confused about MBA purchase

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by imanbrar06, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. imanbrar06, Aug 29, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 8, 2014

    imanbrar06 macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2014
    hi everyone here, I have read many threads about macboook air to find my way out but cant make a decision.So, i am asking the question myself. I am planning to buy a macbook air at my university discount which is exclusively only available in the university campus and not in online apple store. Apple store does give education discount though but not as much as my university gives me. Unfortunately, my university only have 4gb ram models available. I study business. So my requirements would be "msoffice, web surfing, itunes, iphoto, skype, dropbox, light photoshop(editing pictures of family), watching HD movies and such basic apps and NO VM. I plan to keep my air for 3-4 years. I guess that these apps would be perfect for a 4gb model but i am worried about the future like new OS and new future apps' requirements may create problems. :confused: . IF yes, then i would have buy 8gb from the apple store which i think is expensive but although affordable. SO if 4gb may meet my needs for coming years, then i would not need to waste extra bucks for the 8gb and will buy from the university. And yes, my requirements won't probably change in the future. So, please help me to make a decision.

    Also, i am thinking to buy a 128 gb storage version cause i have an external drive. Would i be able to survive with strategy? I live in hk. so does not have access to those BESTBUY deals ( read at many places about these new discounts in the online shopping sites). Is the screen of the macbook air is good enough for HD content.

    looking for some guidance. :)
  2. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    For your requirements 4gb should be fine for at least another 5 years.

    Noone knows how much internal storage you need except you.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    4GB should be ok for your stated usage (office, surfing, iPhoto light video editing) though I think in the long run 8GB maybe a better option since you're looking to keep it 5 years.

    As for the storage, I definitely think 128GB is too small, especially at keeping it for 5 years and having an external drive to go along with it. Get the 256GB model.

    Also check out, they off education discounts and more configurations then your school seems to be offering.
  4. joshlalonde macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2014
  5. SherlockLogic macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2014
    Apple has yet to require anything more than 2GB of RAM for any version of OS X, so you'll be fine for 3-4 years on the OS front, IMO.
  6. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    4GB of ram is more than enough for you for a long time.
    128 vs 256 is completely dependent on you. If you have the extra money, go for the 256 since you will be accumulating data over the years.
    If funds are tight, get 128 and use external if necessary.

    The display is fine for HD content. It's not 1080p. But video still looks good to me. Viewing angles and pixel density is more of a concern than video but that's really only when comparing to a retina display. If you aren't used to a retina, the Air display will be fine for you.
  7. imanbrar06, Aug 29, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 8, 2014

    imanbrar06 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2014
    Thanks all. I guess 256 is better. But my budget is the biggest hindrance. :'( :'( :'(. The So its difficult for me to get a 256gb model. I have been suggested by someone to look for a refurbished AIR. There is a JUNE 2013 model available whose specs are 1.3ghz/4gb/256gb. It will be in my price range but I am scared about the quality of that macbook and its longevity or I will have to go for the 128 gb new model, which may suck ( according to the replies). Any reviews or personal experience on Apple refurbished macbooks?
  8. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    Start taking advantage of more cloud based services for your files, apps and media. You'll be surprised at how much space you'll have available when you keep your storage off the internal drive. Even an external hdd is a good alternative.

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