13in or 8GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by arbogast777, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. arbogast777, Jul 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2010
    For $100 premium over the base model you could go with either a 13in Air (pros: larger screen and better battery life) or an 11in with 8GB RAM. What are your thoughts on which one would give you best bang for the buck?

    For myself, I'm having a hard time deciding. I use my current Air for basic things like internet, iTunes, etc, so I can't imagine 8GB more making my experience much better. On the other hand a larger screen and longer battery would be nice (while trading off slightly in portability).

    What say you?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2013
    From your description, I'd definitely go with the 13 inch. Although everyone on MR is claiming that 8GB is the new standard, it really isn't. For a vast majority of users, 4GB of RAM is just fine. Browsing webpages on a 13 inch screen is also a much better experience than browsing on an 11 inch. :)
  3. macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2010
    My thoughts exactly.

    I normally don't post on the forums here but I bought the baseline MBA 13 inch and it's fine. All my friends with some Macbook also have the baseline model and it serves them just fine. None of us whine about how slow it is because it isn't! They complain more instead about the battery life getting shorter, but that's because they keep it plugged in too much and don't exercise the battery enough ;)

    8GB is for users who just keep too many things open and/or use intense software. Plus OS X Mavericks is introducing new power-saving technology that extends battery and uses less RAM :cool:
  4. macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2012

    The OP will benefit greatly from more real state (bigger display) rather than RAM.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2013
    Unless I 7 4 will be fine

    With Air you get what you as opposed to all others you could add ram later, but this is put on where cannot change, because faster because how put in, so if you use I7 than 8gb helps, I5 doesn't really matter much.

    When I took my 2009 MacBook 2 to 8 it was huge, but I bet if I went from 4 to 8 it wouldn't have been so much. 2 you couldn't run Mountain lion, but could Leopard, the same type thing with I7 where works, but noticeably sluggish because of ram insufficient, and I bet Maverick even more so that way. I would be more than even money that the Air has Retina display come out by Xmas also, so don't let that get you if you would be pissed if happens, because quite likely, they are just clearing out those that extra battery, and 4th Gen processor was enough, and Retina Air for Xmas will be the hook this year.

    Good luck
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2013
    For choosing between 11" and 13", you would better go to the shop and try for yourself.

    For me, it is about the same except the extra vertical space. If not comparing them side by side, I dont feel significant difference on using it (text size is about the same). The major difference for me is the battery life.

    All I'm waiting is for the wifi problem to settle and then going to order the 11" myself.
  7. Guest


    Apr 6, 2010
    Ram always ram. You can never have enough ram.
  8. macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2010
    Auckland, NZ
    4GB of RAM may be "just fine" to limp along right now, but next year or the year after? What happens when in 18 months the OS minimum requirement is 4GB and your RAM in non-upgradeable?

    I'd save a bit more and get a 13" WITH 8GB.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    Limp along? Last year's MBA that I tried today with 4gb can have every osx and iLife application open at the same time without a hitch lol.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2010
    Auckland, NZ
    Try Word and Powerpoint. Or Photoshop and Illustrator... Page out, page out, page out... lol

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