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Old Dec 19, 2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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Is OWC the only way to upgrade MBAir's SSD?

Is there no alternative to OWC? Yes, they are cheaper than Apple with the pricing below.

120GB $167.99
180GB $229.99
240GB $299.99
480GB $659.99

But they aren't keeping pace with the SSD market pricing as a whole. Priced below are the top SSD Samsung 840 Pro.

512GB $599.99
256GB $269.99
128GB $149.99
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 11:01 AM   #2
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Is there no alternative to OWC? Yes, they are cheaper than Apple with the pricing below.

120GB $167.99
180GB $229.99
240GB $299.99
480GB $659.99

But they aren't keeping pace with the SSD market pricing as a whole. Priced below are the top SSD Samsung 840 Pro.

512GB $599.99
256GB $269.99
128GB $149.99
You can also go with OEM Toshiba/Samsung SSD. There are a few sites out there that sell them.

You are looking at ~$700 new for a OEM Samsung 512GB. However I have seen them cheaper on eBay.

http://www.yourmacstore.com/samsung-...book-air-2012/

Based on the QC issues OWC has been having, I would probably look for an OEM drive personally.

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Old Dec 19, 2012, 11:19 AM   #3
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To me the Air is about compromises in favor of portability. Because Apple's drives have improved in quality, I would get their 240GB SSD and attach a TB or USB3 drive for anything beyond. The alternatives are just too sketchy.
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To me the Air is about compromises in favor of portability. Because Apple's drives have improved in quality, I would get their 240GB SSD and attach a TB or USB3 drive for anything beyond. The alternatives are just too sketchy.
Apple doesn't offer 240GB, just 128, 256 and 512GB. Also OEM drives are not too sketchy. They are OEM afterall.
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Apple doesn't offer 240GB, just 128, 256 and 512GB. Also OEM drives are not too sketchy. They are OEM afterall.
What I mean is, I think the best route is a mid-sized Apple SSD and other options should be avoided.
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 12:49 PM   #6
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MBAir's designed not to be user upgradeable but given that you can open the bottom of the case easily and the SSD isn't soldered allows for upgrading.

I ask because I just find that pricing of this Apple spec component to be out of step with the falling prices of SSDs. The norm today is below $1/GB.

480GB's $1.375/GB
240GB's $1.250/GB
180GB's $1.278/GB
120GB's $1.400/GB

Samsung 840 Pro

512GB's $1.171/GB
256GB's $1.055/GB
128GB's $1.172/GB
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