Macbook Air -£190 off-Brand New-Last year's basic model £658.80 @ Jigsaw24
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Macbook Air -£190 off-Brand New-Last year's basic model £658.80 @ Jigsaw24

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Found 30th Sep 2013
Just spotted these Mac deals. If you don't mind last year's models, then they are a real bargain. Not refurb'ed or grey imports, delivery is fast too. Up to £320 off higher spec Macbook Airs.

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The current Haswell MacBook Air is only £719 refurb from the Apple Store so basically good as new with much better battery life and 802.11ac wifi.

store.apple.com/uk/…-i5

I got a 13" Haswell MacBook Air for £699 as a deal of the day a few weeks ago. Can't say where as its a place that when mentioned here the comments get deleted or the item gets removed (not complaining - probably for very good reason).

The battery life is so amazing with Haswell (9 hrs!) and you are getting the Intel 5000 graphics chipset that it would be much better paying the extra or going for refurb (how old can a refurb model released in summer be?)

brookheather

The current Haswell MacBook Air is only £719 refurb from the Apple Store … The current Haswell MacBook Air is only £719 refurb from the Apple Store so basically good as new with much better battery life and 802.11ac wifi.http://store.apple.com/uk/product/FD711B/A/refurbished-116-inch-macbook-air-13ghz-dual-core-intel-core-i5



went out of stock in a flash!

This isn't even about my dislike of Apple, but a Dual Core laptop with 4GB ram, 64GB Flash and integrated graphics...

I know this is "entry" level, but no amount of shine is worth the extra 350 quid!

The only redeeming feature is the battery life on these.
Edited by: "tehwabbit" 30th Sep 2013

11 inch? Thats what she said.

tehwabbit

This isn't even about my dislike of Apple, but a Dual Core laptop with … This isn't even about my dislike of Apple, but a Dual Core laptop with 4GB ram, 64GB Flash and integrated graphics...I know this is "entry" level, but no amount of shine is worth the extra 350 quid!The only redeeming feature is the battery life on these.



Lol. You haven't a clue what you are talking about.

A 350 quid laptop would be a pile of **** after a year, a mac will last ya years and years. And yes this is personal experience of having both. Currently have a 2009 MacBook Pro running with zero issues and like new, unlike the dell laptop my dad bought (and every other windows awful laptops that mates buy) that are useless

Speak for yourself, tehwabbit. The Macbook Airs are compact and light, yet manage to remain sturdily built with no creaks or wobbles. Your £300 will get you a superficially similarly specced and heavier plastic notebook with more bulk, slower storage, a rubbish trackpad and keyboard flex a washed out screen and indifferent battery life, despite Haswell. If your notebook primarily stays at home hooked up to a monitor with a mouse attached then this is moot. For those that do travel plenty, the Macbook Air and similarly priced ultraportables are worth the extra. In fact, pretty much all decent notebooks cost noticeably more than £300.

I am not the greatest fan of Apple hardware, preferring the software side of things, but Apple got it mostly right with the Airs.
Edited by: "spraint" 30th Sep 2013

i'm looking for a mac bigger than 11 inches but i dont know if the other deals on the site are good:

jigsaw24.com/app…080

Is this worthwhile?

tehwabbit

This isn't even about my dislike of Apple, but a Dual Core laptop with … This isn't even about my dislike of Apple, but a Dual Core laptop with 4GB ram, 64GB Flash and integrated graphics...I know this is "entry" level, but no amount of shine is worth the extra 350 quid!The only redeeming feature is the battery life on these.



It's form factor you're paying for.

Recently spent a similar amount on a laptop but needed big grunt. Got a 15", full HD, quad core i7 Haswell, 8gb RAM, 2gb dedicated GFX, 1tb HDD and optical drive. HDD is the only real weak point. Plan to shove an MSATA SSD in to help that out.

To get a similar form factor to this in a Windows based machine the prices go up a lot more. Try find a Windows machine with similar power and form factor to this and it won't be £350 cheaper ...

In fact, one of it's closest competitors these days may be the Pro version Surfaces which are similarly expensive!
Edited by: "sancheez" 30th Sep 2013

I wouldn't recommend the 11" (of any brand) it's just too small a screen to be comfortable at typing distance when you've got 3000 words due on Monday. The toolbars end up with tiny icons, and if you zoom in the page to a normal size, you get very few lines on screen so difficult to see your notes & essay at the same time. 13" is minimum for anyone with a lot of words to type, but as an expensive sofa toy - this is OK.

The deal is OK for what it is.

Actually I don't quite agree with some of the comments. There are some lovely little laptops out there, such as the asus vivobook, touchscreen, light and portable, good form factor, for around 380 pounds

aircanman

Lol. You haven't a clue what you are talking about.



Which bit of the above specs is incorrect then? no mention of form factor but this still looks a deal for apple aficionados only...

Pile of crap. Apple sect approved.

KL88

A 350 quid laptop would be a pile of **** after a year, a mac will last … A 350 quid laptop would be a pile of **** after a year, a mac will last ya years and years. And yes this is personal experience of having both. Currently have a 2009 MacBook Pro running with zero issues and like new, unlike the dell laptop my dad bought (and every other windows awful laptops that mates buy) that are useless


You are insane! I have 2006 Dell laptop. 1920x1200 screen, Dualcore 2Ghz, 4gig ram 320 HDD, Dedicated graphics nice design and external music buttons. No issues with it. As well as Ebay is full of 10 year old Windows laptops.

You are a rare kind.

stanlenin

Pile of crap. Apple sect approved.You are insane! I have 2006 Dell … Pile of crap. Apple sect approved.You are insane! I have 2006 Dell laptop. 1920x1200 screen, Dualcore 2Ghz, 4gig ram 320 HDD, Dedicated graphics nice design and external music buttons. No issues with it. As well as Ebay is full of 10 year old Windows laptops.You are a rare kind.



And did yours cost £350? Well? Or maybe the point of the post you replied to went over your head. Quality laptops last but they cost. The cheap crap cut too many corners to hit a price point to be worth considering for long term usage.

stanlenin

Pile of crap. Apple sect approved.You are insane! I have 2006 Dell … Pile of crap. Apple sect approved.You are insane! I have 2006 Dell laptop. 1920x1200 screen, Dualcore 2Ghz, 4gig ram 320 HDD, Dedicated graphics nice design and external music buttons. No issues with it. As well as Ebay is full of 10 year old Windows laptops.You are a rare kind.



I have the same year Dell Inspiron 6400 mate. It's been crap since 2006.

I'd get a surface pro 2 personally. Probably works out cheaper too if you are/know a student or teacher.

tehwabbit

This isn't even about my dislike of Apple, but a Dual Core laptop with … This isn't even about my dislike of Apple, but a Dual Core laptop with 4GB ram, 64GB Flash and integrated graphics...I know this is "entry" level, but no amount of shine is worth the extra 350 quid!The only redeeming feature is the battery life on these.


You should really try using one.

ProperJob

I wouldn't recommend the 11" (of any brand) it's just too small a screen … I wouldn't recommend the 11" (of any brand) it's just too small a screen to be comfortable at typing distance when you've got 3000 words due on Monday. The toolbars end up with tiny icons, and if you zoom in the page to a normal size, you get very few lines on screen so difficult to see your notes & essay at the same time. 13" is minimum for anyone with a lot of words to type, but as an expensive sofa toy - this is OK.The deal is OK for what it is.



Agreed, but you're maybe missing the point. If you want to get a few hundred words down on the train home or on a flight, its the perfect size. If you have serious writing to do, hook it up to a monitor. I've got one of these- I have a monitor set up at uni (i'm a PhD student, so I have an awful lot of words to write!), a monitor set up at home, and that setup works brilliantly.

You can always take a small machine, add peripherals, and get all the productivity you need. You cant really take a large machine and shrink it down to be a decent commuter/travel companion.

KL88

A 350 quid laptop would be a pile of **** after a year, a mac will last … A 350 quid laptop would be a pile of **** after a year, a mac will last ya years and years. And yes this is personal experience of having both. Currently have a 2009 MacBook Pro running with zero issues and like new, unlike the dell laptop my dad bought (and every other windows awful laptops that mates buy) that are useless


You're just lucky, ive had both and you get what you pay as always but a mac costs a lot more.

aircanman

Lol. You haven't a clue what you are talking about.



Please do outline where I am wrong. I am not stating that they are terrible, just that your not getting a lot of value for money where the specifications are concerned. 64GB is pathetic in terms of storage, and despite the optimizations in the Mac OS, 1.5ghz dual core isn't exactly something to write home about.
Of course, if your goal is to look super trendy in your local starbucks, then yes I am indeed wrong, a\nd bow my head in shame to you.


spraint

Your £300 will get you a superficially similarly specced and heavier … Your £300 will get you a superficially similarly specced and heavier plastic notebook with more bulk, slower storage, a rubbish trackpad and keyboard flex a washed out screen and indifferent battery life,


Sorry, I should have been more clear with this, I was stating that you can get similar tech for that price, for the price of this macbook air (~650) you can get an entry level ultra-book with far higher spec than this. Build quality may be better on the air after 3 years, but personally I buy laptops to do their task. If form over function is the goal, then this is the ultimate buy I suppose.


gordon999

You should really try using one.



I have, they are "ok", I don't like the lack of upgradable and serviceable parts (i.e. If that flash storage fails, your fudged) (and I assume they have fixed their common logic board problem/failure from the MB Pro?) They have brilliant battery though, If they did a higher spec one that didn't cost 150-200% more than a high-end ultrabook, it *may* peak my interest. IMO there are more negatives than positives to owning this device.

KL88

A 350 quid laptop would be a pile of **** after a year, a mac will last … A 350 quid laptop would be a pile of **** after a year, a mac will last ya years and years. And yes this is personal experience of having both. Currently have a 2009 MacBook Pro running with zero issues and like new, unlike the dell laptop my dad bought (and every other windows awful laptops that mates buy) that are useless



I'd like to point out here that my friend has a Dell Inspiron 6400 that is almost as old as time itself and has had no issues with it (Had to upgrade RAM a couple of years back), it depends on the person using it. If you like to throw your laptop around, eat your dinner off the keyboard and install loads of bloatware then your going to have a bad time regardless of manufacturer.

for transparancy, the 6400 was quite expensive at the time i think. It was released in 2005(?), had a Dual Core 1.8ghz (obviously slower than the MBA), and supports 4GB ram (DDR2 obviously as it was released before DDR3)
Downside... it's almost as heavy as a small alienware machine!

Edited by: "tehwabbit" 30th Sep 2013

tehwabbit

Please do outline where I am wrong. I am not stating that they are … Please do outline where I am wrong. I am not stating that they are terrible, just that your not getting a lot of value for money where the specifications are concerned. 64GB is pathetic in terms of storage, and despite the optimizations in the Mac OS, 1.5ghz dual core isn't exactly something to write home about.Of course, if your goal is to look super trendy in your local starbucks, then yes I am indeed wrong, a\nd bow my head in shame to you..



I agree with you in some respect to the 64GB drive, it needs to be more, but, anyone can stuff high end processors and high end this that and the other in a laptop case, the difference is in something of this size, which is small, and the battery life you get is also immense, I use one at the moment (the haswell one) - and it is as quick as my up to date MacBook Pro for all tasks, except for video rendering when it takes about a third more time to convert, so although this is a 'low spec' machine for the money, it almost always performs like a high spec machine, especially when it's coupled with OSX and no bloatware. Then moving onto quality, these Airs are solid, super solid, there is no case movement whatsoever, I can pick it up and wave it about no problems, I know it is not going to break or fall apart, the screen is going to stay in one piece and I just slap it on the desk, open it up and hey presto, we have a working machine. Also, it boots in about 5 seconds from cold, did I mention that?

aircanman

I agree with you in some respect to the 64GB drive, it needs to be more, … I agree with you in some respect to the 64GB drive, it needs to be more, but, anyone can stuff high end processors and high end this that and the other in a laptop case, the difference is in something of this size, which is small, and the battery life you get is also immense, I use one at the moment (the haswell one) - and it is as quick as my up to date MacBook Pro for all tasks, except for video rendering when it takes about a third more time to convert, so although this is a 'low spec' machine for the money, it almost always performs like a high spec machine, especially when it's coupled with OSX and no bloatware. Then moving onto quality, these Airs are solid, super solid, there is no case movement whatsoever, I can pick it up and wave it about no problems, I know it is not going to break or fall apart, the screen is going to stay in one piece and I just slap it on the desk, open it up and hey presto, we have a working machine. Also, it boots in about 5 seconds from cold, did I mention that?



I'd be interested to hear how the new MBA compares to the high end Acer S7. Looks like a good contender.
The casing is good on the MBA compared to earlier models - especially the earlier model MBPs though yes.

tehwabbit

Sorry, I should have been more clear with this, I was stating that you … Sorry, I should have been more clear with this, I was stating that you can get similar tech for that price, for the price of this macbook air (~650) you can get an entry level ultra-book with far higher spec than this. Build quality may be better on the air after 3 years, but personally I buy laptops to do their task. If form over function is the goal, then this is the ultimate buy I suppose.



Please do. I am curious as to which ultrabooks (genuine ones, as the term is so grossly abused as to be meaningless) come with a far higher spec, since even Haswell does not really provide that much more grunt than a C2D and all genuine ultrabooks rely on integrated gpus since there is no cooling space for discrete chips.

For specs, please do not limit this to bare electrical components, since a decent slice of the R&D goes into hinges, battery, screen durability, trackpad and tying in with the OS. 'Spec' is the most overused and misunderstood metric ever when it comes to describing notebooks.

Why does any Apple Mac deal, always end up in a Windows vs. Mac debate? How many times can this same discussion be had on this forum, seriously?? Surely the point of HUKD is is it a good price for this particular item? If it is, vote hot, if it's not vote cold....and if you're not interested, just move on!

KittyMac

Why does any Apple Mac deal, always end up in a Windows vs. Mac debate? … Why does any Apple Mac deal, always end up in a Windows vs. Mac debate? How many times can this same discussion be had on this forum, seriously?? Surely the point of HUKD is is it a good price for this particular item? If it is, vote hot, if it's not vote cold....and if you're not interested, just move on!



Because.

Must be crazy paying for this low spec out of date overrated toy.I suppose we should vote hot because it's apple?Sorry but not worth the money.

spraint

Please do. I am curious as to which ultrabooks (genuine ones, as the term … Please do. I am curious as to which ultrabooks (genuine ones, as the term is so grossly abused as to be meaningless) come with a far higher spec, since even Haswell does not really provide that much more grunt than a C2D and all genuine ultrabooks rely on integrated gpus since there is no cooling space for discrete chips.For specs, please do not limit this to bare electrical components, since a decent slice of the R&D goes into hinges, battery, screen durability, trackpad and tying in with the OS. 'Spec' is the most overused and misunderstood metric ever when it comes to describing notebooks.



The higher end Acer Aspire S/V series probably come close. Very nice form factor and a decent build quality all around
Quad Core i7 and between 4-8GB ram.

I've seen the 571-G on Amazon and the like on offer sub 650. I'd much prefer something like that to this.

Same old same old apple thread discussions. You are all fools. The only thing that people need to realise is when it comes to apple products, it is not the components inside the machine that matter its the one component outside using the machine that does.

tehwabbit

The higher end Acer Aspire S/V series probably come close. Very nice form … The higher end Acer Aspire S/V series probably come close. Very nice form factor and a decent build quality all aroundQuad Core i7 and between 4-8GB ram. I've seen the 571-G on Amazon and the like on offer sub 650. I'd much prefer something like that to this.



It has had fairly mediocre reviews (poor battery life and intrusively noisy fan) and isn't nearly as solidly built, to be honest, which is probably why the price is falling. The trackpad on it is crap, which will annoy the hell out of anyone switching from a Mac. Samsung gets a bit closer all round but is in the same price range as the Macbook Air. When it comes to this sort of thing you get what you pay for. All this concentration on specsheets shows the neophytes up for what they are.

Looking from the outside in, crying about Apple appears to be a singularly depressing, lonely hobby.

tehwabbit

I'd be interested to hear how the new MBA compares to the high end Acer … I'd be interested to hear how the new MBA compares to the high end Acer S7. Looks like a good contender. The casing is good on the MBA compared to earlier models - especially the earlier model MBPs though yes.


You're now comparing Acer to Apple?
Its pretty unanimous that the MBA is the best ultrabook available even factoring in the higher price. The fact Apple are able to charge such a price is there is no competitors for such a slim, goodlooking, portable, power efficient machine. This is what people arguing against the high pricetag of Apple computers always fail to grasp.

gordon999

You're now comparing Acer to Apple? Its pretty unanimous that the MBA is … You're now comparing Acer to Apple? Its pretty unanimous that the MBA is the best ultrabook available even factoring in the higher price. The fact Apple are able to charge such a price is there is no competitors for such a slim, goodlooking, portable, power efficient machine. This is what people arguing against the high pricetag of Apple computers always fail to grasp.



I understand.

tehwabbit

You're now comparing Acer to Apple? Its pretty unanimous that the MBA is … You're now comparing Acer to Apple? Its pretty unanimous that the MBA is the best ultrabook available even factoring in the higher price. The fact Apple are able to charge such a price is there is no competitors for such a slim, goodlooking, portable, power efficient machine. This is what people arguing against the high pricetag of Apple computers always fail to grasp.



I understand.[/quote
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No sensible response now you've been made to look a fool.

gordon999

I understand.[/quote? No sensible response now you've been made to look a … I understand.[/quote? No sensible response now you've been made to look a fool.



It's more the point that (as you point out), the MBA is judged mainly on being "a slim, goodlooking, portable, power efficient machine" rather than the internal hardware specifications (CPU speed, max RAM etc)- which was my point.
I wasn't arguing that it wasn't a nice looking machine, and I noted in my earlier post that the battery is it's redeeming feature, but people that purchase these often fit into the "form before function" crowd. As a developer, I couldn't even consider a MBA at it's full price considering I can get a equally as fast machine for less money.
The portability would be nice, but most ultra-books weigh under 1.5kg anyway these days, so I can't justify a significant extra cost for a thinner chassis and longer battery. Maybe some people can, but I'd sooner plow that money into future upgrades.

Back to my original point, you can get a similar machine with a better specifications for the price of a MBA, if you aren't obsessed with having that particular chassis design.

It comes down to personal preference, as a developer I wouldn't even consider a MBA as they don't do a suitable model without me paying 1.5k and above, but if that floats your boat, whatever.
Edited by: "tehwabbit" 1st Oct 2013

Ultimately, HE + 3 year warranty is still the best price, and available to all if you are smart and stick to online purchases only. These deals never top that.

Nookster

Ultimately, HE + 3 year warranty is still the best price, and available … Ultimately, HE + 3 year warranty is still the best price, and available to all if you are smart and stick to online purchases only. These deals never top that.



Whats that?

Al18

Whats that?



Higher Education - hope that helps!

FatalSaviour

Higher Education - hope that helps!



But the HE offer doesn't include free 3 years of Applecare. If you click on the next page after you've selected your MBA, it gives you the option to take the Applecare at a cost of £47

Applecare is not the 3 year warranty, the £47 is basically just for phone support.

You get a three year warranty as standard on HE purchases, with the option to pony up for extended Applecare phone help.
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