8. MacBird macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    I would get the second one. If necessary, for storage you could get a small USB 3 external hard drive to avoid filling up the SSD entirely.
  9. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Looks like a matter of RAM v storage

    RAM can't be upgraded, but you can add storage
    Since it won't be your main computer, I would go with more RAM
  10. Knightimer macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Too Many Pluses in the 2012 Air

    - Faster processor (Ivy Bridge)
    - Faster SSD
    - Faster Graphics by 60% ( 3000 vs 4000)
    - 8 Gig Ram ( Plus faster On board Ram)

    For close to the same price, it's a no brainer.
    Btw, get an external for your media storage.

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