4GB or 8GB MBA 13?

Urindanger

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Should I go with 4GB or 8GB when I order my Macbook air 13-inch?
I browsing the web (8-15 tabs open), watching HD video on youtube, use skype, got spotify on to listen to music, connecting the MacBook to my LCD TV as well and use it as a screen to.

I need 8GB or it is not necessary? what do you all think?
 

Spoonz

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Should I go with 4GB or 8GB when I order my Macbook air 13-inch?
I browsing the web (8-15 tabs open), watching HD video on youtube, use skype, got spotify on to listen to music, connecting the MacBook to my LCD TV as well and use it as a screen to.

I need 8GB or it is not necessary? what do you all think?
The general consensus is that the 8GB upgrade is worth it. Its hardly that much more expensive when you're buying a laptop that's ~£1000/however many dollars. Futureproofing is a good thing to think about, especially when the RAM isn't upgradable once you've bought it.
 

mitty

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The only reason not to get the 8GB option is if you are really pinching pennies, or if you need the machine ASAP. For the tiny bit extra it costs and the few days wait, it's well worth it.
 

lperso

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Should I go with 4GB or 8GB when I order my Macbook air 13-inch?
I browsing the web (8-15 tabs open), watching HD video on youtube, use skype, got spotify on to listen to music, connecting the MacBook to my LCD TV as well and use it as a screen to.

I need 8GB or it is not necessary? what do you all think?
To Futureproof, 8GB.
For now, 4GB is pretty good.
Using now the new MBA13" 4GB running Chrome (10+ tabs), music streaming, skype, MS Powerpoint, MS Excel and eclipse. 72% memory in use. 0 page outs, 0KB swap. Perhaps Mountain Lion will eat a little bit more of it...
 

TEasy

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I understand the future proofing, but I don't use any video editing/gaming programs whatsoever, and every once in a while I may do some semi-professional photo editing. I would mainly use it for word processing, web browsing (streaming video on Hulu and Netflix), and Skype. Would 4GB of memory be good for me?
 

jgc

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Feb 21, 2012
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I understand the future proofing, but I don't use any video editing/gaming programs whatsoever, and every once in a while I may do some semi-professional photo editing. I would mainly use it for word processing, web browsing (streaming video on Hulu and Netflix), and Skype. Would 4GB of memory be good for me?
You should be fine. I'm more or less in the same boat but I upgraded anyways. It's only $100 ($90 as a student) and you're already dropping at least $1200 on the device. If you choose to do more photo editing in the future or video editing, this gives you a better opportunity to do so. If you think you may want to try running VMs, you can do so as well. Not necessary but could potentially be useful.
 

glen e

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I understand the future proofing, but I don't use any video editing/gaming programs whatsoever, and every once in a while I may do some semi-professional photo editing. I would mainly use it for word processing, web browsing (streaming video on Hulu and Netflix), and Skype. Would 4GB of memory be good for me?
Will sell faster a few years from now, why I'm doing it.....
 

ZBoater

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If I were buying one now (which I am not), I'd get the 8GB. Since these are not upgradeable, it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

That being said, I've been using the 2011 MBA with 4GB of RAM with Parallels and Windows 7 in Bootcamp, and it runs fine. No beachballs, no slowdowns, it runs great. For what I am doing now I don't need 8GB.

But I'd get it nevertheless. You can never have too much RAM. :D
 

ayres

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maybe this falls on deaf ears, but i wanted to mention that the 8gb ram option cannot be purchased in apple stores. must be done online.

i find that kinda strange that they do not stock an obvious upgrade like an 8gb ram option in the apple stores. i can understand an upgraded ssd option having to be done on the apple website, but the one ram upgrade (soldered, at that)!

anyone else think that's short sighted? maybe if it were to become an overwhelming upgrade choice, they would make it available in stores.
 

DribbleCastle

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maybe this falls on deaf ears, but i wanted to mention that the 8gb ram option cannot be purchased in apple stores. must be done online.

i find that kinda strange that they do not stock an obvious upgrade like an 8gb ram option in the apple stores. i can understand an upgraded ssd option having to be done on the apple website, but the one ram upgrade (soldered, at that)!

anyone else think that's short sighted? maybe if it were to become an overwhelming upgrade choice, they would make it available in stores.
I totally agree, and I think you'll see some 8GB SKU's find their way into the store eventually. Probably in the next few weeks.
 

jgc

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maybe this falls on deaf ears, but i wanted to mention that the 8gb ram option cannot be purchased in apple stores. must be done online.

i find that kinda strange that they do not stock an obvious upgrade like an 8gb ram option in the apple stores. i can understand an upgraded ssd option having to be done on the apple website, but the one ram upgrade (soldered, at that)!

anyone else think that's short sighted? maybe if it were to become an overwhelming upgrade choice, they would make it available in stores.
They may not have known it would be so popular. Kind of unlikely but who knows. Either way, adding some popular CTO options makes sense from a consumer's perspective but not having to stock them simplifies their supply chain. It probably saves them money by not having to stock those models and then customers known that for CTO (for the most part), order online.

That being said, I think knowledgeable people on this forum are much more likely to get 8 gb than the average Joe. Lots of people who know about tech are getting the 4, and people who know less probably are as well. I would be surprised if the 8 gb:4 gb ratio was much higher on this forum than overall.
 

raftr

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Oct 18, 2007
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Should I go with 4GB or 8GB when I order my Macbook air 13-inch?
I browsing the web (8-15 tabs open), watching HD video on youtube, use skype, got spotify on to listen to music, connecting the MacBook to my LCD TV as well and use it as a screen to.

I need 8GB or it is not necessary? what do you all think?
Not necessary in your case, but reasonable.
Thanks to SSD, Air has no problem swapping RAM with virtual memory on the SSD. I use my 2011 Air for Photoshop, Lightroom, web browsing with many tabs open and always have at least 1GB RAM free.
 

Halon X

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maybe this falls on deaf ears, but i wanted to mention that the 8gb ram option cannot be purchased in apple stores. must be done online.
Not true. It depends on each store.

I purchased both mine (13" for home/wife, 11" for travel) with 8GB RAM at the Apple Store in Santa Monica, CA. Both have the upgraded 2.0 GHz processor and the 13" an upgraded 512GB SSD.

I'm pretty sure most of the Los Angeles stores stock high end configs.
 
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Urindanger

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Still dont know if I should go with the 4gb or 8gb. Think I will buy the 8gb, it costs yet not so much!

Is it worth to go with 8gb? What do you all say? :)
 

latestmonkey

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Still dont know if I should go with the 4gb or 8gb. Think I will buy the 8gb, it costs yet not so much!

Is it worth to go with 8gb? What do you all say? :)
My plan is the 8gb with the 128gb hard drive. It would piss me off to want to upgrade in the future and not be able to. I'm still waiting to see any reports of that configuration being available at retail stores since I don't want to order it online.
 

misterquin

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Jun 30, 2010
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I currently have 4 and do completely fine. You're not doing a heavy workload so you'd be fine as well. Though it is relatively cheap to upgrade to 8gb. Remember: That ram is soldered on. No upgrades ever.

But it's your decision. :cool:
 

rygamble

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Feb 1, 2012
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My plan is the 8gb with the 128gb hard drive. It would piss me off to want to upgrade in the future and not be able to. I'm still waiting to see any reports of that configuration being available at retail stores since I don't want to order it online.
Doesn't look like that configuration (or any other BTOs besides Ultimates) is going to be available in stores until at least the 23rd.
 

dcorban

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Oct 29, 2007
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I advise to stay with 4GB unless you plan on this being your primary computer for longer than three years. Even if you do happen to consume over 4GB memory on occasion, the SSD based swap file won't have too much of an impact.

For fun, I just opened the entirety of iWork and iLife on my current 4GB MacBook. This is in addition to everything else in my dock (Safari, iChat, App Store, iCal, iTunes, etc). Activity Monitor reports I still have 112MB free memory with a 100MB swap file.
 

joekun

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I'm pretty sure most of the Los Angeles stores stock high end configs.
Unfortunately The Grove didn't have them yesterday, or at least that's what they said when I bought mine.
 

stooley

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maybe this falls on deaf ears, but i wanted to mention that the 8gb ram option cannot be purchased in apple stores. must be done online.

i find that kinda strange that they do not stock an obvious upgrade like an 8gb ram option in the apple stores. i can understand an upgraded ssd option having to be done on the apple website, but the one ram upgrade (soldered, at that)!

anyone else think that's short sighted? maybe if it were to become an overwhelming upgrade choice, they would make it available in stores.
I purchased a fully loaded 13" MBA with 8 GB yesterday from the Apple Store in STL. Just have to check around. I did notice its not on display so had to specifically ask for it.

OP, if you can afford the little extra, get 8gb. You can never have too much ram.
 

Wilson1313

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I advise to stay with 4GB unless you plan on this being your primary computer for longer than three years. Even if you do happen to consume over 4GB memory on occasion, the SSD based swap file won't have too much of an impact.

For fun, I just opened the entirety of iWork and iLife on my current 4GB MacBook. This is in addition to everything else in my dock (Safari, iChat, App Store, iCal, iTunes, etc). Activity Monitor reports I still have 112MB free memory with a 100MB swap file.
If think the upgrade to 8gb is a no-brainer, unless you don't have a gazillion windows open all the time and only use basic functions like web browsing, office, and email. While it can write the information to the SSD, it is not as efficient because of how they design a computer. And the computer is always going to have some memory free just incase it absolutely needs it immediately (before it can write to the SSD). So opening all those programs probably required it to write the the SSD (only reason I speculate is that on mine I've had FCX open with a full HD project and safari was open and using >1gb and I still had about 80mb free, yet FCX didn't have the timeline in the memory).
 

mszpara

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Jun 21, 2010
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I got the 8GB MBA 13"
The upgrade from 4 to 8 was only $90 (student discount) since i'm already paying $1199 for it, it's really a no-brainer.
 
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