11" MBA Question

Wicked1

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I am looking for a 11" MBA 2013 Refurb 4GB/512GB

Question is with ML or Mavericks is 4gb good enough for basic computer usage MS Office, iTunes, some small games etc? I know Mav is supposed to make 4GB run like 8GB so do I really need 8GB bc this will be my only and main Computer. Curious to those who have one and only have 4GB if that seems to be enough. I am in IT and have a new high end Dell with 8GB and Win 7 for work, so I only need my MBA for basic stuff.
 

Boyd01

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Is there a 4gb/512gb model? I thought the 512 model also had 8gb (which is what I have). But I had a 4gb 2011 MBA and it was completely fine for everyday things - and even worked well with Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro.

When I got the 8gb 2013 model, I had both of them side by side while setting things up. For things like you describe, I noticed very little difference at all. And this was with 10.7 on the 2011 machine.
 

Mrbobb

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Who keeps spreading this crap?
And he's in IT. :eek:

Memory compression they say, well I hope a dedicated hardware is doing that job, because if the CPU is needed for the task, this reminds me of disk compressions of the early 90's.
 

Wicked1

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Who keeps spreading this crap?

The 4GB model will be fine for what most people do, including yourself.
It was in one of the tech posts a while back that Mav utilizes 4gb just like it was 8gb better memory management, seems possible anyway, but if it performs well with 4gb I am all in, however just found a 2013 refurb with 8gb/512gb and 1.7 instead of 1.3 for about $300 less than a new one
 

Scepticalscribe

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My current 11" MBA (which was bought in a hurry last summer, as my 13" CTO wasn't ready in time) is a refurb of the 2012, which comes with i7, 8GB Ram, and 256 SSD.

It is a very fast machine - the 8GB does make a difference. As the 8GB model was available, I snapped it up. In fact, I went from a 2010 2GB MBA straight to a 8GB model - the difference is incredible.
 
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