13.3" base model - 2GB RAM enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    Is the 2B RAM on the base 13.3" MBA enough for most users? This will be our first Mac computer and my wife will be the one using it mostly everyday. She will be mostly using it for web browsing, MS Office for Mac applications, Facetime, iTunes and Skype. We don't anticipate doing any video editing or Photoshop on it.

    Also we plan to keep the computer for atleast a few years. Will the MBA with its Core 2 Duo chip and 2 GB RAM risk becoming obsolete within the next year or so with Sandybridge and Lion around the corner? Will it slow down to a crawl or something if we install Lion on it when it becomes available? How much of a future proofing does the current base model 13" MBA offer, if any?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Most likely.

    If the hardware is not supported you will likely just not be able to install it.

    Not much. You can't upgrade pretty much anything and the hardware is already old.
  3. sgtalexmom macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    get the 4 gig

    my 13" mba with 4gig ram is my first mac. i went with the extra ram based on what i read in these forums, and because you can't upgrade later. its worth the extra $100.
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I would get the 4GB model. The minimum RAM for lion is set to be 2GB, so future releases may require more, and it can't be upgraded. Otherwise, I imagine it should last at least a few years
  5. Hands Sandon macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2008
    Chances are you'll be fine with 2GB for years to come. If you're not confident of that, get the 4GB. I got the 2GB and it's more than ample for my needs.
  6. saintforlife thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    If you guys had to choose between the two which one would you get:

    1) 13" MBA (1.86 GHz + 2GB RAM + 128 GB SSD) on Macconnection - Final price $1189 (no tax and free shipping)

    2) 13" MBA (1.86 GHz + 4GB RAM + 128 GB SSD) at Apple Refurbished - Final price $1305 (including tax and free shipping)

    Is the extra $116 worth it for the extra 2GB RAM keeping in mind that the one from Apple is also refurbished and hence not new.
  7. Hands Sandon, Mar 5, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011

    Hands Sandon macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2008
    I used to live in the US and sometimes I wish I still did, only because I paid £1,122 which is $1,825 for the 13" base.

    Depends what you do with it as to RAM. You're definitely better off having the 4 GB's if you can afford it, but you may never notice the difference. Resale value with the box might add on nearly the same as the extra 2GB's, so probably hardly any difference there.

    Personally I always buy through Apple because they've always been great when I've had any issues (except for very real and very annoying reception issues because of the antenna design on the iPhone 4... they sucked big time then). I'd get the 4GB's refurb. You'll help pay for better local services by paying the tax too, maybe ;) .
  8. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    yes it worth going for the refurb..it will look like new and you will get a great deal....

    if your keeping it several years the extra $116 is well worth it
  9. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    Get the 4 gig ram from apple refurb, and don't think twice.
  10. torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    It might be enough for now. But will it be enough in 6 months? In 12 months? What will you do if it's not enough? You cannot upgrade it yourself, and selling it might be difficult.

    Go for the 4 GB. It's only $116 extra in your case, and it's certainly worth it.
  11. saintforlife thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    Oh man, this one is already gone from the Apple refurbished site. :(

    I had no idea it would sell of so quickly. Anybody familiar with buying Apple refurbished know if they what kind of inventory numbers they maintain for the refurbished items and if they constantly restock them? If yes, how soon can I expect the model that I want to be back there? Also do you recommend buying immediately if you see something good at the refurbished site before it goes out of stock?
  12. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    They go quickly but get restocked several times per week. From Google type refurbished plus specs you want then put site:apple.com. it will show the exact Mac you want and probably say out of stock. Refresh page a few times per day until available. The longest I have ever waited was two weeks. However the current MBAs find there way there a few times per week but 4GB RAM low end 11" at $929 and low end 13" at $1189 get sold out fast. If you keep checking you will find it within a few days. Good luck.
  13. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    always get more ram! (with airs even more important,as ram can't be upgraded!)

    and the refurbs can be better then new...there completely gone over.

    just check back daily,it shouldn't take too long.....
  14. App Downloader macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Get 4GB RAM

    My MacBook Air with 4GB RAM never slows down with that much RAM. Also, you can't upgrade your RAM in the future. So I recommend 4GB.:apple:
  15. saintforlife thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    I kept refreshing the Apple refurbish store for the past two days. I just now saw that the 4GB RAM model was back in stock at the same price - $1189. I placed the order immediately, cuz I didn't want to lose it this time :)

    RFB MBAIR 13.3/1.86/4/128FLASH-USA
    P/N: G0JG0LL/A

    Tell me I am going to love this computer! I am so excited to own my first Apple computer!
  16. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

    Salty Pirate

    Oct 5, 2005
    kansas city
    get 4, you will not regret it. you may regret 2
  17. drbf macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    I agree, get the 4GB. I am running windows 7 in vm and it runs faster than in my windows box
  18. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    The new upcoming OS LION is likely to crawl on a mere 2GB. If you can live with that then have at it.

    I bought a BTO with 4GB since I plan on using the latest OS.

    Resale on 2 GB models will collapse once Lion is released.

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