2020 MBA configuration

mdb32

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May 22, 2020
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First time poster here but long-time Mac user.

I am looking to upgrade my late-2013 i5 MPB 13" 8GB/256GB SSD. It has been a solid unit for me but I feel it might be time to upgrade to something newer. Currently, my MPB is my main personal computer and since working from home due to COVID, it has also become my work computer. As such, I would ideally like to have a dedicated desktop computer (Mac Mini) for work use in my home office that I have setup and a separate laptop for personal/general use.

Right now I am leaning towards getting a 2020 MBA. The new 10th Gen processors and keyboard upgrades seem worth it over a more expensive 8th or 10th Gen equipped MBP 13". My needs are pretty light for my laptop and primarily comprise of email, internet and connecting remotely for work through Citrix. Since I do not do any heavy editing or video processing, the price point for the 2020 MBA is really good compared to the much more expensive 10th Gen equipped 2020 MBP.

My question then is how to configure the MBA. I usually keep my laptops for around 5 years so I do want to future proof it a bit. I purchased my current 2013 MPB in 2015 as a refurbished unit. I currently have over half my drive space remaining on my current MPB with the 256GB SSD so I can't see use of a larger drive. I do see going from i3 to i5 is not very expensive. Would it be worth it for my needs to get the i5 or would I better be putting money towards more RAM?

As stated earlier, I eventually want to get a desktop Mac Mini setup (hopefully it gets an update soon). I feel I can compromise a bit on my laptop configuration as it won't be my only computer. Any suggestions or advice are appreciated.
 

coffeeplease

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Sep 28, 2019
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If the MBA is only to do basic tasks like browse the internet, play music, watch videos, I think the base MBA with i5 upgrade ($100) is sufficient (dual-core to quad-core). I don't think 16GB of RAM will have much use to you, especially when it's a $200 upgrade. But if you have the money, then go for it.
 

KPOM

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Oct 23, 2010
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Since the i5 is just a $100 upgrade, I think it makes sense for “future proofing.” It is about 40-50% faster in CPU-intensive tasks than the dual core (it has 4 cores, but they don’t maintain their peak speeds very long, so it’s like having a tri-core processor). If you upgrade both the processor and RAM to i5/16GB, you are up to $1299, and then the base MacBook Pro with 16GB at $1399 becomes more appealing (particularly since there are slightly better promotions on the MBP right now).
 

Jack Neill

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Sep 13, 2015
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I am very pleased with my i5/8/512. For light tasks it is snappy and the machine is light and thin. I always wanted a 12" MB but never got one. I am very glad I skipped all the butterfly keyboards.

I agree with the others, go for a i5/8/256 and I am sure you will be pleased.
 

mdb32

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May 22, 2020
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I am very pleased with my i5/8/512. For light tasks it is snappy and the machine is light and thin. I always wanted a 12" MB but never got one. I am very glad I skipped all the butterfly keyboards.

I agree with the others, go for a i5/8/256 and I am sure you will be pleased.
Good to know that you are enjoying it. Have you had any excessive heat and/or fan operation? I read that some 2020 MBA users were experiencing those issues, but then again those users might have been using it for things well above its intended use.
 

Jack Neill

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Sep 13, 2015
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Good to know that you are enjoying it. Have you had any excessive heat and/or fan operation? I read that some 2020 MBA users were experiencing those issues, but then again those users might have been using it for things well above its intended use.
Its gotten lightly warm on the bottom but not hot, I have not noticed any slow downs from thermal throttling when in my normal workflow.
 
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