Cannot decide, i7 or 256gb

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TUD, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. TUD
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    for an 11" MBA. Updating the RAM to 8 regardless.
     
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    Most users would not see a noticeable difference between the processors in daily use.
     
  3. stisdal, Aug 3, 2012
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    Go for the 256GB. As said above, you will probably not see any difference with the processor unless you are going to use it for very heavy tasks.
     
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    If you can only pick one, my vote is the 256 SSD over i7 every time.
     
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    SSD

    This is a suggestion that many make to others for their old computers. An SSD will always improve the performance of any computer, new or old.
     
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    I vote processor because SSD can be upgraded and the CPU can't?
     
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    LostSoul80

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    SSD makes more sense.
    However I'd strongly suggest to save a little more and max it out. Future proofing is not a bad idea, plus this way you will not have any regrets whatsoever.
     
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    fanchee

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    I was in the exact same situation as you, trying to decide. In the end, I went for the i5 with 256gb SSD and this machine SMOKES my mid-2009 13" MBP, even though the MBP had a 120g SSD in it!

    I don't use it for many processor-intensive tasks... so my decision was pretty easy. I use it mostly for surfing, email, iTunes, Office, and Calibre.

    I love the 11" MBA!
     
  11. TUD, Aug 3, 2012
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    TUD
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    Tax free weekend = $1500 or less.

    That is mainly what I will use it for during travel. It will not be my daily. I have a 11" 2011 w/ the Sandy Bridge i7 that I am passing down.
     
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    The upgrade from 128GB SSD to 256GB SSD is ~$300, not worth it.

    I predict in about a year, the aftermarket SSDs will be ~$200 for 512GB. The SSD on a MBA is easily replaceable contrary to what Apple tells you.
     
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    If you have to ask you probably don't need either one
     
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    I have an i5 and with a SSD this thing hauls. However, I wish I had 256 over 128 any day!
     
  15. TUD
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    More than likely you are correct. Truthfully we do not need the computer at all as there are currently a total of 4 Macs in the home. It is a good time to update during tax free weekend and pass on one of the previous four to a family member.
     

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