MacBook Air 13" i5 4GB RAM 128 SSD £704  Sold by Nano Electronics / Fulfilled by Amazon.
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MacBook Air 13" i5 4GB RAM 128 SSD £704 Sold by Nano Electronics / Fulfilled by Amazon.

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Found 19th Jan 2016
RRP: £849.00
Price: £704.00

Also have many other with 11% to 15% off
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Yes it Apple which you pay a premium for and yes you can't better for less!
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decent price for a mac book!
Skylake processor?
This will be a grey import with a non-UK keyboard. Resale value will be less and it's a pain having the "@" and "#" signs in the wrong places plus no "£" key. Available from Apple directly with student discount for £729.60. Since this also come with 3 years Apple warranty instead of 1, the extra £25 to buy a UK model from Apple is a no brainier. I'm afraid this deal isn't hot.
These will start coming down. New Air range due out in the spring with retina and force touch. Decent deal still though.
Original Poster
Late 2014 i5, US keyboard and NO retina but USB3 port! Yes new air due soon
£200 off RRP for the 256GB model here, 20% saving!:

ebay.co.uk/itm…009?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

Seems to be UK model as well.
eaxlns

£200 off RRP for the 256GB model here, 20% … £200 off RRP for the 256GB model here, 20% saving!:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-Macbook-Air-13-1-6GHz-Dual-Core-i5-256GB-MJVG2B-A-2015-UK-Version-/231810937009?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:ITSeems to be UK model as well.


Thanks for the link. Not sure if I'd want to risk this kind of purchase from an unknown eBay seller though!
Macbook Pro Retina is a far better purchase nowadays, almost as slim and light since the 2013 redesign but better battery, better connectivity and way better screen for not a lot more money
Original Poster
The pro runs hot though especially on your lap! The air has everything but no retina. The MacBook is perfect but expensive and not enough ports! The dell XPS 13 has poor keyboard, the Asus zen is too expensive! All I want is a cheap laptop you can actually use on our lap that's not gonna cost a fortune!
paulrwarner

The pro runs hot though especially on your lap! The air has everything … The pro runs hot though especially on your lap! The air has everything but no retina. The MacBook is perfect but expensive and not enough ports! The dell XPS 13 has poor keyboard, the Asus zen is too expensive! All I want is a cheap laptop you can actually use on our lap that's not gonna cost a fortune!



There are loads of very cheap low power laptops around that don't run at all hot. However, they are generally only good for browsing and some light office applications, besides which the cheap ones have crap screens.
Uridium

Macbook Pro Retina is a far better purchase nowadays, almost as slim and … Macbook Pro Retina is a far better purchase nowadays, almost as slim and light since the 2013 redesign but better battery, better connectivity and way better screen for not a lot more money



Have to agree. The Air is a superb device and if lightness / portability is your sole requirement then the Air is still a good choice but for anything else, I'd get the Macbook Pro with retina now.
MJVE2B/A = British model
I prefer the US keyboard because the return key is larger and positioned better making it easier to type. It don't mind pressing alt+3 to get a £ as a trade off having a better return key since it's used much more often.
Not the best of times to purchase, new models in March highly likely.
these things are just not worth the price god damn... mental to me people buy apple products!!
jake_kingofmen

these things are just not worth the price god damn... mental to me people … these things are just not worth the price god damn... mental to me people buy apple products!!



It's about build quality, battery life, and portability....when you carry a laptop around with you all day long from office to office, on trains planes etc...then they make sense.
The reality is that when you look into premium Windows Ultrabooks with the same primary qualities weight/battery/build/performance they actually cost very much the same....(Look at Dell XPS13, HP Envy, Lenovo X1 or business lines like HP Elitebooks or Dell Latitudes)

Also worth remembering is that Apple laptops only lose about 10% per year in depreciation...in 5yrs time you can easily sell this on for a good price If you want to upgrade. This means If you buy one at a good discount initially you can get a years usage out of one with no depreciation...what will a £300-£400 cheap plastic laptop be worth in 4-5yrs time? (that's if it's still in one piece and working)

A Macbook Air circa 2010 will still sell 2nd hand now for around £400 take a look yourself on Ebay




Edited by: "Uridium" 19th Jan 2016
jake_kingofmen

these things are just not worth the price god damn... mental to me people … these things are just not worth the price god damn... mental to me people buy apple products!!



It astonishes me how often such posts come up. Honestly you just have to own an Apple laptop to get why they cost so much. Yeah it is expensive but the fit and finish (not taking anything else into consideration) is usually leagues ahead of the hardware on the market from other vendors.

The Air is a little powerhouse. For starters it has PCIe based SSD storage which is leagues ahead of normal SATA type in terms of performance. I have a fully kitted out 11" model with the 512GB SSD and it benches at 730MB/sec read/write speeds - mental. Noise wise, it's absolutely silent until you work it fairly hard. It weighs **** all. The battery life is gigantic (I can go a couple of days of using it for a few hours in the evening no problems). Nice little innovations like magsafe (which has saved the machine more than a few times from a high fall off a table).

Also, provided you recycle / replace your hardware frequently, resale value of the hardware is high too so once you've got your foot in the door so to speak, it's generally easier to remain current on Apple hardware as the old kit sells well on eBay etc.

Seriously I never thought I'd pony up for Apple hardware. I ran a Hackintosh for a couple of years but got fed up of the battle to keep it patched without it crapping out so finally relented and just bought the hardware. I replaced a desktop PC with my Macbook Air and that was over 2 years ago. It's without doubt the best computer I've ever owned, without question - and yes whilst the hardware prices are steep, once you've owned one of their machines you will just get it.
S c 0 TT y

Not the best of times to purchase, new models in March highly likely.


Looking forward, we going to have more proprietary 'layered battery' elements, like the new macbook, shallower keys and Bootcamp will run Windows 10 only, a fused display and you can guarantee they'll bury the currently removeable Samsung m.2 SSD right at the bottom to prevent you replacing it. Apple needs to base everthing in the next design around the current Macbook Air keyboard and trackpad, because its proving difficult to improve those aspects.

Not all bad with the current Macbook Air, its like the iPad mini, the non-retina model is fine at that screen size, and saves having to power ~4K pixels, then scaling the screen back to normal resolutions, so you can read the text. Yep, the bezel looks dated, but you get used to it.
The Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 is an example that has suffered in this regard to due the extreme resolution of the display, sort of 'over engineered' given its Core-m processor.
Edited by: "tightar5e" 19th Jan 2016
chicaneuk

It astonishes me how often such posts come up. Honestly you just have to … It astonishes me how often such posts come up. Honestly you just have to own an Apple laptop to get why they cost so much. Yeah it is expensive but the fit and finish (not taking anything else into consideration) is usually leagues ahead of the hardware on the market from other vendors. The Air is a little powerhouse. For starters it has PCIe based SSD storage which is leagues ahead of normal SATA type in terms of performance. I have a fully kitted out 11" model with the 512GB SSD and it benches at 730MB/sec read/write speeds - mental. Noise wise, it's absolutely silent until you work it fairly hard. It weighs **** all. The battery life is gigantic (I can go a couple of days of using it for a few hours in the evening no problems). Nice little innovations like magsafe (which has saved the machine more than a few times from a high fall off a table). Also, provided you recycle / replace your hardware frequently, resale value of the hardware is high too so once you've got your foot in the door so to speak, it's generally easier to remain current on Apple hardware as the old kit sells well on eBay etc. Seriously I never thought I'd pony up for Apple hardware. I ran a Hackintosh for a couple of years but got fed up of the battle to keep it patched without it crapping out so finally relented and just bought the hardware. I replaced a desktop PC with my Macbook Air and that was over 2 years ago. It's without doubt the best computer I've ever owned, without question - and yes whilst the hardware prices are steep, once you've owned one of their machines you will just get it.



Not true for everyone!
I purchased a mac book pro retina in 2013. Sold it on a month later.
The build quality is great and the machine itself was a brilliant thing. I much prefer windows so set up dual boot of windows/Mac OS. all fine and dandy, however no right click on that mouse pad made using windows a pain.
I paid the best part of £1800 for a top end pro as i was told that it was worth the investment.
As i say i sold it a month later as i just didnt get why i had spent so much on this thing.
I bought a yoga pro with i7 and similar specs - it offers flexible positioning, touch screen and excellant performance with ample battery life - at least 5-6 hours of actual use.
It stomped all over the mac book pro in everything except screen resolution. And when all my videos are 1080 what difference does it really make!
And it was £800 cheaper!!

Mac Air / Pro etc are all good pieces of kit, but the components that make it run are no different. If you think build quality is worth £100's more than great, or if you love Mac OS great. Otherwise i think they are overpriced compared to other deals you can get.

My current Alienware is far more impressive than the macbooks in all bar portability but that is a sacrifice you make for high end dedicated graphics.
My MacBook Pro Retina is the best computer I've ever had, by far!
ussasx

Not true for everyone!I purchased a mac book pro retina in 2013. Sold it … Not true for everyone!I purchased a mac book pro retina in 2013. Sold it on a month later.The build quality is great and the machine itself was a brilliant thing. I much prefer windows so set up dual boot of windows/Mac OS. all fine and dandy, however no right click on that mouse pad made using windows a pain.I paid the best part of £1800 for a top end pro as i was told that it was worth the investment.As i say i sold it a month later as i just didnt get why i had spent so much on this thing.I bought a yoga pro with i7 and similar specs - it offers flexible positioning, touch screen and excellant performance with ample battery life - at least 5-6 hours of actual use.It stomped all over the mac book pro in everything except screen resolution. And when all my videos are 1080 what difference does it really make!And it was £800 cheaper!!Mac Air / Pro etc are all good pieces of kit, but the components that make it run are no different. If you think build quality is worth £100's more than great, or if you love Mac OS great. Otherwise i think they are overpriced compared to other deals you can get.My current Alienware is far more impressive than the macbooks in all bar portability but that is a sacrifice you make for high end dedicated graphics.




On Mac trackpads, the right click option is carried out by placing two fingers on the trackpad and then clicking (1 finger will simply carry out a left click) - within OS X you can also Ctrl+ Click. Thanks to the Mac drivers installed during the Bootcamp process, this operation will also work on Windows. There is also an option for setting up a particular corner of the trackpad to function as right click:

See: support.apple.com/kb/…873

I think a comparison with Alienware systems is largely irrelevant to this particular deal, given that this system does not feature a dedicated GPU and is by no means designed for gaming, or running pro applications. They are, however, excellent laptops for their designed purpose - as is the MBA. (_;)

Edited by: "xeroc" 19th Jan 2016
xeroc

On Mac trackpads, the right click option is carried out by placing two … On Mac trackpads, the right click option is carried out by placing two fingers on the trackpad and then clicking (1 finger will simply carry out a left click) - within OS X you can also Ctrl+ Click. Thanks to the Mac drivers installed during the Bootcamp process, this operation will also work on Windows. There is also an option for setting up a particular corner of the trackpad to function as right click:See: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH17873I think a comparison with Alienware systems is largely irrelevant to this particular deal, given that this system does not feature a dedicated GPU and is by no means designed for gaming, or running pro applications. They are, however, excellent laptops for their designed purpose - as is the MBA. (_;)




Don't think I've ever seen a Macbook trackpad complaint before!I
haven't even used right click on a Windows laptop for years...once you get in the habit of two finger tapping for right click there's no going back.
and the touchpad swipe to switch between Virtual desktops, Remote desktops and Mac desktops is simply brilliant especially if you use multiple RDP sessions.
ussasx

Not true for everyone!I purchased a mac book pro retina in 2013. Sold it … Not true for everyone!I purchased a mac book pro retina in 2013. Sold it on a month later.The build quality is great and the machine itself was a brilliant thing. I much prefer windows so set up dual boot of windows/Mac OS. all fine and dandy, however no right click on that mouse pad made using windows a pain.I paid the best part of £1800 for a top end pro as i was told that it was worth the investment.As i say i sold it a month later as i just didnt get why i had spent so much on this thing.I bought a yoga pro with i7 and similar specs - it offers flexible positioning, touch screen and excellant performance with ample battery life - at least 5-6 hours of actual use.It stomped all over the mac book pro in everything except screen resolution. And when all my videos are 1080 what difference does it really make!And it was £800 cheaper!!Mac Air / Pro etc are all good pieces of kit, but the components that make it run are no different. If you think build quality is worth £100's more than great, or if you love Mac OS great. Otherwise i think they are overpriced compared to other deals you can get.My current Alienware is far more impressive than the macbooks in all bar portability but that is a sacrifice you make for high end dedicated graphics.



Always good to get a different perspective. Won't disagree with you as obviously everyone has different requirements and takes different things from the products they buy!
Banned
Mac, so cold.
vfxuk

Mac, so cold.



If only there was a way to vote pointless comments cold.....
Edited by: "Uridium" 19th Jan 2016
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Uridium

If only there was a way to vote pointless comments code.....


Ditto ;-)
Fish2013

My MacBook Pro Retina is the best computer I've ever had, by far!



You must be a very unfortunate child.
qwerta369

This will be a grey import with a non-UK keyboard. Resale value will be … This will be a grey import with a non-UK keyboard. Resale value will be less and it's a pain having the "@" and "#" signs in the wrong places plus no "£" key. Available from Apple directly with student discount for £729.60. Since this also come with 3 years Apple warranty instead of 1, the extra £25 to buy a UK model from Apple is a no brainier. I'm afraid this deal isn't hot.



Did'nt think apple users worried about £'s or not having a £ key... :p.
Fish2013

My MacBook Pro Retina is the best computer I've ever had, by far!



What other laptops have you owned / used as a matter of curiosity?
Fish2013

My MacBook Pro Retina is the best computer I've ever had, by far!



Same here...and I've owned and used a lot.

My current work laptop is a £1200 HP Elitebook 850 G1 costing a fair bit more than my own personal Macbook Pro. I'm glad to put the Elitebook away and use my own Macbook whenever I can.
Holding out till March, to see what they come up with.
vfxuk

Mac, so cold.


Im using one right now and you are right, the aluminium does get cold!
Fish2013

My MacBook Pro Retina is the best computer I've ever had, by far!



I don't think I've ever owned any computer that hasn't been the best I've ever had. Who downgrades?

Macbooks are worth the money when compared to premium Windows Ultrabooks like the Lenovo X1 Carbon and XPS 13. My issue with Apple is the extortionate prices they charge for incremental upgrades to the base spec.

Based on upgrades to a base-spec 13" MBP Retina at standard prices:

£200 for an extra 128GB of storage
£80 for a 200mhz faster i5
£250 to jump to a dual-core i7
£160 for 16GB of DDR3

Daylight robbery!
vfxuk

Mac, so cold.



You probably can't afford it anyway (_;)
I used to be in the Macbooks aren't worth the extra money etc etc etc.
However having owned a Macbook for the past few months, I'm happy to say I was wrong. I had a MB Pro and now have a MBP Retina. I absolutely love it. I dont think I could go back to Windows now.
If I had the money I'd upgrade to the 12" Macbook as well after seeing one this week.
They may cost more but, they do just seem to work, even older models and certainly hold better resale value.
I mean I had a £700 laptop that 12 months down the line I think I only got £250 for and that was a struggle :(. And that was with top of the range specs (ie i5 processor, 1TB HDD, 1GB dedicated graphics, 8GB RAM), yet 2010 Macbook Pros with 4GB RAM, 250-320GB HDD and an Intel Core 2 Duo processor sell for around £300-£350 now and not in the best condition. But still runs quicker than my laptop did.
Funny how so many people knock MacBooks but have never tried them ( admit i used to fall into that group)...those that dare to try rarely look back though
Looking to get a MacBook Pro 15", any recommendations for refurbished sellers other than Apple themselves??? Cheers
Looking to get a MacBook Pro 15", any recommendations for refurbished sellers other than Apple themselves??? Cheers
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rocktoons28

You probably can't afford it anyway (_;)


I'm a VFX artist, we have four high-end custom built workstations and a five rack render server. Oh and a couple of i7 ultrabooks (yoga 3 pro).

None of them are Macs, and for good reason - We have a ban on hipsters and wannabe's in the studio.
Edited by: "vfxuk" 21st Jan 2016
vfxuk

I'm a VFX artist, we have four high-end custom built workstations and a … I'm a VFX artist, we have four high-end custom built workstations and a five rack render server. Oh and a couple of i7 ultrabooks (yoga 3 pro).None of them are Macs, and for good reason - We have a ban on hipsters and wannabe's in the studio.



Do you have a label for everybody or just those with a different preference for computers than you?
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