1.86 the 120gb vs. 128gb ssd

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by peterb69, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. peterb69 macrumors member

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    Is there a great amount of speed (performance) difference between the 120gb hard drive & the 128gb ssd, both in the 1.86 MBA?

    MBA would be used for MS Office (for Mac), internet browsing, e-mail, and remote desktop to office pc (via bootcamp).

    Looking to save some $$, but then again I don't want spinning beach balls.

    Thanks
     
  2. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020

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    The MBA with the 128GB SSD is pretty quick. That's the one I have and was very pleased when I upgraded from the original MBA with the HDD. You would not be disappointed in the performance.
     
  3. gimmi80 macrumors member

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    You save money buying the ssd version.
    How? You'll be satisfied with it and you won't think about selling it to buy a mbp
     
  4. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I'll never buy another laptop without an SSD. Either it will come standard, or I will upgrade it... but my personal days of having spinning media in a laptop are over.

    /Jim
     
  5. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    It's worth the extra $100? if you are getting the refurb.
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    If you cannot buy an MBA with an SSD, don't buy the MBA at all. The SSD helps minimize the bottleneck of the MBA. For any computer right now, the drive and/or drive controller is the bottleneck. The best way to make any computer faster and reduce the constraint of the bottleneck is to use an SSD over an HDD. Apple did this standard with the MBA first because it knew that is what would make the MBA fast enough for use as a primary Mac for many of us non-computer pros.

    For $100 more (refurbished), one can get the 128 GB SSD over the 120 GB HDD. This is a bargain. If you cannot afford it, I would recommend you buy a different Mac.
     
  7. peterb69 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the info. 128gb SSD seems like the smart move.
     

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