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What are the "pros and cons" of the "Mid-2012" MacBook Air models?
This Q&A covers the "Mid-2012" MacBook Air models and remains particularly useful for anyone considering one of these MacBook Air systems on the used market. These MacBook Air models can be identified externally by the 2558 and 2559 EMC numbers. For the current "Mid-2013" MacBook Air models, EveryMac.com provides an up-to-date pros and cons rundown that also may be of interest.
Like any other purchase, only you can make the decision whether or not a used "Mid-2012" MacBook Air model is the right notebook for you, but you can evaluate the pros and cons of the series to see if your needs are met by one model or the other. EveryMac.com also provides a detailed comparison of the two models that may be of interest.
For those most interested in the highlights, this "run down" may be helpful in making a decision:
Basically, if you are looking for a beautiful, lightweight notebook Mac and you do not care about future upgrades (including the RAM limitation), a "Mid-2012" MacBook Air might be the perfect system for you. Performance remains solid compared to other systems released around the same time, particularly for those who do not do technically challenging tasks while on the go.
Generally, the 11-Inch models are best for one interested in doing fairly simple tasks with a very small notebook computer, whereas those who do more than basic multitasking likely would prefer a 13-Inch model as isn't that much bigger but has more usable display area. The 13-Inch model also is a bit faster (around 8%) and has better battery life as well as the SDXC Card slot.
If performance, connectivity and expansion are important, but size and weight are less so, a MacBook Pro model could be a better choice.