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    Can a base model i3 8GB MBA remain useable for 8-10 years for a basic user?
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    The OP must be totally confused by now with these replies

    ...yes
    ...no
    ...a definite 'maybe'

    Take your pick

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    Can a base model i3 8GB MBA remain useable for 8-10 years for a basic user?
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    Quote Originally Posted by krs View Post
    The OP must be totally confused by now with these replies

    ...yes
    ...no
    ...a definite 'maybe'

    Take your pick
    Hey, I can't help that other people gave the wrong advice
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    Can a base model i3 8GB MBA remain useable for 8-10 years for a basic user?

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    Wow thank you soooo much everyone for all the advice!! Got back from work and was expecting maybe a couple of replies but to get so much info has been very very useful.

    I realised that I should have been more clear, i think I confused everyone with my use of the term “fast and snappy” sorry about that lol, i think what i really meant to say was “useable”. My current windows laptop is definitely unusable, it takes about 10 minutes to boot up and then if i try to open up chrome or a basic application it can take a good 20-30 seconds just to open, i may have to wait a good few seconds when clicking on the “file” or “edit” icons to open on my word processor which is so annoying lol. My current laptop works but is not what i would consider useable. I think what I’m looking for is for a good 8+ years for the MBA to not take too long to boot up when turned on, to not take ages to open up basic apps like office or safari, if i’m watching something on netflix or youtube then (internet permitting) for that to run relatively smoothly, if I’m using something like word then for the very basic functions like opening the file icon to still be kind of fast i guess. Essentially i want the laptop to not become annoyingly slow for everyday tasks and for it remain just quick enough to a reasonable level where it won’t be considered annoying.

    The point some of you have made about getting as much as my budget can afford makes a lot sense, i’m a relatively new uni graduate and just started my first job a few months ago, i could go a bit north of 1000 but if a base MBA can cover my needs and can remain useable for that sort of time period then i would much rather prefer to spend that extra money on something else.

    Thanks again everyone for all your advice!!
    Last edited by NG Mas; 06-03-2020 at 07:29 PM.

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    Can a base model i3 8GB MBA remain useable for 8-10 years for a basic user?
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    If you want to minimize your cost right now, another option may be to get a refurb 2015 MBa like this one and plan to use it for four years:
    Refurbished MacBook Air 13.3-inch Glossy from PS599 (G0RJ0LL/A) | RefurbMe GB

    At that time your financial position would be much better if you just started your first job a few months ago.

    PS: Better to buy a refurb Mac from Apple I think, but they don't seem to sell anything older than a year or two - in Canada at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NG Mas View Post
    i think what i really meant to say was “useable”.
    From what you mentioned about your computer use habits...and what you said about it being "useable" for 8-10 years...I think a new or newish MacBook Air will last you 8-10 years. I personally use 2 different MacBook Pro's from 2011 & a 2011 MacBook Air on a daily basis...and they all do most things pretty well.

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    Can a base model i3 8GB MBA remain useable for 8-10 years for a basic user?

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    Thanks everyone for all the advice!! Just wanted to also ask regarding the temps on the i3 model which judging from testimonies and various reviews seems on the most part to run cooler than the i5. Firstly with apps and websites etc becoming more resource intensive in the future is it reasonable to assume that the i3 will run significantly hotter for the same tasks in let’s say 4 or 5 years?? And if in the future the i3 starts to heat up and throttle for basic tasks like watching Netflix etc how much of a noticeable impact is that likely to have? Are we talking about Netflix shows or zoom calls freezing mid video or is the effect of throttling hardly noticeable?

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    Can a base model i3 8GB MBA remain useable for 8-10 years for a basic user?
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    You keep asking about the future - how this Mac will operate 4, 5,8 and 10 years out with apps and websites at that time.
    Nobody knows - I think it will be just fine, certainly in the 4-5 year time frame.
    There are many members here asking for help with Mac that are 8 - 10 years old and the issue is usually very specific - not generally related to just the age of the Mac.
    My Mini is going to be 8 years old soon and I never thought of it being 8 years old from a performance point of view until this thread - it runs everything just fine and is at least as fast as I need it to be.

    I think you're "overthinking" this, if you are really that concerned about the performance of the 2020 MBa in 10 years, I would suggest you go back to one of my suggestions, to spend half the money and get a good used one and keep that for 4-5 years and then get a replacement; although you probably won't need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krs View Post
    You keep asking about the future...
    Agree with everything you said. I was just thinking this is sort of similar to how some people keep hesitating to buy a new Mac (or iDevice) because a new model may be coming out "soon." With the rate technology changes, using that logic will mean you never buy anything! I say just buy the machine that makes the most sense for your use, upgrade the heck out of it if you can afford to (because, why not?), but don't hesitate to buy it just because it's the "base model." I've owned quite a few Macs since 2005 and until this year never purchased anything but the base model, and had no regrets.
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