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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:55 AM

Hi guys,

 

My partner is being offered an ex lease Macbook Air (2016) for $500.

 

Is there a bit of value there or is it not worth buying a laptop that is three years old.

 

Any advice appreciated.

 



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 03:39 PM

It really depends. There's nothing wrong with an older machine just because of the age. The only problem from the age is a battery that has some wear, and if you must count it, that newer models are probably faster or have a better battery life.

 

In other words, if it would be mostly connected to the charger, it's probably fine and is definitely a worthwhile consideration. If it would be used on battery a lot, then it really depends on what its battery is like – check the cycle count and current capacity (although don't put too much weight on the latter). They should last 1000 cycles. And ideally, test the battery life at load.

 

I'd say it is probably pretty good value, unless either the battery life is very bad or it would be used on battery a lot.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:05 PM

Will definitely be run mainly on mains power. Just going to be used for some design work (adobe suite) when at home.

 

Cheers for your input mate



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 08:15 PM

In that case, unless portability or the occasional battery-powered use is important, you might be even better looking at an ex-lease desktop and monitor from PB Tech. That should come to less than $500, and probably has better specs (other than screen resolution). Just a possibility.


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