Bestbuy or Apple?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by imjoee, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2012
    Best buy has a sale 900$ for a MacBook Air Base 13" 4GB/128GB/i5 for student discount.

    Apple's is 1200$ for 8GB/128GB/i5 base MacBook Air 13"

    My question is,

    Should I spend an extra 300 for the ram? I'll want to have the computer for about 3-5 years.

    I do light editing in Lightroom, email, Facebook, twitter, Internet probably all at once.

    Will 8GB be the better buy?

    Also, has anyone had the situation where they had bestbuy match a 4GB ram air to a 8GB ram for 90$ more?

  2. macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2013
    Yes, get the 8GB RAM now.

    It's not so much that you may need it now, but since you keep, or intend to keep, your computer for 3-5 years and the RAM in the MBA is not user upgradable.

    As far as Apple vs Best Buy, I went with apple as I wanted to take advantage of their financing offers. No experience with best regards.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    I went with the 4gb to save the $300 and will just sell my air in like 2-3 years and upgrade then. Didn't. Feel the need for the extra ram especially for that price point.
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2012
    I think you'll be fine with 4 gigs. I originally wanted 8 gigs too but the BB deal was too good to pass up.
  5. AXs
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    I agree. Spending $300 more for 4gb ram is a far stretch.
    That's a 30% price jump!
    Better use the $300 down the road on a new Air.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    I completely agree with this statement.
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2012
    Alright, I'll probably sell it in a year or two before I head off to college. Thanks! I'll get the 4GB RAM
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2012
    Hey, is the bestbuy edu deal including teachers?

  9. macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2008
    If you have a personal .edu email address you should be able to get it.
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2012
    Awesome, thanks


    Hey, thanks for the reply. I decided to go with the bestbuy deal, I'll sell the laptop in a year or 2 before I go to college so I can upgrade. Thanks!
  11. macrumors 68000

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I had a 4gb/256gb i5 MBA for two years and loved it. No problem running Final Cut Pro 6 and Logic 9 in 4gb - even both at the same time.

    But I think a 128GB SSD just isn't enough. I suppose it depends on how you use the machine though. Just upgraded to an 8gb/512gb i7 2013 model and am really happy. I feel like I have some room to grow now with the SSD. But side by side with the 2011 machine, the performance differences are nothing very earth-shaking.

    Now this is all based only a little less than a week's light use while staying with a friend in NYC. Now that I'm back home, I will start pounding on the new machine a little harder.

    But the bottom line is that I don't think i5 vs i7 matters a lot, and 4gb RAM is probably enough for most people. But a 128gb SSD is going to be very limiting.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2008
    if you're a student.. why not get it from the apple education store? you can snag the 8GB version for $1140 and you also get the $100 gift card, which makes it a better deal imo.
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2012
    Hey thanks! I chose to go with a 128SSD and a 500GB external for extra storage


    With tax the 4GB is 950$
    With tax the 8GB is 1,210

    I hope the 4GB ram will hold up for 2 years as I sell it before I go to college


    Have you heard of anyone going to apple and price matching a MacBook Air for 900$? And a apple iTunes card?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    It's a $90 upgrade for RAM for the MacBook Air. I mean that is the student discount. Then it's $100 for the.

    It might be a different story for the rMBP but I don't know. I'm not really into that model.

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