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    Is trading my Late 08 Macbook Pro for 2012 Air good?
    What do you guys think? I'm trading my Late 08 15" Unibody Macbook Pro 2.8Ghz, 320gb HD, NVidia 9400M 256MB Graphics Card, and 4GB DDR3 Ram for a 2012 Macbook Air 13' Intel i5 1.7Ghz, 4GB DDR3 Ram, and 128GB SSD. But I do have to put some cash on top for the trade. I'm thinking my MBP and $150 on top? Is that a good deal or am I getting ripped off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happa View Post
    What do you guys think? I'm trading my Late 08 15" Unibody Macbook Pro 2.8Ghz, 320gb HD, NVidia 9400M 256MB Graphics Card, and 4GB DDR3 Ram for a 2012 Macbook Air 13' Intel i5 1.7Ghz, 4GB DDR3 Ram, and 128GB SSD. But I do have to put some cash on top for the trade. I'm thinking my MBP and $150 on top? Is that a good deal or am I getting ripped off?
    Off the top of my head I would say you're getting the better end of the deal if you can get the MBA for your 2008 MBP + $150.

    But the key to the deal is...will the MBA meet your needs? It's ram & storage capacity cannot be upgraded...and it has no optical drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happa View Post
    What do you guys think? I'm trading my Late 08 15" Unibody Macbook Pro 2.8Ghz, 320gb HD, NVidia 9400M 256MB Graphics Card, and 4GB DDR3 Ram for a 2012 Macbook Air 13' Intel i5 1.7Ghz, 4GB DDR3 Ram, and 128GB SSD. But I do have to put some cash on top for the trade. I'm thinking my MBP and $150 on top? Is that a good deal or am I getting ripped off?
    I'm thinking if anything, the ripping goes the other way. I bought the identical MBA for my wife last summer (though I went for the 256 SSD) for $1500.

    Apple is currently selling the model you are looking at for $1099 as a refurb.
    Refurbished MacBook Air 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 - Apple Store (U.S.)

    EDIT: Beaten to the punch again . . . Typing too slow and too much!
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Thanks for the reply! That's true, when I bought my MBP I used it for gaming twice, and didn't really see a need in having it. Most of it is used for iTunes syncing my iPhone, and pictures. I was going to get a Seagate 1TB off craigslist for extra storage. But there's no way to send it in to apple for them to upgrade it to the 256GB SSD for a extra cost? Plus now it'll be mostly used for work and studies for my academy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
    I'm thinking if anything, the ripping goes the other way. I bought the identical MBA for my wife last summer (though I went for the 256 SSD) for $1500.

    Apple is currently selling the model you are looking at for $1099 as a refurb.
    Refurbished MacBook Air 1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 - Apple Store (U.S.)

    EDIT: Beaten to the punch again . . . Typing too slow and too much!
    How are you guy's liking it? Any regrets or dislikes about the air?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happa View Post
    Thanks for the reply! That's true, when I bought my MBP I used it for gaming twice, and didn't really see a need in having it. Most of it is used for iTunes syncing my iPhone, and pictures. I was going to get a Seagate 1TB off craigslist for extra storage. But there's no way to send it in to apple for them to upgrade it to the 256GB SSD for a extra cost? Plus now it'll be mostly used for work and studies for my academy.
    Check at OWC. I believe you can upgrade the SSD, but not cheap.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Off the top of my head I would say you're getting the better end of the deal if you can get the MBA for your 2008 MBP + $150.

    But the key to the deal is...will the MBA meet your needs? It's ram & storage capacity cannot be upgraded...and it has no optical drive.

    - Nick
    Thanks for the reply! That's true, when I bought my MBP I used it for gaming twice, and didn't really see a need in having it. Most of it is used for iTunes syncing my iPhone, and pictures. I was going to get a Seagate 1TB off craigslist for extra storage. But there's no way to send it in to apple for them to upgrade it to the 256GB SSD for a extra cost? Plus now it'll be mostly used for work and studies for my academy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happa View Post
    How are you guy's liking it? Any regrets or dislikes about the air?
    My wife loves it!
    Though, for me, I would go with a new MBP and live with the extra weight for the added performance and expandability.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
    My wife loves it!
    Though, for me, I would go with a new MBP and live with the extra weight for the added performance and expandability.
    Ah okay, Thanks! If you don't mind me asking. What does she primarily use it for? And does she do anything else with it? I'm trying to decide if I'm making a mistake. But I'm thinking my laptop is getting up in age so why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happa View Post
    How are you guy's liking it? Any regrets or dislikes about the air?
    I already mentioned this above:

    - The MBAs ram cannot be upgraded
    - I'm pretty sure the internal storage capacity is not upgradable (Apple says that the internal storage capacity is "not intended to be upgraded after purchase").
    - that 1tb HD will do you no good...unless you were going to use it as an external drive
    - and no...you cannot send the MBA to Apple to have it's internal storage upgraded.

    - Nick
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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happa View Post
    Ah okay, Thanks! If you don't mind me asking. What does she primarily use it for? And does she do anything else with it? I'm trying to decide if I'm making a mistake. But I'm thinking my laptop is getting up in age so why not?
    To be honest. If you're asking these sorts of questions about the MBA...you need to think a lot more about this transaction!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Found the link at OWC
    Flashdrive (SSD) upgrade for MBA
    SSD for MacBook Air 2010 or 2011 - OWC Mercury Pro Aura Express Sandforce Driven
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    FYI to the OP...this MBA is a not a 2012 model...but a Mid-2011 model. There is one 2012 MBA model...but the one in question is not it.

    Just wanted you to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
    Found the link at OWC
    Flashdrive (SSD) upgrade for MBA
    SSD for MacBook Air 2010 or 2011 - OWC Mercury Pro Aura Express Sandforce Driven
    Of course take out a 2nd Mortgage on the house to afford one of these! But it is an option!

    - Nick
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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Of course take out a 2nd Mortgage on the house to afford one of these! But it is an option!

    - Nick
    Yep!
    Definitely pricey, another reason why my personal choice would still be a MBP.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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