Cannot decide, i7 or 256gb

TUD

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for an 11" MBA. Updating the RAM to 8 regardless.
 

GGJstudios

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Most users would not see a noticeable difference between the processors in daily use.
 

stisdal

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Go for the 256GB. As said above, you will probably not see any difference with the processor unless you are going to use it for very heavy tasks.
 
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rockyroad55

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SSD

This is a suggestion that many make to others for their old computers. An SSD will always improve the performance of any computer, new or old.
 

LostSoul80

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SSD makes more sense.
However I'd strongly suggest to save a little more and max it out. Future proofing is not a bad idea, plus this way you will not have any regrets whatsoever.
 

fanchee

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I was in the exact same situation as you, trying to decide. In the end, I went for the i5 with 256gb SSD and this machine SMOKES my mid-2009 13" MBP, even though the MBP had a 120g SSD in it!

I don't use it for many processor-intensive tasks... so my decision was pretty easy. I use it mostly for surfing, email, iTunes, Office, and Calibre.

I love the 11" MBA!
 

TUD

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SSD makes more sense.
However I'd strongly suggest to save a little more and max it out. Future proofing is not a bad idea, plus this way you will not have any regrets whatsoever.

Tax free weekend = $1500 or less.

I don't use it for many processor-intensive tasks... so my decision was pretty easy. I use it mostly for surfing, email, iTunes, Office, and Calibre.

I love the 11" MBA!
That is mainly what I will use it for during travel. It will not be my daily. I have a 11" 2011 w/ the Sandy Bridge i7 that I am passing down.
 
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stchman

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The upgrade from 128GB SSD to 256GB SSD is ~$300, not worth it.

I predict in about a year, the aftermarket SSDs will be ~$200 for 512GB. The SSD on a MBA is easily replaceable contrary to what Apple tells you.
 

TUD

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If you have to ask you probably don't need either one

More than likely you are correct. Truthfully we do not need the computer at all as there are currently a total of 4 Macs in the home. It is a good time to update during tax free weekend and pass on one of the previous four to a family member.