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I'm starting uni in September and I need to buy a new laptop. I've seen a few reviews saying that MacBook Airs are good value for money, lightweight, stylish and generally run really well with the added bonus of great battery life. However, spending £988 on a laptop is generally a lot of money, so I was wondering if it was worth it? I'm generally looking for a lightweight laptop with good battery life, so if anyone could tell me if the MacBook Air is worth it, and if not give a recommendation, I'd really appreciate it!
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I'm starting uni in September and I need to buy a new laptop. I've seen a few reviews saying that MacBook Airs are good value for money, lightweight, stylish and generally run really well with the added bonus of great battery life. However, spending £988 on a laptop is generally a lot of money, so I was wondering if it was worth it? I'm generally looking for a lightweight laptop with good battery life, so if anyone could tell me if the MacBook Air is worth it, and if not give a recommendation, I'd really appreciate it!
https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/back-t...nts-b-product- Worth checking out and it can potentially save you a lot of money.

I don't have a Macbook Air so I can't say anything.
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https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/back-t...nts-b-product- Worth checking out and it can potentially save you a lot of money.

I don't have a Macbook Air so I can't say anything.
Thanks!x
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(Original post by lucyduncan)
I'm starting uni in September and I need to buy a new laptop. I've seen a few reviews saying that MacBook Airs are good value for money, lightweight, stylish and generally run really well with the added bonus of great battery life. However, spending £988 on a laptop is generally a lot of money, so I was wondering if it was worth it? I'm generally looking for a lightweight laptop with good battery life, so if anyone could tell me if the MacBook Air is worth it, and if not give a recommendation, I'd really appreciate it!
probably not apart from the fact that it's apple and posh. it's just as bad as a2013 regular laptop even though they would tell you 2017/18
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(Original post by lucyduncan)
I'm starting uni in September and I need to buy a new laptop. I've seen a few reviews saying that MacBook Airs are good value for money, lightweight, stylish and generally run really well with the added bonus of great battery life. However, spending £988 on a laptop is generally a lot of money, so I was wondering if it was worth it? I'm generally looking for a lightweight laptop with good battery life, so if anyone could tell me if the MacBook Air is worth it, and if not give a recommendation, I'd really appreciate it!
you can get 10% off and free beats headphones with student discount if you really want to buy it but it only comes down to about £800 due to VAT which cost almost £200 alone. £200 can buy a laptop that would perform as bad as the Made it btw
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(Original post by lucyduncan)
I'm starting uni in September and I need to buy a new laptop. I've seen a few reviews saying that MacBook Airs are good value for money, lightweight, stylish and generally run really well with the added bonus of great battery life. However, spending £988 on a laptop is generally a lot of money, so I was wondering if it was worth it? I'm generally looking for a lightweight laptop with good battery life, so if anyone could tell me if the MacBook Air is worth it, and if not give a recommendation, I'd really appreciate it!
The MacBook Air may be seen as good value for money as the "cheapest" of Apples laptops, but it's extremely outdated after being almost completely unchanged since the 2015 model. It may have Apple's trademark high quality build, but that's not enough to justify charging £1000 for the same internal parts you could find in a cheaper laptop over three years ago.

If you desperately want a Mac, save a little more and get the baseline Retina MacBook Pro. As has been pointed out, you can claim student discount from Apple bringing the price down closer to the £1000 you were originally willing to pay. If you're just looking for a high quality and lightweight laptop in general with no desperate desire for a max specifically, then the Asus Zenbook UX430 and UX 331, and the Dell XPS 13, are phenomenal options with substantially better specs and screens for less money. The Asus models look pretty similar to the MacBook and MacBook Air in style too, if that's what you're after.
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I'm considering buying the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for £1749, but may reconsider for a better Windows (prob Surface) laptop - Americans are lucky, with the pound doing terribly, prices are the same in USD as well
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Nope, Apple are a rip off, don't be a sheep, it's how the company gets away with it's gross profit margin. As someone has already stated, the air is stuck on Broadwell architecture, bloody ancient.

I always recommend thinkpads, not better laptop out there.
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As above, the MacBook Airs are outdated these days. Go for a better value Windows laptop - with Apple you're paying a huge amount just for the logo.

AngryJellyfish can you get this moved to Laptops, netbooks and tablets please
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If this is for university then make sure that any software or uni portal is compatible with Mac before you buy anything. If you can't print files or use online submission because your file formats aren't compatible then you'll have a lovely laptop for broswing the internet in the evenings and end up spending loads of time on shared workstations to do your actual work.
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MBAir is a bloody disgrace for the price.
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Apple are a rip-off for most things. That includes their desktop and laptop range.

Honestly you can get by on a Tablet PC. I use a Desktop at home, and when I go out for Uni stuff, I take a small Samsung Tab A with a Bluetooth keyboard.

I mean, it's not like you're going to be gaming in the middle of a lecture or while you're out studying. Unless you do something like 3D Design or something more computational, you won't need to do more than type or draw something down, which a tablet can handle.

That being said, if you did something like 3D Design or animation or whatever, you wouldn't be using a Macbook, regardless of price-point.
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(Original post by lucyduncan)
I'm starting uni in September and I need to buy a new laptop. I've seen a few reviews saying that MacBook Airs are good value for money, lightweight, stylish and generally run really well with the added bonus of great battery life. However, spending £988 on a laptop is generally a lot of money, so I was wondering if it was worth it? I'm generally looking for a lightweight laptop with good battery life, so if anyone could tell me if the MacBook Air is worth it, and if not give a recommendation, I'd really appreciate it!
Hi lucyduncan!

I can relate to this situation as I am probably going to buy one, and I would say Apple product are of a very good quality, however, if you want an iPad, I would rather choose the newest option of the iPad rather than iPad Pro as in a new version of iPad you have almost all features that are in the iPad Pro (you can know even use it with apple pen) for a fraction of price. I think this kind of devices are really good for note taking with the system they have and all the note taking apps, especially if you want to go paperless or use less paper for your notes, and you can have them all in one place. You can also get a 10% off if you are a student!

Anamarija (3rd year Chemistry student)

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You need to match your needs with the laptop, go for fit. If you just use for word, excel, watching films, social media and internet browsing, a less expensive laptop would do. I did my independent research and second @Gofre that dell xps 13 and the cheaper Asus Zenbbok UX are better choices. Both are light at 1.2 kg and have good build and performances.
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If this is for university then make sure that any software or uni portal is compatible with Mac before you buy anything. If you can't print files or use online submission because your file formats aren't compatible then you'll have a lovely laptop for broswing the internet in the evenings and end up spending loads of time on shared workstations to do your actual work.
Not endorsing the MacBook either way, but would anyone still have this sort of compatibility issue? Submission/wireless printing is usually done through browser uploads, and with the prominence of Apple computers amongst students these days (I’d guess over 50% anecdotally) it’s unlikely a university wouldn’t provide the appropriate support.
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Not endorsing the MacBook either way, but would anyone still have this sort of compatibility issue? Submission/wireless printing is usually done through browser uploads, and with the prominence of Apple computers amongst students these days (I’d guess over 50% anecdotally) it’s unlikely a university wouldn’t provide the appropriate support.
If the course includes specialist software or hardware (large scale printers etc) then there’s always a risk (and 50% is far too high).

A lot of universities use old software for portals and VLEs that aren’t fully compatible.

Laptops are at their most expensive in August/September and December. Shops know that’s when people buy them...OP is best waiting until they start their course before deciding what to get.
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