Always wanted that chic, 11-inch Macbook Air, but could never justify spending $1,000+ on it? It’s time to start digging for deals online.
At its WorldWide Developer’s Conference Monday, Apple announced an updated 11-inch MacBook Air priced at $999 — the same price as its previous model. But what is really upgraded? Let’s take a look at how this new MacBook Air is “better.”
For $999 at the Apple Store, you can get an 11-inch MacBook Air with the following:
1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor
Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz
4 GB memory
64 GB flash storage
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Not bad, minus the small amount of hard drive space.
Here’s what the previous MacBook Air in the same screen size offered for $999 before Monday:
1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Processor
2 GB memory
64 GB flash storage
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Hmm. Double the memory and a slightly faster processor. Is that worth the extra $100? I’m here to say no.
Before selling it away and buying an iMac to do my blogging, my 11-inch MacBook Air was awesome. The small size and light-weight make it a dream to work on. Of course, I tried to run my iTunes off it and keep photos on it, but found myself constantly using my external hard drive. 64 GB is simply not enough. If I used it just for blogging and very light photography work, then maybe 64 gigs can suffice.
So why would anyone that knows anything about making a smart computer purchase waste money buying a brand new device from Apple, when you can go on sites like Amazon or eBay and find the previous model with almost identical specs for as low as $850. That’s how much I saw it for yesterday on Amazon. Today it jumped back up to $899, but I think it’ll go back down again.
Amazon also offers great financing deals and eBay has a great promotion right now with Bill Me Later (0% interest for 6 months)
I asked my wife if I could buy a laptop so I could “work” outside on our patio. She’s the boss in this household and I won’t be buying a new Air.
But look around online and find a killer deal on the last generation MacBook Air. I guarantee you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two laptops (old generation and new generation) if you had them side-by-side.
If money is no object, then go buy a MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Well I guess it is $100 cheaper than the new one, but it’s still a bit pricey. I wish money wasn’t a factor in buying my Mac, because I would already have a new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I’m saving to buy a newer Mac, so maybe I could save a little more for the new one.