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piatti
Mar 1, 2012, 02:28 PM
I thought perhaps it might be too heavy to be run in MBA $999 version. Especially since it has 2GB. But it does have SSD so does that make Parallels possible?

Nevermind, I think I found the answer to this here:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2630321?start=15&tstart=0
I have the latest 15" MacBook Pro (Core i7, High-Res matte screen) and just upgraded my Rev B MacBook Air (1.86 GHz, 128 GB SSD) to the new 11.6" (1.4 GHz, 128 GB SSD). So far, the new Air is about the same as my old one in general performance, which I consider very impressive considering the slower processor, slower memory bus and having only half the L2 cache.

The new Air is also SIGNIFICANTLY faster in booting, wake-from-sleep and general file operations.

Overall, I find the new Air so fast that I rarely bother with my MacBook Pro anymore, and generally leave it at home now and use the Air for just about everything. My usage is not light, as I drive a 23" monitor at work and frequently have about 6 applications open with multiple windows and tabs. All of this on only 2 GB RAM without any slow-downs.



Neodym
Mar 1, 2012, 02:35 PM
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Bear
Mar 1, 2012, 04:10 PM
2GB can be tight depending on what you have running. Also, will 64GB of disk be enough for you?

Consultant
Mar 1, 2012, 04:44 PM
You can buy refurb. They look brand new and have same warranty as new.

With the refurb discount you can get the 13" or a 4GB version if you want.

piatti
Mar 1, 2012, 06:12 PM
You can buy refurb. They look brand new and have same warranty as new.

With the refurb discount you can get the 13" or a 4GB version if you want.

I think the newer MBA refurbs are rare, no?

Bear
Mar 1, 2012, 07:35 PM
I think the newer MBA refurbs are rare, no?Well, the Apple store shows them right now. as a matter of fact a 2011 11" 4GB/128GB is $999 in the refurb store.