Top 5 Best Used MacBook Air Laptops

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There are some great deals available for used Apple MacBook Air laptops and with a bit of smart shopping you can save hundreds of pounds on a used computer. Here are some of the best MacBook Air models to target and some advice on how to target them.
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What is a MacBook Air?


A MacBook Air is an ultra thin and light laptop computer (often called ‘notebook’) manufactured by Apple, the makers of the iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet. The MacBook Air first arrived in 2008 and was famous for its stylish design and lack of a CD/DVD optical drive. The range, which runs the Mac OS X software rather than Microsoft’s Windows operating system, has become very popular in recent years and Apple updates it annually. 

Why Buy a MacBook Air?
We have covered the MacBook Air laptops in our buying guides right here on eBay. They’re Apple’s most stylish, but also its most practical and most affordable laptops. They’re perfect for users with a portable lifestyle and like to work on the go, and they’re light enough to rest on the knee all night without borrowing the users. Newer models have much more power at their disposal and all day battery life.

How to Buy a used MacBook Air
Computing stores are a great way to pick up a second hand MacBook Air laptop, while Apple also offers its “refurbished” models at a discounted price. Quite often, these are a great option as they’re barely used and might even be store demo models meaning they’ve never left the shop.

eBay is also a great way to grab one for the right price from independent sellers and computing stores through Buy It Now deals or traditional auctions. 
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The Original MacBook Air ( January 2008)


If you’re into retro tech, the original MacBook Air is the only choice for you, which was a 13.3-inch model released in early 2008. Often know by its model name the MacBook Air 1,1, it had an Intel Duo Core 2 processor, 2GB RAM, up to 5 hours of battery life and 80GB of built in storage.

It also featured a neat flip-out tab for the USB ports and headphone jack. The specs pale in comparison to the newer models, but if you can get one with the original manila envelope case,  you’ll be the envy of whichever trendy coffee shop you post up at. You can probably pick one a working model for under £200 with a bit of prudent shopping.
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Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch (2010)


The next major revision to the line came in 2010 when Apple revamped the 13.3-inch model. It featured flash storage with a larger 128GB capacity instead of a hard-drive and an improved screen resolution of 1440 x 900. 


Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch (2010)

Apple also introduced a thinner and lighter model with an 11.6-inch screen, making the range even more portable than before. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air is a style icon in the tech world and you’ve got a great chance of finding one of these models in full working order for a reasonable price; perhaps as low as £200-£250.

Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch (2010)


Apple also introduced a thinner and lighter model with an 11.6-inch screen, making the range even more portable than before. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air is a style icon in the tech world and you’ve got a great chance of finding one of these models in full working order for a reasonable price; perhaps as low as £200-£250.

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Apple MacBook Air 11.6-inch (2011)


These laptops, often referred to by the MacBook Air 4,1 model name, brought major improvements to the range, including the Intel Sandy Bridge processors, making it available in i3, i5 and i7 flavours.

Storage was boosted to a maximum of 512GB, while this model offered up to 4GB of RAM. It also offered a FaceTime camera for video calling. These models are still more expensive than some of the earlier MacBook Air models and can be bought used on auction sites like eBay for around £350-£400.

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Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch (2013)


In June 2013, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air range once more and brought out a new version of the 13.3-inch model. The models gained much more power, thanks to the Intel Haswell processors, could now be configured to 8GB of RAM and now promised “all day” battery life, with Apple advertising up to 12-hours for the 13-inch model.

This is second newest model, with Apple choosing to update the 11.6 and the 13.3-inch MacBook Air models in June 2014. Rumours are afoot, Apple plans to launch a 12-inch version of the MacBook Air, but that is yet to come to fruition.

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What to Buy With a MacBook Air?

 
All MacBook Air models have a built in trackpad, so there’s no need to buy a mouse. However, the device doesn’t have a CD drive, so if you wish to watch DVDs, play music or burn content to disc you may wish to purchase a used Apple Superdrive which plugs into the USB port, which can be bought on eBay for as little as £20. Also, when purchasing a used MacBook Air, make sure it comes with a functioning power MagSafe power cable. If not you can pick them up relatively cheaply.
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