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[Costco] Old 13in Macbook Air with AppleCare+ included - $1,149.99

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[Costco] Old 13in Macbook Air with AppleCare+ included - $1,149.99

All 8th gen Intel core i5 macbook air is on sale at costco.ca.

Regular price: $1,349.99
Discount: $200
Price after discount: $1,149.99 including AppleCare+

Maybe warm at best as the new macbook air is available with better keyboard and over all specs (10th gen Intel quad core). But if you're looking to save few bucks then this might be it.
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fresh out of the freezer and has not hand a chance to thaw cold
and this is coming from an apple fan boy...

not to mention this was already posted by someone else the other day
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costco-costco-apple-macbook-air-13-3-11 ... #p32360642

TLDR: not recommended. The smart buy would be to try to buy a 2020 with edu discount instead
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huntdealz wrote: All 8th gen Intel core i5 macbook air is on sale at costco.ca.

Regular price: $1,349.99
Discount: $200
Price after discount: $1,149.99 including AppleCare+

Maybe warm at best as the new macbook air is available with better keyboard and over all specs (10th gen Intel quad core). But if you're looking to save few bucks then this might be it.
Cold. New macbook pro 13 with non-dogsh1t keyboard launching as early as next week. Also 10th gen CPU which is a little less of an embarrassment compared to amd (but still an embarrassment, just less so)
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oggie wrote: And how does one get an edu discount? Are you just assuming everyone has a person in their household that is in school?
Online orders and shipped directly to you, no verification required. At least from last years process.
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oggie wrote: And how does one get an edu discount? Are you just assuming everyone has a person in their household that is in school?
From my experience, they have yet to check any student card and I've made three purchases, two online for in-store pickup and one shipped. Even then, if they asked, I brought an old college card (it doesn't have a year of issue on it).

At the bottom of Apple's website (Under the For Education tab).
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I don't know why people are crapping all over this.

I price compared this laptop to the current 2020 Air model with Edu discount, plus adding AppleCare+. You can't even compare these.

The lowest spec 2020 model possible to buy with AppleCare+ is $275 more than this - and it's an i3 dual core vs an i5 quad core. Yes the 10th gen i3 is newer, but its still going to be noticeably slower than the 8th gen i5 for most use cases.

The most significant difference here is that the 2020 base model with edu discount has a 256GB storage, whereas the 2019 model has 128GB storage. is this worth $275+ tax? That's a decision that one needs to make for each person.

Add on top of all this, not everyone can qualify for edu discount in the first place!

The nut is, this is a hot deal regardless. What makes it a hot deal is the AppleCare+.
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brunes wrote: I don't know why people are crapping all over this.

I price compared this laptop to the current 2020 Air model with Edu discount, plus adding AppleCare+. You can't even compare these.

The lowest spec 2020 model possible to buy with AppleCare+ is $275 more than this - and it's an i3 dual core vs an i5 quad core. Yes the 10th gen i3 is newer, but its still going to be noticeably slower than the 8th gen i5 for most use cases.

The most significant difference here is that the 2020 base model with edu discount has a 256GB storage, whereas the 2019 model has 128GB storage. is this worth $275+ tax? That's a decision that one needs to make for each person.

Add on top of all this, not everyone can qualify for edu discount in the first place!

The nut is, this is a hot deal regardless. What makes it a hot deal is the AppleCare+.
- the MA2019 i5 is actually a dual core, and performs worse in every metric than the MA2020 i3
- the MA2020 has an Iris Pro Plus Graphics (G4) chip in it, making it performs about 2x better than whats in the MA2019
- you can't upgrade the storage after the fact so honestly I feel like you want at least 256gB
- subjectively the 2020 keyboard should be much better than the 2019 keyboard
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DrunkTrailerParkSupervisor wrote: Cold. New macbook pro 13 with non-dogsh1t keyboard launching as early as next week. Also 10th gen CPU which is a little less of an embarrassment compared to amd (but still an embarrassment, just less so)
when exactly new pro launches? tks
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is the new macbook pro really gonna launch soon?
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kouhimocha wrote: - the MA2019 i5 is actually a dual core, and performs worse in every metric than the MA2020 i3
- the MA2020 has an Iris Pro Plus Graphics (G4) chip in it, making it performs about 2x better than whats in the MA2019
- you can't upgrade the storage after the fact so honestly I feel like you want at least 256gB
- subjectively the 2020 keyboard should be much better than the 2019 keyboard
I am just debating should i upgrade i5 Quad for $150 (MA2020)

so i3 10th gen 1.1Ghz is better than i5 8th gen 1.6Ghz?
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a16107 wrote: I am just debating should i upgrade i5 Quad for $150 (MA2020)

so i3 10th gen 1.1Ghz is better than i5 8th gen 1.6Ghz?
I don’t think it’s so much the CPUs as it is the ram and improvements and iGPU improvements for rendering.
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kouhimocha wrote: - the MA2019 i5 is actually a dual core, and performs worse in every metric than the MA2020 i3
- the MA2020 has an Iris Pro Plus Graphics (G4) chip in it, making it performs about 2x better than whats in the MA2019
- you can't upgrade the storage after the fact so honestly I feel like you want at least 256gB
- subjectively the 2020 keyboard should be much better than the 2019 keyboard
Basically you're saying "I think that this, that, and the other is worth spending $250 more"

That is a valid opinion, but it is also entirely subjective. It's still a good deal because it's $310-$320 CHEAPER when you factor in taxes. That is a 27% difference - it is substantial!
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