Buying a MacBook Air tomorrow

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by timize, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. timize macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Just need to know some things first... I am thinking about going for the 13" 128GB MBA.

    1. Standard is 4GB memory, right? So, if I buy it with 4GB and want to upgrade to 8GB at a later date, can I do that? Or would I have to opt for the 8GB at purchase?
    2. What does the Apple Store mean by "Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz"?
    3. How great is the MBA performance-wise in terms of Photoshop and basic gaming?
    4. I've been reading about some displays on the MBA not looking so great. Is this a real big issue for any of you guys? And how does it fare in daylight (sunny) conditions?
    5. I typically always buy Apple products at the Apple Store; however, I've been going back and forth between buying it at Best Buy as well. I know I can get the college discount at the Apple Store, but would I be saving more money buying it at Best Buy? Does the Apple Store price match?
    Thanks for any help!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    1. No, the RAM is soldered to the motherboard, so if you want 8GB then get it now. Apple tells you the SSD is not upgradable, but it is.

    2. The processor overclocks itself when it needs more processing power.

    3. IDK, never used the MBA for Photoshop or gaming, my instinct tells me it will do just fine.

    4. I think the MBA's 1440x900 is pretty good, there are better displays in the ultrabook style (ASUS Zenbook Prime), but the display is pretty good.

    5. I've found that Amazon sells Apple accessories for less than the Apple store does. Also try ebay. I think the Apple Store is too full of themselves to price match, the privilege of buying from the Apple Store is all you need.
  4. Atemporal macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    Since the first four were answered already, I'll answer 5:

    I'm not entirely sure on Apple's price match policy, but I believe the store needs to have an identical configuration in stock that's lower than Apple's price in the online store.

    As for college discount, YMMV, but when I went, the sales rep told me that Best Buy was offering the current promotional discount, but if you are a student, they have additional coupons that knock off a further 10% or so. The flip side to that coin is that you don't get the iTunes gift card.

    Also, do note that with tax free holiday starting tomorrow in certain states, it might be a better idea to get the MBA from Best Buy, since you can get Best Buy reward points for it. Better than nothing if you're getting a config that Best Buy has in stock, and you won't pay tax either.
  5. nizz macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2004
    north philly
    #5) I think it is a ymmv situation. You get the discount + gift card at apple store. Best buy will most likely match your discount but may or may not match the gift card. Go and ask.

    I prefer buying from best buy. With my rewardzone credit card, I get points and a 60 day return window. They are incredibly lenient on returns and there is no restocking fee.
  6. Aniseedvan macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2012
    There's several other threads but those of us with LG displays seem to be better off with mountain lion, so it should less of a worry to you.
  7. usmaak macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    My Apple store told me just this past Sunday that they would price match Best Buy.

    I prefer to buy from Best Buy for the same reasons, though I only have a 45 day return window. It came in handy when I had problems with various new iPads a few months ago. But unfortunately BB only sells the base models. If I were going to get an rMBP, I'd probably go with the stock model with 8GB. But I wanted 8GB for the Air, so I ordered it from
  8. Purple2012 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2012
    Never had a display issue and I've never used my MBA outside.

    I got mine from Best Buy. You can use the student discount coupon there, and they were on sale when I was there a couple weeks ago. You could combine savings. I like Best Buys plan better.
  9. timize thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    I just called up my local Apple Store and the rep told me he had to check with his manager. Afterward, he informed me that they do price match, but the discounted price must be from a brick-and-mortar store and you must show proof either with a flyer or by showing them online (and also proving that the discounted price is not an online-only deal).

    Thanks for all the replies! :)
  10. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    everyone keeps talking about the discount at BB isnt it only $75 and the student discount is a 100 right? do they all give you the apple itunes card at bb?
  11. tsboy69 macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2010

    Check out the thread regarding Best Buy and their discounts being a bit more than Amazon and the Apple store
  12. Uguubot macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2010
    I got offered $150 off, not a student. From Best Buy.
  13. timize thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    But that was just off of base model, right?

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