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mxulive
Feb 12, 2011, 11:20 PM
Hey everyone,

I am planning to buy a MBA from the online Apple Store but sort of ran into a dilemma and hope you guys can help me make the best decision.

Basically with the student discount:
13" MBA 128 GB SSD upgraded to 4 GB ram for $1399

OR
Refurbished MBA with 256 GB SSD and 2 GB ram also for $1399

I am so torn! Which one should I get? Down to the buck the 256 GB SSD is a good deal since a new one runs $300 more than a 128 GB model. I use my laptop mostly for casual things but I usually having several things running at once (iTunes, Safari, Word, Adium, etc).

So for the same amount of money, it's either 256 GB SSD vs. 4 GB ram. Which one should I go for?



Beaverman3001
Feb 12, 2011, 11:22 PM
Ram, while expensive as hell the SSD is upgradeable on your own down the line. Plus external storage options. You can't just plug more ram in.

Doc750
Feb 12, 2011, 11:22 PM
13" MBA 128 GB SSD upgraded to 4 GB ram for $1399

i would wait for this to come up on refurb

appleguy123
Feb 12, 2011, 11:22 PM
I'm not sure what to tell you, but the SSD is upgradable after the fact. The ram is not.

neko girl
Feb 12, 2011, 11:22 PM
How much stuff do you have to store? You can always attach more storage via usb or local network, or even the cloud, but you can't substitute for low RAM.

mxulive
Feb 12, 2011, 11:25 PM
I'm not sure what to tell you, but the SSD is upgradable after the fact. The ram is not.

Just a quick question... why isn't the RAM upgradable? Can't I just buy another 2 GB chip down the road?

Doc750
Feb 12, 2011, 11:26 PM
Just a quick question... why isn't the RAM upgradable? Can't I just buy another 2 GB chip down the road?

no ...

appleguy123
Feb 12, 2011, 11:26 PM
Just a quick question... why isn't the RAM upgradable? Can't I just buy another 2 GB chip down the road?
It's soldered in, impossible to change without a new logic board.

J&JPolangin
Feb 12, 2011, 11:28 PM
Hey everyone,

I am planning to buy a MBA from the online Apple Store but sort of ran into a dilemma and hope you guys can help me make the best decision.

Basically with the student discount:
13" MBA 128 GB SSD upgraded to 4 GB ram for $1399

OR
Refurbished MBA with 256 GB SSD and 2 GB ram also for $1399

I am so torn! Which one should I get? Down to the buck the 256 GB SSD is a good deal since a new one runs $300 more than a 128 GB model. I use my laptop mostly for casual things but I usually having several things running at once (iTunes, Safari, Word, Adium, etc).

So for the same amount of money, it's either 256 GB SSD vs. 4 GB ram. Which one should I go for?

Since you can't change your RAM, I get the 4Gb one of you want to spend for the 13" model.... I just got a NIB 11" air for $854 from our base PX but I was looking for a second laptop to carry and my other laptop I carry is an HP DM4 i5 with 8Gb Ram and a 80 Gb intel SSD (which covers my power needs)... SSD's are an item that can be upgraded (its a pain but can be done) and companies have already begun to make larger SSD's for the Airs which should hit the markets eventually.

torbjoern
Feb 12, 2011, 11:35 PM
What a dilemma! I can't say for sure what I myself would have done - it would depend on my storage needs and my willingness to use external drives until I could get a new SSD later.

I think I would go for the one with 4 GB of RAM, since it's possible to replace the SSD but not the RAM. The latter is soldered onto the board, while the former isn't.

jenzjen
Feb 12, 2011, 11:37 PM
13" MBA 128 GB SSD upgraded to 4 GB ram for $1399

i would wait for this to come up on refurb

+1 check daily you'll see it come back in stock.

mxulive
Feb 12, 2011, 11:39 PM
Thanks everyone! Seems like the consensus is to get the 4 GB RAM over the 256 GB SSD... this just feels so hard to do since the latter choice is worth $200 more, Ughhhhh I am so torn... Maybe it's best to wait a few more days to see if a base model or a 4 GB RAM 256 GB SSD model turns up in the refurb store.

topmounter
Feb 12, 2011, 11:59 PM
You can't lose by waiting a bit... especially if you can wait long enough to save up enough dough to just go with the ultimate and put all this "being torn" stuff behind you :)

mxulive
Feb 13, 2011, 12:27 AM
You can't lose by waiting a bit... especially if you can wait long enough to save up enough dough to just go with the ultimate and put all this "being torn" stuff behind you :)

I wish I could, but $400 buys a lot of groceries for an irritable over-worked in-debt med student...

axu539
Feb 13, 2011, 12:46 AM
yeah, just watch the refurb store. sign up for notifications on refurb.me.

appleguy123
Feb 13, 2011, 01:02 AM
Thanks everyone! Seems like the consensus is to get the 4 GB RAM over the 256 GB SSD... this just feels so hard to do since the latter choice is worth $200 more, Ughhhhh I am so torn... Maybe it's best to wait a few more days to see if a base model or a 4 GB RAM 256 GB SSD model turns up in the refurb store.

http://store.apple.com/us_smb_78313/product/G0JH0LL/A
Here is the link for it. It will got $1529 when it becomes available. you could bookmark the link or use a dashboard webclip to stay in the loop.

ArmCortexA8
Feb 13, 2011, 02:13 AM
Go for the 4GB RAM model - RAM makes more of a system improvement than storage space.

zinka
Feb 13, 2011, 09:24 AM
All these people are crazy. Storage space is WAY more important than RAM, assuming you have a lot to store. I've been using the 2GB version heavily and it's been just fine.

jenzjen
Feb 13, 2011, 10:02 AM
All these people are crazy. Storage space is WAY more important than RAM, assuming you have a lot to store. I've been using the 2GB version heavily and it's been just fine.

Fail :(

Buck987
Feb 13, 2011, 10:03 AM
4 gb ram.....this is a no brainer.

impulse462
Feb 13, 2011, 10:25 AM
Get the 4gb ram, you'll always have options for more storage, but short of replacing your logic board, you'll have no options to upgrade the ram.

sgtalexmom
Feb 13, 2011, 10:42 AM
i got my 4 gig 13" from macmall for much less.
you may want to shop around :)

KPOM
Feb 13, 2011, 10:42 AM
All these people are crazy. Storage space is WAY more important than RAM, assuming you have a lot to store. I've been using the 2GB version heavily and it's been just fine.

Not everyone needs all of their data on their primary drive. The 13" has an SD card slot, plus 2 USB ports for external storage. Plus, there are third party options for larger internal storage. They are expensive right now, but in one or two years they will be cheaper. But the RAM is soldered in. I'd go for more RAM, particularly since the OP likes to run multiple applications at one time. RAM is still faster than the SSD.

bobr1952
Feb 13, 2011, 11:16 AM
All these people are crazy. Storage space is WAY more important than RAM, assuming you have a lot to store. I've been using the 2GB version heavily and it's been just fine.

There are lots of us who don't need a lot of storage and use external storage for our needs. My 3yo iMac has used 192GB of 500--and 25 or so can be deleted if I feel like it since I moved my iTunes library to my Time Capsule external drive. Really, it is fine to say how you use your computer but everyone has their own methods of organization and what works for you won't work for others. I for one would rather have the 4GM RAM.