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Vihzel
Jul 23, 2011, 10:37 PM
I currently have a MBA 256GB and am wondering if I should exchange for a 128GB. I'm curious why you guys chose a 256GB over a 128GB when there's external storage and now cloud storage available to hold everything. Please don't reply with you chose 256GB because of the i7 processor as that doesn't relate to storage capacity.

I'm debating whether or not if I should just regain back $400 going from an i7 256GB to an i5 128GB.



Kafka
Jul 23, 2011, 10:40 PM
Because of my 117gb lossless iTunes library.

Oppressed
Jul 23, 2011, 10:42 PM
I originally wanted a 256GB for the 11, but after seeing the $300 price tag I got to thinking and the only reason I really needed the extra space was to partition Windows 7 comfortably. Other then that I don't see much reason to go for the 256 GB version based on the reasons you have already stated.

brand
Jul 23, 2011, 10:43 PM
I think the obvious answer is because the 256GB SSD is much larger internal storage capacity. Being an internal SSD makes it much faster than the USB2.0 speeds.

Not sure what answer you were hoping for.

christophermdia
Jul 23, 2011, 10:44 PM
I originally came from a 512 and I have over 100GB of iTunes and over 170GB of photos/videos...while I can't keep all that stuff on the MBA I like to know I can move stuff over and around with plenty of room when I want...

Typswif2fingers
Jul 23, 2011, 10:46 PM
I would generally prefer to buy a top spec in everything. In most of things I just can not afford it.

With MBA I could, hence I bought the top spec.

Other than that there was no other reason.. I don't think I'll use more than 100GB of storage on my notebook in a foreseeable future...

Macalaka
Jul 23, 2011, 10:48 PM
Virtual Machines(Production and Test) was my reason. Loading them off of an SSD is F A S T compared to loading them off of a USB External SATA Drive.

Plus you never know when you might need that extra space.
:-)

Cynicalone
Jul 23, 2011, 10:50 PM
I chose the 256GB model.

I had the 128GB model from 08 for nearly 3 years. I was able to make it work. It was usually about 75% full. I had a good routine of moving old files and projects to the Mac Pro to make room when needed.

I figured that since I was upgrading I would give myself the extra room. My needs continue to grow I didn't want to limit myself. I plan to keep the laptop at least 3 years.

NCMac
Jul 23, 2011, 10:54 PM
Multiple VM environments was my main reason as well. Felt restricted on my 128GB drive .... now not so much on the 256 :D

Spankey
Jul 23, 2011, 10:59 PM
I currently have a MBA 256GB and am wondering if I should exchange for a 128GB. I'm curious why you guys chose a 256GB over a 128GB when there's external storage and now cloud storage available to hold everything. Please don't reply with you chose 256GB because of the i7 processor as that doesn't relate to storage capacity.

I'm debating whether or not if I should just regain back $400 going from an i7 256GB to an i5 128GB.

You stated all my reasons. I have a portable external drive for iTunes, and with cloud storage I will gain another 5GB.

The SSD is upgradeable and that $400 may buy you more in a year or two than it does now.

BTW..LOVING MY AIR!

DeusInvictus7
Jul 23, 2011, 11:02 PM
I actually went the other way. I have a 2010 13" and am in the middle of selling it for a 11" model with the 128GB SSD. I got the 13" Ultimate thinking I would use it all and have two copies basically of my iTunes library, but after having my iMac for a while, all my media stays on that and on my phone, so all my music I don't have to carry around with me on a laptop.

That and the $300 price difference made my decision a little easier to go with the smaller drive. That way, it really makes me monitor what I save, that way I don't just hoard everything like I do on my iMac.

ZBoater
Jul 23, 2011, 11:10 PM
Because I've never heard anyone complain about having too much storage space... :rolleyes:

coolbreeze
Jul 23, 2011, 11:21 PM
100gigs dedicated to Win7 bootcamp.

Vihzel
Jul 23, 2011, 11:27 PM
I don't have a very large iTunes library as my music take up about 23GB of space. I currently have used 60GB of space after having all of my typical programs and files on the SSD, so I would have about 68GB free on a 128GB version. I believe the rest would just be for more music and any extra programs but I'm not sure what I would fill it up with. Any documents can easily be stored in the cloud.

I think I'll just go to an i5 128GB as I'd like to have $400 more in my pocket. Like Spankey said, the SSD is upgradeable and if I feel like I really need to upgrade in the future, I'll purchase a 256GB SSD. Newegg already has a Samsung one for $420. I wonder how much it would be in a year.

ghsNick
Jul 24, 2011, 12:04 AM
I chose 128 because I couldn't justify the $300 jump.

I have about 33.99 GB free. Once it gets filled I'll erase my iTunes and start using Spotify.

I don't know if that will err happen since this is just for on the go, music, office, etc.

Not going to be storing everything from my iMac on here.

tbobmccoy
Jul 24, 2011, 12:09 AM
I chose 128 because I couldn't justify the $300 jump.

I have about 33.99 GB free. Once it gets filled I'll erase my iTunes and start using Spotify.

I don't know if that will err happen since this is just for on the go, music, office, etc.

Not going to be storing everything from my iMac on here.

I'll be using my MBA as my primary computer, so I need the extra storage space. Plus, 256GB is a bit of future proofing for me not to have to mess with the drive now. PLUS, it would be more expensive to install a 3rd party drive with the same space, with less compatibility compared to the Apple SSD. Once I move my iPhoto library off-drive to an external, I might be in a better position, but I still like the fact that I've got a big SSD to fill up with Apps when I need to.

kis
Jul 24, 2011, 12:11 AM
It's simple: because 128gb nowadays are absolutely nothing. You should consider the following:

- is your iTunes library bigger than, say, 10gb?
- will you be watching movies and TV shows on the go?
- do you take a lot of pictures in JPEG or even RAW format?
- will you be installing another OS using Parallels or Bootcamp?

if you answer any of these questions with "yes", you'll more than likely want the 256gb version.

Also, consider the re-sale value: 128gb SSDs are already small by today's standards. Two years down the road, you'll find it very hard to get rid of a computer with only 128gb of storage.

Peter

kappaknight
Jul 24, 2011, 12:16 AM
Oooh Oooh Oooh - is the correct answer "because it stores more?"

Why else would anyone choose a larger storage drive over a smaller one? :rolleyes:

vow
Jul 24, 2011, 12:24 AM
I have a 128GB 2010 MBA (selling next week!) and I was always struggling to have at least 10-20GB of free space. Three reasons as to why I chose 256GB over 128GB:

1) I have one Win 7 VM for development so there goes 27GB
2) I download quite a bit and always had to move things over to a USB HD
3) After photo sessions, I'm dumping my pictures into lightroom. If I make edits in Photoshop and save it back into LR, it can end up adding a 300MB+ PSD file and space starts to run out very quick. I would then have to transfer to a USB HD and hope the HD doesn't disconnect while working on pictures

After performing a migration assistant to the new MBA, I now have 150GB to free space to play with. That should help out #3 tremendously :D

2IS
Jul 24, 2011, 12:49 AM
What a great question... :rolleyes:

Vihzel
Jul 24, 2011, 02:30 AM
It's simple: because 128gb nowadays are absolutely nothing. You should consider the following:

- is your iTunes library bigger than, say, 10gb?
- will you be watching movies and TV shows on the go?
- do you take a lot of pictures in JPEG or even RAW format?
- will you be installing another OS using Parallels or Bootcamp?

if you answer any of these questions with "yes", you'll more than likely want the 256gb version.

Also, consider the re-sale value: 128gb SSDs are already small by today's standards. Two years down the road, you'll find it very hard to get rid of a computer with only 128gb of storage.

Peter

Thank you for your informative response... unlike some other immature ones. :rolleyes:

vijayvasa
Jul 24, 2011, 05:57 AM
I have a 256gb air as well, but in UK its 250 pounds less for a 128gb version.Really really confused if I should keep this one or exchange. I already have a 2TB sony pc. So, not sure. In a way reading all these forums to know others opinions.

VJ

MattZani
Jul 24, 2011, 08:00 AM
I went for the 128gb model as I decided that's all I would need, but I'm starting to wonder if that was a mistake. I couldn't really justify £200 extra for the 256Gb model. I'm sure I'll make it work.

apple_iBoy
Jul 24, 2011, 08:37 AM
I bought at 13" MBA to replace a 5 year old C2D MacBook Pro. The MBP had a 120 GB harddrive that I was always on the verge of filling (continually had to shunt things off to an external drive or just delete).

I figured I might keep this MBA for another 5 years, and I didn't want to be fighting against storage space from day one. To me, that justified the $300 expense.

Gemütlichkeit
Jul 24, 2011, 08:43 AM
iMovie iTunes iPhoto all = > 128gb

i0Nic
Jul 24, 2011, 08:50 AM
It depends whether it's going to be your main computer or not.

If I was getting a secondary computer, I'd go for the 128gb as I don't need to keep everything on it.

If it was going to be my main/only computer I'd get the 256gb.

torbjoern
Jul 24, 2011, 08:57 AM
Because my beloved MacBook Air is my primary computer. :cool:

old-school
Jul 24, 2011, 09:18 AM
This thread reminds me of a study the UK government did some years ago (that cost 000's of £) to find out why people broke the speed limit.

The answer: to get there quicker.

semitry
Jul 24, 2011, 09:31 AM
My base 2010 air was good enough speed/space wise for the most part but I always wanted to have a windows 7 partition and a windows 7 VM along with a few movies here and there. And I hated to pick and choose which adobe app to install then find out later I needed something I opted out to save on space. So when the new air came out I upgraded to the ultimate. So far so good!

Invisible Elf
Jul 24, 2011, 09:36 AM
Personally I've decided going for the 128gb. The $300 I save will be saved for a future cinema display with a firewire external HD hooked up to it.

takao
Jul 24, 2011, 09:36 AM
i went with the 256 because:
-it will be my main 'daily' machine with an external screen when i'm at home for the next 2 years
and for me me the daily requirments where: surfing, e-mail, contacts+calender, a few photographs, storing tvshows/movies in 720p/1080p on the go, 10-15 gb of music in itunes, some little coding + development

-so far on my current old gaming pc i'm using (as replacement for my too small and slow mac mini) i've also a 256 GB harddrive but have also lots of games so i know that without the games i'll have plenty of space left on the Air with the 256

-the biggest chunk will be the dvd rips i'll copy over ... and with a bigger drive i i'll have to do less copying back and forth with external drives

-for me it's also some sort of future proofing to operate my machine more freely and if the situation arise to copy suddenly 40 GB of whatever files that i don't have to free up space again

-fewer occasions to boot up the more electrcity hungry PC to do something HD intensive

-regarding the price i didn't found it _that_ big after i had taken a look at the price difference between 128 and 256 drives, especially after i'm on the edu discount (which also made my I7 upgrade easier to stomach with being 87€ euro)

in total with apple-on-campus discount and converted from € to $ i paid 1.679$ (without tax ... which of course here is astronomic ;) ) for my 256GB i7 which i found "OK" considering Apple historically screwing europe over

Chilulu
Jul 24, 2011, 10:14 AM
This thread reminds me of a study the UK government did some years ago (that cost 000's of £) to find out why people broke the speed limit.

The answer: to get there quicker.

(disclaimer: off-topic)
Or to hit the apex (the point where the car is closest to the inside of a turn) at high speed to drift through a corner while preserving a high exit speed?

Eggtastic
Jul 24, 2011, 10:19 AM
i am still stuck in the same boat. i have until monday to decide so i will be all over these forums getting all the info i can.

obviously i am leaning toward 256 because of the size of the drive and the increase resale value later down the road when i decide to sell and upgrade. thing is on my old MBP which has 120 gb hd, i used half of it comfortably. i also have a 500 WD portable external.

at this point most of you would tell me to just go for 128, but i am starting to get into photography so i will need the extra space for that.

i just hate that $300 price tag...

SaintsMac
Jul 24, 2011, 12:59 PM
iMovie iTunes iPhoto all = > 128gb

This and it is my primary computer.

CHSeifert
Jul 24, 2011, 05:54 PM
I was all set for the MBA 11 with 128 GB SSD, but got a chance just now to get an MBA Ultimate 256 SSD i7 through work :D - so sort of happy :p

I would have been quite contempt with the 128 GB SSD for my needs.
I have all my Lossless music at home on my TimeCapsule and external drive connected to my Sonos-HIFI system.

On the fly I keep my music collection in my iphone 32 GB and my iPod Nano Touch 16 GB - so no need for iTunes library on the MBA.

I do most of my webdesign and Photo work on my iMac 27 Ultimate + ACD 27 at home.

I run Win 7 25% of the time on my iMac - but don't really need to run Win 7 on my MBA, because OSx is just fine for Pages, Numbers, email and blogging :apple:

So 128 GB SSD would be just fine for my needs.
Now that I got the MBA 13 Ultimate through work, I might just run a little bit of mild Photoshop and Aperture on it, but only for fun and because I now have the space for it.

So as many say - 128 GB SSD is just fine for MBA used as secondary computer.
256 GB SSD is most likely needed for MBA used as main computer.

stevenpa
Jul 24, 2011, 06:06 PM
Because of my 117gb lossless iTunes library.

Only 117gb? :D I'm at over 100gb in ~256-320kbps. Adding in my FLAC/Lossless would make that unimaginable. And add in standard JPEG+RAW :eek:.


On topic: I chose the 256SSD because:
1. Like others said, you can never have too much space
2. No chance to upgrade in the future, no set prices for Thunderbolt externals
3. $300 is actually not unreasonable
128 is around ~200 vs ~450 for 256. Yes it's about $50 more but that is just theoretically since you can't really upgrade on your own. (And the company that does it charges a lot more than $450.)
4. Bigger SSD = faster speed
5. Going to have the laptop for a while, and even if I sell the 256 helps resell value.

Chillaz
Jul 24, 2011, 06:37 PM
I ordered the the 256 since in Denmark with education discount the difference was only around 170$, and I got a card for free to App Store of a value 80$ dollars or so. Also I just prefer the bigger model, since I have a lot of music, movies and I play 1-2 games ;)

CHSeifert
Jul 24, 2011, 06:56 PM
I ordered the the 256 since in Denmark with education discount the difference was only around 170$, and I got a card for free to App Store of a value 80$ dollars or so. Also I just prefer the bigger model, since I have a lot of music, movies and I play 1-2 games ;)

Seem to be a lot of guys/gals from Denmark in here - where are you from :)

BeachChair
Jul 24, 2011, 07:10 PM
i just hate that $300 price tag...

Hate? I guess you think it's unfair?

It's not too bad, consider this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=intel+510&x=0&y=0

Intel 510 120GB - $276
Intel 510 250GB - $579
Difference = $303

2IS
Jul 24, 2011, 07:24 PM
Hate? I guess you think it's unfair?

It's not too bad, consider this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=intel+510&x=0&y=0

Intel 510 120GB - $276
Intel 510 250GB - $579
Difference = $303

Something can be fair and still be hated.

ZBoater
Jul 24, 2011, 07:26 PM
Something can be fair and still be hated.

Ummm, ok. I guess then to end the hate Apple should turn into a non-profit organization and pay you to use their stuff? :confused:

HiRez
Jul 24, 2011, 07:27 PM
10,000 photos in RAW format. Easy decision.

oBMTo
Jul 24, 2011, 07:53 PM
People who are justifying an extra $300 for 128gb to store media content are foolish. You can set up a 4tb NAS and remote access your media content with $100 to spare.

ZBoater
Jul 24, 2011, 08:00 PM
People who are justifying an extra $300 for 128gb to store media content are foolish. You can set up a 4tb NAS and remote access your media content with $100 to spare.

Assuming you had internet access to gigabytes of content. Its six of one, and half a dozen of the other. Some of us prefer to have the stuff with us and not rely on crappy wifi somewhere, or spotty 4G coverage with data caps. Others prefer to develop a storage strategy that moves content back and forth from their portable devices to their home storage. Whatever floats your boat.

If I could have 2TB SSD on my MacBook Air, I would. If I could afford it too. :p

2IS
Jul 24, 2011, 08:19 PM
Ummm, ok. I guess then to end the hate Apple should turn into a non-profit organization and pay you to use their stuff? :confused:

I didn't say nor imply that at all, you did. I can hate the fact that my favorite football team didn't make it to the Superbowl, that doesn't mean the games they played weren't fair.

Not to mention, the guy didn't say "i hate apple" he said he hates the $300 price tag. Is it fair, sure, that doesn't mean I have to love spending the money.

reputationZed
Jul 24, 2011, 08:22 PM
external storage means carrying around another device.
cloud storage means you need an Internet connection.

one can be a PIA while the other may not be available.

If I decide to make the MBA my primary machine than the storage space becomes more critical. If I end up keeping my 06 MacPro, and use the MBA as a secondary computer than I probably would have made out with he 128GB.

reputationZed
Jul 24, 2011, 08:36 PM
i am still stuck in the same boat. i have until monday to decide so i will be all over these forums getting all the info i can.

obviously i am leaning toward 256 because of the size of the drive and the increase resale value later down the road when i decide to sell and upgrade. thing is on my old MBP which has 120 gb hd, i used half of it comfortably. i also have a 500 WD portable external.

at this point most of you would tell me to just go for 128, but i am starting to get into photography so i will need the extra space for that.

i just hate that $300 price tag...
I paid $400 for a OWC 100GB Sandforce when they first came out ($4.00/GB). The $300 premium to upgrade from 128 to 256 works out to $2.34 a gig. Still expensive but getting better.

haruhiko
Jul 24, 2011, 08:42 PM
Um... 128GB is too small for my photo and music library.

Obscurelight
Jul 24, 2011, 09:25 PM
Because bigger is always better :cool:

xraydoc
Jul 24, 2011, 10:34 PM
multiple vm environments was my main reason as well. Felt restricted on my 128gb drive .... Now not so much on the 256 :d

+1

Twe Foju
Jul 25, 2011, 12:09 AM
well, actually this question can have a million different answers, there will be no ending to as why people choose 256 or 128,

the most important thing is you decide what you want the space for, if you dont mind on using the 2.0 USB for external storage transfer which is obviously slower than the SSD, then 128 is good, save the cost as well to buy your external HD

as for me, i will be going for 256 because:

-Boot Camp for Windows, at least 80gb + EvE Online
-Movies/Anime/Music for traveling entertainment, at least 100gb for it

that leaves me roughly 70gb ( Including Lion OSX ) which then i only have around 50ish gb clear storage

for me, that is pretty tight, with 128, i will never have the space to do this

so yeah

Davidkoh
Jul 25, 2011, 12:58 AM
I was gonna get the 256 GB version, then I realised that it is 2011 and I can stream most of it from home anyway and got the 128 GB version, because:

- I use Spotify for music
- Can't fit my movie library no matter size (It's many TB not GB)
- Windows was dodgy on my MBP and made it hot like hell due to bad fan control, doubt the MBA will be different, so gaming will be done mainly on another computer.

BeachChair
Jul 25, 2011, 06:49 AM
People who are justifying an extra $300 for 128gb to store media content are foolish. You can set up a 4tb NAS and remote access your media content with $100 to spare.

Well you just convinced me to go for the 128gb. I guess it is time to get a NAS and move my media there. I'm fighting a losing battle against an ever growing photo and music library any way.

mstern8
Jul 25, 2011, 08:17 AM
On my original MBA (1st generation) it says I have 79 gb with 55 gb free.
I use cloud storage for my files..
I think I will be more than ok with 128 gb
:)

BeachChair
Jul 25, 2011, 08:42 AM
On my original MBA (1st generation) it says I have 79 gb with 55 gb free.
I use cloud storage for my files..
I think I will be more than ok with 128 gb
:)

How? And how much?