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Should I buy a used MacBook Air for school?

Asked: Apr 22 2015 | 9:51 am EDT 3969 Views 11 Answers View Best Answer

Right now, I have an HP Envy 15 for my everyday use and for school. It is really heavy in my backpack when I walk around our huge campus (Texas Tech University). I love my HP but it is just way to heavy to be carrying around all day. I have enough money to buy a used MacBook Air off of Craigslist and was wondering if it would be worth it. (2014 model for $450 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD) I would use it strictly for school and internet browsing and would use my HP at home for movies and gaming. Would this be a good deal for me or should I just deal with the heavy laptop?

Thanks in advance!


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Apr 22 2015 | 10:43 am EDT Bigeric23

Yes, that would work fine for you--and a good price. I just caution you, please don't meet anyone from Craigslist unless you are in a public area. And make sure you "really" inspect the laptop.

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Apr 22 2015 | 11:16 am EDT Javier Jaquez

lol I know that basic rules of meeting people from Craigslist (I've done it so many times). Also, in what way would I inspect the laptop? Looking at it physically and testing it out or....?
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Apr 22 2015 | 1:48 pm EDT warcraftWidow

Make sure it boots up and has been wiped so you can set it up from scratch.
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Apr 22 2015 | 2:27 pm EDT SmartFah

Have you considered an Apple Refurb? It may cost a couple hundred more, but it comes with the same warranty as a new MB Air, plus you can add Apple Care to it.
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Apr 22 2015 | 8:54 pm EDT shief24

I sold a 64gb air with 2gb ram In 2013 for 350. I'm weary of the price you're buying it for but just make sure it's working properly. Even check the audio!! Make sure it it's not stolen...2014 model should have the receipt for warranty and the Apple store could reprint it for them. Lastly check disk utility and make sure there isn't issues with the flash drive because they're non removable.


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Apr 25 2015 | 4:41 pm EDT Channan

Yeah that seems like too good of a price. If there's nothing wrong with it, definitely snatch it up.
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Apr 27 2015 | 2:19 am EDT melbsteve

lol I know that basic rules of meeting people from Craigslist (I've done it so many times). Also, in what way would I inspect the laptop? Looking at it physically and testing it out or....?
Funny timing as I have just picked up a used 11" MacBook Air for my girlfriend from our 'local craigslist' here in Australia. Make sure you can look at the screen powered on and move the cursor against a white background (easiest way to spot dead pixels or flaws). Also ask if you can type all letters/numbers in a document to check they all respond fine. I would also click 'about this mac' and double check if the specs are as promised and maybe bring a USB and headphones to test if all outputs function properly.

I got one it mint condition, makes my old 2010 MBP look pretty stinky next to it.
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May 11 2015 | 1:09 pm EDT xNeezzy

I think it's a great laptop for a college student. I think it's great because it's very light weight. It's easy to bring around, perfect for college students.
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Aug 02 2015 | 9:03 pm EDT Hallo562

I'm eager for a MacBook Air too!
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Aug 02 2015 | 9:05 pm EDT Hallo562

I thought that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 was my optimal option cuz it has a touch screen. But its keyboard even requires you to spend $100, and not to mention the price of itself.
So now I think MacBook Air or MacBook Pro is much more helpful for me.
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Aug 02 2015 | 11:13 pm EDT Honey Beagle

What we used in school was dictionaries and encyclopedias and we were fine so really no need for that purchase.