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Hi everyone, I will be travelling around for approx. 3 months and need a decent laptop to take with me. I was looking into MacBooks being lightweight and having a good battery life. I will also be do… Read More
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3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
Hi everyone,
I will be travelling around for approx. 3 months and need a decent laptop to take with me. I was looking into MacBooks being lightweight and having a good battery life. I will also be doing some basic photo/video editing every now and then.
I have been looking on eBay to buy a Used/Refurbished MacBook, thinking of going for the Air but should I get a Mid-2013 (maxed out - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-MacBook-Air-6-2-13-3-8GB-512GB-i7-Laptop-/232271708450?roken=cUgayN) or opt for a 2015 model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2015-macbook-air-13-3-i5-1-6ghz-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-Great-Condition-see-photos-/222438982326?roken=cUgayN)

Use-cases:
Freelance writing/blogging/social media
Basic Photo/Video Editing - Lightroom/Photoshop/Final Cut Pro
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3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
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#1
einstein72

Hi everyone,
I will be travelling around for approx. 3 months and need a decent laptop to take with me. I was looking into MacBooks being lightweight and having a good battery life. I will also be doing some basic photo/video editing every now and then.
I have been looking on eBay to buy a Used/Refurbished MacBook, thinking of going for the Air but should I get a Mid-2013 (maxed out - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-MacBook-Air-6-2-13-3-8GB-512GB-i7-Laptop-/232271708450?roken=cUgayN) or opt for a 2015 model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2015-macbook-air-13-3-i5-1-6ghz-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-Great-Condition-see-photos-/222438982326?roken=cUgayN)
Use-cases:
Freelance writing/blogging/social media
Basic Photo/Video Editing - Lightroom/Photoshop/Final Cut Pro


I personally would not get a Macbook Air to run final cut pro or photoshop. Go for a Macbook Pro but the one that is thinner than an Air. I would personally go for a new one not second hand as if you do end up having problems atleast you have the receipt etc
#2
I have both MacBookPro and MacAir. The Pro is heavy but it's quite old (2011). The Air is 2013 and still functions like new. It did have a new battery about a year ago but apart from that it's my Mac of choice.

I wouldn't buy from Ebay. Can you afford a new one? What about an Apple refurb?
#3
punji
einstein72

Hi everyone,
I will be travelling around for approx. 3 months and need a decent laptop to take with me. I was looking into MacBooks being lightweight and having a good battery life. I will also be doing some basic photo/video editing every now and then.
I have been looking on eBay to buy a Used/Refurbished MacBook, thinking of going for the Air but should I get a Mid-2013 (maxed out - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-MacBook-Air-6-2-13-3-8GB-512GB-i7-Laptop-/232271708450?roken=cUgayN) or opt for a 2015 model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2015-macbook-air-13-3-i5-1-6ghz-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-Great-Condition-see-photos-/222438982326?roken=cUgayN)
Use-cases:
Freelance writing/blogging/social media
Basic Photo/Video Editing - Lightroom/Photoshop/Final Cut Pro
I personally would not get a Macbook Air to run final cut pro or photoshop. Go for a Macbook Pro but the one that is thinner than an Air. I would personally go for a new one not second hand as if you do end up having problems atleast you have the receipt etc
Even if it's just basic editing? That I will do during my free time (10% of the time)

Edited By: einstein72 on Mar 16, 2017 14:20
#4
Pro all day long..
#5
einstein72
punji
einstein72

Hi everyone,
I will be travelling around for approx. 3 months and need a decent laptop to take with me. I was looking into MacBooks being lightweight and having a good battery life. I will also be doing some basic photo/video editing every now and then.
I have been looking on eBay to buy a Used/Refurbished MacBook, thinking of going for the Air but should I get a Mid-2013 (maxed out - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-MacBook-Air-6-2-13-3-8GB-512GB-i7-Laptop-/232271708450?roken=cUgayN) or opt for a 2015 model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2015-macbook-air-13-3-i5-1-6ghz-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-Great-Condition-see-photos-/222438982326?roken=cUgayN)
Use-cases:
Freelance writing/blogging/social media
Basic Photo/Video Editing - Lightroom/Photoshop/Final Cut Pro
I personally would not get a Macbook Air to run final cut pro or photoshop. Go for a Macbook Pro but the one that is thinner than an Air. I would personally go for a new one not second hand as if you do end up having problems atleast you have the receipt etc
Even if it's just basic editing? That I will do during my free time (10% of the time)

Go for the pro and it'll only be 2% of your free time.

In all seriousness, buy brand new (from a reputable seller) in case you have issues, go for the pro version and also the highest configuration of RAM and storage you can afford. I went for the 128GB drive and it soon clogs up with RAW images etc, so would be looking at 256GB+ in the future.
#6
windym
I have both MacBookPro and MacAir. The Pro is heavy but it's quite old (2011). The Air is 2013 and still functions like new. It did have a new battery about a year ago but apart from that it's my Mac of choice.
I wouldn't buy from Ebay. Can you afford a new one? What about an Apple refurb?


Fancy give me one (_;)
#7
einstein72
punji
einstein72

Hi everyone,
I will be travelling around for approx. 3 months and need a decent laptop to take with me. I was looking into MacBooks being lightweight and having a good battery life. I will also be doing some basic photo/video editing every now and then.
I have been looking on eBay to buy a Used/Refurbished MacBook, thinking of going for the Air but should I get a Mid-2013 (maxed out - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-MacBook-Air-6-2-13-3-8GB-512GB-i7-Laptop-/232271708450?roken=cUgayN) or opt for a 2015 model (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2015-macbook-air-13-3-i5-1-6ghz-8gb-ram-256gb-ssd-Great-Condition-see-photos-/222438982326?roken=cUgayN)
Use-cases:
Freelance writing/blogging/social media
Basic Photo/Video Editing - Lightroom/Photoshop/Final Cut Pro
I personally would not get a Macbook Air to run final cut pro or photoshop. Go for a Macbook Pro but the one that is thinner than an Air. I would personally go for a new one not second hand as if you do end up having problems atleast you have the receipt etc
Even if it's just basic editing? That I will do during my free time (10% of the time)

I mean the Air would be sufficient if you dont mind the time it will take but like other posters have stated it will take more time for you to edit. If you are happy with that then the Air will be suitable. Browsing, basic word editing, emails etc this is all well and good but having the pro will make alot of differeance. I owned both and found the Pro better.

I started off with the Air as i was on a budget and it was good enough for basic editing but then once i started to use it for editing longer videos i upgrade to a pro.
#8
i have a pro (15") and air (11") too
the pro is a workhorse but heavy - twice the weight of the air
the air travels with me, but is not quite as powerful so for resource intensive tasks such as editing (and i only have photos, not videos), I don't really use it. it's over 3 years old but feels almost new. you can't fault its build quality. that said, it was the max spec 8gb ram and i think max spec processor i7
you can check benchmarks of various models here https://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks

i'm unconvinced by ebay sellers (especially with regards to iPads etc for which they're notorious for grey market imports), but also put off by apple's pricing. unless you can get student discount and 0% finance, it's a lot to pay out in one go. another option is buying used - but you must exercise care - where you can get a great deal. maybe pay 60-70% for a machine that's only 15-20% into its useful life
#9
Surface pro all day with a keyboard case.... way more practical and powerful.

Seriously
#10
buy from apple refurb. plenty 13.3. in stock now. you will have 1 yr waranty
http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_pro/13

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