APPLE MacBook Air 13.3" £699 with code @ Currys
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APPLE MacBook Air 13.3" £699 with code @ Currys

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Found 26th Apr 2016
Save £50 off the marked price. Enter code MACBOOKAIR50. Offer also available in store and for reserve and collect orders. (discount applied in store).

RRP - £749
Now - £699 with code
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Edited by: "UnclePotter" 26th Apr 2016
Great deal!!
Will the O2 priority "£30 off £400" spend also work instore? Amazing if it does!
I suppose this will be a marmite listing: the Mac-lovers will love it and think it is a bargain, the Mac-haters will hate it and think it over-priced. As the owner of an iPhone and two iPads I'm firmly from the Mac-hater tribe, they are ridiculously over-priced for what they are and rely on proprietary bits to work with many other devices, so I'm voting cold on this one. I can see that many will be attracted by £50 off the sticker price though (my only issue is that the sticker price is far too high to start with).
Alan
A good device for people with certain needs - I looked myself but it lacked a couple of features I needed (I got an x260 - better battery life by miles, built-in mobile) and I didn't pay much more than this due to ed discount.
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On the Merritt of the offer, I'd say poor. £50 off some thing costing £699. I'd offer a guide figure of 7%
And this is hot because?
cold. old model 4gb, as now new model is 8gb. also internal logic board is now one peice, so don't get it wet as it will be a right off. also no future up grade ability.
4gb ram may not be enough. Can't be upgraded and future OS upgrades will suck the hell out of 4gb
ceebs

4gb ram may not be enough. Can't be upgraded and future OS upgrades will … 4gb ram may not be enough. Can't be upgraded and future OS upgrades will suck the hell out of 4gb



Yup. Sold my 4GB macbook air as it struggles with the more advanced tasks. OSX really does need 8GB these days.
Edited by: "BigBlueDot" 26th Apr 2016
m5rcc

And this is hot because?


...good point. Because it is £50 off the sticker price, but of course that is the absurd Apple price to start with :-)
ceebs

4gb ram may not be enough. Can't be upgraded and future OS upgrades will … 4gb ram may not be enough. Can't be upgraded and future OS upgrades will suck the hell out of 4gb



True but I've got a 4GB Macbook Air 11 inch 2012 and I can even run VMs on it and still use the main mac OS fine. The decent (comparative) i5 and the very fast SSD make up for less RAM quite a lot. This model has an even faster SSD too. My biggest thing is if 128GB is enough! I've got the 256GB model. I think for 99% of users as Mac OS only takes about 10GB it probably is though. To backup your argument though Mac OS hasn't really changed much for a while in terms of RAM demands but with most of the new models packing 8GB as standard (even Macbook) I agree that 4GB might not be enough very soon.
othen

...good point. Because it is £50 off the sticker price, but of course … ...good point. Because it is £50 off the sticker price, but of course that is the absurd Apple price to start with :-)



Apple: Modern-day masters of planned obsolescence
BigBlueDot

Yup. Sold my 4GB matchbook air as it struggles with the more advanced … Yup. Sold my 4GB matchbook air as it struggles with the more advanced tasks. OSX really does need 8GB these days.



Don't worry: Apple will charge you £150 to upgrade it
I don't like the wasted space next to the screen just looks like it could have supported a bigger screen for the size it takes up, the new macbook gets my vote, I think the macbook air is going to be discontinued later this year.

Price wise if you can use the o2 code then this is a good value starter to a macbook
Edited by: "dbox" 26th Apr 2016
It has £100 off the original RRP and then £50 off after that, so a £150 saving on the new model. For that you have a generation older processor and 4GB less RAM, not great, not awful.
Good deal, but for £10 more go for the model with 8GB memory, direct from Apple.
Ok its a refurb, but I've bought Apple refurb before and its just as good as new, usually a customer return within their (14 day?) cooling off period, and then re-wrapped in new packaging like new with 12 months warranty.
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listen, i've got a macbook and barely even use it for its purpose and its a thing of beauty.

great aesthetics/quality, i much prefer it over a windows based laptop which are generally of horrendous quality!!
ukting

a windows based laptop which are generally of horrendous quality!!



Clearly never used a ThinkPad
markymarkfb

cold. old model 4gb, as now new model is 8gb. also internal logic board … cold. old model 4gb, as now new model is 8gb. also internal logic board is now one peice, so don't get it wet as it will be a right off. also no future up grade ability.



​Wow so the new one is water proof, this past me by, wonder who's technology they "burrowed" for that?
othen

...good point. Because it is £50 off the sticker price, but of course … ...good point. Because it is £50 off the sticker price, but of course that is the absurd Apple price to start with :-)



​"absurd Apple price" I think you'll find that the word "absurd" is not needed in this case, just use "Apple price", and we'll know what you mean
m5rcc

Clearly never used a ThinkPad



My guess would be that's what he was looking at when he came up with the opinion!
cantonbean

True but I've got a 4GB Macbook Air 11 inch 2012 and I can even run VMs … True but I've got a 4GB Macbook Air 11 inch 2012 and I can even run VMs on it and still use the main mac OS fine. The decent (comparative) i5 and the very fast SSD make up for less RAM quite a lot. This model has an even faster SSD too. My biggest thing is if 128GB is enough! I've got the 256GB model. I think for 99% of users as Mac OS only takes about 10GB it probably is though. To backup your argument though Mac OS hasn't really changed much for a while in terms of RAM demands but with most of the new models packing 8GB as standard (even Macbook) I agree that 4GB might not be enough very soon.



Thanks for the one sensible post in a sea of dislikes.
As a PC user all my life, will I notice such a shock if I buy a Macbook?
I like the build quality and aesthetics compared to most PCs, I use a Thinkpad for work and Dell XPS at home. I don't mind PCs but it doesn't have the long lasting build quiality.
bryan1979

My guess would be that's what he was looking at when he came up with the … My guess would be that's what he was looking at when he came up with the opinion!



Fickle mind I guess...
othen

I suppose this will be a marmite listing: the Mac-lovers will love it and … I suppose this will be a marmite listing: the Mac-lovers will love it and think it is a bargain, the Mac-haters will hate it and think it over-priced. As the owner of an iPhone and two iPads I'm firmly from the Mac-hater tribe, they are ridiculously over-priced for what they are and rely on proprietary bits to work with many other devices, so I'm voting cold on this one. I can see that many will be attracted by £50 off the sticker price though (my only issue is that the sticker price is far too high to start with).Alan


"the Mac-haters will hate it and think it over-priced"- I myself is not a Mac/Apple user, but I think the hate of most "Mac-hater" are hating toward the overprice, rather than the products themselves (if others were like me). It's like the Beats headphones (which now also owned by Apple)...that are competent products, but it's a joke that the they cost like £100+ more comparing to other big brands such as Sony, Sennheiser heaphones that are on par or a bit better in performance.

Most people buying Apple and Beats are more like buying into a fashion product, rather than spending the money toward actual performance and practicality. Also people that think MacBooks are "better quality" than Windows Ultrabook etc they are kidding themselves...as MacBooks are just Foxconn parts wrapped in shiny "Aluminium wrapper/cover". When Foxconn use to make motherboard, they weren't even up there competing with the likes of top dogs Asus and Gigabyte...the only reason why Apple using them is most likely they cost lower than the alternatives, and is able to deliver "acceptable" quality and performance rather than going for top performance from other manufacturers that would cost more if they were to use them.
pascal03

Thanks for the one sensible post in a sea of dislikes.As a PC user all my … Thanks for the one sensible post in a sea of dislikes.As a PC user all my life, will I notice such a shock if I buy a Macbook? I like the build quality and aesthetics compared to most PCs, I use a Thinkpad for work and Dell XPS at home. I don't mind PCs but it doesn't have the long lasting build quiality.



I went in stages. When I bought my iMac I was running mainly windows on it (for specialist forensic software) but after finished that I found that the fusion drive only works on Mac OS. It does take some getting used to in terms of commands but I could never go back to windows now. The computers you mention are more comparable to the Macbook Pro to be honest. I'm not sure an Air will replace your XPS unless you spec it out and then it becomes nearly the same price as the Macbook Pro retina. The main thing is that you will get a PC that just works straight away and hardly ever crashes with Mac OS without installing constant updates etc. I love my Air the most out of all my macs but I think the base model is amazing for travelling or as a 2nd machine. It will take some getting used to but I would 100% say you won't regret buying a Mac. For you I would advise waiting until the new Macbook Pro comes out if your going to use it as your main machine. This will drive the price of existing retina MBP and even the new air down . I had an XPS for work for about 3 months (this was a few years ago) and I much preferred the build quality and keyboard of my MBA. Even more weird was that for a SSD model it made noise every time i used it! If you do want to buy now I would say get the refurbished one with 8GB direct from Apple or actually buy the Macbook 2015 from KRCS at £749 (if you can live with 1 port and not being too powerful) as these will probably hold their value a bit better for resale if you decide to buy MBP. The Air is my favourite bit of tech I own but not 100% sure it is right for you being an XPS user. I think you might miss the high resolution screen. Hope this long answer helps rather then confuses!
I have one of these for the past two years and it's a good machine apart from one thing which means I wouldn't recommend this unless it was substantially cheaper.

The screen on this is atrocious, it is literally shockingly bad. It's not even the low resolution making text blurry. But the viewing angles and colour reproduction are really really poor. It honestly gives me a sore head if I use my iPad then switch to this the difference is that stark. Really I'd recommend people either go with the new MacBook or the MacBook Pro retina 13. I thought I wouldn't notice the screen when I bought it but it really is that poor after you use it for a few weeks you notice it. Even use something like excel, the refresh rate is that low that when you scroll around the excel sheet, you notice the grid lines disappearing and appearing as the screen refreshes to draw the lines so you get a wave effect with lines popping in and out. Same thing with Safari try to scroll down a page with lots of text and you'll notice blurry text and distortion.

Also 4gb ram just isn't enough if you are a heavy web browser, If I have 20-30 tabs open I started seeing slow down and tab crashes that can't stay in memory. I would recommend at least 8gb/256gb ssd configuration.

Really it's best to hold out until June when the it's rumoured there will be a redesign of the retina MacBook Pro that is meant to replace the MacBook Air. And before anyone says I'm an apple hater as well as the Mba I have an Apple TV 4th gen, iPhone, iPad Air and a time capsule router.
Edited by: "jimbob2010" 26th Apr 2016
Heat as it's a good price for this model, although the 4 GB RAM and non-Retina screen are a bit stingy. Having said that, you pay for great build quality, solid reliability and excellent customer service. I've gone back and forth over the years with both Windows and Mac computers and, for me, they both have their pros and cons. Let's be honest, most hardcore Windows fans are gamers and a PC makes perfect sense for them. But for anyone earning money from their computer (especially in a creative profession like mine), the Mac is often a better choice.

I say this having just sold a Surface Pro 4 after five months of usage. I loved everything about the concept and design but it was the single most unreliable piece of technology I have ever owned. I had to return three other devices before finally getting one without a fault and it proceeded to give me some of the most frustrating experiences on a computer I've ever had. The battery life was absolutely horrible, sleep simply didn't work (even after numerous fixes), the interface would have scaling issues every time it was plugged into a monitor and I simply lost count of the amount of freezes, refusals to login, hangs on restart… etc etc. Enough was enough, back to a Mac for me.

Knock them all you want but Apple simply make devices that, for the most part, work. They go to sleep properly when you close the lid, wake up properly when you open it and provide battery life that is exactly what they claim. These are the things which spoil you with Apple computers and disappoint you when you go back to Windows. Yes they are expensive, but if you're not a gamer and don't want to be endlessly tinkering with hardware to get it to work exactly as expected then ask yourself how much your time is worth.
I paid 150 quid for sim spec , 2nd hand laptop

ok it 1" smaller and doesn't have ssd , but even so

:cuckoo:
and I can upgrade ram , by myself for < 150 quid !
logohigh

I paid 150 quid for sim spec , 2nd hand laptop ok it 1" smaller and … I paid 150 quid for sim spec , 2nd hand laptop ok it 1" smaller and doesn't have ssd , but even so :cuckoo:



brilliant thanks for the contribution, next time I look to buy something I will go for a second hand one because its always cheaper.

The Apple moaners are certainly out today
same price at Costo with 2 year warranty, may be slightly more expensive if you aren't a member.

costco.co.uk/vie…ook
othen

I suppose this will be a marmite listing: the Mac-lovers will love it and … I suppose this will be a marmite listing: the Mac-lovers will love it and think it is a bargain, the Mac-haters will hate it and think it over-priced. As the owner of an iPhone and two iPads I'm firmly from the Mac-hater tribe, they are ridiculously over-priced for what they are and rely on proprietary bits to work with many other devices, so I'm voting cold on this one. I can see that many will be attracted by £50 off the sticker price though (my only issue is that the sticker price is far too high to start with).Alan



As an owner of 2 windows laptops 2 android phones I am firmly in the mac-lovers group. Ah I am also a software engineer..
ehadz

As an owner of 2 windows laptops 2 android phones I am firmly in the … As an owner of 2 windows laptops 2 android phones I am firmly in the mac-lovers group. Ah I am also a software engineer..


Gosh, a software engineer. In that case I stand corrected.
othen

Gosh, a software engineer. In that case I stand corrected.



I guess you get my point.. Mac and Windows are two different systems but with pros and cons on both. It is down to each person to choose a system to suit their needs. Simply saying oh its overpriced is a bit pointless, because it may be overpriced for you, but for someone else it might not be, and is a better solution for their needs
ehadz

As an owner of 2 windows laptops 2 android phones I am firmly in the … As an owner of 2 windows laptops 2 android phones I am firmly in the mac-lovers group. Ah I am also a software engineer..



TBF the reason he probably points that out is that nearly every (not all) people I know who work in IT use either a Mac (based on Linux) or a Linux based machine. The very fact Microsoft have just integrated terminal into Windows 10 is testament to that fact! It is to try and bring devs back to windows.
Real mac-heads wouldn't appreciate you saying their OS is based on Linux, it's UNIX based!
Zub

Real mac-heads wouldn't appreciate you saying their OS is based on Linux, … Real mac-heads wouldn't appreciate you saying their OS is based on Linux, it's UNIX based!



you're right. sorry. Linux is a clone of UNIX. I got Linux on the brain at the minute. If the new Macbook Pro isn't something special I'm actually looking at the Dell XPS developer edition and just run windows and mac OS X in VM (I don't need to game on a laptop!) Stick that fan boys!
Edited by: "cantonbean" 26th Apr 2016
cantonbean

you're right. sorry. Linux is a clone of UNIX. I got Linux on the brain … you're right. sorry. Linux is a clone of UNIX. I got Linux on the brain at the minute. If the new Macbook Pro isn't something special I'm actually looking at the Dell XPS developer edition and just run windows and mac OS X in VM (I don't need to game on a laptop!) Stick that fan boys!



The XPS 13 9350? I just got one of those and am running Ubuntu 16.04 on it. A few minor bugs aside I am loving it .
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